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Unread 07-20-2010, 01:23 PM   #16
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I got the Deep Cycle 34XCD... it has been a great battery.... However, it was $219.00 out the door
You want me to tell you about over $800 worth of Optimas that croaked on us? $219 isn't bad for a part that won't let you down. Good choice in batteries, there.

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Unread 07-20-2010, 01:36 PM   #17
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I got the Deep Cycle 34XCD... it has been a great battery.... However, it was $219.00 out the door
Crap my Diehard Platinum 3478-DT (made for Diehard by Odyssey) was only $180.
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Unread 07-20-2010, 01:40 PM   #18
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You want me to tell you about over $800 worth of Optimas that croaked on us? $219 isn't bad for a part that won't let you down. Good choice in batteries, there.
After killing my last battery when I was invited to a winching party of about 8 (# of other vehicles I had to winch up a hill), I decided to go with the best baterry I could find. The Orbital has not had an easy life, yet it has never so much as even blinked.
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Unread 07-20-2010, 01:44 PM   #19
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Crap my Diehard Platinum 3478-DT (made for Diehard by Odyssey) was only $180.
Per this WEB SITE, the Orbital is $189.00 plus tax.
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Unread 07-21-2010, 07:36 AM   #20
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Optima and Orbital (Exide) are 6 pack designs which equal wasted space within the footprint. DieHard Platinum and Odyssey offer approx 15% more surface area due to using the entire space which = more power (look at their sites / materials for more details). Also they have the best warranty in the business.
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Unread 07-21-2010, 07:45 AM   #21
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pulled the trigger on the diehard finally. got it on sale for 170 and with the money i spared i picked up a 160 amp alternator for cheap at the junkyard
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Unread 07-21-2010, 10:28 AM   #22
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Optima and Orbital (Exide) are 6 pack designs which equal wasted space within the footprint. DieHard Platinum and Odyssey offer approx 15% more surface area due to using the entire space which = more power (look at their sites / materials for more details). Also they have the best warranty in the business.
Good point, here's an illustration of that...
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Unread 07-21-2010, 11:16 AM   #23
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Good point, here's an illustration of that...
Didn't they set up one of their batteries so the cylinders are an offset Siamese pattern like some of the high angle VW V motors?
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Unread 07-21-2010, 11:42 AM   #24
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On my trucks that have winches / dump beds I use deep cycle batteries with very high output alternators. I buy the largest I can get to fit. The deep cycles you will give up a little CCA but you can run them in to the dirt and they will recharge. A standard Exide / GNB auto battery will only stand about three deep discharges and they are done some won't come back after one.
The optima's use to be good until they where outsourced to China.
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Unread 07-21-2010, 11:46 AM   #25
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The Optimas used to be good until they were outsourced to China.
I'm no Optima fan but Optima's batteries are not made in China. http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f20/w...4/#post9781234
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Unread 07-21-2010, 11:48 AM   #26
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I used to run the Red Top and it was a great battery, but was bought before Optima went down the tubes. Since I have switched to DieHard. I went with the Gold and not the Platinum because I don't plan on a winch anytime soon. Plus the warranty is so good that if the Gold dies because of offroad "vibrations" then I can get a new one no questions asked, or get it prorated and upgrade to the platinum.

If anyone's wondering, the warranty is 3 years full and 64 months prorated. So 100 total months of warranty, about 8 years of total warranty.
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Unread 07-21-2010, 11:49 AM   #27
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My jeep came with a yellow top in it. Works great so far. Powers my fire radio, siren, all my fire lights, 4 KCs, two flashlight chargers, CB, etc...but the battery was brand new when I bought the jeep back in January. I don't have a winch installed yet, so I've never really put it under a load. But once this battery craps out I'm going with the Die Hard.
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Unread 07-21-2010, 12:43 PM   #28
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Just to clarifty - Optimas are now made in only Mexico. No US production.
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Unread 07-21-2010, 03:08 PM   #29
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I had one of the early Optima yellow top batteries in my work truck for 7 years without a hitch. Replaced both the batteries in the Dakota Quad Cab and the Wrangler 3.5 years ago, both batteries (Optima Yellow Top) are now dead and gone. Back to Deihard Platinum (3478-DT) for good (thanks Jerry). Pissed as they both let go at very inopportune times within a week of each other. Probably high heat related, but I will never put their product in my vehicles again.

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Unread 07-21-2010, 03:33 PM   #30
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Im using a duralast 27dp-dl. Its a marine deep cycle battery. It was a smidgen over $100 and its capacity and discharge is similar or better to the yellow tops I was looking at. I am very happy with it so far, but I cant comment on its longevity as Ive only had it for ~1 month.

I got it at autozone.
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