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BenchMark Dual battery Kit install

Im super excited about having the kit installed and ready to go. Installation was easy and we hit a few snags but over all Id say that someone with very little mechanical knowledge should feel confident in their ability to install this kit.


I am running Odyssey Batteries PC1500DT I think these will be up to all the challanges im going to put them thru (Dual winch setup is in the near future)

We had to use a few more tools than required but nothing major that most people dont already have in the tool box already.

Really the only thing that was a huge pain in the butt was the evap purge valve.


Benchmarks instructions are very well written and easy to folow thanks John.

here is a lay out of the parts.



Here is what we started with




This is the tool list required



Here is a picture f the tools actually used


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Battery removed and taking the fuse box out




Making room to get the factory battery tray out



Trimming the insulation so the new battery tray can sit flush against the fire wall





Here is a shot of the new tray in place and it slides right in


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Nice,what did you do with the yellow top battery?
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Installing the support bracket was were i hit my first snag but it wasnt a show stopper. the threaded insert was stripped out because i was trying to put a standard bolt in a netric thread. So i took a hammer and punch and knocked the insert out and used a nut and bolt combo





My fuse box bracket did not line up with the holes so i had to enlarge them so the bolys would go in








Next it was time to put the batteries they were a tight fit but they look great



Now is the fun part hooking everything back up



here is a shot of the wire harness you need to tap into using the included TEE Tap


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The factory terminals need to be drilled out to accomodate the new terminals.



Finding a place to put the evap purge was a pain in the butt so i ziptied it to the fusebox for now ill build a braket for it at a later date



Here it is all installed and wired up




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Nice,what did you do with the yellow top battery?
The yellow top will me moved to the wifes YJ

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Very nice!

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Nice job.
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thanks guys

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Looks good!

Now how about some props to the damn cameraman!


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Great job and thanks for posting....
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Well need to figure some things out


Now the Jeep stays running when you turn the key off in th accessory position


and need to figure out a way to insulate the isolator becuse that little booger gets hot

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Well need to figure some things out


Now the Jeep stays running when you turn the key off in th accessory position


and need to figure out a way to insulate the isolator becuse that little booger gets hot
Got the $69 fix.



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Jeep stays running? Something's not right. Did you guys figure it out?

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i think he meant as in it will start even if its ben in accessory mode awhile


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i think he meant as in it will start even if its ben in accessory mode awhile

nope the jeep does not turn off in acc mode you have to go all the way to off for the Jeep to turn off

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Nice write-up!

Hope you're able to work out the bugs w/out too much grief.

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Nice write-up!

Hope you're able to work out the bugs w/out too much grief.
Yeah i have them narrowed down to the PCM or ignition switch

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Well that's good. Best of luck.

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Dirty,

Can we get a final verdict and shots of the install? I'm thinking of running dual batteries here pretty soon and I'm wondering how your install ended up...?
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Dirty,

Can we get a final verdict and shots of the install? I'm thinking of running dual batteries here pretty soon and I'm wondering how your install ended up...?
Its working great and I honestly couldnt be happier the fit and finish is awesome and the peace of mind having a backup battery is great. The Odysseys are a tight fit but I think in the long run it will be a great upgrade because im working on making a rear winch bumper so the jeep will have dual winches

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Its working great and I honestly couldnt be happier the fit and finish is awesome and the peace of mind having a backup battery is great. The Odysseys are a tight fit but I think in the long run it will be a great upgrade because im working on making a rear winch bumper so the jeep will have dual winches
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The install directions were awesome and very easy to follow with very good pictures. so really the toughest part about this system is picking your batteries

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Glad you've figured shat out.

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Dirty, does your solenoid stay hot like mine does, even when you have had your jeep turned off for a while? Very warm to the touch?
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