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Re: Battery relocation under the hood (Longish)


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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109807 posted 02/16/04 02:10 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I wanna do it on one of the tailights, I can throw it in only when I go to the track.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109808 posted 02/17/04 02:09 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
would it be acceptable to use the anntena mast hole?

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109809 posted 02/17/04 02:38 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Hehe, funny you should mention that TOF, I was just cruising on over here to delete those statements having slept on them. I realized that I was being far too close minded, and each person likes to do things differently. Yes, perhaps I am spoiled out here: this summer, along the I5 corridor, there's an autocross event every wknd save one, I think. Plus a few hillclimbs, a dozen or so road rallies, and a bunch of track days. Of course, I'm sure there's plenty of drag racing as well, but needless to say that's not on my calendar. [Big Grin]

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109810 posted 02/17/04 02:46 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Kill switch:

Here is how I did mine. Don't mind the nonsealed battery tray that's coming apart on the bottom. That's being replaced as we speak, with a nice sealed, metal box that is bolted to the trunk floor and uses 3/8" threaded rod to hold down the battery as per NHRA regulations. My kill switch setup is completely legal. I ordered the Flaming River remote kill switch from Summit along with the push rod for it all for around $80 IIRC. Since pretty much every surface on the back of the car is more than one layer thick I thought this would be the best way. Good luck mounting one of those "turn style" switches on a taillight. And as far as mounting behind the license plate....well, I didn't want to have to route the wiring up onto the trunk lid itself which is what you would have to do. I drilled a hole in the taillight housing and put the rod through there and mounted the switch on the inside of the trunk. It's hard to see so I will take better pics tomorrow while working on the car. If nobody wants a rod sticking out the back of the car while not racing it can simply be unscrewed from the pivot on the switch and the hole in the taillight can be plugged.
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109811 posted 02/17/04 08:50 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
quote:
Originally posted by theymightbegalants:
Hehe, funny you should mention that TOF, I was just cruising on over here to delete those statements having slept on them. I realized that I was being far too close minded, and each person likes to do things differently. Yes, perhaps I am spoiled out here: this summer, along the I5 corridor, there's an autocross event every wknd save one, I think. Plus a few hillclimbs, a dozen or so road rallies, and a bunch of track days. Of course, I'm sure there's plenty of drag racing as well, but needless to say that's not on my calendar. [Big Grin]

Yeah, yeah...I feel yer joy, playah. [Wink] Driving mine home from Pa down the Blue Ridge Parkway was the best time I have had in the car so far and it wasn't even running all that well at the time! (But it handled just fine.)

Enjoy the drive!

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109812 posted 02/17/04 08:54 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
supergvr4man - post some under hood shots, I wanna see how you isolated the power wire and fuse box so it doesnt touch any metal and arc. Did you use a battery distribution block of some sort ?

Thanks!

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109813 posted 02/17/04 09:57 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I did relocated the Cruise control to the charcoal filter location with a custom bracket. But to be honest I might just remove it all together.

The CC in the truck works better. [Smile]

As for your termination question, KC, the battery terminal unbolts from the factory fuse box. With a ring terminal on you new lead wire to the trunk you can bolt it to the fuse box using the hole you just opened up. The connection is tight and pretty well protected as is but you could also wrap it will a little electrical tape for good measure. I wire tied the harness back on itself and it hungs the shock tower nicely.

Harry

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109814 posted 02/17/04 11:55 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Harry - there are 2 fuse boxes. 1 big one and the other is the littler one that attaches to the stock battery with the L clamp. Which one do you mean when you say factor fuse box?

If you do pull it off altogether, I want that custom bracket. [Big Grin]

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109815 posted 02/17/04 12:28 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
On a side note: I just bought a kill switch from this guy selling taylor kill switches on ebay for $19.99 + $7.99 shipping. Summit had them for $25 + shipping. So, its not a bad deal. I am sure they can be had for cheaper if one looked hard enough.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109816 posted 02/17/04 07:16 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
http://www.galantvr4.org/img.php?id=803&width=400

The small fuse box that is closest to the battery terminal. (The red boot is just below it in the picture above) The two main power feeds (the starter and the rest of the car) come together at this point. Remove the battery terminal ring and attach you battery cable from the trunk to this point. No fancy item required. In fact it would be harder and less reliable if you added something to do the job.

