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CIO
 


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Rear cubby battery mount?

So I've decided that I need a dual battery system that'll power my fridge/freezer for a day or so without having driven the car. Seeing as there doesn't appear to be any room under the bonnet due to stop-start and various other gubbins, the most popular location seems to be the rear passenger side cubby box.

I've seen threads on here and elsewhere where people have built little shelves out of wood, or wedged the battery in with some padding material. Due to my circumstances (live in Bahrain, my D4 is in the UK and i only get to use it for holidays) and the fact that any work i do with the car will be outside where we stop on holiday etc (so not a lot of time for experimentation), are there any commercial options for mounting the battery in the rear cubby box?

I've seen the external battery boxes and whilst they are very nice, i am looking to hide the battery away and not lose any boot space.

FWIW I plan on installing a traxide system made for installing the battery in the rear.
  
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CIO
 


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Just following up on this to say that I found one and have fitted it. Ben at Prospeed supplied one that bolts in place, replacing and using the same mounting hardware as the removable tow bar holder in the rear left had side cubby. Fit and finish is as you would expect from Prospeed - pretty much flawless.

I fitted an ODYSSEY PC1230 along with a custom fit traxide system for mounting the battery in the rear. Getting the battery in position was ridiculously fiddly with next to zero wriggle room and in hindsight I should have removed the trim panel rather than shoehorning it in through the cubby hole. In the process of getting the battery in i caused two small outward facing dents in the panel - go me!

Fitting the traxide was straightforward except for getting the cable into the passenger side footwell. I owe Tim some pictures of how i did it but ended up going through a grommet on the side of the engine fuse box and then behind the dummy air intake and through a sealed plastic grommet behind the dashboard. Pretty sure threes a better way but didn't feel confident pushing the cable through the same huge grommet as the main loom.

Also, anyone who fancies getting a dual battery system setup in their late model D4 and who's never done any mods to their cars before should definitely give it a go. If i can get it done, then really anyone can.
  
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What was the cost and part numbers of the rear battery carrier, also any pictures of it in place
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Post #208736627th Sep 2019 9:38 am
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Good timing as im preping to do this in the near future and im up at prospeed in a couple of weeks. Any pics prices part no etc?
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Post #208742927th Sep 2019 12:55 pm
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CIO
 


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Not sure about part numbers, its not on the site, but I noticed they had made one previously via a Facebook post - best speak to Prospeed directly. I had a couple of other packages from them (rack package and protection package) and the battery holder was a last minute addition to the order. Best speak to Ben directly re the cost.

I'm kicking myself for not taking pics of the shelf. I got carried away with excitement to get the whole setup installed the day before we traveled a couple of weeks back. Basically its a metal frame that bolts into the same fittings used by the tow bar holder (obviously this means i had to remove the tow bar). it's easy to fit, but getting the battery in is very very tight. In hindsight I should have removed the boot trim, and I might end up doing that next week to tidy up the install of the battery and traxide kit. The shelf has openings to fit a ratchet strap to hold the battery in position.

i'll take pics of the battery and all the traxide bits in position next week when i'm in the Peak District. I'm currently in Cornwall with a boot full of kit including a fridge that's now running 24x7 Thumbs Up
  
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Thanks CIO i spoke to prospeed via email yesterday and they said they would put one aside for me so fingers crossed. Please post the pics when you can Thumbs Up
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Just came back from Cornwall yesterday.

Maybe a group buy could be sorted. Would be interested to see the bracket and what kind of price it is.

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Agreed Andy,

I reserved one as im up there mid Oct, i think i have seen one somewhere but no price as of yet, just confirmation they will save me one Thumbs Up
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Post #208775628th Sep 2019 4:03 pm
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Sounds excellent and looking forward to the pics:)
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Just waiting to see if an Optima Yellow Top 4.2 will fit.




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Post #20895804th Oct 2019 5:35 pm
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that looks just the job, interested to know if yellow top fits and also pictures of it in place to see how much space around it. Thumbs Up
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Andy Foster wrote:
Just waiting to see if an Optima Yellow Top 4.2 will fit.






Is this the prospeed version then Andy?
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Post #20895994th Oct 2019 6:54 pm
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CIO
 


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Here is how the battery looks fitted on mine. It’s a tight fit, but doable. I’ll try and tidy it up when I’m back in December.



Edit: added the image. Yeah I need to do some tidying up...
 

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Post #20896064th Oct 2019 7:22 pm
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Yep that’s the Prospeed one Thumbs Up
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So did Ben have them in stock then and if so rough price please Andy.

(hope you havnt stole my reserved one Laughing )
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