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#1 JCmini

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Posted 16 November 2020 - 08:40 PM

Hi everyone. 

 

Just wondering why do mini have loop bolts at the back and hook at the front for holding the battery down? Is there a practical reason for this?



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Posted 16 November 2020 - 09:08 PM

Well you want the loop at the inside end so it doesn’t fall off. The hook on the outside makes it easy to unhook once you release the tension so you can replace the battery

If they were both hooks it’d be a little bit more fiddly to install the bar

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Posted 22 November 2020 - 11:01 AM

On my mk1 the battery hold down does not fit which ever way I try to adjust it. It has a dedicated piece of wood holding the battery in place. Were these different from later clamps, mine seems to be wrong?

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Posted 22 November 2020 - 11:12 AM

On my mk1 the battery hold down does not fit which ever way I try to adjust it. It has a dedicated piece of wood holding the battery in place. Were these different from later clamps, mine seems to be wrong?


Mine too. As my mk1 still runs positive earth the battery sits 180 degrees round. Mine is just bodge strapped to hold it down.

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Posted 22 November 2020 - 11:23 AM

Yes, same, positive earth still although I'm not sure that makes any difference to the way its held down? I'll pop a question on the mk1 forum.

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Posted 22 November 2020 - 11:49 AM

Yes, same, positive earth still although I'm not sure that makes any difference to the way its held down? I'll pop a question on the mk1 forum.


It does with mine as one side of the battery is higher than the other. Be interesting to see what they say in the mk1 forum. I’ll keep my eye on it.

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Posted 22 November 2020 - 01:38 PM

It's very likely that it's because batteries have become smaller, as they have become more efficient over the years.



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Posted 22 November 2020 - 04:35 PM

http://mk1-forum.net...php?f=3&t=30604

 

May well be that modern batteries are smaller after all, I bought a new one this year too, should have just got a bigger one, I'll know the next time!



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Posted 22 November 2020 - 05:25 PM

Or put a good layer of MLV in the bottom to bring the height up a bit.

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Posted 22 November 2020 - 06:22 PM

I haven't bought a proper mini battery for years but the clamp doesn't fit normal modern batteries properly. This is a pic I pulled off the net but it's how the clamp should fit. You need a tall, narrow battery without a 'step' around the top edge. Terminals should be on the opposite side to the bracket.

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Posted 22 November 2020 - 07:38 PM

I turned the bar upside down, so the flat bit is on the bottom. That holds the battery down fine

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Posted 22 November 2020 - 08:08 PM

I haven't bought a proper mini battery for years but the clamp doesn't fit normal modern batteries properly. This is a pic I pulled off the net but it's how the clamp should fit. You need a tall, narrow battery without a 'step' around the top edge. Terminals should be on the opposite side to the bracket.

That setup looks a lot better than mine currently, with the terminals sitting adjacent to where the hold down bar is. Hate having that metal bar so close to both terminals. 


Edited by Tornado99, 22 November 2020 - 08:08 PM.





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