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Old 05-24-2011, 05:34 PM
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I ended up picking up a group 35. In a bit of a time crunch for this upcoming weekend and didnt feel like having to lengthen wires and such. (They were already slightly shorter due to new o-ring ends to fit the military terminals).

I called one o'rieley and stopped at another; neither had any of the superstart agm's and when I asked none of the sales people knew what I was talking about.

Lots of money spent but better than battery acid dripping into the tray. The fit of the battery isn't super nice; I may try and get some shims for the side and upper back, but its pretty solid as it sits so I may just leave it. This battery is fairly small physically but it has more cca's than the group 27 that I took out of there, and weights a fair bit less. I don't have a fridge or any accessories that stay on, and really intermittent use of the winch is all I have over the stock current draw, so I think this battery will suffice for a while.

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Old 05-25-2011, 12:30 PM
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Cool, I'm sure you'll be happy with that. Hey did all LX's come with a gold plated PS fluid reservoir? mine's black..
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:52 PM
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OK, so I need a new battery for my 80. There is some urgency to this, since if I get a battery, I may be able to drive my 80 to the Rally.

Here are my options as I see them:
DieHard Marine Battery, Platinum PM-1 - Group Size 31M
This thing looks huge and it's $$$. However, I like the fact that it can sit for long periods of time, since my 80 isn't my DD anymore. Also, with a winch, ARB fridge and a ham radio, this thing would be a good choice.
Mitigating factor: will my existing cables be able to reach the terminals?

Deka battery of some size.What size is good for an 80?

DieHard Automotive Battery, Platinum P-1 - Group Size 34
Looks like this one is an easier fit, with the terminal all the way in the back.

DieHard Automotive Battery, Platinum P-4 - Group Size 34/78DT Supposedly the P - 4 got amazing reviews. I can't tell how it is different from the P - 1.

AGM battery from O'Reilly Not sure what size. Their website isn't very helpful.
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Old 08-23-2011, 08:17 AM
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I'm definintly not an expert on this, but the difference between the p1, p4, etc, are really just related to the group size. (p1=group34, p2=group65, p3=group75/86dt etc.)

From what I can tell both the p1 and p4 have the terminals on the "wrong" side of the battery. Not that it couldn't be fit in there, but might have some wire stretching to do.

One note on the group 35 (even though its not in your list), the fit of the "shape" of the battery isn't great. I had to put in a small spacer on the backside to get it to fit solid, due to the shape of the bottom "lip" of the battery.

As for the oriely agm, I'd agree with your assessment that the website isn't helpful, and add in that neither were the people on the phone.

Sorry, not much help.
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Old 08-23-2011, 09:11 AM
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Hmmm, I thought Sears offered the option to have battery terminals on either side. Maybe I'll go over there at lunch.
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Old 08-23-2011, 09:30 AM
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man that's alot of coin for those diehards.

I have a Deka 9A34 from hensley and couldn't be happier. I thought they were about $130. Maybe they wen't up to $150 but still almost half of some of those diehards.

You will have to pull the terminals though the tray a little bit but otherwise it fits fine.
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Old 08-23-2011, 10:22 AM
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Do you have a contact at Hensley?
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Old 08-23-2011, 10:23 AM
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Old 08-23-2011, 10:38 AM
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OK, so I need a new battery for my 80. There is some urgency to this, since if I get a battery, I may be able to drive my 80 to the Rally.


If you need a battery to borrow for a few weeks to give you time to make a decision let me know. I've got a couple sitting in the garage.

Is the P4 battery at Sears available again? When I was looking it appeared to have been discontinued. Nakman stated he has had good results from the O'Reilly battery but it would appear finding one might be a challenge.
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Old 08-23-2011, 02:16 PM
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I've got a Diehard Platinum 31M in the 40. It'll be at the rally if you want to get your mitts on one to check it out, or I'll be running around town pretty much all week and can meet up.

The terminals are standard sizes, it's just the overall size (and weight) that sets it apart.

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