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HELP WITH RED TOP OPTIMA

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by erion109, Sep 10, 2010.

  1. Sep 10, 2010 at 8:48 PM
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    erion109

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    I bought a 35 series red top Optima today and my first attempt to install was a failure. The cables will not reach the top post. I noticed someone else had a yellow top that looked to be the same configuration but mounted to the side post. Is there a top to side adapter? He mentioned something about an adapter, but the other way around (side to top). I need some suggestions on making this fit. If it will work, the next thing I want is one of those really nice billet trays that secures the battery from the base. But lets get it working first.
     
  2. Sep 10, 2010 at 8:51 PM
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    If you got the specific battery for your truck it should work. The plastic adapter goes on the bottom of the battery but I'm not sure which one is needed for the taco.
     
  3. Sep 10, 2010 at 10:33 PM
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    erion109

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    The plastic adapter doesn't help with the harness. It is for adding height to the battery, which is not a problem.
     
  4. Sep 11, 2010 at 7:06 AM
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    you need to get either the 35 series or 75 series red top...which 1 did you get?
     
  5. Sep 11, 2010 at 4:09 PM
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    I've got the 35. The top post are too far to reach and if I turn it around to mount it with the side post, they are on the wrong side and my body ground won't let my negative cable reach???
     
  6. Sep 11, 2010 at 4:23 PM
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    T0LLPHR33

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    you can always place the battery as close as possible towards the fuse box...I had to do that with my 35 series...

    then I put my 35 series in my chicks altima and put a 75 series instead with a custom mount...
     
  7. Sep 11, 2010 at 5:08 PM
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    Lay it on side and cables will reach. Had to do this on a 2007 TRD.
     
  9. Sep 11, 2010 at 6:54 PM
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    pics of my setup? or pics of his 35 series where its not reaching the positive and negative terminals?
     
  10. Sep 11, 2010 at 8:03 PM
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    I can lay it on it's side without any negative effects? I'm assuming you used the top post? Does optima have a recommendation since this is the battery they list to fit the tacoma?
     
  11. Sep 11, 2010 at 8:04 PM
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    I'd like to see pics of your 75 setup with custom mount
     
  12. Sep 12, 2010 at 7:14 AM
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    I hope someone will provide pics of the problem and solution as I was considering going with Optima but not if it is a major hassle. Thanks.
     
  13. Sep 12, 2010 at 12:16 PM
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    If someone has a solution, I will post some pics of the problem and proposed solution. I don't want to go through the hassle again without a possible solution.
     
  14. Sep 12, 2010 at 12:21 PM
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    yes that is the point of the optima batteries. they are one of the only(if not THE only battery that can do this and wont spill and will function perfectly normally)
     
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    I had one in my 2007 TRD for 2years with it on the side and no ill effects. Would post pic but sold it last week and bought new TRD.
     
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    I can' remeber who sells a nice buillet mount for the Optima, but I mounted both mine on the SuperDuty I had on the frame rails. Made a lot of room in the engine compartment.
     
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    I have a D34/78 Yellow Top with sideposts. The posts are opposite from the factory battery. The factory positive cable was long enough to extend to the sidepost but I had to buy a longer negative cable that was long enough to reach.

    I use the top posts for my amp and added fuse block.

    [​IMG]
     
  18. Sep 12, 2010 at 3:02 PM
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    Here's another picture of when I had the Red Top, same battery size as the Yellow Top I have now.

    [​IMG]
     
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    its a Toyota truck and that's all the modifications needed
    Take it back and get a Sears Diehard,fits perfect,and better than Optima without any special mounts
     
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