Going down the list of parts to recreate, we hit another perennial favorite that is never available when you need it - the TurboJeff Battery Tray!
TurboJeff was gracious enough to loan his original schematics so we can put this piece back into production.
If you aren't familiar with the TurboJeff Battery Tray, it is the original tray designed for OEM location mounting of a Group 51r battery. There is NO other battery that offers the same cranking power, reliability and availability as a Group 51r AGM - and securing it in an OEM location is just the icing on the cake.
The TurboJeff 51R Battery Tray:
- Laser cut 304 Stainless
- Mounts a Group 51R Battery in the OEM location using pre-exisiting mounting points on the body
- Keeps the battery where it should be - in the OEM location
- Includes base, tie down, J-hooks and hardware
- Provides a clean, OEM like solution for RX-7 owners
- Powder coated flat black for OEM look
A great battery tray made even better by Garage Alpha
I purchased the "Garage Alpha x Turbojeff" battery tray after over a year of unsuccessfully trying to contact Turbojeff via forums. Turbojeff has long since moved on from making FD3S parts but I knew his battery trays occasionally made limited run comebacks. It seems the final solution was to have Garage Alpha start producing the trays with Turbojeff's blessings. Overall fit and finish are just about perfect. It was a five minute process to remove my old battery and tray, and to install the new tray with an Optima 51R yellow top AGM battery. It's given me quite a bit of extra space for my M2 medium intercooler, where it was previously rubbing the OEM battery box. I also really like the satin black powder coating, which just looks cleaner than bare metal. It almost looks OEM. On my particular lot, the hooks for the battery tie down were a bit long. They still cleared the hood, but just barely. I trimmed mine down with a Dremel cutoff tool, but I also contacted Garage Alpha and they said they may make an adjustment and simply include shorter hooks for future kits. That being said, I don't know how tall my Optima battery is compared to other batteries that fit the 51 series footprint. Maybe other batteries are taller? I'm any event, I'm 100% happy with this product.
Shipping to europe was very fast, great price and top service! I was very impressed with the quality of the work, with perfect welds and a nice powder coat finish!