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I need a new Battery! What do you have/recommend?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by w8n4mud, Nov 26, 2008.

  1. Nov 26, 2008 at 8:35 PM
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    w8n4mud

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    Alright guys. It's that time. I need to replace the battery in my truck. I actually had to jump start it this morning. That sucked! My wife's Highlander did the job. Embarrassing actually, but no one noticed at 3:40 in the morning. So what do you guys have or recommend? I could go back to Sears but risk paying a lot for a battery (checked today-$139.99). Other options could include Pep Boys, Kragen auto parts or even Auto Zone. Looking at batteries like Exide, Optime, etc. Any help would be highly appreciated. Im looking at the ads tomorrow so I can shop on Black Friday and do my part to help the economy. Thanks fellow Taco brothers.
     
  2. Nov 26, 2008 at 8:37 PM
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    SocalMan22

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    Red top optima but they are not cheap. I have the red top and have had no probs very strong.
     
  3. Nov 26, 2008 at 8:38 PM
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    moserjjx

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    i recommend the optima batteries - very high quality. 139.99 - what kind of battery was that for? seems really high
     
  4. Nov 26, 2008 at 8:40 PM
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    Sears Die Hard Gold
     
  5. Nov 26, 2008 at 8:50 PM
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    Is this the 8020-164 Optima Red Top Battery? or should I be looking for another kind? I've got to be able to google the lowest price as well. Thanks!
     
  6. Nov 26, 2008 at 9:01 PM
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    SocalMan22

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    I dont remember what i got i got it for free lol i will check later though.
     
  7. Nov 26, 2008 at 9:10 PM
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    Correct forgot to mention that you should see how i have mine rigged up but works like a charm.
     
  8. Nov 26, 2008 at 9:31 PM
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  9. Nov 26, 2008 at 9:45 PM
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    Always have had optima's on the boats and they're awesome

    Never had one on a car YET but they're reputation is great
     
  10. Nov 27, 2008 at 2:23 AM
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    optima red top ftw! you won't have to buy a battery for at least 2-3 years. spend the coin $120-$140, and don't look back. Yellow top is good as well, red top has more CCA's.
     
  11. Nov 27, 2008 at 6:24 AM
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    Since your on the left coast and cold weather starts are pretty slim, whatever is cheapest, you just need it to start, not do the dishes.
     
  13. Nov 27, 2008 at 6:36 AM
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    We had a redtop in our Grand Cherokee and it lasted for maybe 3-4 years. Not sure if that's good or bad for a red top. We have a yellow top in our Jeep. It's been in our jeep for about 4 years now. We bought the yellow top because of the winch. The jeep sits in the garage for months on-end and it cranks right up. It's been dead once (I left the lights on) and we charged it up and it's still just as good after the recharge.

    For a daily driver - You don't necessarily need an Optima priced battery unless you plan on running a lot of accessory power items and/or install a winch. The yellow top Optimas are awesome!

    Can't go wrong with jsut about any popular name brand battery.
     
  14. Nov 27, 2008 at 7:10 AM
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    The best battery ever is the Optima battery. I have 3 of them in my boat.

    1 of my optimas is 7 years old & still going strong. I use my boat 9 months out of the year.

    They can handle being bounced around unlike traditional batteries.

    http://www.optimabatteries.com/home.php
     
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  16. Nov 27, 2008 at 7:44 AM
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    my battery died in my 04 a few weeks back........i got a duralast gold battery from autozone....2 year warranty. no probs so far with it.
     
  17. Nov 27, 2008 at 8:30 AM
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    Forgot to say one of them in our boat is now 10 years old and holds a charge perfectly :thumbsup:
     
  18. Nov 27, 2008 at 8:48 AM
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    INTERSTATE batteries have always lasted me 4+ years and we get some pretty good swings in the weather temps. around here.

    http://www.interstatebatteries.com/estore/search.asp?details=1&mscssid=4RDJGF4AG1V68J87SCSF3AHKRPDR63EE&N=21+4294574595+2147384879+4294574467+4294574468+4293565278&js=1&part_number=MT%2D78DT&part_desc=Mega%2DTron+%2D+75+Months+%2D+725+CCA&Nu=Part+Number&Ns=product+Type%7C0%7C%7CRank%7C1
     
  19. Nov 27, 2008 at 6:56 PM
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    FYI Optima = Gel Cells, and Noob batteries = lead/acid. You can Turn an optima battery upside down and nothing will leak out, due the the "Gel spiral cells".

    http://www.optimabatteries.com/off_road/find_your_optima/


    "That’s why the OPTIMA RedTop offers 16X the vibration resistance and up to 2X the life of ordinary batteries. Plus, it's leakproof, highly resistant to heat and cold, and can be stored for long periods without any maintenance. Let’s just say it was made to take a good spanking in the dirt. Whether you’re rock crawling, desert racing or just playing in the mud." ~ OPTIMA
     
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