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Old 11-27-2012, 05:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Adding battery tender w/o drilling?

I tried to get the wires for my battery tender to the battery yesterday. I would really prefer not to have to drill another hole to get that done. My battery is in the stock location on an '06 Exige. I tired to fish a wire thru either of the 2 factory grommet's by the battery with no luck. I want to be able to run the wires from the battery then down to the bottom of the motor and have them come out around the passenger CV shaft. The battery tender I have has a pig tail that you plug into the box so I know I have to extend that lead by a few feet anyways. So, is there another hole in the trunk anywhere I can use for this? The car will not be run over the winter but I will have to push it in and out of the garage once in a while so I can do some messy work to my project car
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I use the cigarette lighter adapter for the battery tender with a 12 ft cable and just lightly close the door on the wire instead of working thru trunk.
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Have Elise, not Exige, but my BT sits in a metal box, padded on bottom, on the rear fender.

My wires come out under the louvers and are hidden when on the road.

Or, one could just close the trunk on the wires.

Have I misunderstood your issue?

Oh...I don't have to bend down either.
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I use the cigarette lighter adapter for the battery tender with a 12 ft cable and just lightly close the door on the wire instead of working thru trunk.
+1

Same here, thru my drivers side with the window open a crack.
it's not only the easiest way to connect, but also makes it impossible to accidentally drive off while connected. (the cig lighter adapter is a bit flimsy/fragile, so I ordered two the last time I ordered)
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Consider connecting to the front jump start stud.
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I did notice that the cigarette lighter socket does not turn off when the car is off. I guess I just wanted to keep it at the battery and did not think about that, really no reason why tho. I also did not want a wire running over the seal so it will not damage it and possibly leak water into the trunk
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:22 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I just use the cigarette lighter adapter.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
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Dam, that is just brilliant. My other thought was to connect the +12 to the battery positive on the starter and ground it out some place on the block
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:42 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Or, one could just close the trunk on the wires.
This is what I do. I have driven the car in a downpour and the trunk was my least of concerns at the time, however, the contents were dry.
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Cig lighter for me too. Never a problem


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I also use the 12V outlet between the seats and wouldn't have it any other way. I changed out the receptacle because the tender plug would not stay in the stock one (reference link, How to replace your 12v DC outlet for a better one).
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Same here, thru my drivers side with the window open a crack.
it's not only the easiest way to connect, but also makes it impossible to accidentally drive off while connected. (the cig lighter adapter is a bit flimsy/fragile, so I ordered two the last time I ordered)
+1 on best answer, running any wires near your CV sounds scary
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:54 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I keep my tender (Braille) in the trunk, since the connecting wire is too short to effiectively reach from outside the car. I just keep the trunklid cracked open with the power cord hanging out.
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:44 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Cord out the side engine bay vent?
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Old 12-01-2012, 04:02 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Piece o' cake!

Simply attach the tender connector to the jump start terminal under the driver's side access panel below the windshield. When not in use, it sits by the windshield wiper pivot, out of sight. When needed, it's easy to grab with your fingers & hook up to the charger!
(I put the white envelope under the cord only so it could be seen in the photo)
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Old 12-01-2012, 08:30 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I keep my tender (Braille) in the trunk, since the connecting wire is too short to effiectively reach from outside the car. I just keep the trunklid cracked open with the power cord hanging out.
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