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new battery, need opinion

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by j1999t, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. Sep 12, 2009 at 5:46 PM
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    hey all, i just found out today that my battery that came with the truck when i got it in may is a bad battery, its supposed to have 710 cca, and its putting out 459 cca, so im looking to get a new battery, im thinking optima yellow top, cause i plan on adding many accessories and lighting components to my truck, what do you all think?
     
  2. Sep 12, 2009 at 5:49 PM
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    DOH! Misread your post.
     
  3. Sep 12, 2009 at 5:50 PM
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    lol nice one, so what should i get, an optima red or yellow top?
     
  4. Sep 12, 2009 at 5:50 PM
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    Optima is a good battery. I havent used a Yellow top one.
     
  5. Sep 12, 2009 at 5:52 PM
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    i cant decide, there is a difference in price, but i eventually am going to run a winch, quite a few external lights, internal accessories, and i want the capacity to do that...

    oh and congrats on the promotion to moderator!
     
  6. Sep 12, 2009 at 5:54 PM
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    Thanks! For running all that stuff....Your gonna want a deep cycle.
     
  7. Sep 12, 2009 at 5:56 PM
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    ok, darn i still cant figure out which one
     
  8. Sep 12, 2009 at 6:09 PM
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    The YellowTop would be just fine. It's a deep cycle, so you'll be ok.
     
  9. Sep 12, 2009 at 6:39 PM
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    off the topic a bit.... are the batteries for a 2.7 and 4.0 the same size in inches? I'm wondering if my 2.7 battery holder would hold the higher CCA battery of the 4.0.
     
  10. Sep 12, 2009 at 6:42 PM
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  11. Sep 12, 2009 at 6:45 PM
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    I'm pretty sure they are the same.
     
  12. Sep 12, 2009 at 6:48 PM
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    some in cold areas have bigger one, on the v-6 only. Dont think its much difference though. sort of a micro-mangagement thing.
     
  13. Sep 12, 2009 at 6:53 PM
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    ...trying to compare at the omptima site, their battery selector is going at 2 bytes per hour or something argh!
     
  14. Sep 12, 2009 at 7:04 PM
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    Ah, gotcha...
    Yeah, I tried that thing too, and it was slow as molasses.
     
  15. Sep 12, 2009 at 7:06 PM
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    I would run a yellow top myself and is what i run in most my vehicles.. For hardcore audio i run Kinetik power cells.. I am a pro in this field as I built many vehicles and power was my thing.. If you run alot of accesories remember that your alternator only puts out so much amperage.. If you run alot of stuff I would also consider upgrading the alternator.. A great company is Ohio generator.. they build knarly bullet proof alternators and stand behind their product.. I ran duals on my escalade and they held up perfect charging 8 batteries total.. my 2 cents
     
  16. Sep 12, 2009 at 7:07 PM
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    FWIW i got these number through the selector to the 08 tac I4 AND v-6 from optima, red is group 35 #8020-164....yellow is group D35 #8040-218. Most likely all 05+ are the same.
     
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    yellow top stats : CCA 650, Crank amps 810, reserve 100, amp/hr 48 dimensions L 95/16" W6 3/4" H 7 5/8"
    if i can get the red ill edit this post
    Red is CCA 720, CA 910 , rsv 90, amp/hr 44 dimensions are the same.

    so the red is a better starting battery, the yellow has better reserve.
     
  18. Sep 12, 2009 at 7:21 PM
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    btw you could also consider going with a larger than stock replacement battery to boost the numbers up.

    (edit) my I4 battery is group 24F , 581 CCA, and 125 reserve and no light so its discharged! For a summer of no real loads that ain't right.
     
  19. Sep 12, 2009 at 10:17 PM
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    i got the yellow top, 620 cca, does just fine for starting here in colorado, its smaller than the stock HD battery but still will be just as good... and i ahve the towing package, so my alternator is big already
     
  20. Sep 12, 2009 at 10:18 PM
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