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RoadRace
11-04-2013, 09:42 PM
Road/Race Motorsports is putting together a Minni Battery Kit that will take 35 lbs off the front of your car. This battery is more than large enough to run all of your needs and it will come with the proper terminals and an aluminum mounting cage that hold the battery in place. You can set it down on the exiting tray or even remove the tray and make a smaller one. That will lose you another 5 lbs making it about 40 lbs saved over the stock front end/ battery. We are getting our costs figured out. Being SEMA week it is a little bit hard to get info.


http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5492/10616630955_8815a5b99d_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadrace/10616630955/)
IMG_0844 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadrace/10616630955/) by ROCKHARD37 (http://www.flickr.com/people/roadrace/), on Flickr

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5512/10616662454_32df9c362f_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadrace/10616662454/)
IMG_0845 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadrace/10616662454/) by ROCKHARD37 (http://www.flickr.com/people/roadrace/), on Flickr

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ksig421
11-04-2013, 09:50 PM
Im interested! Especially if you come up with a smaller tray and a way to mount the stock ECU.

Abarth Five O
11-05-2013, 01:19 AM
I'm down for this mod. Put me on the list. Saving 35 lbs. of static weight in the front end is a huge performance gain for this car, plus you're getting a much more reliable battery.

modular
11-05-2013, 05:30 AM
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RoadRace
11-05-2013, 01:22 PM
We are working on getting our accounts and pricing. This is quite a battery. I believe it is Lithium Ion Battery.

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crazyirish
11-05-2013, 10:25 PM
It is a Li-I battery. The bracket is quite nice. I am curious, I notice that companies batteries are lower in price than most others with similar specs, any ideas on that?

I was originally considering relocating the battery to the rear, but lighweight battery tech has obviously come a long way since the last time I looked into it. This kit would offer all the benefits of a battery relocate and more, plus much easier to install.

zyxelenator
11-06-2013, 12:30 AM
wht is CCA on this one? OE one is 500 CCA. price? Li-on is expensive.

modular
11-06-2013, 05:38 AM
what are the cca on this one?

480cca.

Abarth Five O
11-06-2013, 10:41 PM
http://roadracemotorsports.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=118_119&products_id=1971

dylansi
11-06-2013, 11:42 PM
HOLY $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$:heart-borken:

Abarth Phreak
11-07-2013, 12:08 AM
HOLY $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$:heart-borken:

LOL...yessir

Abarth Five O
11-07-2013, 02:25 AM
Yep, you gotta figure the on line retail price for those AG Lithium batteries is $270 to $290; plus the cost of the mounting hardware and profit and there you go: $439.

RoadRace
11-07-2013, 11:50 AM
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7366/10699519275_327ce1d2d3_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadrace/10699519275/)
Battery (http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadrace/10699519275/) by ROCKHARD37 (http://www.flickr.com/people/roadrace/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7366/10699519275_327ce1d2d3_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadrace/10699519275/)
Battery (http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadrace/10699519275/) by ROCKHARD37 (http://www.flickr.com/people/roadrace/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7366/10699519275_327ce1d2d3_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadrace/10699519275/)
Battery (http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadrace/10699519275/) by ROCKHARD37 (http://www.flickr.com/people/roadrace/), on Flickr

The battery itself is expensive and the mount alone costs us more than $80. Ad that and shipping costs to us etc..... and it is easy to see where the $400+ price comes from. It is worth it. You can feel the weight gone. It is a better battery, not just smaller.

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dylansi
11-07-2013, 12:53 PM
Is that a good place to lose weight from the car considering where it is located and would potentialy aid in traction for that tire?

crazyirish
11-07-2013, 01:34 PM
Is that a good place to lose weight from the car considering where it is located and would potentialy aid in traction for that tire?

Losing weight has the same effect on traction that increasing horspower does. It is not something to avoid, merely something to plan for.

