Outfitting a trail rig can add greater strain to the electrical system. Adding on a winch, air compressor, fog lights, driving lights, a spotlight, electric fuel pump, and a stereo amp can really tax the battery. A great way to combat that strain is to install dual batteries. This is especially true when using a winch, which can draw big amps for an extended period. These kits are designed to mount two batteries in place of the factory single battery location. The trays and brackets feature a black powder coated finish. These are mounting kits only and do not include any wiring. A suggested wiring diagram is included. 70- 95 CJ and Wrangler kits place the batteries side-by side and may be used with lead acid or cylindrical style sealed gel cell batteries. 97-06 TJ Wrangler its stack the batteries and are for use with cylindrical-style sealed, gel cell batteries only due to the battery mounting direction.
Installed on a ‘85 CJ7 with a Jeep 360. It’s used for some reasonably serious trails during elk hunting trips to Montana. I need to power a winch, dual cooling fans, oil cooler fan, oversized heater fan & plenty of trail lighting...
First; solid, quality hardware. All components are more substantial than I expected to see.
Second; installation did require a little “manipulation” but everything fits.
The instructions were a bit lacking, but once you remove the factory battery tray, it becomes clear how it all fits.
I run two Group 24 batteries, which are the same footprint as the stock Group 34, just an inch or so taller; no problem with height clearance.
Just pre-assemble the appropriate parts with all of the fasteners loose. Then work things into place and snug it all down. You might need a couple of drift pins to align & hold things in place temporarily and a small pry bar....
This unit clears the CJ heater hose/core outlets nicely.
I did have to shorten the j-hook threaded tie-down bars for hood clearance, but that was the only modification required.
Once in place, it’s absolutely solid. Start to finish, about three hours, but I’m old & don’t work as fast as I used to!!
I have zero concerns about battery security in off-road use!!!
Rugged Ridge was established in 2005 by the company Omix-ADA to focus on innovative aftermarket Jeep accessories. Many of Rugged Ridge's recent designs are so innovative they have been patented. This includes their floor liners, snorkel and XHD Modular Bumpers. Since 2005 Rugged Ridge has developed and manufactured over 3,000 kinds of Jeep related products. All Rugged Ridge Jeep accessories are trail rated. The Omix-ADA founder came from a family that owned a small Jeep dealership. It was the founder's dream from a young age to own a company that made accessories for Jeeps. The founder manifested the dream in 1992. Shop Rugged Ridge Now
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