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Old 01-12-2009, 10:50 PM   #1
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Unhappy optima battery

hello. I have a 2008 tacoma with a 4 cyl. I caled the battery store to get a price on an optima battery....they informed me i would need a kit to install an optima battery in my truck. Is this right? Can anyone help?
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:19 PM   #2
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Did you ask them what kind of kit this was? And no, it's not correct. But you may need a spacer to raise the batter higher up a bit so that your battery cables will reach the terminals.
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:28 PM   #3
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thank's, no they did not. is this battery worth it or do you recomend something better ?
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:33 PM   #4
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hello again, does anybody have a better batery i heard about a odyssey what do you think ? please help.
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:45 PM   #5
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Both are pretty pricey, I wouldn't get them if you don't really need a battery such as these. If you have audio equipment and plan to use it with the engine off then get it. Get an Interstate battery or an Autzone one.
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I have an optima battery. It works fine... A lot of money though... I had to extend the battery cable to make it connect.

I have heard a lot of good things about Duralast. I will give them a chance next time i need a battery.
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I like the die hard Platinum... is that good thou? I bet is expensive.
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Old 01-13-2009, 06:08 AM   #10
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The optima should be sold with a spacer (mine came with it at least) that the battery can rest on to raise it up. You'll need this as the battery is pretty short compared to stock and the hold down bracket won't be able to hold the battery down without it. (assuming the 4cyl has the same setup).

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An Odyssey IMO is a better battery than an Optima.. granted its also a lot more $$. But with that said, check out Sears DieHard Platinum line, its the EXACT same thing as an Odyssey... comes off the same manufacturing line, just different color. And its less $$. I have two.
how do u know odyssey battery comes off the same factory?
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Old 01-13-2009, 07:21 AM   #12
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I have an Optima red top and haven't had any issues with it. I didn't use the spacwer with it and cut the battery holder extensions to fit it. If you don't want to go with a real expensive Optima, Odyssey, etc, I would get one from the dealer. There are a million things not to buy from a dealer, but the batteries last and have a decent warranty.
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Hey SilverBack ... does your second battery cause that nifty color change on your truck? I want one of those .......


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Hey SilverBack ... does your second battery cause that nifty color change on your truck? I want one of those .......

haha, i was wondering how he did that
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The newer Toyota batteries are made by Johnson Industries. This is the same company that makes the Optima. Obviously it's not the same kind of battery as the Optima, but I would expect the quality to be very good. Anybody know what Toyota charges for their batteries?
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Old 03-11-2009, 10:03 PM   #18
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Unless you have a hooked up system, go with something from auto zone, they come with a decent warranty and a lot more inexpensive than Odyssey or Optima.
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I read an article about a year back from consumer reports, and they were advocating Wal-Mart batteries...
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