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To me it looks like a single point failure that strands you. If you're only concerned about long term parking I'd invest in a ctek charger. That thing is a life changer for me.
I'm not sure i understand - sure if it fails I'm stranded - but that's also the case with any battery. When that car does sit for the winter i still will put in on a batter tender of some kind.

There where a few goals to doing this, move some weight to the back, free up space under the hood in case a turbo motor ever comes into play, i'm now protected from parasitic battery drain if the car sits for short periods, its a very basic anti-theft device, it allowed me to clean up some old wiring that had been done poorly, and i liked the idea so figured why not :).
 

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got everything installed and working with the battery relocation, ill get some pictures up soon - i have a few small details to button up - but it was nice to get it back running again - even managed to take it for a drive. Next on the list is to wash 2 years worth of dust off of it.
 

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Finally got back to doing stuff to the car. I installed a a 3 min delay timer on my battery disconnect switch, and that seemed to cure another issue i was having.

I was having a low idle issue at start-up, after checking all the vacuum and intake lines for leaks i started investigating the IAC valve, I came across a article that said you should hear your IAC valve click after you turn the engine off - but my battery disconnected as soon as you turn the key off. Now that the 3 min delay timer has been installed the low idle issue seems to have subsided.

I took it out for a drivee 3 differnt times and it seems to be running a lot better, to be fair the car sat for almost 2 years waiting on parts, so things could have been "stuck" but either way the car seems happier so ill take it.
 

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That looks great to me honestly. So you just have that thing hard off when parked? I guess you manually key unlock, then let passengers in once you get in yourself. Not a bad tradeoff for never worrying about a dead battery. Funny you mention the timer delay, they have that as a recommended item when viewing the cutoff switch.

If you mount all the to a board you could probably squeeze in a tool bag with tire plugs, fix a flat, stuff like that. I just hate not having a spare tire :D
 

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That looks great to me honestly. So you just have that thing hard off when parked? I guess you manually key unlock, then let passengers in once you get in yourself. Not a bad tradeoff for never worrying about a dead battery. Funny you mention the timer delay, they have that as a recommended item when viewing the cutoff switch.

If you mount all the to a board you could probably squeeze in a tool bag with tire plugs, fix a flat, stuff like that. I just hate not having a spare tire :D
Yes, after the 3 min the batter automatically disconnects and let yourself in then let passengers in - honestly i never thought about it as i dont leave it alone when I'm out so its alwasy unlocked.

The hardest part was trying to find a battery to fit in the spare tire well as there are few flat spots, and i was afraid that a board would not be strong enough to hold everything in place in the event of a accident - i dont really want a battery flying around the cabin. I also try to keep the permanent modifications to a minimum,
Honestly I have though about the lack of a space for a spare, but after i put the BBK on I don't have a spare anyway. If I'm ever able to make any long journey ill be loading it up with supplies and ill be sure to include fix-a-flat, a spare and a bunch of tools :)
 

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After about 4 Weeks and multiple drives all the issues seem to have been resolved.
A 3 minute Delay time on my battery disconnect and a new O2 sensor and its running great.
Honestly without this forum i would have never found out that the IAC valve made adjustments after the car is turned off.
I spent the past few weekends just driving it arround and enjoying it for the first time in a long while.

Also, thanks to all who take time to post - an old thread saved me on this one, you never know when that information your posting will be useful to to others.
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Cleaned up the Wiring a bit:

I used fleece tape to wrap the wires, it works great and keeps everything in order
Fleece Tape
Next is to make a new spacer for behind the battery, the shape of the spare tire well made mounting the battery there more work then i had anticipated.

small steps....
 

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well car was inspected and licensed again.
the car fires right up, even after sitting all winter.
i got in on the group buy for the sunroof seals, so i may actually install my CF sunroof.
other then that im just gonna drive it a bit before the weather gets too cold again.
 

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the car fires right up, even after sitting all winter.
That's what amazes me a lot. Didn't drive a lot at all in the last 18 months, but regardless how long my lil' Blue has been sitting, I connect the battery, turn the key and after two turns of the starter the engine fires up and instantly runs smoothly!
(I hope I haven't jinxed it now!)

Zoe
 

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so small update.

This is what the sub woofer box looks like sitting in the car:


The amp shelves underneath:


I plan on putting some expanded metal over the amp openings to keep things and people away from them.

I'm not sure i will keep the current set-up, Im told that it looks like a "bat signal" which is a bonus, but I was thinking about turning the subs around (facing backwards) , moving them closer together and adding front facing 6X9's on the front outsides of the box, if that happens it wont be for a few months.

Also after a quick 5 hour (each way) trip i now have this, the Newest Addition to the car:


I really like the look of the hood but i still have a few figment issues to work out with it.
I also acquired a a LJM strut bar when i acquired the hood, but i don't have any pictures yet .

Thanks
The hood looks sweet! 👌
 
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