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Is it really necessary to upgrade the stator or get an alternator if you are adding a 2nd battery? or will both batteries still charge with the stock stator okay?
 

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Obviously, if I'm running a second battery I'm gonna run some stuff. Specifically lights and radio. Will these draw too much power?
 

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I would say it depends on how much lighting and stereo you plan on running...

If you plan on running non-HID lights you will need to upgrade to keep them from draining your batteries, that is if you plan on using the lights for hours at a time while running a stereo.

Rather than upgrading the stator, I think the preferred method is to run an alternator that runs off the belt... I have seen a kit before which was quite expensive but definitely ran better than doing the stator.
 

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I'm planning on running (4) 35W HIDs and stereo thats not too suped up.
 

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you should be totally fine with 2 optima deep cycle batteries, you dont need to touch the stator, unless you are going to leave your radio on constantly.

Your lights be sure to put on a switch per pair of lights... HIDs draw their power surge when they first turn on... after that they are drawing very little power while they are in use.

My HID Fuegos can run for about 6 hours straight (at night) on the stock battery... then the next day while I ride the battery gets charged back up.

If I had a dual battery system, I just wouldnt have to worry period.
 

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I'll probably use the stock battery just for starting and the optima for all accessories. That way I won't have to worry about starting. I already have a surepower battery seperator. Just need the battery and bracket.
 

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the only time i've have heard of a rhino have problems with battery power, is when you run 5 8" HID's and a killer stereo...

just and the second battery and you'll be fine
 

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Nothing like adding a super simple to install 1 wire alternator setup (55amps) that is compact, and way too clean. I have one. I can get it for you for about $450 shipped to your door. Let me know if interests you I think you should run the alternator to the second battery, and leave the stator and OG battery alone. Just have a circuit breaker that will join both batteries together in the event you want to tie each battery into each other, or if you need to jump one to the other, you could almost by a button. You could use a big relay, and it would be a button joining the 2. I can even sell you the PAC 80 amp continuos relay and the wiring to make it simple on you with a schematic if you'd like. Best way hands down! I'm not the "lets just rig it for now" kinda guy, so I bought one. I have 7 HIDS and an amp with an Ipod and wake board high wattage speakers as well. Draws quite a bit.
 

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If you don't mind me asking, Where do you get these items and who makes them and are there any pics that you could show us?

Thanks
 

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Bracket comes from water jet/ laser cutter, pulley comes from machinist, wire comes from Napa, relay comes from Elec shop, alternator comes from a catalog at your local alternator rebuild/ retail elec shop, belt come from auto parts store, hardware come from hardware store, AND KIT COMES FROM ME!
THANKS!
 

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I am new to this whole rhino thing, I just can't picture where you would put an alternator with a belt????:1zhelp:
 

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It's ok, you start by taking out your passenger seat, and taking gas tank out, then remove plastic fan on pass side motor with few bolts, then the alt kit runs off that shaft (crankshaft), and alt goes behind motor w/ bracket, and kinda behind and under back of motor with a belt connected to new pulley you bolt on to crank. Thats it! Painless! hour to 2 hour job at most, but fun 2 hours
 

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It's ok, you start by taking out your passenger seat, and taking gas tank out, then remove plastic fan on pass side motor with few bolts, then the alt kit runs off that shaft (crankshaft), and alt goes behind motor w/ bracket, and kinda behind and under back of motor with a belt connected to new pulley you bolt on to crank. Thats it! Painless! hour to 2 hour job at most, but fun 2 hours

Thanks, that sounds like the way to go. I will let you know when I can get the money together.:drive:
 
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