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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 12-12-2016, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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Engineer needs to be SHOT! *Battery location*

I sure hope someone from A/C comes to visit the forum and reads this! Whoever designed the battery compartment on these needs to be publicly flogged! My battery shorted out (original from 2009-Not bad life!) and I had to replace it. Man, that's the stupidest way to mount a battery I have ever seen! It's gonna get made to be very accessible this spring. And I'm gonna buy a larger one, too. This poor little thing got taxed hard with the plow, heater and the worst power drawer was my Zenon light bulbs! Holy crap, they wore it down fast, even with the 40 amp alternator! My volt gauge dropped from 14.5 to 10 with the dim Zenon's on, with the 4 on with the brights, it dropped to 8 volts. I put my old bulbs in tonight and the stock 881's keep the volt meter at 14 volts on dim and drop about 13.5 with all 4 lit up. I am gonna buy some LED 881 series for it, to save a little more power. Any body running LED headlights? Anyway, I just had to vent on the location of the stock battery, some engineer's ears are burning, I'm sure!

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I put the Superbrite LED's in mine! I replaced high, and low and lite up the world! I now only run the superbrite's in high beam only! They only draw .8 amps. Stock battery if it was like mine only has access by pulling the wheel housing! I cut a access panel in the side of mine, made a new battery tray and put my battery there. The stock cables reached with no problems. I used a 400 CCW battery, but the space will accommodate a much larger battery. I saw the other day that superbrites were on sale! Check out their site, and they do have the specs listed.

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What are you talking about?

I pull my bench seat bottom. Remove a torn screw, remove the battery cover, remove terminals amd pull the battery out. Then drop in another, attach cables, put cover back on, insert screw, slap seat bottom back in place.

How do they have them on the other Prowlers?

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What are you talking about?

I pull my bench seat bottom. Remove a torn screw, remove the battery cover, remove terminals amd pull the battery out. Then drop in another, attach cables, put cover back on, insert screw, slap seat bottom back in place.

How do they have them on the other Prowlers?
In front of the drivers side rear tire.there is a access panel.

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I sure hope someone from A/C comes to visit the forum and reads this! Whoever designed the battery compartment on these needs to be publicly flogged! My battery shorted out (original from 2009-Not bad life!) and I had to replace it. Man, that's the stupidest way to mount a battery I have ever seen! It's gonna get made to be very accessible this spring. And I'm gonna buy a larger one, too. This poor little thing got taxed hard with the plow, heater and the worst power drawer was my Zenon light bulbs! Holy crap, they wore it down fast, even with the 40 amp alternator! My volt gauge dropped from 14.5 to 10 with the dim Zenon's on, with the 4 on with the brights, it dropped to 8 volts. I put my old bulbs in tonight and the stock 881's keep the volt meter at 14 volts on dim and drop about 13.5 with all 4 lit up. I am gonna buy some LED 881 series for it, to save a little more power. Any body running LED headlights? Anyway, I just had to vent on the location of the stock battery, some engineer's ears are burning, I'm sure!
I have the same kit RD Has............

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What are you talking about?

I pull my bench seat bottom. Remove a torn screw, remove the battery cover, remove terminals amd pull the battery out. Then drop in another, attach cables, put cover back on, insert screw, slap seat bottom back in place.

How do they have them on the other Prowlers?
My XTZ battery location is like Martin's with the only exception being mine has a bucket seat. It is about a 5 second job to remove the seat. I no longer use the hold down bolt in the battery cover. I just let the cover lay loose.

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No access panel on mine, the first thing I did was look in the fenderwell. Mines all 1 piece, The whole rear panel has to come out. I had to remove the seat, the front seat hold down frame. Remove the nuts off the rear frame. Push the bolts back. Pull off the fuseblock, the starter solenoid wiring. the voltage regulator wiring. Then 4 bolts holding the battery pan in, have to come out. Then lift the whole assembly out. Its gonna get changed when it gets warmer out. And that tiny battery is gonna go, too. I drove it tonight with the stock headlight bulbs in and plowed, used the heater. The volt guage never dropped lower than 13.5 on the rectifier and with the alternator running stayed at 14.5. Runs good now, but that battery location is gonna change. RD, I like yours. I'm thinkin a dual kit.

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No access panel on mine, the first thing I did was look in the fenderwell. Mines all 1 piece, The whole rear panel has to come out. I had to remove the seat, the front seat hold down frame. Remove the nuts off the rear frame. Push the bolts back. Pull off the fuseblock, the starter solenoid wiring. the voltage regulator wiring. Then 4 bolts holding the battery pan in, have to come out. Then lift the whole assembly out. Its gonna get changed when it gets warmer out. And that tiny battery is gonna go, too. I drove it tonight with the stock headlight bulbs in and plowed, used the heater. The volt guage never dropped lower than 13.5 on the rectifier and with the alternator running stayed at 14.5. Runs good now, but that battery location is gonna change. RD, I like yours. I'm thinkin a dual kit.
WHAT? That is crazy! Maybe the engineer tht designed the front end of a mini van my mom used to own, Had to pull the grill and other items to change the stupid headlight!
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I made saddle blocks that mount on the upper round tube frame rail, and bolted the battery box to those. Simple continuous duty solenoid (on, off) to connect the second battery, Alternator power goes direct to the stock positive hook up. With the amount of room under the drivers seat, a full size Optima would fit. These require no maintenance. Also I added jumper posts in the left front wheel well area if battery charging/jumping is needed. I bought the isolated posts off amazon for next to nothing!

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I made saddle blocks that mount on the upper round tube frame rail, and bolted the battery box to those. Simple continuous duty solenoid (on, off) to connect the second battery, Alternator power goes direct to the stock positive hook up. With the amount of room under the drivers seat, a full size Optima would fit. These require no maintenance. Also I added jumper posts in the left front wheel well area if battery charging/jumping is needed. I bought the isolated posts off amazon for next to nothing!
I'm sold! This spring its getting done.
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