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    Larger Battery

    Hey guys, I know there's been a few posts about replacing the stock battery with a larger automotive one, but has anyone had any problems with doing this (e.g. charging, wiring or performance issue)? I've already added a second battery to my rig (dual stock batteries) but I'm thinking of simplifying this by going to one larger battery. I've got a 4500 lbs Viper Elite and I'm thinking of adding some additional LED driving lights/back up lights. Any input would be great, thanks.

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    Re: Larger Battery

    I don't see how a larger battery would hurt anything if there is room for it. The mechanic at my dealership said he thought the stock BR battery was to small for that motor and suggested adding another for cold weather starting.

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    Re: Larger Battery

    My only real concern is the charging system, and if it can handle the larger battery (I'm thinking Optima Blue Top 34m). The only other issue is wiring it in, but I'm not expecting many problems there. I just wanted to know if anyone has had charging issues.

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    Re: Larger Battery

    And for sure the stock battery is a bit small, my 1989 Kawasaki Bayou 300 has a bigger battery... And all it runs are the headlights.

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    Re: Larger Battery

    Well, I have two stock batteries in my big red and it has no problems running the winch, head lights, fan and windshield wipers.

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    Re: Larger Battery

    Bob,

    Where did you put the other battery? Wired in parallel?

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    Re: Larger Battery

    Right alongside the other one and yep it parrallel

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    Re: Larger Battery

    Hmmm. So one large battery vs two smaller ones. Pros and cons?

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    Re: Larger Battery

    I run an automotive battery on the pass side floor during the winter to help run the snowplow/ winch. On the weekends I throw it on charge for a few hours, as I am not good about warm ups and idling to recharge the battery. the cables are a quick disconnect, so in the summer, I just unplug, and coil the "jumper" into the battery box. I plan to make a set of jumper cables to plug into them, in case I should need a jump, or offer one. It also gives me a nice 12 volt supply, if ever needed.

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    Re: Larger Battery

    Pros - fewer connections (it's a bit of a rats nest up front right now)
    - more available power storage capacity for running accessories

    Cons - slightly more weight up front (depends on the size of the battery)
    - can the charging system recharge the battery after heavy use? (this is my major
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    Re: Larger Battery

    Quote Originally Posted by zeke_1979 View Post
    Pros - fewer connections (it's a bit of a rats nest up front right now)
    - more available power storage capacity for running accessories

    Cons - slightly more weight up front (depends on the size of the battery)
    - can the charging system recharge the battery after heavy use? (this is my major
    concern)
    So can it recharge the larger battery?

    So here is my current plan (no pun intended). I am going to mount a second larger battery. Wire it in parallel with the smaller OEM battery. Does that sound like it will be OK or should I just use the larger battery and remove the OEM?

    That takes me back to the charging question.

    Should I mount the larger battery and not hook it to the OEM and just keep it on a trickle charger and just use it for the winch, stereo and other auxiliary stuff to keep them isolated from the OEM system?
    Stereo - YETI - Hardtop - Snorkel - Hour meter - Rearview Mirror - Viper Max 4000 Winch with remote on the front - Warn 4.0 CI on receiver for the rear - Extreme Metal Products battery tray ... next Motosport M-12 Wheels.

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    Re: Larger Battery

    Sounds like we've got the same dilemma. I'm pretty sure BR can charge the battery, as long as I'm not doing any extended winching. I don't run a stereo, and only have a few accessories.

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    Re: Larger Battery

    I've decided just to be safe and not mess up the charging system I am going with plan B.
    Stereo - YETI - Hardtop - Snorkel - Hour meter - Rearview Mirror - Viper Max 4000 Winch with remote on the front - Warn 4.0 CI on receiver for the rear - Extreme Metal Products battery tray ... next Motosport M-12 Wheels.

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    Re: Larger Battery

    I'm running a single larger car battery under the hood. Have been since last summer with no problems. I made a plate that sits on the drivers side. There's kind of an empty spot there. It's not that much heavier than a stock set up yet when I start it the starter sounds like it has power.

    Before as the piston would come up on the compression stroke you could hear the starter slightly bog down. Now it's effortless and starts much faster. I just wonder how much damage I was doing to the starter, they then to overheat when they don't get enough power.

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