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I was reading about the S1 vs. S2 and I saw that they moved the battery from low in the front of the car to the trunk?

Why would they do such a silly thing?
 

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The wire from the front-mounted battery emits a microwave frequency that could potentially disrupt air control radio traffic, and thus doesn't meet FCC regulations. Thus, it was necessarily shortened as a part of the "Federalization". Or not, just a guess. :D
 

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M3toElise said:
Why would they do such a silly thing?
Simple.. The S2 front clam design with it's separate sevice panels (instead of a front 'bonnet' like the S1) doesn't have a large enough gap to pass a battery through.

Would get rather expensive to have to remove and re-install the clam to swap the battery. (A bit like the 340R where you have to take off the complete body to do that...)

Also, the battery in the front is in a very cold and exposed position, which doesn't do much good for it's lifespan, as well as needing a long power cable to charge it and power the starter motor.

On the european 2004 models (and I suspect also on the US model) they moved the winscreen washer bottle to the rear too. Probably to create enough space in the front for both the heater and the ABS unit.

Bye, Arno.
 

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While on the topic of battery, does it use the standard car battery?

A compact Optima battery can save 20 lbs or more, I usually wouldn't consider it but it might be worth it on a car like Elise.
 

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I have a Black Panther battery that should work. It's about 4 pounds and fit in your one hand. :)
 

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Maybe they are still trying things out and moving it around?
 

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I think Black Panther went out of business or were bought out by Odyssey Batteries.

http://www.odysseyfactory.com/


I don't see an equivalent. Mine was rated at 300cca. Enough to start the car. I paid around $150.
 

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Randy Chase said:
I think Black Panther went out of business or were bought out by Odyssey Batteries.

http://www.odysseyfactory.com/


I don't see an equivalent. Mine was rated at 300cca. Enough to start the car. I paid around $150.
Wow, 300CCA and 4 lbs? That's pretty awesome compared to what they have now.

http://www.odysseyfactory.com/specs.htm

Their 12lb one has 200CCA. Their 265CCA one weighs 13.2lbs and their next closest, the 380CCA one weighs 26lbs.
 

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I use a Hawker Genesis. Pretty much the same as the Odyssey, I believe. A little over 13lbs, and it's been working great so far. I might put the stock battery back in over winter just in case, even though the car has been starting fine even at fairly cold temperatures.
 
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