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Old 04-12-2011, 05:31 PM   #1
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Installing a aux battery

Hello all,
just registered so I'm a NG to this site. I'm also a New Guy to Polaris Rangers, just bought a 2006 Ranger 500cc 4x4 and I was wanting to install an extra battery for the likes of stereo and extra lights. My question/concern is if I do connect an extra battery via a isolator/kit will the stock starter/alternator be able to charge it or will it be too much? I plan on using a (car battery)Red Top Optimia(?) for the aux battery. I'm not savvy enuff on the mechanics of rangers 'yet' so I wanted to ask here where it seems like there's alot of people with alot of good info and experience. I've asked a decent shade tree car mech about this and he said I may overload the alternator....any info/advise would be great!!!

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Eddie,

Congrats, I got a 2006 500 4x4 Ranger just last month.

I found lots of talk about adding batteries on the RZR forum. I imagine much of it would apply to out Rangers also.

You can also try searching this forum.
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Old 04-12-2011, 10:11 PM   #3
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Thx bud".....I'll check it out!
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Old 04-12-2011, 10:55 PM   #4
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Russ,
From what I've read it seems there is no issues about the stock equip charging both batteries. I've seen battery isolators at Checker and Autozone for about $30 so now I just have to figure out and fab the extra batt box.
Thx for the tips!

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No sweat.

Rangerware sells aux battery boxes and all kinds of nice stuff - but they price it very high. Looking at them, though, might give you some ideas on how to build yours.

I think they put them under the driver's side of the seat, which is where my buddy's 2001 Ranger has the factory battery installed. Be aware that it will be exposed to plenty of mud in that location... his certainly is.
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How you liking your ranger so far? I was worried about the mechanical noise (whining) but I'm understanding that this noise is normal.

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I love it.

The most aggravating thing is just vibration between the plastic roof and the roll cage at certain RPMs, but I'll slip a little bit of padding in there and cure that.

The only times I remember noticing whining on mine is when I'm going down a hill.

A friend has a 2001 500 4x4 that was well-used when he got it, and he works it hard now. It has had some problems, but nothing major. It can be really noisy, but he finally discovered some missing bolts were allowing the ear-splitting hammering noise, so he got rid of that.

All in all, I think if you keep the fluids in good shape (topped off and changed at regular intervals) and don't drive it under water, it should last a good long time.
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I ended up taking out the stock battery and re-wired it from the stock wiring to underneath the driver's seat. i cut some 3/16" steel and bolted it to the frame. I then bolted a universal plastic marine battery case to the plate. Place the optima yellowtop battery inside, tighten the stap and I am set. I also drilled a drain hole in the bottom corner. I was surprised last week when preparing for my next ride to find a few inches inside. It has been nothing less than a dream. I run 4 lightforce lights and never have a problem.

As far as your original post... the best for lights will be LED, they are the least amperage with the most lumens-but with the highest cost. As well the stereo will draw a considerable amount. If you use the dual setup with the isolator though you should be fine. There are also fairly cheap system monitors to plug in to check:
Amazon.com: Equus 3721 Battery and Charging System Monitor: Automotive Amazon.com: Equus 3721 Battery and Charging System Monitor: Automotive

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Good, good info....thx for taking the time!!!
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I ended up taking out the stock battery and re-wired it from the stock wiring to underneath the driver's seat. i cut some 3/16" steel and bolted it to the frame. I then bolted a universal plastic marine battery case to the plate. Place the optima yellowtop battery inside, tighten the stap and I am set. I also drilled a drain hole in the bottom corner. I was surprised last week when preparing for my next ride to find a few inches inside.
I considered doing that with mine. The Polaris brand AGM battery was wimpy when I got it. Even though the Ranger only had 13 hours on it, this was its second Polaris, and it soon died.

When I checked on prices for the small OEM size batteries, I thought seriously about abandoning the small battery and going with an Optima. But I don't usually run much extra stuff, and then the battery died for good as I was loading it on the trailer for a trip, so I ended up getting a good quality AGM battery to fit the factory location, for about $115 after tax.

With regular use, I hope this battery lasts for years. If not, I'll strongly consider an Optima. I have a red one on a small tractor, and it has never been dead when I've needed it.
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