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Battery Relocation and Isolation Kit install Finished
Following on from my previous post I have finished installing the battery and remote kill switch.
The battery bracket has arrived, I have decided the best place to put the battery is under the passenger seat. I chose this spot for a few reasons. It offsets the driver’s weight and being in a lower point in the car helps with the centre of gravity.
The first step was to clear the floor of the tar (sound deadening). This was easy as I had already removed the carpet. I also had to massage the floor flat so the battery had a good flat surface to sit on. It is important to check what is under the floor before you start drilling holes as the last thing you want to do is drill through a wire or fuel line. Then it was just a matter of bolting down the bracket to support the battery.
I had decided to house the cut of switch in the panel where the stereo head unit would normally be housed. I made the panel out of some aluminium sheeting then gave it a coat of matt black paint. The panel will house the kill switch as well as an Oil Pressure gauge to make sure I always have a clear indicator of the engine oil pressure.
Once I had worked out where everything was going to be housed it was a matter of connecting everything.
With the battery kill switch you can either cut the positive or negative. With modern cars it is recommended that you kill the positive to limit the chance of anything happening to your ECU. I earthed the battery to the chassis via the seat mount on the chassis rail. Positive connected the battery to the main fuse box as well as the starter motor with the switch in between. You also need to wire it in the ignition barrel.
At one stage prior to connecting the ignition barrel. I cut of power to the battery; the car still ran for a little wile as the alternator was producing enough current to keep the car running.
With everything connected the car can now be killed in three different locations. The Driver has access to the main keyed ignition barrel as well as the remote kill switch in the centre dash panel. The navigator/co driver has access to the remote kill switch in the centre dash panel. Officials or fire marshals have access to the remote pull cored on the passenger side window ledge that is clearly signed.
I made sure that the switch can be accessed when the driver or navigator is harnessed in.
Hopefully this will never have to be used but better to have it in case of an incident then not have it.