Abarth Five O
11-07-2013, 02:13 PM
Shagging significant weight on the front driver side is a good thing, imo, since the driver's weight is a variable, and in most hard driving situations it will be driver only. Improvement in handling will probably be noticeable through turns on the track or during spirited driving. We'll see when I put one in. biggrin

pk9394
11-07-2013, 07:01 PM
... that's about 3hp gain :cool

is kind of deep in the price, but great stuff! will think about it!

Abarth Five O
11-07-2013, 07:33 PM
Better reliability, start up, and handling are other things I also considered. Shagging 30+ lbs. from this small, front heavy 2,500 lb. vehicle is significant and should improve handling characteristics, especially for auto X'rs and competition drivers or guys like me who simply like to haul a#$ around turns.

RoadRace
11-08-2013, 03:05 PM
It is noticeable. This is all part of building the complete package car. We are the guys to do it for sure. We have covered every inch of the car honestly and it has paid off is spades. Just like Carlos Abarth did years ago, we have touched everything and improved it in such a way as to make it a car that competes at the next level (performance car) or maybe even 2 levels above. If we had to categorize our work or theme for the car, we would say it is not a Track Car. We would call it more like a Rally car set up for Tarmac.


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Abarth Five O
11-09-2013, 02:40 PM
Ordered gr_grin

RoadRace
11-15-2013, 12:26 PM
We have a few shipping out now. Did you get your though?

RRM

Abarth Five O
11-15-2013, 01:15 PM
Will be delivered today by USPS. Install tomorrow. Will give u guys a call in the morning. Thanks for asking!

Abarth Five O
11-17-2013, 11:10 PM
Installed my R/R AG mini battery kit today. I'm glad I did in the nick of time as my OEM Chrysler battery was ready to crap out last night after only 8.6k miles and 1 year/4 mos. later.

The cnc machined billet aluminum mounting bracket and tray are well made, solid, and beautiful pieces. Nicest battery mounting pieces I've seen. There are 4 holes in the bottom bracket to mount to the battery tray, but by positioning the lower mounting bracket flush against the upper left hand corner of the battery tray (as recommended by R/R), I could only use 2 nuts and bolts on the left side to secure it. The bottom right hand hole is completely over the big center hole of the battery tray and the lock nut for the upper right hand hole could not be put on as the drilled hole is flush against the ribs underneath the battery tray. Despite that however, the lower mounting tray is securely fastened with only 2 nuts and bolts on the left hand side.

Cranked it up and the car starts quicker with no lag. Installing this kit is like getting rid of a 30 lb. concrete block in the front of your car. As such, I would recommend to those who are serious about upgrading their battery, losing significant weight from their front end, and improving the performance and handling of this vehicle. :thumbsup:

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Abnormalradio13
11-17-2013, 11:15 PM
Installed my R/R AG mini battery kit today. I'm glad I did in the nick of time as my OEM Chrysler battery was ready to crap out last night after only 8.6k miles and 1 year/4 mos. later.

The cnc machined billet aluminum mounting bracket and tray are well made, solid, and beautiful pieces. Nicest battery mounting pieces I've seen. There are 4 holes in the bottom bracket to mount to the battery tray, but by positioning the lower mounting bracket flush against the upper left hand corner of the battery tray (as recommended by R/R), I could only use 2 nuts and bolts on the left side to secure it. The bottom right hand hole is completely over the big center hole of the battery tray and the lock nut for the upper right hand hole could not be put on as the drilled hole is flush against the ribs underneath the battery tray. Despite that however, the lower mounting tray is securely fastened with only 2 nuts and bolts on the left hand side.
The positive battery terminal was loose so I secured it with the washer, lock washer, and bolt supplied with the kit. Oddly, the hole for negative battery terminal for some reason is slightly smaller in diameter so it was a very tight fit and did not slide all the way down so I secured it with the supplied washer, lock washer, and bolt. Despite this slight fitment issue, the terminals are now securely fastened.
Cranked it up and the car starts quicker with no lag. Installing this kit like is like getting rid of a 30 lb. concrete block in the front of your car. As such, I would recommend to those who are serious about upgrading their battery, losing significant weight from their front end, and improving the performance and handling of this vehicle. :thumbsup:

8579

how hard was it to install and how long did it take

Abarth Five O
11-17-2013, 11:27 PM
how hard was it to install and how long did it take

Very easy install. I'm very slow and methodical w/ my installs (annal if you will) and I try to enjoy the experience since it's on my time (not paying a shop to do it) so it leisurely took me about an hour w/ a couple of beers. beerchug

RoadRace
11-19-2013, 12:44 PM
Great to hear you got it in and seems just in time. It is a straight forward install and comes out very clean. Put it in the center corner and cables reach fine etc....

