The converting, maintenance, and operation of a Suzuki Samurai conversion to Electric power.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Here we see the 2 battery boxes beneath the bed. The rear one is about 1/2" too short. It will also only hold 4 modules. I could lengthen it the needed amount, but it needs to be 3" wider to fit 6 batteries. The forward battery box previously held 2 GC batteries. It too would need to be stretched slightly to fit 2 single batteries. The batteries are basically 2 12v units attached end to end making a 30" long assembly. The one in the picture has been separated. I have 5 24v modules and 3 12v. It looks like rebuilding the small battery box to hold 2 singles is not a good idea. I think the best approach is to remove all the existing boxes and start over with a clean slate.

Either I will redo the big box to hold 3 24v batteries- if that is possible, or build a new box in the bed behind the seats. Other than losing some carrying capability, that may not be a bad approach. The weight distribution would be slightly better without batteries behind the rear axle. We will pull out the 2 boxes and see what the possibilities are.

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