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as most members know I own a 90 Dodge Diesel hers my question--in looking over other older Dodges I noticed they all have two Batteries-mine only has One! located in front on the drivers side--the ones I saw have another battery located on the passangers side--I*M Not running my Dodge during this Winter--here in the Northeast they use Salt & Chems on all the highways & vehicles Rust Out --very fast-- so MY Dodge will stay in storage until Spring & to my question?? can? & How? do I install a second battery & where? do the Cables Run? any assistance Appricated!--THANKS! Ole JIM-
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Just hook another battery up parallel. so batt 1s + goes to batt2s +, batt1s - goes to batt2s -. simple as that. mount it where you want, use a nice size battery cable as well




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As for where to mount I'm not sure but I'll give you this...

The wiring is like Bcarriveau said...

Positive -> Positive -> Starter

Negative -> Negative -> Ground

These trucks can draw upwards of 700 AMPs to start on a cold day...

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If you aren't going to be running it in cold weather, there is really no reason to install dual batteries, in my opinion.
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If you aren't going to be running it in cold weather, there is really no reason to install dual batteries, in my opinion.
He's got a point...

But the life span of a battery is effected anyways... Look at this...

Starter Load - Between 350 to 700 AMPs

Grid Heater Load - Between 95 to 190 AMPs

Dual Battery
Battery 1 (700 CCA) + Battery 2 (700 CCA) = Total 1,400 CCAs

Single Battey
Battery 1 (700 CCA) = Total 700 CCAs

With a dual battery system you reducing the hit to the bbatteies in half but a single battery need to put out everything it got on a cold startup. My buddy in Riggins, ID had a 92 with a single battery and it struggles even on cool mornings to twist... But once warm is fine starts easy...

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Not to sure if it makes a difference. I'm out of washington in the sound area and I've never run into a problem turning over my truck and it runs a single battery. Ive had the truck start on 14 degree mornings and its done fine, no problems with the battery yet.

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The first gens only run one battery stock... Slap a Group 31 battery in there with the highest CCA you can find and you will be fine, the one I have in my 92 is 1100CCA all by itself. I do plan to add a second one as I deal with -40 now and then and I do plow with the truck...
Heck, I ran the same battery by itself in my 6.9 Ford without any troubles.

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