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Ford 5.0 Mustang Battery Relocation - Tech Inspection
1979-1998 Mustang Battery Relocation Kit
Making 'Stangs fast is an interest shared by many and most avid Mustang enthusiasts. Anyone who follows our monthly reports knows we're certainly motivated by go. But despite our penchant for big-time power, the show side of the late-model-Pony experience has a special place in our hearts, too. With that said, a Pony's appearance and presentation come to the forefront this month as we introduce a new battery-relocation kit that really helps clean up some of the clutter in a Fox-body Mustang's engine bay.
For years, moving a 12-volt battery cell to the trunk or hatchback area of a Mustang has been a normal practice for those who are setting their Ponies up for racing or harvesting valuable underhood real estate.Relocating the battery also played a big role in improving a car's display characteristics. There's nothing like seeing a good-looking engine sitting in the confines of a smoothed firewall and finished inner-fender panels that are free of the many holes whose purpose we've never been able to understand.
Over the years, we've come across a few show- and magazine-quality Ponies sporting power cells that have been taken from their OEM trays (the trays are discarded, of course) and placed inside the driver-side inner fender. Seeing this modification as a finished product is way cool, but until now, the science behind achieving this look has been a complete and total mystery. Kdezines Audio of Tuscon, Arizona (www.kdezines.com), and AMP Performance have removed all the guesswork from performing this custom mod, and your tech editor was treated to an exclusive look at how to get it done; a bonus for TI that came during his recent tech session with the crew at AMP.
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The all-new Fender Mount Battery Box (PN 7998BB; $249.95) is a well-designed, comprehensive system that allows '79-'98 Mustang owners to mount an Optima 12-volt battery inside the driver-side fender of their rides. The photos and captions follow Keith Doughty as he demonstrates the clean setup, which installs in about three hours with just a small collection of tools.