Here is a picture of the connection at the battery in the trunk. The ground and positive connections, the 80 amp Soundstream circuit breaker, and my fuel pump relay.

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If I loose the CC you will need to buy the entire controller. The bracket is welded to it.

BTW: KC most kill switches are not track legal. if that is important keep that in mind. The one Mark used is. I don't have one yet but no one has called me on it yet for two reasons. The battery is hidden beneath the floor in a sealed container and I have a steel firewall behind my back seat.


Harry

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109817 posted 02/17/04 08:05 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Harry - Thanks a lot for the pics. I see what you mean now.

The switch I purchased is made by Taylor which said that it was the NHRA 8:1 rule approved master disconnect switch with the labeled sticker, not made of plastic etc etc etc. I will go with the taylor box which is also approved by NHRA. I may have to carry a copy of the rules to prove this stuff is NHRA approved....LOL


OK, I will buy the whole controller if you ditch cruise, gimme a good deal, though! [Wink]

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109818 posted 02/18/04 02:24 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
quote:
Originally posted by blacksheep:
supergvr4man - post some under hood shots, I wanna see how you isolated the power wire and fuse box so it doesnt touch any metal and arc. Did you use a battery distribution block of some sort ?

Thanks!

It's pretty simple really. I mounted the battery fuse block to the side of the large fuse block by drilling two holes in each and running a sturdy cable-tie through them. I then just ran the wire from where it comes out of the fenderwell over to it and bolted it all together.
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109819 posted 02/18/04 03:55 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
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Only issue, it is 2" taller than the 925MJT and I am afraid it may hit the hood in the airbox location. It still eliminates having a wide 90 degree bend in the UIC pipe to the TB.

Going way back in this thread... There is not 2" of clearance to the hood with an Evans battery tray. My PC925 just barely fits - less than 1" before the battery arcs to the hood. Don't ask me how I know that. [Eek!]

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109820 posted 02/18/04 03:56 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
thanks, Kyle!

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109821 posted 02/19/04 10:16 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
quote:
Originally posted by blacksheep:
thanks, Kyle!

BWAHAHAHAHAHA noob..... classic KC.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109822 posted 02/19/04 10:19 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Rich - Seriously, I dont get what was so funny there. Care to explain ?

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109823 posted 02/19/04 10:58 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
quote:
Originally posted by blacksheep:
Rich - Seriously, I dont get what was so funny there. Care to explain ?

And Australia is still like "WTF mate?!"

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109824 posted 02/19/04 11:03 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
A user has requested that you review the following post by blacksheep in a forum you moderate:
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thanks, Kyle!
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The user's reason for this request is: Double post by Blacksheep, the rookie.


That's what's funny.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109825 posted 02/19/04 11:04 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Aah, Hertz. Another smartass like you that makes my job to moderate harder. [Roll Eyes]

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109826 posted 02/20/04 09:42 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
All things in moderation, including moderation.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109827 posted 02/20/04 11:10 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
quote:
Originally posted by Hertz:
All things in moderation, including moderation.

LOL KC=own3d .

Hey Hertz would you want to take on the job of doing a FAQ for the board?

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109828 posted 02/22/04 07:47 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I've been thinking about that a lot recently. Specifically, I've been thinking about Drew's suggestion for a Wiki (a type of self-editing FAQ). Let's got with "knowledge base".

I'd really like to dump my collection of e-mail and links into something searchable. I'm sure other people have similar collections.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109829 posted 02/22/04 07:51 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
i have a huge collection of GVR4 and dsm related email...

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109830 posted 02/22/04 11:26 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post   
quote:
Originally posted by Pivvay:
i have a huge collection of GVR4 and dsm related email...

Haha, like you wouldn't believe. Lately I've been converting a lot of them into MS Word, just in case Yahoo crashes and loses everything. I also have about 4 pounds of printed out material with no electronic version. [Frown] Makes backing it up/sharing it hard.

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