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Question Battery install (DynaBatt / Odyssey PC680) NHRA legality question...

I bought a Odyssey PC680, which is the same thing as the DynaBatt, only at 1/2 the cost. I figure it's an easy way to get 27-28 lbs. off the nose of the car.

I laid this thing down on it's side i the factory battery tray, and made brackets out of "band iron" and bolted it down on all 4 sides, with the band iron running across it's length and width. This thing isn't going anywhere.

Every DynaBatt install I've ever seen is custom. If anything, my install is total overkill and is 10 times stronger than the factory setup.

Is the NHRA looking for anything specific as far as the install goes??? It's in the stock location, just laid down on it's side. I would assume they'd just want the battery to be held down with something metal, rather than nylon straps or bungee cords or whatever.

Anyone have any experience in this area??? Please enlighten me!!!

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Sorry off topic but where can i find info on the above batt thanks jon


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Here you go Jon... BTW, I ordered mine from www.batterymart.com

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Hey Jeff. How well does that battery throw the motor over? Got me thinking, even with a trunk mounted battery I could definitely dig a near 30lbs reduction in weight. My current battery was just shy of 45lbs on the scale and I'm after light this year.
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Awww **** it. I just ordered one
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Hey Jeff. How well does that battery throw the motor over? Got me thinking, even with a trunk mounted battery I could definitely dig a near 30lbs reduction in weight. My current battery was just shy of 45lbs on the scale and I'm after light this year.
Hey Tim, it's not in the car yet, as I'm trying to get some straight answers on any legality issues with the install.

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Do you run a electrical fan ?? got it in the car yet??

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Im interested in this also. What does the battery weigh???

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Yep, it's in the car now. No electric fan.

The battery weighs 13 lbs. as opposed to 38-40 for the stocker.

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As long as its securely bolted down you wont have a problem......being its still in its stock location and held down with the metal straps i think youll be fine..

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Yep Rich, I already got that all squared away...


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Any pics??? I would sure love to see some!

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I could snap a pic for you, but to post it here I'd need someone to host it for me.

If not, post your e-mail here and I'll send you a pic.


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8.1 BATTERIES

All batteries must be securely mounted and may not be relocated into the driver or passenger compartments. Rear firewall of .024-inch (.6 mm) steel or .032-inch (.8 mm) aluminum (including package tray) required when battery is re-located in trunk. In lieu of rear firewall, battery may be located in a sealed .024-inch (.6 mm) or .032-inch (.8 mm) aluminum, or FIA accepted poly box. If sealed box is used in lieu of rear firewall, box may not be used to secure battery, and must be vented outside of body. Strapping tape prohibited. A maximum of two automobile batteries, or 150 pounds (68 kg) combined maximum weight (unless otherwise specified in Class Requirements) is permitted. Metal battery hold-down straps mandatory. Hold-down bolts must be minimum 3/8-inch (9.53 mm) if battery is relocated from stock and other than stock hold-downs are used ("J" hooks prohibited or must have open end welded shut.).

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Please send pics to [email protected]

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One very important sentence missing in Mike's post. " Relocated battery must be fastened to frame rail or to frame structure with a minimum of two 3/8 bolts".
So, it can't just be mounted to the trunk floor, it has to be mounted to the frame rails or the frame structure.

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Battery is mounted in the stock location, in the stock battery tray. The only rule that applies to me is "battery must be securely mounted". I got that info straight from Weslet Roberson, tech director for the NMRA.

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I would like to see your pics of the battery. [email protected]

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I sent the pic to both of you guys. Let me know if you get it.

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pics here please. [email protected]

I'm interested to see how the car starts with the battery also.
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I got the pics and emailed u back

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I got it thanks. Where did you get the aluminum from to make the bracket? It is probably more secure than the factory one.

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Don 95Vert - Do you drive the car on the street? If so how does the car like the small battery? No starting issues or anything like that?
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Yep I drive it on the street-but it's not a daily driver. This will be the first season I'm running it. But, trying to get some idle and tranny issues worked out, I had to start it a whole bunch of times in a row and it never seemed to run out of power. I run a stock SN95 fan and a tranny cooler fan and water injection off it-seems to work. Saved lots of weight and didn't have to hassle with moving it to the trunk. I made the hold down with 100% Home Depot stuff-aluminum angle, channel, plexiglass and stainless carriage bolts. I got the idea for using this battery from talking to Bob Cosby-works great for him too...

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I sent you the pic.

Like Don, I didn't want to hassle with getting my battery in the trunk, not to mention the fact that a trunk is pretty much non-existent in my vert already, and I wasn't willing to sacrifice any more space.

The bar is just 1/8" think aluminum, I think you can get it at Home Depot.

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I sent you the pic.

Like Don, I didn't want to hassle with getting my battery in the trunk, not to mention the fact that a trunk is pretty much non-existent in my vert already, and I wasn't willing to sacrifice any more space.

The bar is just 1/8" thick aluminum, I think you can get it at Home Depot.

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here *** is - looks cool, I'd rather do this then relocate the battey.

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