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Old 10-26-2009, 02:33 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Certainly worth thinking about. If there does exist a way to use only one 6v battery to achieve 12 or 14v, all will be well. Using both batteries does seem daunting. It still seems worth trying out since the investment is mostly time. Also, if my driving is mostly flat and I'm not dealing with any continental divides on my daily commute, I expect that a 13% weight penalty might not reflect a 13% loss in efficiency.

Originally Posted by micondie View Post
I would think twice about adding 320 pounds of battery (plus mounting hardware strong enough to keep those batteries from getting loose in a accident!!) in a 2400 pound civic. That is at least a 13% weight penalty and it's not like your mother-in-law in the back seat occasionally, it's all the time! No alternator delete is going to make up for that.

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