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Old 09-20-2010, 01:46 PM   #1
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Ok this one is kinda long because of all the pictures. But here I go with yet again another DIY. So today, with the help of Gigs, Nick, and Silvia I relocated my new Odyssey Battery to the rear hatch of my Type-S.

So first, you don't have to get everything I did but I would recommend something similar. So for this install you'll need:
Batter

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4 Gauge Bulk wire (minimum size I recommend)

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Fuse Box

Splitter Box


and Misc. Tools
Ok So lets begin!

First we started by picking a spot in the hatch where we would locate the new battery. We decided the driver side for my trunk will do


So then we took out the panels inside the hatch so that we can start mocking up wire locations and where we'll bolt down the bracket.


Next we found the exact spot and made marking in the carpet where our holes will be


Then take out the drill and begin drilling your holes


Here is the bracket mounted and bolted down


Next we decided where the cables will run down threw the carpet and into the car. We marked our spots and drilled those too.


From there we next decided where to put my fuse box. Next to the battery of course. You never want to be more than a 12" away


That was that for the front. Then we moved to the engine bay
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Old 09-20-2010, 01:47 PM   #2
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So first start by taking out the stock batter and it's battery tray




Here is a better shot of my distribution block. Also the fuses installed


Then we had to find a spot for the wire to come through. We used a stock wiring harness and you can kinda see it through the mess


We poked a hole in the rubber from the inside and started feeding the battery cable through it. From the outside to inside


Here is a shot from the inside


The cable comes in from under the carpet so you will have to lift that up if you use this spot. We then modified the foot rest so the cable would fit comfortably and easy


Here a shot with it installed


Next we started routing the cable. So I took off the side trim and lifted the carpet to place the line down the side of the car


Here it is back together, you can see the line coming out the back


Next route the line under the rear seats and bring it back out the back. We choose the little hole by the struts


We then routed the line down the body line
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Next it's time to do some wiring. I used the stock ground for the taillights for my battery ground


It it's good enough for them, it's good enough for me. Then I place the cable through the carpet and put the carpet back in the car. Don't install the carpet yet, just set it in there.


Check all of the lengths and make cuts to the cable to fit how you would like it. We hooked up the power to the fuse box


Then did the ground and the other side of the power and attached the battery terminal clamps


Thats it for the batter, now back to the engine bay for the rest of the wiring...

So the distribution box I used uses for holding screws. We were only able to fit two into the spot we used but we also used extreme industrial velcro to hold it down to the frame.


Then we cut the positive cable apart and inserted them into the box


Also hooked up the original transmission ground up to the original grounding spot and grounded out my distribution box. Now you should pretty much be done. Go ahead and connect the battery up and check it out.



I used a digital distribution box because I wanted to check the voltage and amps being pushing and pulled.

Now you have a battery relocation!
On another note, you should place the battery on the passenger side to help offset your body weight but I didn't nor am I worried about the 11lb battery.
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So what happened to the original ground (the wire that attaches to the negative terminal of the original battery)?

What is the purpose of the distrubution box? Can one eliminate it?



I tried to construct a wiring diagram and here is what I came up with, is this right?

Original Power Wire Original Ground Wire (?)
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Distrubution Box => Transmission Ground
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Fuse Box Tailgate Ground
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Battery Positive Terminal => Battery Negative Terminal
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So what happened to the original ground (the wire that attaches to the negative terminal of the original battery)?

What is the purpose of the distrubution box? Can one eliminate it?



I tried to construct a wiring diagram and here is what I came up with, is this right?

Original Power Wire Original Ground Wire (?)
||
\/
Distrubution Box => Transmission Ground
||
\/
Fuse Box Tailgate Ground
|| /\
\/ ||
Battery Positive Terminal => Battery Negative Terminal


The original ground is gone. The original ground just goes from battery to frame. So the new ground is the same just in the rear. I used a splitter so I could run one wire from the back to the front and split the wire one to the fuse box and one to the alternator up front. If you run separate wires from the battery sure you won't need the splitter but thats more cable and more work.

My transmission ground is now going from the frame under the radiator where there is another ground location to the tranny.
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So would the following scheme work?

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yeah why? I go to the track all the time with no issues
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yeah why? I go to the track all the time with no issues
Check your track rules on relocated batteries.

I know my local track has specific rules, like needing a kill switch, etc.
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Check your track rules on relocated batteries.

I know my local track has specific rules, like needing a kill switch, etc.
so do ours but until you hit 12's are local tracks don't care. Hell I have friends running 11's and the track hasn't cared yet lol
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so do ours but until you hit 12's are local tracks don't care. Hell I have friends running 11's and the track hasn't cared yet lol
Ok, so in your case you have a lenient track. Others though, may not be as lucky. Just a disclaimer for others who may try this and plan on going to the track.
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yup most tracks wont let you pass tech if you have the battery in the trunk with out a kill switch
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Where did you get the wire? I went to home depot, and they have 1/0 with the really stiff sheath, and the flexible ones are 12-4.
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I have been looking for one ofd these for months!!!!!! Im going to use a battery box though for my optima battery!
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Where did you get the wire? I went to home depot, and they have 1/0 with the really stiff sheath, and the flexible ones are 12-4.
I bought the cable, end fittings and digital splitter box from a local stereo shop.
The circuit breaker I bought at autozone
The battery and tray were passwordJDM.com
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I bought the cable, end fittings and digital splitter box from a local stereo shop.
The circuit breaker I bought at autozone
The battery and tray were passwordJDM.com
you have the brand of the splitter?
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you have exposed (+) terminals on your circuit breaker in the rear,
if something metal goes rolling into that
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