Post a picture of it when you get time.


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Abarth Five O
11-19-2013, 04:00 PM
Great to hear you got it in and seems just in time. It is a straight forward install and comes out very clean. Put it in the center corner and cables reach fine etc....

Post a picture of it when you get time.

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See photo in post #23 above

RoadRace
11-19-2013, 09:22 PM
Installed my R/R AG mini battery kit today. I'm glad I did in the nick of time as my OEM Chrysler battery was ready to crap out last night after only 8.6k miles and 1 year/4 mos. later.

The cnc machined billet aluminum mounting bracket and tray are well made, solid, and beautiful pieces. Nicest battery mounting pieces I've seen. There are 4 holes in the bottom bracket to mount to the battery tray, but by positioning the lower mounting bracket flush against the upper left hand corner of the battery tray (as recommended by R/R), I could only use 2 nuts and bolts on the left side to secure it. The bottom right hand hole is completely over the big center hole of the battery tray and the lock nut for the upper right hand hole could not be put on as the drilled hole is flush against the ribs underneath the battery tray. Despite that however, the lower mounting tray is securely fastened with only 2 nuts and bolts on the left hand side.

Cranked it up and the car starts quicker with no lag. Installing this kit is like getting rid of a 30 lb. concrete block in the front of your car. As such, I would recommend to those who are serious about upgrading their battery, losing significant weight from their front end, and improving the performance and handling of this vehicle. :thumbsup:

8579

That is hot. I just got my Battery for my Ducati Project Bike. I got one of these. It is 13 ounces. Wow. I picked up the box and thought it was empty.

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Abarth Five O
11-19-2013, 11:49 PM
Thanks! The oem battery is like a concrete block as compared to the ultra lite AG battery which is tiny and weighs like a box of candy.:yumyum:

I was surprised that I could actually feel more lightness and nimbleness in the front end while driving around today, plus the significant weight reduction lessens front end nose diving as my car is already slammed on BC COs.

RoadRace
11-20-2013, 12:28 PM
Here is my 13 ounce battery for my Ducati.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3800/10963673145_cd8bf9cf02_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadrace/10963673145/)
battery0 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadrace/10963673145/) by ROCKHARD37 (http://www.flickr.com/people/roadrace/), on Flickr

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5540/10963922073_f2cb833b7a_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadrace/10963922073/)
battery90 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadrace/10963922073/) by ROCKHARD37 (http://www.flickr.com/people/roadrace/), on Flickr

Changing all of my vehicles over to these batteries!

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BrokenEagle
11-21-2013, 10:48 AM
Wonder if it might be a good idea to wrap the battery in gold foil heat reflective foil?

Abarth Five O
11-21-2013, 12:58 PM
Wonder if it might be a good idea to wrap the battery in gold foil heat reflective foil?

Not really necessary for lithium batts, but it might look pretty.

Abarth Five O
12-03-2013, 01:04 PM
Wow, I just realized with a 33 lb. reduction in the front end from the R/R lithium battery kit plus another 47 lb. reduction in back end from the rear seat delete kit equals a total weight savings of 80 lbs. or approx. a 3% total weight reduction on my Abarth by just those 2 upgrades. In addition, I shaved off another 3.5 lbs on each wheel or a total of approx. 14 lbs. with the NeuF ultra lite racing wheels. That's pretty significant weight savings on a small car, imo. I can def feel the difference in handling and acceleration.

Sales@roadrace
12-04-2013, 01:36 PM
We do not think the gold foil is needed. We do not use it. That said , it might look cool. Now you are going to make us do just for looks. haha :)