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Old 03-26-2012, 08:43 PM   #1
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Raised Step over Batteries

I just upgraded to two 6 volt golf cart batteries, which are stored under my steps. Problem is: the step well is 1/4" too shallow for the taller batteries. After browsing Home Depot, I bought 2 aluminium rods -- 3/8" diameter X 36", a roll of 3/8" ID clear plastic tubing and 2 bolts, 1/2 longer than the current set.

I cut the rods at 27.5" which left 8.5 and inserted the rods down inside the tubing, with the help of a little liquid soap. Amazingly, the 27.5" x 8.5" square this created fit exactly around the perimeter of the step well. The plastic hose made it a snug fit and will hopefully help seal the battery box. All that remained was bolting it down.

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Old 03-27-2012, 07:51 AM   #2
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Hi,

I'm not sure I completely understand what you did, but it sounds good. Those under-step battery boxes are a bit of a pain. Mine looks like it has almost enough space for a third battery, but it won't fit. Keep thinking...it keeps one young!
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Basically, I made a rectangular shim about 1/2 inch tall out of the AL rod and encased it inside the plastic tubing. The tubing provides stability for keeping the rods in the right place. It also acts as weather stripping to keep the gases from entering the coach and insulation should the rods ever dislodge. Wouldn't want the metal to contact the battery terminals. Wooden dowel rods would probably work, also.
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