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Old 03-01-2009, 12:34 PM   #1
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Yo guys, anyone have their battery in the bed and go to the track?
What are the tech requirements for a bed-mounted battery?
Is a cut-off switch required? If one is required, it has to be able to kill the engine(right?!), which makes it a royal PITA. I haven't had the Ranger on-track since the 90's because of this.


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Old 03-01-2009, 01:32 PM   #2
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hmmmm i'd like to know aswell since i'm moving mine into the bed.
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i had the battery in the bed of my 89, but it was never tech'd any of the times i took it to the track.....
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Old 03-01-2009, 07:47 PM   #4
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There's only one track within reasonable range and it's so strict I haven't even bothered to make the attempt. The tech guy really microscoped my mustang last year even though it's nearly concourse stock, and it was a stupid ol' garden-variety test-n-tune night. I think he had a copy of the rules in his shirt pocket. He would probably have a coronary about the lack of a kill switch.
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any time the battery is removed from the stock location you need to have a shut off switch. its not hard to have it shut off the truck once you install it as you just run the alternator wire on the battery side of the switch. while you have a longer wire going from the alternator to the battery be sure to have a fuse installed close to the .
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any time the battery is removed from the stock location you need to have a shut off switch. its not hard to have it shut off the truck once you install it as you just run the alternator wire on the battery side of the switch. while you have a longer wire going from the alternator to the battery be sure to have a fuse installed close to the .
Can you explain this a little more? Does the shut off switch have to be in the drivers reach?
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yea i would like to no to my batt is already in the bed..............
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The rulebook doesn't seem to be available on-line; NHRA is asking $10 for it. I searched around a little bit and found this thread on DSM that quotes the rule (circa 2006):
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8.4 MASTER CUTOFF
Mandatory when battery is relocated, or as outlined in Class Requirements. An electrical power cutoff switch (one only) must be installed on the rearmost part of each vehicle and be easily accessible from outside the car body. This cutoff switch must be connected to the positive side of the electrical system and must stop all electrical functions including magneto ignition. The external control switch for this cutoff switch will be clearly indicated by a red flash inside a white-edged blue triangle with a base of at least 12 cm (see drawing 25). The positions must be clearly indicated with the word "OFF". If switch is "push/pull" type, push must be the action for shutting off the electrical system, pull to turn it on. Any rods or cables used to activate the switch must be minimum 1/8-inch (3.2 mm) diameter. Plastic or keyed switches prohibited. Switches and/or controls must be located behind rear wheels on rear engine dragsters.
Here is the 2008 IHRA rule book. (Dial-up caution! 46.5Mb).

Ain't that terrific?? Just what everyone wants on their car while parked at the mall.
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the switch needs to be near the battery. i think its 6" away is the furthest it can be. if the battery isnt close to the back of the truck you either need to run a rod or cable system to be able to turn it off. also it needs to be indicated wich way is off.
so example: if you mount your battery behind the cab in the box. so next to the battery would be the main power switch. so now you have to have either a rod or cable running to the tailgate area. tell witch way is off.
another way would be if you plan on the battery at the back run with the tailgate down the switch can be next to it in plain view. if you plan on leaving the tailgate up you can mount it threw the quarter panel.
any way you run it, it must indecate whitch way is off an power on.
the switch needs to be mounted outside the turck not in drivers reach.reason being that safety crew will be able to shut it off,cause most times they are on scene before the vehicle stops an driver is out.

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So your telling me i have to have a shut off switch if i want to go to St. Thomas drag strip for some test and tune? I don't plan on doing any organized racing.
BTW thanks for all the info.
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