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Does anyone make a kit to add a second battery to the Ram or do I need to put something together myself?

This is for the 01 Ram which I think had part of the cruise control relocated to what could be a second battery location.

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You should be able to jsut buy the passenger side tray assembly for the deisle version o fyour truck from the dealer. I think it'll run around $40 for all the parts.

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So basicly I just need the second battery option for a Ram 2500?

Does the dealer sell all these parts or will I need to find them elsewhere?

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Thedealer has them. You just have to ask for the passenger side battery tray and hardware for the Cummins.
 

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As Jason pointed out, just call your local dealer, ask for the passenger side battery tray, and mounting hardware. ( Ithink I paid $50 total for tray and hardware)They may not have it in stock, (my dealer didn't) but it won't take long for them to get it. I did this, and mounted a red top Optima in it. I also ordered from Painless wiring, (through 4 wheel drive Hardware) a dual battery management system (about $109 for the kit)
I can send you some pictures of my install if you like. The Battery management system allows you jump start your truck from inside with the flip of a switch!
Let me know huh?
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jprtroy,

thanks for the info. I would love to see the pictures.

Can I ask why you went with the battery management system? Every time I have done dual batteries on high performance cars I never use any kind of switch of management system. I have always used a standard dual trunk mount battery kit. I am actually planning on one for my Mustang in a few months as well.
 

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My truck has many electrical accessories,(lights stereo, air compressor) including a winch. The battery management system gives me the option to use both batteries for starting or winching, running my accessories, or I can run everything (except winch) from the main battery. Should I run the main dowm, I have the AUX battery in reserve for starting. I've used battery isolators in the past, but they use up about 1.2vdc (give or take ) and are limited to the amount of current that they can pass.
So, I choose the dual battery management system. The dual battery system has a 3 pos. switch, Emergency, off, dual on. The Dual on is only on when the key is in the "on" position. When switched to Emergency the dual battery is switched in regardless of key position (for jump starting)
I'll look for your e-mail, and shoot you some pic's. If I can't it here, I'll let you know via this post.
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Hey any chance I could get some pics of that install also? I believe the filter for my air pump is in the way for the second tray on my V10
 

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You need the battery tray and mounting parts like was mentioned above. Search here http://www.trademotion.com/partlocator/index.cfm?action=selectCatalogYearMakeModel&catalogid=2&siteid=213794&year=1999 they have 30% off retail prices. Much better than your dealer will ever do.

As for hooking up the second battery, I just bought a solenoid from the painless dual batt kit. I wired it up myself and it is easy and you can make the same setup as the painless kit for about 60 bucks.

You can see my second battery and kinda see the solenoid in the upper right corner http://dodgetrucks.org/cgi-bin/index.pl?photo=2840

I know a place where you can get just the solenoid for a pretty good price, PM me if you are interested.

Here is a pic of the wiring diagram for that dual setup.

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That is what I was afraid of, the second battery is right where my filter for my air pump is mounted on the v10, not that it can't be moved, but that stinks. Thanks man
 

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Filter for your air pump?

Do you mean the EVAP deal? Or is this like a 94 or 95?

If it's the EVAp thing I had to move mine as well, not a big deal at all, trim the hoses, drill a new hole, wala.
 

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Mine would not fit with my K&N cold air kit so I had to trim it as well.

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The manegment kit is a joke. i've been running dual batteries for about 8 month now and no problem. i run a 12,000 ramsey winch and competion steoro. Plus the deisel dont and never have. :twak:
 

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I am not sure what the evap deal is. Mine is a 2000, and I am pretty sure the owners manual calls it a air pump. I have also heard it called the air injection pump. It is belt driven and pump air down to the cats on the Federal emmission version of the ten. I am not sure if the V8 have them.
 

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I forgot this, the reason to get some type of management systems is one bad cell will drain the batter, if they are hooked in parrallel it will drain both. Some system will actually hook them in series for starting only.
 

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What Perfect Aggression? 24 volts to a 12 volt starter isn't a good idea :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:. If I were to do this system it would be to have a parallel-->series switch so I could run 24 volt accesories like a Trailhead compressor :): but I'll probably go belt driven so forget about two batteries :):
 
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