Moving Battery from side to central location and changing Air Filter position

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Moving Battery from side to central location and changing Air Filter position

I plan on moving my battery from the side to central location on my 2010 R300D, main reason is to subsequently also relocate the K&N Filter (using a DO88 90 degree hose, B90G73) to nearer the Bonnet side and add a duct to aid cold air being fed to the filter.

But in order to do this I need to move the Battery to the Central position, but presently the heater hoses are routed across this space.

Hence, has anyone else done this modification already?

Any specific advise and support with the repositioning of the heater hoses and battery much appreciated.

As pictures speak a thousand words, here's my starting point;

 

With thanks

Chris

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A couple of other things to think about:

  • It's possible to fit the factory jack and handle in that area. That means that they don't bang around in the boot.
  • And/ or a tool tube.

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Good point, byt TBH Jonathan having bought the car used I've never seen the factory jack nor handle.

In theory it should be simple and end up similar to this Caterham 420 (apart from the airbox and plenum).

Based on this image I'll need a new battery cage/strap running across its width.

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"... and add a duct to aid cold air being fed to the filter."

There are quite a lot of tales in the archives of additional ducting, including a fully ducted engine bay. I haven't seen many with documented  benefits. And the aerodynamics of Sevens are... interesting.

OTOH digital thermometers are cheaper than ever before.

What do you have in mind?

Thanks

Jonathan

 

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The outside will look like this. 

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I remember now!

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Don't want to hijack your post and turn it around but just a thought....- This is my new shiny Lithium battery and after fitting it I now have additional space for a truck under there, maybe that could help your shoehorning in? (Does anyone still use shoe horns anyway?)

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Thank you Tim - great point and if the bank manager agreed I'd be getting my hands on a "LiteBlox" battery, but alas no. 
Hence, trying to keep replacement elements to a minimum. 

Having looked closer at images of central battery locations, I've realised the heater cable goes between the battery and the heater unit. 

So I'm hoping I "simply" need to reduce the length of two hoses to bring the existing heater cable closer to the heater unit and subsequently make space for the battery. 

Here's hoping. 

Chris