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MeLe Design Firm Lightweight Battery Mount

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Hello all. This is my first post on the forum but I’ve been around for a bit.

I’ve recently started working with a startup co. MeLe Design Firm and we were the first company to offer a direct fit lightweight battery mount for the FiST among many other vehicles.

They are made local out of the portland area, cut in house, and come in a raw aluminum, texture black powder coat, or custom colors if you contact them.

Raw Aluminum
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My custom powder coated mount

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It fits the Odyssey PC680 and XS Power D680 battery and gives you a 16 lbs weight reduction from the battery assembly.

I known weight savings isn’t super important to everybody but the product is beautiful and would go great if you have a custom looking engine bay.

Raw aluminum starts at $145 and the texture black starts at $155 battery and terminals not included.

If you have any questions but leave them here and I’ll get back to you when I can. If you reach out on social media let them know that Ryan sent you over. I don’t get anything from it at all I just want the team to know.

www.meledesignfirm.com

This is the info from the web listing.

-5052 marine grade, locally sourced aluminum

-CNC cut in house

-Hand formed, hand finished, hand riveted

-Each mount comes with a unique serial # for authenticity and quality control

-Comes with 304SS mounting hardware including proprietary coated mount plate

-Direct fit, no drilling required

Benefits:

-Sheds 16 lbs. from the nose of the vehicle, a 49% reduction in battery weight.

-Creates usable space to custom mount various items

-Cleans up engine bay

-Track tested (MeLe is currently being used in various forms of racing)
 

Perfblue15

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Wow really nice product. I just saw yesterday that JST is selling these. I will make sure to pick one up from Brian soon.

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pics of the side where the ECU mounts?
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ECU harnes is bolted on bottom and the clip of the harness rests on the mount. Foam is to put some distance between terminal and ECU harness.

Edit: I have no idea how to rotate the image otherwise I would.
 
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I would worry about the bottom of the battery resting only on the 3 protruding nuts (one with the end of a bolt protruding) and one hex cap screw. Also, I don't see anything to keep the battery firmly locked into the mount so it does not vibrate, though the cables might do this so then the battery will be locked in place by the terminals--maybe not a good thing. Am I missing something? It would be nice to hear from the OP on this.
 
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I would worry about the bottom of the battery resting only on the 3 protruding nuts (one with the end of a bolt protruding) and one hex cap screw. Also, I don't see anything to keep the battery firmly locked into the mount so it does not vibrate, though the cables might do this so then the battery will be locked in place by the terminals--maybe not a good thing. Am I missing something? It would be nice to hear from the OP on this.
There is foam lining around the inside of the mount which holds the battery very well in place to stop vibrations. It’s a tight fit by design for this exact reason.

As for the hardware on bottom the battery is actually resting on another piece of foam in the bottom of the mount. And an additional one on the top of the latch that sandwich the battery in place. Then the latch is secured with a locking pin. So it’s supported all the way around.

Also from our engineer, “That hardware was chosen so it wouldn't dig into the battery. The only time it could potentially dig in is if the battery was physically vibrating and moving around which is restricted by the foam and mount design.”

Did that answer your question?
 
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There is foam lining around the inside of the mount which holds the battery very well in place to stop vibrations. It’s a tight fit by design for this exact reason.

As for the hardware on bottom the battery is actually resting on another piece of foam in the bottom of the mount. And an additional one on the top of the latch that sandwich the battery in place. Then the latch is secured with a locking pin. So it’s supported all the way around.

Also from our engineer, “That hardware was chosen so it wouldn't dig into the battery. The only time it could potentially dig in is if the battery was physically vibrating and moving around which is restricted by the foam and mount design.”

Did that answer your question?
Yes. 100%. It was not evident from the YouTube video but you did answer my questions. It looks like a very well done accessory.
 
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Nice looking piece!
Does the 16 pounds of weight savings include the weight of the mount itself?
 
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I saw one of these installed this weekend. It was a really nice piece of hardware, very solid, and located in an ideal spot for some weight reduction.
 

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Definitely going to be ordering this kit with PC680 once the temperatures warm up here! This is really slick.
 


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