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Best battery?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by malander, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. Sep 6, 2011 at 7:42 PM
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    malander

    malander [OP] That's some tight butthole

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    Welp time has come to get a new battery. I'm tired of getting jumps half the time I need to go some place. I remember seeing some threads passed around over what's best yet still relatively cheap but can't seem to find them now. So what will it be? Optima red top, yellow top, something else? Not trying to buy the most expensive one out there just something I'd like to replace and upgrade at the same time. Thanks in advance
     
  2. Sep 6, 2011 at 7:53 PM
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    iliketurtles

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  3. Sep 6, 2011 at 7:56 PM
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    My duralast gold battery from autozone has been good to go the last 3 years. Good cca's too.
     
  4. Sep 6, 2011 at 7:56 PM
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    Another vote for Duralast Gold. Optima's are very expensive, I am sure they are good, but I could't justify the price. My duralast came with a 7 year warranty.
     
  6. Sep 6, 2011 at 7:59 PM
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    I've run Interstate Mega-Tron batteries for years, and have never had a problem. I'm currently running a Mega-Tron Plus MTP-24F, which provides 1000 cranking amps (800 cold cranking amps). It came with an 85-month (30-month free replacement) warranty
     
  7. Sep 6, 2011 at 8:01 PM
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    i still have the original battery from 06 i have 90K on it!:eek:
     
  8. Sep 6, 2011 at 8:02 PM
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    X2 for optima, and no hood :drunk:
     
  9. Sep 6, 2011 at 8:04 PM
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    The best investment I made for my truck so far.

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    A lot of the rally pros (winching a lot) are using (1) Odysseys and (2) Optima’s.

    I asked this same (best battery) question 2 years ago and got some PMs that said Odysseys were a tad better than Optimas.

    On some of the big truck forums ... Odysseys usually come in first too.
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  11. Sep 6, 2011 at 8:08 PM
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    X2 duralast gold is what i have its cheap and has been great for two years thus far.
     
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    Like everything else, its about how you use it. The off-road community fell in love with the optimas because of their durability. Their ability to stand up to high amounts of prolonged vibration. That and the fact that you can mount them in unusual configurations, like sideways or even upside down.

    The spiral cell design of the optimas, notable for its round shape and no liquids, handles vibration much better that square batteries with their square lead plates. Usually, the death of a plate battery occures when 2 plates touch each other (dead cell).
     
  13. Sep 6, 2011 at 9:41 PM
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    Optima all the way, totally worth the price @ 165 out the door you won't regret it. Just got through putting a new red top in my truck after my red top gave up the ghost since it was purchased in 02'. Get a group 34 red top and you will be good, but make sure it's top post only no side as i have seen/heard more guys blowing through the side/top post red tops for some odd reason. Also unless you run a weed-wagon sound system in your truck or a winch, blah blah blah with high loads save the green and stick with a red top as a yellow top will give you no gains other then a slower let down, that's it as its CCA's are less then a red top. Good Luck
     
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    I got a costco battery... lifetime warranty
     
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    Optimums are prolly the best. You can even mount them sideways(some of them i believe) for custom dual battery setups. Its the batteries ill use when i go dual.
     
  16. Sep 6, 2011 at 11:14 PM
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    Down here in the south even the optima's have a hard time because of the heat. You won't have as much of an issue with one where you are. Mine lasted about 4 years. I was expecting much more out of it. No one wanted to honor the warranty and wanted you to deal with optima on your own because according to them optima is a pain in the ass to deal with. YMMV. I liked the battery but didn't get another one because of that issue.
     
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