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Old 03-30-2002, 09:21 PM   #1
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HELP! How do you relocate battery to trunk?

Where can I buy a relocation kit and how do I install it (where do I route the cable?)?
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Old 03-31-2002, 01:14 AM   #2
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Summit Racing has them. It would come with instructions, just make sure you have a long vent tube for the battery. Wouldn't be good to have your tailpipe or a rear suspension piece fall off
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Old 03-31-2002, 09:42 AM   #3
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I beleive 'Taboo' did this at half the price with great results, shoot him an email.
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Old 03-31-2002, 02:57 PM   #4
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i just did this last week on my GSX. i bought the relocation kit from summit racing that's 40 bucks. mount the battery on the opposite side of the fuel pump that way its opposite of the engine and the wieght is more equally balanced.
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Old 03-31-2002, 06:21 PM   #5
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i just did this last week on my GSX. i bought the relocation kit from summit racing that's 40 bucks. mount the battery on the opposite side of the fuel pump that way its opposite of the engine and the wieght is more equally balanced.
Where did you route the cable through?
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Old 04-01-2002, 08:36 AM   #6
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I've done this as well. I routed the cable down past the motor mount (be careful to secure it away from the mount so it doesn't rub the cable) and then attached it under the car and ran it back to the trunk. Once it's at the rear, route it up thru one of the grommet/seals on the trunk bottom and resecure the grommet (after cutting it appropriately) and then connect your battery's positive terminal. For the negative, just ground the original negative cable to a place in the engine bay. Ground your battery's negative terminal in the trunk. This way you're not running two cables to the trunk.

I got my box and relocation kit from Summit for a total of something like $40.

If you need pics, let me know.
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Old 04-01-2002, 11:51 AM   #7
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I've done this as well. I routed the cable down past the motor mount (be careful to secure it away from the mount so it doesn't rub the cable) and then attached it under the car and ran it back to the trunk. Once it's at the rear, route it up thru one of the grommet/seals on the trunk bottom and resecure the grommet (after cutting it appropriately) and then connect your battery's positive terminal. For the negative, just ground the original negative cable to a place in the engine bay. Ground your battery's negative terminal in the trunk. This way you're not running two cables to the trunk.

I got my box and relocation kit from Summit for a total of something like $40.

If you need pics, let me know.
Cool, thanks for the info. I noticed from Summit's site that the battery box is kinda big, much larger than the battery itself. Where in the trunk did you strap it down to?
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Old 04-02-2002, 09:54 AM   #8
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Yeah, you're right, it is much bigger than the battery. I just stuffed an old towel in there with it to hold it steady in the box. As far as where it is, it's secured to the trunk floor with screws. Here's a pic, it's actually two halves made into one, it's not the best but here goes...

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Old 04-05-2002, 12:12 AM   #9
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are there any boxes that are closer to the size of our battery?
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Old 04-05-2002, 06:34 AM   #10
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You can probably check the auto stores for battery boxes. I know I've seen them at PepBoys, but from what I've seen, the quality of them is not very good. The plastic is much thinner, not as resistant to melting or bending, and the overall build quality is lower than the box I got from Summit. If you HAVE to have something closer to the battery's size, that's where to go...just dont expect the same quality.
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Old 04-05-2002, 07:17 AM   #11
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what was the reason for you guys relocating your battery?... just curious
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Old 04-05-2002, 07:50 AM   #12
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The battery, being as heavy as it is, can offer a little better weight distribution if it is moved to the trunk, especially if you have no spare tire like me (I removed it for weight reduction, and replaced it with a can of fix-a-flat, and there's more room to store stuff there now). The car tends to handle a little bit better now.
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Old 04-05-2002, 02:18 PM   #13
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This has me curious as well. As far as weight distro goes, wouldn't a FF want to keep the weight over the front tires? I suspect moving the battery to the trunk would contribute to more weight transfer to the rear and less grip in the front on a launch.

I can see the benifit, however, if you want to alter the weight for handling reasons rather than drag setup, no?

I also think it's the AWD guys that like this mod more.

Has anyone had the car corner weighted after this? Does it fight understeer all that much? I wonder because the battery sits so far on the passenger side. I want to know the weight of the car at all for wheels to see if this would provide more neutral steering.
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Old 04-06-2002, 02:46 PM   #14
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Like I said, since I removed the spare tire, I wanted to keep some weight in the back...so along with my bandpass box, the battery keeps the car a little more balanced.

Yes, you're right I don't do it for a drag setup, I do not race. I however enjoy the additional handling benefits this has afforded me. Before the battery went into the trunk, the rear of the car was very light. But upon the addition of the relocated battery and the new bandpass box, the rear sits a bit more stable now and doesn't bounce around like it used to. The results have been tangible, so I know it must be working.
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Old 04-08-2002, 04:44 PM   #15
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i want to relocate my battery just because the damn thing gets in the way all the time when i am under the hood. as much as i love taking it out everytime i think having it in the rear would be convenient.
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