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#1 Dimo

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 02:53 PM

Just thought Id post this for some FYI, since anyone still running the factory battery (like me) will probably be looking for a replacement soon. Optima is coming out with a new yellowtop that actually fits the factory tray:
https://www.optimaba...ptima-batteries

Edited by Dimo, 10 January 2018 - 02:54 PM.

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#2 WHO DA

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 03:00 PM

Good to know. I ran a redtop in my fox body for several seasons, was awesome. I’m still going strong on the factory batt but when the time comes I’ll look for the optima. Do yellow and green jive thou?? Lol
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#3 guillaume69

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 03:58 PM

Yeah, no way... Yellow is outta question with my underhood theme. May be I can paint the top blue, though.

ROTFL!!!

Edited by guillaume69, 10 January 2018 - 03:59 PM.

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#4 Dimo

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 04:06 AM

Haha I didnt even think of the color clashing. Good thing I have a yellow blaze! My batterys still going strong, but after 5 years I figured Id replace it this spring just to prevent a future headache
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 10:56 AM

Isn’t the primary marketing genius behind the Optima brand, that it’s gel-filled?

They were originally for light aircraft and boats? No?

:headscratch:

In theory, we aren’t supposed to have our cars go belly up. So, no leaks..... hmmmmm...

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 12:37 PM

Original battery was tendered every winter for six years but finally just died a slow death. There were no physical signs of trouble but put a volt meter on her and she just didn't have any more left to give. Looked at Braille and Antigravity batteries but to get it all set up would have taken some tyme and I needed something quick so I found a new battery at a local dealer. The new one is BXT-96R -590 whereas the old one that came with the car was BXT-96R-500. That last number in cold cranking amps (CCA) and the new one is better. Very difficult to fine the old 500 CCA. 


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 02:01 PM

TymeSlayer; I looked into Braille and Antigravity batteries as well, but wasn’t really sold on them enough to change the tray and the buy-in cost.

Bossboy; yes, that’s true that our cars hopefully won’t go belly up. But it also means that the battery can be mounted in any direction, if someone wanted to relocate it. I like that Optima’s can be fully drained, and then slow charged back without any damage. Great for vehicles that get stored.
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 07:41 PM

TymeSlayer; I looked into Braille and Antigravity batteries as well, but wasn’t really sold on them enough to change the tray and the buy-in cost.
Bossboy; yes, that’s true that our cars hopefully won’t go belly up. But it also means that the battery can be mounted in any direction, if someone wanted to relocate it. I like that Optima’s can be fully drained, and then slow charged back without any damage. Great for vehicles that get stored.


To steal one from ole Rich....... Roger that. I didn’t know. I seem to remember way back as a parts guy, they were growing in popularity. Then seems they took off after I left the biz.
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#9 Rich B.

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 06:24 AM

Indeed, the gells have been around awhile and used with fire alarm and suppression systems. Unlike even Nicads or Alcads there's no maintenance, corrosion or leakage (never have seen anything). Those olden days when you had to manually fill lead acid with distilled water are over it appears for autos anyways. They were nasty, corroded terminals and chance of explosion from fumes if they were boiling (any spark introduced).

Our Bosses are still liquid filled from what I can see (nothing to see though) with internal pressure relief. Still hydrochloric acid but with recovery feature so any evaporation is contained and returned for top off. Maintenance free is I guess what I'm trying to say, ho hum.

So if being creative and install upside down or sideways seepage may occur, but ive never tested this. Gel cells no problem as already noted.

Edited by Rich B., 12 January 2018 - 06:27 AM.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 10:29 AM

 I love Optima batteries though I have killed one by over charging it.



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 12:21 PM

The Braille B-3121 was the one I was mostly looking at since it has 550 CCA but even then, I would have to have it on a tender more often than not. Perhaps if my car saw the pavement daily, it wouldn't be an issue but if you leave the car sit for a week it will start losing it's juice. You are talking about going from OEM 32 lbs. to Braille 21 lbs. The Antigravity batteries I was looking at were about 5 lbs but certainly not cheap. 


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 04:08 PM

Yeah, Optima batteries are multi-cell.  They have spiral wrapped gel cells that's what gives them their unique shape, and allows them to mount any old way.  That's why so many of my boating friends like them.  They do require slightly different care and feeding than traditional wet acid batteries, so I'd definitely follow the manufacturer's recommendation when it comes to chargers and charging.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 04:10 PM

Oh, and thank you for all who buy Optima and other Johnson Controls batteries.  I work for one of their other divisions, but I like seeing our products out there in your cars.










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