I don't really care about the weight. After all, I'm not a Lotus design engineer . But I would like something somewhat midrange on the pricing scale but pretty high performance ( if thats even possible).
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In strictly my personal opinion, Optima's battery quality took a major nosedive after they were bought out by Johnson Controls and they moved their manufacturing to Mexico. I had three... count them, THREE... Optimas die premature deaths in my '97 TJ within 8 years, two Yellow Tops and one Blue Top. Not many left who know what's up with batteries will recommend Optima any more.
If you offroad, you do want an AGM (absorbed glass matting) where the battery has a solid construction and the acid is not in liquid form, it's in a paste form that is in the glass matting in a solid design that is shock and vibration proof. Optima is an AGM design too but I wouldn't buy one. Odyssey, the awesome mil-spec battery manufacturer now makes a line of AGM batteries for Sears Diehard called the Diehard Platinum line. That's what I replaced my failed Optima Blue Top D34M (identical to the 34/78 Yellow Top internally) with on my last Jeep that was stolen in March. As soon as I get the $$$, I'll be buying another Diehard Platinum for my replacement '04 Wrangler.
If you don't offroad, you don't need an AGM battery but if you do offroad, do stick with an AGM style battery. Conventional batteries suspend their lead plates into liquid acid and those lead plates get broken off from shock and vibration which shorts the cell out.
like jerry said stay clear of Optimas. bad mojo with them. I've good luck with my 6 year old Duralast gold(that was in my jeep when i bought it 5 years ago) I test with a good tester every fall and it still working great.
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I am a huge interstate battery guy. I have two in each of my boats and one in my jeep. My duck boat has the original battery from 2003. It will sit for 3 months at a time and fire right up. I also have them in my center console with a ton of electronics. I highly recommend them. http://www.interstatebatteries.com/c...nths+-+700+CCA
Another good reason to go with a AGM type battery is the lack of acid that will corrode terminals, battery plate & associated equipment.
I have zero corrosion on or around my almost 11yo Jeep battery tray & wiring due to installing a Optima in 03, it still works for now.
Yep as Jerry said, stay away from Optimas. I had one of their older batteries, a red top, before Johnson Controls switched over. It lasted a good 5 years of hard use. I now run the Sears Die Hard Platinum.