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Old 07-25-2012, 08:04 PM   #21 (permalink)
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The car wasn't lowered at all but looks very low. The coroplastic front lip will bend out of the way when it hits stuff so I made it pretty low.

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Old 07-25-2012, 08:09 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Old 07-25-2012, 08:11 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Deep Cycle Battery Installed

I finally got the large deep cycle battery installed. The charge controller is now right behind the Emergency Brake so I can see it from the drivers seat. Under the charge controller is a fuse block to help prevent a fire.

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Old 07-25-2012, 08:20 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Old 07-25-2012, 10:42 PM   #25 (permalink)
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The car is looking good! This will likely work to reduce your overall drag, from what I have read here. I had an airdam that low and it got banged-up noticeably quite quickly. If you have speed bumps or deep dips like I do, it'll happen to you too, likely. I now have a new dam and side skirts and I stay a little further off the pavement.

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How many amp hours will that one give you, and how are you charging it? Just the panel? You have it well secured and vented?
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Old 07-26-2012, 01:51 AM   #26 (permalink)
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How many amp hours will that one give you
The battery is rated at 210Ahr.

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how are you charging it? Just the panel?
This project is just starting the testing phase. I disconnected the alternator wire and it is only using solar to charge. Hooking a charger to it at night is an option.

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You have it well secured and vented?
The battery and box are well secured with two ratchet straps.
The Valve Regulated Absorbed Glass Mat battery is meant for confined area's with poor venting and is currently vented directly to the cabin.

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The battery is rated at 210Ahr.
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This project is just starting the testing phase. I disconnected the alternator wire and it is only using solar to charge. Hooking a charger to it at night is an option.
I hope I can be some help for the plan/testing, having had a deep cycle battery and alt delete running for almost a year. So my questions are in that spirit: Won't a 210 ahr battery need at least a 90amp charger or an equally powerful alternator to get a true full charge? With less, won't the battery degrade in its ahr capacity kinda quickly?

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I hope I can be some help for the plan/testing, having had a deep cycle battery and alt delete running for almost a year. So my questions are in that spirit: Won't a 210 ahr battery need at least a 90amp charger or an equally powerful alternator to get a true full charge? With less, won't the battery degrade in its ahr capacity kinda quickly?
SunRNR has done a lot of research on this combo of solar panel, charge controller, and battery. I trust that their system will hold up well.
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Won't a 210 ahr battery need at least a 90amp charger or an equally powerful alternator to get a true full charge? With less, won't the battery degrade in its ahr capacity kinda quickly?
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I have not heard/ read about ah losses due to low amp charging.
I am still under the belief that slow/ low amp charging is superior to fast / large amp charging. In short the fast charge is reported to dissipate faster.
Could you enlighten me with some information or a link ?
I seem to have a gap in my knowledge bank.
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Charging batteries fast wares them out like discharging them fast.

Charge them as slowly as you can get away with.

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