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Old 03-03-2010, 06:37 PM
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Good Batteries

Just did a search and see lots of questions about battery problems but none about which battery people prefer.

I'm noticing my battery is starting to show signs of age and wondered. What battery do people recommend. I know this may seem like a trivial question but I like to make sure I put good quality parts in my car. Especially where I am, temperatures can go from -40 to +40 during the year (not in the same day of course...)

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Re: Good Batteries

optima red or yellow top bro. they are deep cell batteries and are meant to drained all the way and still put out. if ur optima ever dies recharge it for 18 hrs and it will be as if i were brand new
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Re: Good Batteries

DEEP CELL all the way!! Optima they are expensive, but they will last forever!
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Re: Good Batteries

Hey thanks for the suggestions guys

I really appreciate it

and I'll look in to em for sure
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Re: Good Batteries

Anything special about your car? Starting, running, accessory needs????

Like a really big stereo system (1000W + ??) Kinetic

Do you run a lot of accessories? (stereo, lights, fogs, etc)-with the engine off?-
Optima Yellow Top

Do you leave your car parked for long periods of time, or is your car hard to start*
Optima Red Top (not good for heavy accessory draws)

If you don't want to spend a Ton of money, which you will for those three items listed above.. then you may consider the well known brand Called Interstate or Even a Duralast Gold.

Personally, I run the Duralast Gold because it is a well sized, large-ish battery that works well for my application and fits in the 4th gen easily.

*you notice above that I ended one of my links with an asterisk. I did this to bring up another point. Our cars are old and they suffer from more, electrically, than just a bad battery. There are a few threads floating around about cable replacement. I have a link in my signature for a small task called "The Big Three." Even if you go with the stock sized wiring (4 awg) it is imperative you at least replace the following MOST affected/damaged wires;
1) Battery Ground to Engine Chassis this one is usually the WORST!
2) Battery Ground to Body/Vehicle Chassis
3) Battery Positive to Starter.

These are ALL very simple to get to and require you do nothing more than removing the battery, air intake, and battery tray. If you have bought pre-made cables, the job should not take you longer than a few hours.
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Anything special about your car? Starting, running, accessory needs????

Like a really big stereo system (1000W + ??) Kinetic

Do you run a lot of accessories? (stereo, lights, fogs, etc)-with the engine off?-
Optima Yellow Top

Do you leave your car parked for long periods of time, or is your car hard to start*
Optima Red Top (not good for heavy accessory draws)

If you don't want to spend a Ton of money, which you will for those three items listed above.. then you may consider the well known brand Called Interstate or Even a Duralast Gold.

Personally, I run the Duralast Gold because it is a well sized, large-ish battery that works well for my application and fits in the 4th gen easily.

*you notice above that I ended one of my links with an asterisk. I did this to bring up another point. Our cars are old and they suffer from more, electrically, than just a bad battery. There are a few threads floating around about cable replacement. I have a link in my signature for a small task called "The Big Three." Even if you go with the stock sized wiring (4 awg) it is imperative you at least replace the following MOST affected/damaged wires;
1) Battery Ground to Engine Chassis this one is usually the WORST!
2) Battery Ground to Body/Vehicle Chassis
3) Battery Positive to Starter.

These are ALL very simple to get to and require you do nothing more than removing the battery, air intake, and battery tray. If you have bought pre-made cables, the job should not take you longer than a few hours.
nothing really special bought my car, I hope to add fogs but we shall see

as for stereo, I have the clarion NX509 so I'm sure it's a bigger drain then stock but not massive drains

I currently don't leave it parked for long periods of time but in the future I may (but I'd probably just use a batter tender then if I had to park it)

when it's real cold I notice it takes a few more cranks to start, doesn't sound like it's getting all it should (still starts no problem just takes a couple seconds extra occasionally) which is why I figured the battery is getting older

on a nice perfect day with my old lude it would fire up instantly, this takes a split second longer

I didn't think my car was that old (she's an 01) but I could look into the wires I suppose

oh nother reason I figured the batter is aging is ex: I'll flip on the ac and the headlights will dim for a split second, or I'll turn on a heater or something that draws electricity and it will dim for that split second... thats prob normal though)

I have nothing against dropping a couple hundred on a good battery

but I'm just looking for a solid reliable good one, doesn't have to be amazing (I'm not gonna be running any massive sound systems)
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