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Old 03-01-2013, 10:50 AM
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shouldn't use side posts for a winch. they aren't designed to handle that kind of load.
From reading earlier in this thread it sounded like that was only an Optima problem, but the rest of the manufacturers didn't limit winching loads to only the top terminals.
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Old 03-01-2013, 01:04 PM
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I've got a DH Platinum group 34 in my 40 and it's been fine for 4 years - fits nicely in the stock tray with some plywood "boosters." But I don't have a winch.
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Old 03-01-2013, 05:20 PM
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My group 31 die hard platinum only lasted 18 months. But sears did give me a new one. I was hard on it. This time around I'll be kinder. Plus I did get a AGM specific charger for times when I do kill it.

My 6 year old blue top optima 31 is officially dead so I'm in the market again too. Not sure what direction I'll go this time. Maybe a Deka.
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:00 AM
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Same experience as dave here... One yellow top is now 11 years old and runs fine, a few years ago I added a blue top when I did dual batts. I dunno... They were both reasonably priced on amazon.com. I know their rep has gone downhill but I can tell you all I ever do is watch my blue top go from dead to charged a few times weekly as the fridge draws it down and I charge it via alternator or external charger. It would seem they all have their problems I guess. I'm sure that when I get back to DIA the yellow top will be dead now that I typed this
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:42 PM
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Check with Crase to see what he has for sale - Both batteries I bought from him have been great

That said, I was happy with the Orbital I had in the LX prior to dropping the Odyssey I picked up from Crase in there. But Romer didn't have that great of experience with his Orbital as I recall. I'm not a fan of Optima Red Tops...My 40 has eaten 3 of them although I will admit that I don't run it regularly but even disconnected the Optimas died.

Right now, if $$ is no object, I'd probably suggest an Odyssey. Athough the Deka blems I bought seemed to do fine as well. You could borrow one of those if you want although they only have the small posts on them
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I'm in the same boat. The blem Optima, now about 11 years old, has finally stopped being able to start the 45. Last year, I could jump it, drive it around, and still be able to restart after 30 mins. Not so this year, even with trickle charging it. Meh....it was a good run.
So, the 100 has a pretty new batt in it, but it's tiny. I was thinking I would move that to the 45, and get a new big one for the 100. But...I have a costco optima in the 40 that's 5 years old or more, been abused a lot, and still just fine. I had a blue optima, also from costco in the 80 that I ran for 3 yrs with zero issues. Right now, I'm wishing Costco still sold them.
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Holy zombie threads Batman!
Well, the primary batt in the Chili is dead. Reads 6V. Guess I really should put a trickle charger on them...

Dangit, that means I only got ... lessee... ten years out of a yellow top Optima. Oh. Huh.

Since the bracket is made to fit the batt, I think I will go with same for a replacement. The secondary batt is fine as frog's hair.
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:40 PM
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So if you're going with Optimas, what's the latest opinion on red top vs. yellow top vs. blue top?
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Don't go red...last few years they've gotten a horrible reputationfor failure
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Old 03-21-2013, 03:16 PM
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Internet wisdom says Optima is no good anymore. I dunno, I'll let you know in a couple of years. But they have a 3 year replacement warranty, so I risked it.

Johnson Controls is not a fly-by-night outfit and I would bet a lot of the problems occurred with the moving of production around. They're made in Mexico now and have been for a while, so maybe things are stabilized. It's not rocket surgery making batteries.

Odyssey offers a 3 or 4 year warranty depending on size and Sears has a reputation of being a PITA being with Diehard warranties.
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