brent said:optima is probably one of the best out there, I got a Die Hard International, big battery but would get an optima if I did it again or didn't need one as fast as I did.................try a search and see what pops up
Boston Mangler said:Not sure how local you are to a Sears or a Pep Boys, but they usually have them for pretty cheap. Could just drive over there and compare, maybe even bring in your old one! Also, i have seen them at costco for as little as $89
Thats always spark for debate, some will swear by optima, some will say their optimas have died, some love those new Exide Orbitals that napa sells, its all a matter or preference. With technology where its at with these new sealed units, they are almost all the same thing anyway! Personally, when i find a nice 80 and if it needs a new battery, i will be going with the exide orbital. I am a land surveyor and we run a GPS unit a fair amount of the time while working and the base station is run off of a car battery and if we are working long days it is often run totally dead. The battery i am talking about is a Exide Orbital Marine battery and have had it for over 2 years and it is CONTSTANTLY getting charged and drained all the way down and has never failed us! That has me sold! Again, its all a matter of preference!tea LC said:i think the question was more whats the 'best' battery vs. where can i get a battery,
I dont see why not. Personally i would use a red top battery for starting, but thats me. I dont know much on the subject, so i wont pretend too. I am sure others will chime in.tea LC said:BM, for the exide there were two different marine types (34M or 34DC) -- and your sure its OK to use marine batteries for the LC?
flowman said:Not an expert, and i dont' know anyone w/ an exide so I can't say anything about them, but the optimas fall into three types; starting batterys (red top), deep cycle (blue, or "marine") and dual purpose (yellow top). Starting batteries are designed to be run down only slightly while starting a vehicle, and be charged up frequently (your allternator). They don't last long if they're completely discharged and then completely recharged.
Blue tops are designed to be completely discharged and then completely recharged over and over. This happens a lot in boats, expecially running trolling motors.
Yellow tops are a compromise--they can provided heavy current for starting, but also be drained down (by winching?) and then recharged over and over.
You can get away with any of them for a while--my dual battery system (some day!) will probably be a yellow for starting and a blue for accesories. Although I will be looking into the exides.....
Bryan E said:I was looking at some magazines today, and found an article about the new larger Optima yellowtop. I believe it was a group 31 size. It had about 30% more power, CCA's etc. Sounded like it would definetly be worth looking into craming the larger size battery into the factory box especially if you're just running one battery. Same size as Andrew's pic. above. Nice job Andrew!
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Cruiserdrew said:The D31M Optima does fit the 80 series, barely. I'm running that in mine with no issues. If you use that battery, you really have to work a bit to get the stock hold down in place. Once it's in, it fills the space completely and has lots of reserve power. Great if you have a fridge or a winch. I've posted this pic before, so sorry if it looks familiar.