Having a secondary battery on your Jeep is going to be a good idea for those of you that like to go camping, run auxiliary lights, sound, or really anything that draws power off of your battery and you want the peace of mind of knowing that if that battery dies, you still have a second one to start the Jeep, get the alternator running, and charge both batteries back up again. Today we're gonna talk through the installation of this battery tray, which I am going to give a fairly simple two out of three wrenches. You are gonna have to do a little bit of cutting and a little bit of disassembly under the engine bay to get this installed, but it shouldn't take you more than two hours to complete, and most of you will be able to do this in your driveway, and we'll talk a little bit more about that install in just a second.If you're just somebody who has a winch, some light, some other auxiliary things that you're going to be running while the engine is running, then having a dual battery setup isn't going to be necessary. Of course when the engine's running, the alternator is spinning, it's recharging your battery, and you wouldn't necessarily need a setup like this one. It's also important to note that if you do want a dual battery setup, it's not going to be as simple as just getting one of these trays, putting both batteries in and calling it a day. If that's the case, one battery will constantly be discharging off of the other one, and you won't have a very useful system. You are going to need some sort of management mechanism in order to make sure that both batteries stay charged and don't discharge each other.As far as construction goes, there isn't a ton to say about these battery trays. This is designed to hold two factory size batteries. This is going to be a steel tray covered in a gloss black powder coat, that's gonna help protect the steel. This is also going to come with a tie-down or a strap mechanism to make sure that the battery stays in place. Other than that, again, not too much to say about the way these are built. Like I said, I am gonna give the install for this battery tray a two out of three wrenches because there is some cutting and some disassembly to do, and it may take you around two hours to complete this. Once you get under the hood, you're going to have to disconnect and pull your factory battery, you'll have to disconnect and unbolt your fuse block, also your air intake and finally remove that factory battery tray, that's where you'll have to do some cutting and some trimming. Then you can put everything back together with your new battery in place, and of course, you will need that management mechanism, that management system to ensure that the batteries aren't going to discharge each other and that you have two useful batteries.This dual tray is gonna come in at right around $120, which is pretty comparable to some of the other ones on the market. And if this is just going to be a place to set your batteries. As long as it's pretty sturdy, I think it's gonna do its job. So I can't imagine spending a lot more for another brand. I think $120 is the fair price for what you get. So if you have the need for a dual battery setup, you wanna squeeze two batteries in the place of one, a dual tray like this is gonna be a great option. The install is going to be fairly simple, even though there's a little bit of disassembly to do and a little bit of cutting, but I think the price is fair and this is definitely gonna get the job done. So that's my review of the Rugged Ridge Dual Battery Tray, fitting all 2007 and up JKs, that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.
Compatible with OEM and Optima Series 34 and 34/78 Batteries
Increases Vehicle's Electrical Capacity for Demanding Equipment
Black Powder Coat Finish
Durable Stainless Steel Construction
Fits 2012-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK Models
Doubles Your Electrical Capacity. Installing off-road lights and high-capacity winch units can take its toll on your single battery. Double your Jeep Wrangler's electrical capacity by putting in this Rugged Ridge Dual Battery Tray. It's compatible with both OEM and Optima Series (34 and 34/78 model) batteries.
Durable and Secure Construction. This dual battery tray from Rugged Ridge features heavy-gauge stainless steel plates for utmost strength and heat resistance. Meanwhile, its black powder coat finish resists corrosion, preventing rust from contaminating your batteries and other electronics. Also, the included straps help secure your batteries, guaranteeing performance even through rugged and bumpy trails.
Versatile and Upgradable. For improved performance, it's possible to install an extra Dual Battery Isolator. This allows for the proper charging and isolation of the second battery for more efficient operation.
Application. The Rugged Ridge Dual Battery Tray is compatible with OEM and Optima Series 34 and 34/78 batteries. The entire tray is measured to fit inside 2012-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK models.
42017 Wrangler -
PhantomGriffinInstallation Time: Full Day
Good tray, not a fan of the the tie down strap
The tray is solid and easily fits the two batteries, the stock battery and an Optima D34 Yellowtop. The tray will stay in the Jeep. However, I'm not a big fan of the tie down strap. The mounting hardware doesn't seem secure and with the two batteries being different height, one will likely be bouncing around. There's also some give in the strap so even work two identical batteries I'd probably want something else securing the batteries. I will hopefully find something else to replace the strap. Also, the installation is not for everyone. I installed a cold air intake at the same time, took me two evenings (6-7hrs).
Nice and sturdy, would have given a 5 except for the fact that it was a more difficult install than initially indicating by the product description. Still doable, but includes several steps that require cutting.
Aside from having to cut up a bit of plastic (required for the install), this is a good dual-battery tray. Because of the required fit I knew that a bit of cutting would be necessary so it is not the product's issue, but if you're uncertain whether you want to maintain a dual-battery setup, consider that there is some OEM cutting required that makes it less easy to return back to a single-battery setup in the future.
Dave D, 2007 Jeep Wrangler JKUMerchandising I have owned YJ’s and TJ’s in the past. After not owning one for several years I got the bug again and decided to go buy one. On a whim I saw this one and went to the dealership on the same day while my wife was at work and came home with it. She was a little bit surprised (mad) to see the Jeep in t...
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