I need a battery for my '77 FJ-40. Seeking your recommendations (other than an Optima red top - I got horrible service out of that thing). If you've had good luck with your battery, please let me know!
I run the orbitals too, seem like they are almost better than the optimas as well as a former optima owner. Very very powerful batteries that can really take a beating, literally, and chargewise. I have run my stereo for close to a week on two of them and the cruiser still starts right up...
;p THANKS for all the responses... To answer GreenFJ40, I only got about 3 months out of the red top... Charged it up 3 times, it didn't hold. Camcruiser13, I bought the Optima at Costco, and the return was NO problem - great customer service policy. I can't find my Cruiser listed in ANYBODY'S application tables anywhere (too old, I guess), but I suppose if I get a BIG one of anything it ought to work.
You've given me about 5 or so (including the "big and yellow" one) so I've at least got a good starting point. Thanks again for your posts!
There was a thread about this some time ago with many people explaing why red tops suck. Wont hold charge for instance. Basically just cannot rely on them.
However a couple of joes stated the ptima green tops(Marine grade) performed very well/very reliably.
It's interesting that you are asking. Consumer Reports did a test on numerous batteries in the latest issue. In size 65 the NAPA 84 Select 8465 came out on top. In a 75 size the AC Delco came out on top. Check out the mag at the library for some good information. I'm not exactly sure what size we use in our 40s though.