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    I finished the tank today



    This is the back of my car where the spare tire goes. This space held one of those spare tires that you have to blow up like a balloon, I wasn't to thrilled with having that as a spare. there's another place for a normal spare so I'll use that and use this space for the batteries.

    I mounted the battery back there along with a smaller battery from a lawn mower. The 2 relays are to isolate the 2 batteries and to turn the inverter on. The cable had some extra wires so I just coiled them up. It's always good to have some spare wires for changes and future projects. I welded some steel angle in to mount the relays and inverter on.

    The isolator relay will be on when the key is on but it will drop out during start. The inverter relay will be controlled with a shutdown controller. Now that this is done it's time to mount the computer and the LCD.

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    i gotta admit i was expecting an mp3tank when i clicked on this thread

    jk, very cool nonetheless, looks very clean
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    Opus?

    What made you choose an inverter instead of using an OPUS or something like that? Inverters can be alright, but I would never go back now that I have had an opus. (couple years now)

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    I did it this way because it was cheap, I now have 110 volts for my laptop, cell phone charger, printer, PS2, whatever. Also, if anything breaks I can replace it with easy to get parts that are cheap. It's also cheap to upgrade the system. It doesn't have to survive a crank because it will never see one. If the system doesn't shut down it will not drain the main battery. If the main battery is weak I can give it a little boost with the tank battery.

    It was cheaper and it does more. I enjoyed building it too.

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    Does more?

    What do you mean by that?

    Does more: ??
    Probably can't survive a crank
    Doesn't send a shutdown command
    etc

    the only special thing is the opus. The rest of your systme is regular stock system so there isn't anything to have to replace that is special. The same with any other system.

    Just looked like a nice install....was confused on why you picked that route, but if its money....that explains it.

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    nolmscheid err, its a tank circuit, its designed to survive crank... He has ITPS, so it does send a shutdown command. Any other false comments? :P

    Think you need to concentrate a bit more on the details. I currently have a setup which i consider to be better than one with the opus, i have mains in my car for future upgrades like PS2 or anything, as well as shutdown controller and it survives crank. It cost about 1/4 as much as the opus as well, pretty good value tbh.
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    chris, you using any diodes at all? or just the relay? Also, do you have any problems with charging current? any need for a resistor to reduce charging current between your main and tank batteries?

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    Crank

    He is the one that said it does not need to survive crank.

    He is also the one that said that if it doesn't shutdown the other batteries would take it over. I don't see in his messages saying he has ITPS... He said he WILL have a shutdown controller.

    Like I said in my last message if its due to money no problem.

    "Just looked like a nice install....was confused on why you picked that route, but if its money....that explains it."

    I was not complaining about it....simply asking why he choose that route.

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    Quote Originally Posted by no1knows
    chris, you using any diodes at all? or just the relay? Also, do you have any problems with charging current? any need for a resistor to reduce charging current between your main and tank batteries?

    Cheers
    Think he didnít test it yet since he wrote " Now that this is done it's time to mount the computer and the LCD."

    I'm waiting impatiently to know how it works out.

    I'm getting a little tired of these discussions around inverter/opus. Think we definitely need some alternative to the opus. It's starting to sound like some kind of religion.

    @turbochris

    I'm so jealous of such a neat install!!.. Nice work


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    That is a very nice install. did you remove the battery from the front of your car? or was the other battery mounted in the back stock? I might be interested in doing something simular to this to survive a crank, but I have no nice space like you have :-(

    /me agrees with the Opus debate. Just because the Opus is convenient, its not always the best solution if you do not have alot of $£'s
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