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battery recommendation?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by allian04, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. Nov 26, 2012 at 8:38 AM
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    allian04

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    i have the oppurtunity to purchase an optima battery at a discounted price and was what would be the best for my setup.
    i currently have a 2003 trd tacoma with an viair onboard air system but am looking to get a winch and two hella ralleye 1000 lights
     
  2. Nov 26, 2012 at 9:04 AM
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    After researching the hell out of this myself... I went with a Sears Die Hard Platinum.

    I heard too many stories of inconsistency to go with a Yellow Top and just couldn't pull the trigger on it for its price and limited warranty.

    I went with the Sears brand because apparently the platinum series is still made by Johnson. It's a deep cycle battery and has that glass mat technology too. But it was the 48 month free replacement and 100 month pro rated warranty that triggered my decision to buy it.

    I feel like all batteries are hit or miss so the warranty was important to me.

    And son of a bitch... they're on sale right now for $197. I paid $238.
     
  3. Nov 26, 2012 at 9:17 AM
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    i can get 40% off on an optima right now so that is why im going with one just need to figure out what series
     
  4. Nov 26, 2012 at 9:24 AM
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    If you can get 40% off and are set on Optima, then get a yellow top :notsure:
     
  5. Nov 26, 2012 at 10:43 AM
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    single battery ?

    grp 31 YT (heavy/big)

    but the best choice for a single battery
    if yer planning to use it for winching
    or heavy loads.

    I run dual 34/78 YT's
    best performance to weight/size ratio IMO

    only issue with the YT's...
    they don't have the correct terminal placement
    for the Tacoma...
    so... the fitment, tho' minor, requires some altercations.

    Optima makes a 34 redtop with reverse terminals
    that are correct for the Tacoma...
    Had one... but I wouldn't buy another.

    The redtops are ok for a dd and as a system battery...
    but I wouldn't recommend those for winching or heavy loads.

    The redtop does not like to be drained too low...
    in fact if it goes below 10.4 volts...
    you will likely need to do a recovery charge method to save it.
    ^ but that's no guarantee it will save it.

    For Optima... stick with the Yellow Top
     
  6. Nov 26, 2012 at 6:35 PM
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    im looking into on buying a die hard platinum... what;s the group size on urs?
    do you have TRD? thx
     
  7. Nov 26, 2012 at 6:39 PM
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    I believe it was a 35. I'll have to go check the receipt.

    Yes, it's a TRD.
     
  8. Nov 26, 2012 at 6:45 PM
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    my battery is over 4 yrs old... I think its time for a change soon. I saw that sear is having a sale on the battery... Im going to ask for some money for the battery this chrstmas... I also think sear charges $13 to put it on??
     
  9. Nov 26, 2012 at 6:48 PM
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    They're on sale for $45 less than what I just paid a month ago :mad:

    And bring a 10mm wrench or socket (for your terminal connections) and a 12mm(?) (for your hold down) change it yourself in their parking lot.
     
  10. Nov 26, 2012 at 6:54 PM
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    i really dont think i want to change anything myself when the temp outside is in the 30's... hehe :D
     
  11. Nov 26, 2012 at 6:55 PM
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    it takes about 2 minutes tops.

    but I hear ya.
     
  12. Nov 26, 2012 at 7:41 PM
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    View the build. Too much to list.
    Don't you need a different hold down rod though?
     
  13. Nov 26, 2012 at 7:50 PM
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    I only did because I went full ruhtard (don't ask)

    The diehard platinum will fit fine under the stock hold down set up.

    I'm pretty sure you need a longer rod for the yellow top
     
  14. Nov 26, 2012 at 8:05 PM
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    I just replaced my 6 year old Red Top 34r with a DieHard Platinum 35. The only reason I didn't get another Red Top is because no one had them in stock. I'm very happy with the DieHard, though. Plus, it comes with a 4 year warranty. We'll see how long it lasts...
     
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    There are only a handful of battery manufacturers these days. The last 4 I've bought have been from the local Advance Auto parts. I had one go bad under warranty from my plow truck. But it's an electric plow and whenever I use it the blower is on high, wipers are going, lights are on, low RPM, original 50 amp alternator, etc. About the worst situation you can put a battery in. The replacement has been in it for 4 years.
     
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  17. Nov 27, 2012 at 9:12 AM
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    i've had a yellow top in my jeep for the last 4 years, i got it used from a friend, manufacture date was 06. just this weekend i left the electric fan on all night, came out and it still cranked.
     
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    I guess die hard group 35 works ok?
     
  19. Nov 27, 2012 at 7:11 PM
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    Sears vs optima....not sure what to go with. Hard to find a sears around here. Hard to find optima too lol. I do a lot of winching and use the batteries a lot. Optima yellow sounds what I need. I'm worried about the questionable quality.
     
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    So far, yeah. Only had the battery for four days...

    One thing I did notice is that my lights don't dim anymore with loud bass. I always had a slight dim with the Optima, even when it was brand new.
     
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