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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old May 27th, 09, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for battery suggestions. I don't like to product bash so lets say I'm on my 3rd Optima Red top battery in 2 years.http://photobucket.com/Dantesrides

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Looking for battery suggestions. I don't like to product bash so lets say I'm on my 3rd Optima Red top battery in 2 years.http://photobucket.com/Dantesrides
Hmmm, me too. My matched set is now broken. One of the 4 year old red tops died a couple of weeks ago at the strip. Then its new replacement died two days later. It had a dead cell. Now I'm on #3. They're made in Mexico now.

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I have 2 in my trunk that are both 4 years old now. No problems (jinxing myself?) yet!
I keep a float charger on them when the car is sitting.

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I've never had a single problem with a good ol' EverStart from Wal-Mart. Three year free replacement and long prorated term. Never had to get one replaced though.

The engineers know exactly what they are doing with the warranty terms. A good battery will eventually fail from time, not from use. Buy two motorcycles with Yuasa batteries. Ride one every day and the other one once a year. Both will fail at almost the same time.

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Checkout my botched custom job...(still better than it was before) and yes it cranks everytime!


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Checkout my botched custom job...(still better than it was before) and yes it cranks everytime!
As if half your other posts don't show that you have too much time on your hands.....

Go balls out and put the chrome fender or hood script on it.

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As if half your other posts don't show that you have too much time on your hands.....

Go balls out and put the chrome fender or hood script on it.
There is always down time when you're waiting for parts to get here... or you worked all night and just need that mental break...
Yes, I did consider the fender/hood emblem but this option was much cheaper and it's only a battery.

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There is always down time when you're waiting for parts to get here... or you worked all night and just need that mental break...
Yes, I did consider the fender/hood emblem but this option was much cheaper and it's only a battery.
Same here, except I check my brain at the door when I come to work. I've been waiting seven weeks for my Moser and two months for my Procar seats.

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What in the world is taking so long on that Moser? I got mine in 2 weeks.

Hey windycity1...3 batteries in 2 years. - You are either a very unlucky person or something in your car is killing those batteries. I would say it's the latter.

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post #10 of 34 (permalink) Old May 27th, 09, 11:32 PM
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My optima yellow top is going on 4 years at least, and its in the trunk.
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Several folks where I work have had Optimas with problems the past few years. I heard they moved manufacturing but I bet they will shape up as they are a good company.

In the meantime I have had good luck with Exide Orbital batteries (they look like Optimas) - I really drained the one in my '68 a few times and it still survives after 5+ years.
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What in the world is taking so long on that Moser? I got mine in 2 weeks.

Hey windycity1...3 batteries in 2 years. - You are either a very unlucky person or something in your car is killing those batteries. I would say it's the latter.
Normally that would be correct but this occured in 2 separate vehicles and this last incident the battery has not been in the car for 2 months.

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I had my original Optima die in less than a year, but they replaced it no issues. I used to run ONLY AC Delco or Delphi, buut neither of them are around. At least not around me anymore. I try to buy the best when it comes to batteries and brakes.

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I buy all my batteries lately from walmart....Everready I think? Never had one fail that wasn't old....

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post #15 of 34 (permalink) Old May 29th, 09, 11:36 AM
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I've got three Optimas, going on 3 years and they all have been working fine [knock on wood].

One thing that will quickly kill and optima is over charging them. For example, many off-the-shelf battery chargers will allow the voltage to go too high. Similarly, if your vehicle's external regulator isn't adjusted properly, it too can allow the voltage to get too high.

Typical lead acid batteries will self regulate to about 15V under a heavy charge. The glass matt batteries (i.e. Optima) behave differently. You can easily take them up to 16V under heavy charge which seriously limits their life. There is something about their internal makup that allows this to happen. The Optima literature specifies a maxium charge voltage limit of something like 14.8V.

Long story short, you should make sure your external regulator is properly set. And if you use a bench charger, make sure it is an automatic type with a setting for glass matt batteries (AGM) to prevent over charging.

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