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Well Ferrari certianly out did

Well Ferrari certianly out did themselves in crappy battery locations with the 360's. Then they one upped the poor location by fitting an oddball sized battery held in place by a non universal odd ball battery hold down. And on this particular 360 the factory worker was a little to busy to bother tighening the bolts securing the battery tray, one annoying rattle now gone.

Also it should be noted that the urban myth of Gel Batteries is false. Ferrari uses standard Lead-Acid Batteries as original equip in 360's.

The original battery specs are 12V -- 450CCa - 750AH



 
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After trying to fit a standard

After trying to fit a standard Interstate Battery only to run into numerous fittment issues I decided that for all the trouble to make a battery fit correctly I might as well fit a well known upgrade and be done with this battery BS. I chose the Optima "Red Top" as it's the recc. battery for average street cars without exotic boom boxes and it's the Optima model with a 3 yr warranty.

First one must carefully rearrange the wiring harness's in the rear of the battery area. Because of very piss poor design the harness's run right behind the battery trying to touch, rub and interfere with a nice installation.

 
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Once everything is as neatly a

Once everything is as neatly as possible untwisted and moved upwards the "Red Top" Optima can be slid into place. It takes quite a little jiggling to insure the rear hold down has securely captured the battery and that the wiring harness's are not being crushed. Once that is accomplished the battery tray securing bolts will be visible, this is important as they mest be used to fasten a new fabricated battery hold down system. After everything is carefully fitted the floor board is double checked to insure it's original fittment and that it's not resting the battery itself. Then a nice battery maintainer is installed and affixed to the bottom of the glovebox, totally hidden but easily accesible.. Total time to do what the factory should have done in the first place (isn't that why people wait in line for years?) 4 hours.

 
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JRV,
I see the brand of batte


JRV,
I see the brand of battery maintainer is a "Schumacher"...how appropriate!
 
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