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Bigger battery for Honda Element

I’ve always wished j had a bit more battery capacity in my 05 Honda Element. The stock battery had 410cca and 500 peak amps, group size 51R? After four years it was starting to occasionally have a hard time starting the car, and If I left the lights and radio on for even 20 min or so, I may have a hard time starting the car. So at that time I had the battery replaced with an interstate pro series with 500cca and 650 peak amps, also a series 51R, which in recent days has started to really show its age. This winter has had a couple of instances where the battery barely would start the car on a cold morning. So I decided to do a complete transplant. The following images detail my replacing the interstate battery with a group 35 battery from Costco: 650cca and 800 peak amps.
Interstate battery still installed.

Old group 51R battery and new Costco group 35 battery.

After removing the old battery I had to bend back the ears of the battery tray so that the new battery would sit properly on the tray.

New battery sitting on battery tray.

New battery secured with an adjustable battery tie down and new 12inch j-hooks: both available from your local auto parts store, less than $15 total.


I cut down the top of the j hook closest to the front of the engine compartment with a hack saw to prevent it hitting the hood.


I used a baking soda and water solution to scrub the corrosion off of the battery contacts before connecting the new battery.


Battery is finally all installed and ready to go! Total install time was about 30min or so, and I spent less than $100 on the entire project.

March 16, 2013   2 Comments

Test post from iPhone

This is a test post from iPhone to see how well it works.

February 21, 2013   1 Comment

iPad + MacBook pro + Skype = expensive baby monitor

Ok so it’s either that or just a really geeky and resourceful dad who wants to keep an eye on his son while washing dishes in the next room. You make the call. Now if I could just get this kid to go to bed. 🙂 20111025-220110.jpg

October 25, 2011   No Comments

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

This was posted to Apple’s web-site this evening, as it was announced that Steve has lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. Steve will be missed, and his legacy will live on. Rest in peace Steve.

October 5, 2011   1 Comment

Is my wait to buy an iPhone finally ended?

2 years with a delis are coming to a close, and though I have had a great time with it, it is getting close to time to upgrade, and yes, I am glad I did not buy a Verizon iPhone when they first arrived, for the A5 processor as well as that the 4S is a world phone! Now I just have to justify the expense. 🙂


October 4, 2011   No Comments