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Old 11-12-2011, 04:16 PM   #1
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Dual Battery Set-Ups

Looking for some pics and opinions on dual battery set-ups...I have seen pics of the Benchmark Design set-up but wondering what else is out there that you guys have seen or are running...Thanks.

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Old 11-12-2011, 05:21 PM   #2
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I just ordered the rugged ridge off ebay for 84.00 buy it now plus 16.00 shipping. then i think i will order 12volt guy dual battery wire kit and winch controls.
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Old 11-12-2011, 07:33 PM   #3
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JSS has one that fits with hemis

http://www.jkowners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=47061
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Old 11-12-2011, 08:19 PM   #4
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The mounting brackets all seem to be about the same design and location I'm looking into it also now that I have added the winch I'm looking at the ARB fridge and need duals to run my portable welder!
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Old 11-12-2011, 08:26 PM   #5
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Don't mess with benchmark .... Buy anything else, but make sure you spend the money for a Cole hersee smart isolator. It's the part that makes it all work best.
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Old 11-12-2011, 11:49 PM   #6
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So is the kit from 12volt guy not good. He offers a 200amp solenoid heavy gauge wire node kit from what I have read here in JKO
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Old 11-13-2011, 08:30 AM   #7
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id like to see some of these set ups!!!! especially since a winch is in my christmasy future!!!
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Old 11-13-2011, 11:23 AM   #8
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Do not cast the Benchmark DB kit aside. It is a very well built mod that will last quite a while.

With that said, understand if you deal with Benchmark, you will get your product EVENTUALLY and enjoy.

http://www.jkowners.com/forum/attach...5&d=1311952291

Here is my install of the BM dual battery with Smart Isolator and his 500 amp winch fuse. I have all my accessories on a 9 switch custom 12Volt Guy panel with remote winch controls.

I am very happy with both.

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Old 11-13-2011, 11:26 AM   #9
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A nice thing about the JSS is that it doesn't hang the second battery over the exhaust manifold. Keeps the plug/wire/etc access same as stock.
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Old 11-13-2011, 12:25 PM   #10
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Went and got a ruggid ridge dual battery tray, and bought the ch smart battery isolater. Haven't had a problem since I got the smart isolater tried other methods u defintely need the ch smart isolater
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Old 11-13-2011, 12:28 PM   #11
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Having installed bit the 12volt guy and BMD kits id say your safe with either... Both very nice kits

http://www.jkowners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=21381

http://www.jkowners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=43375
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Old 11-13-2011, 01:00 PM   #12
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I went with the M.O.R.E. dual battery tray and T-Max dual battery controller, after reading about the T-Max on some expedition/camping and Toyota forums.

Originally planned to go with the Rugged Ridge tray, but found the M.O.R.E. tray on ebay for $95. Couldn't beat that. The MORE dual battery tray is a well made American product, except for one design flaw. The battery hold down is nothing more than a flat piece of 1/8" steel spanning from side to side. This causes it to bow in the middle when you tighten down the nuts on the J-hooks. Too tight and you bend the hold-down, too loose and the batteries slide. Although their not going anywhere, as the group 34 Sears AGM Platinums slide in like a glove.

The T-Max 47-3800 kit brought everything I needed to make all the connections including the in-dash display that allows you to:
1. View the voltage coming in from the alternator.
2. View the voltage of each battery.
3. Link the batteries manually.
IIRC the batteries are automatically linked when charging and unlink about 30 seconds after you turn off the ignition. You can Google for actual specs.


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i like that t maxx setup!!
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Old 11-13-2011, 02:38 PM   #14
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That's interesting. I wonder if it'll work with the River Raider's snorkle system.
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:46 AM   #15
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Nemesis posted a few pics ......below before SEMA but I have not heard anything else about this set up. It is dual yellow tops, sideways!!

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I have a question for those with the benchmark or RR side by side set up where it moves the battery closer to the motor any problems getting to the spark plugs or manifolds?
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The BMD kit is great - just wish there was more MFG support.
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very clean on all of the setups although I like the MAXX addition of the battery monitor so you can see the voltage for both batteries.

What would be even cooler is if it had an amp rating so you can see the battery draw ...would be good to see indicators of the battery cells dying before it's time to replace it (usually once the battery is dead!)
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Nemesis posted a few pics ......below before SEMA but I have not heard anything else about this set up. It is dual yellow tops, sideways!!

This would be a great idea for the 12+ but I don't think they make dry sells for 91/48 group ?
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I have a question for those with the benchmark or RR side by side set up where it moves the battery closer to the motor any problems getting to the spark plugs or manifolds?
If your running stock manifolds there is no issues.... But with headers its a major bitch
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I have a question for those with the benchmark or RR side by side set up where it moves the battery closer to the motor any problems getting to the spark plugs or manifolds?
That actually had me thinking after I finished the install



I may look into the JSS tray and swapping come the warm weather.
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The easiest way is through the wheel well.........
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I do plan on running the ripp headers in the future so it sounds like it would be worth the extra money for the JSS set up?
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I do plan on running the ripp headers in the future so it sounds like it would be worth the extra money for the JSS set up?
You might be ok with the rip.... I have the macaroni noodle Gibsons ant its and all around pain period lol
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Best Setup

I am jump starting this thread with a few questions, and opinion requests. I currently have the 3.8 engine and manual trans, and just ordered my sPOD 6 switch with air gauge. Plan on adding bumper lights, front/rear roof lights, Fridge/freezer, 9.5ti winch, and air compressor.

After studying dual battery setups, and keeping in mind future modifications (Hemi) would this be the best setup? (all purchased seperately):

-JSS Dual Battery Tray (modify top strap for mounting CH Isolator)
-Cole Hersee Smart Battery Isolator 200 Amps
-BenchMark 500 Amp Winch Fuse Module
-Odyssey Batteries (if so which size?)

Can a controller be used with this?

If this is not the best setup, is there a better approach?

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