20’ 4 gauge Battery Wire
3’ 4 gauge Ground Wire
(2) 4 gauge Battery Terminal Caps
(2) 4 gauge bolt end caps
Marine Battery Box
You can purchase a kit with all the above items and more than you need from a number of stores. I purchased a kit from Summit Racing for a total cost of around $52 with shipping. Decent 4 gauge wire is pretty expensive at a hardware store, so that is probably the best way to go.
Estimated Time for Completion: 1 Hour
1). Remove battery: To do this take off the negative side first, then the positive side. Remove from engine bay and set on cardboard or a block of wood. Next remove the battery holder.
2). Run the 20’ of battery wire from the trunk to the front of the car. I ran the wire under my seat and under the carpet right up the middle.
3. Run the wire through the firewall and route to where your battery used to be. I ran the wire through a hole in the firewall below the glovebox.
you should have plenty of wire left over
Cut off any excess wire that you will not need. I took off the circle battery post connector to save space. Then folded the side in and attached the wires that were directly on the battery before. After you are finished with this, use electrical tape and seal off the grouping. Or for a cleaner look use a rubber sleeve cover.
4). Engine Ground Wire: I took the circle battery connector and flattened it out to fit precisely on two holes that the old battery holder was connected to. Then I sanded down the surface where the bolts will touch. Next I ran the bolt that previously held the circle battery connector up through one of the holes in the fenderwell and tightened down the top. For the other hole I took one of the bolts that held down the battery mount, sanded it clean and tightened it up also.
Now you are done with the engine connection. Now to your trunk
5). Battery Box: Affix the batter box behind the rear right wheel for optimal weight distribution. I screwed it down with 4 wood screws. Be careful not to drill through anything such as muffler right below there...
Next place the battery in the box and secure it down. I temporarily used a tie down belt, but will use metal brackets to hold it in place when I get around to it.
Affix the 20’ of 4 gauge Battery Wire to the Positive (+) side of the battery.
Battery Ground: Next affix the 3’ of 4 gauge Ground wire to your frame. I used one of the bolts on the back of the trunk. Make sure to sand down all metal touching metal. Attach the negative to your battery and you are good to go! Enjoy the extra space in your engine compartment and the better weight distribution.
Rab71 for ground location
Bottlefedaccent (bagged00accent)for the trunk mount battery kit hook up
Shadohh for the amazing title for this DIY
[Edited by MadHatter on Jul 11, 2004 4:37 PM]