One of the easiest, simplest upgrades an owner of any sportscar can make is to upgrade the battery from a fat, heavy lead acid battery, to a light and compact lithium battery. For owners looking to shed every ounce, a lithium battery is the ultimate in lightweight and powerful technology.
Companies are now offering bolt in kits for popular platforms. MotoIQ’s own Project RX-7 Restomod, Project EVO IX, and Project GT3 RS all use off the shelf kits to easily install a lightweight lithium battery. No such kit exists for the Cappuccino. This would require us to design and fabricate our own, just like the owner of a certain Hayabusa powered Miata. We have seen lots of DIY battery installations and it’s amazing some of these cars haven’t burned to the ground! Zip ties, bailing wire, duct tape, and bungee cords are not acceptable battery straps. Self tapping screws are not acceptable for battery terminals. Insufficient mounting can lead to electrical fires when the battery breaks loose and shorts to the chassis. Poor connections will lead to electrical issues, poor running, and dead batteries. Properly sizing and installing a lightweight battery isn’t hard if you do a bit of planning.
Nice! I’ve had a Shorai in my CBR600rr for like a decade. OEM batteries died after 2-3 years each. The Shorai, even a decade old, cranks up super strong even after sitting for two months. I’ve never had to put a tender on it like I did the factory batteries and those still died after a couple years.
Was the vice mounted metal bender you used fabricated or purchased? If purchased, may I ask where you got it? Thank you. Nice work on the Cappo. It’s probably my favorite build series on here.
They’re called manual rod (or flat) benders. The one in the article specifically is a Huth manual rod bender. They run about $100.
What Augustus said below is accurate. It’s a handy tool for bending rod or small flat stock.
And thank you for the kind words, I love this little car and it’s currently getting some winter updates to the interior and cooling system.
McMaster is the GOAT!
Thanks for the info.