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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   13 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

Extreme ironing

I was just finishing up a long day of pulling cables today, and decided to iron my shirt. Ok, so it’s probably not the most extreme… But i’ve always wanted to make a submission of my own. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, do a google image search for extreme ironing. 🙂


March 31, 2011   No Comments

Verizon iPhone First thoughts

Well, Surprise, surprise; the worst kept secret in technology has finally been revealed. My first thoughts about the iPhone for Verizon. As I had said several times before, it won’t be official until either Verizon or Apple has confirmed it, and today, they have. And for the first time, i can tell you definitively, yes, the iPhone is coming to Verizon on Feb 10th… not January as all the rumors said… 😀 😀

1. It is NOT a NEW iPhone, just an iPhone 4 that has had its GSM guts removed and replaced with CDMA.

2. The phone will only have one additional feature: wifi hotspot mode, a-la the Droid X. the AT&T phone will only tether to one other device at a time.

3. The phone does NOT have a Verizon Logo anywhere on it, Looks like Apple wins the branding war.

4. Since the phone does not have GSM, it is not a world-phone unlike the AT&T model.

5. The phone does not have 4G-LTE, Verizon’s new higher speed network.

6. Verizon and Apple do not have an exclusivity agreement, meaning the iPhone may come to other CDMA carriers in the future (Sprint?)

7. Verizon has yet to release data and voice costs, leaving open the possibility that it may be cheaper or more expensive than other smart phones on Verizon. This also leaves open the possibility that the wifi-hotspot feature may cost more.

8. Verizon will NOT be loading up the iPhone with tons of random Verizon Apps just for the heck of it, though it remains to be seen what Verizon specific apps may appear in the app store when we get to release date.

9. No word yet on if face-time will remain a wifi only feature or if Verizon will allow it on the 3G network.

10. Current Verizon Customers will be able to pre-order the iPhone 4 for Verizon on Feb 3rd, and the general public will be able to order them starting on Feb 10th. The phone will come in a 16Gb $199 Model or a 32Gb $299 Model, both with a two year contract. Same prices as on AT&T

January 11, 2011   1 Comment