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Old 09-30-2008, 01:11 PM   #1
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Looking to replace my battery in my F150 so what heavy duty brand should I be looking for to use in Wisconsin.

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Old 09-30-2008, 01:14 PM   #2
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Old 09-30-2008, 01:37 PM   #3
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Old 09-30-2008, 01:37 PM   #4
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Old 09-30-2008, 03:28 PM   #5
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Not since quality has seriously fallen off.

Get a DieHard Platinum which is a rebadged Odyssey.
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Old 09-30-2008, 05:56 PM   #6
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Not since quality has seriously fallen off.

Get a DieHard Platinum which is a rebadged Odyssey.
SoulAssassin your not the first to state that! Everone has to think I'm 42 and don't need my battery to play my music.... listen to talk radio I just want a battery that will not let me down in cold Wisconsin weather for 6 to 7 years like the factory battery did.
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Old 09-30-2008, 05:59 PM   #7
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Thanks Zenmervolt I have been on this forum sence it was a single line posting and didn't see the garage.... Anand is getting old
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Old 09-30-2008, 06:42 PM   #8
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Get the highest cold cranking amps ratings battery you can find. I have had good luck with Interstate and Costco Kirkland batteries.
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Old 09-30-2008, 06:59 PM   #9
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I don't know why so many are bashing Optimas, I think it's just 'popular' to do so now by people that wouldn't be spending more than $100 on a battery anyway.

My redtop lasted 3 years in S. Florida and died right after my accident. I think it was due to it, but the insurance company said it wasn't...picked up a 75/25 yellow top this time.
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Old 09-30-2008, 08:46 PM   #10
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I don't know why so many are bashing Optimas, I think it's just 'popular' to do so now by people that wouldn't be spending more than $100 on a battery anyway.

My redtop lasted 3 years in S. Florida and died right after my accident. I think it was due to it, but the insurance company said it wasn't...picked up a 75/25 yellow top this time.
It's not bashing. When Johnson Controls bought them a few years back they went to shit. People across the internet are reporting premature failures. Plus, iirc, the Optimas are an 18 mo warranty and the Die Hards are 36.
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Old 10-01-2008, 01:07 AM   #11
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I heard something about the newer optimas that i don't know if it's true or not. If the battery dies you can't just jump start it. You have to trickle charge the battery and it's fine again. Strange but that's what i heard. When I lived in Idaho, I had the Duralast gold battery in my truck and car. Never had a problem in the 7 years i had it.
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Old 10-01-2008, 01:52 AM   #12
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My Duralast red top is doing fine after 2 years. My stock one went to crap a little over a year after I bought the car new. It hasn't failed me yet.
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Old 10-01-2008, 08:02 AM   #13
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My Duralast red top is doing fine after 2 years. My stock one went to crap a little over a year after I bought the car new. It hasn't failed me yet.
Duralast is on my short list I'm looking at the gold though. SoulAssassin that is what I have been reading on a lot of the truck forums I've been reading.

So short list as it stands is
Duralast Gold
Motorcraft (current one is 6yrs and still working)
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Thanks for all your input guys I don't think I can go wrong with any of them. With my truck being 6.5yrs old I wanted to change it out before winter hits.
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Old 10-01-2008, 08:23 AM   #14
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DieHards are what i have been using. they have a great pro-rated warranty, even after 3 or 4 years you can usually get a little money out of it. I live in the UP of michigan and experence similar weather to northern wisconson. wolverine batteries are also very good, but I don't know if they are a national brand, they are more of an industrial battery supplier
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Old 10-01-2008, 08:33 AM   #15
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My Duralast red top is doing fine after 2 years. My stock one went to crap a little over a year after I bought the car new. It hasn't failed me yet.
Duralast is on my short list I'm looking at the gold though. SoulAssassin that is what I have been reading on a lot of the truck forums I've been reading.

So short list as it stands is
Duralast Gold
Motorcraft (current one is 6yrs and still working)
DieHard Platinum

Thanks for all your input guys I don't think I can go wrong with any of them. With my truck being 6.5yrs old I wanted to change it out before winter hits.
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Most auto batteries are made by just three manufacturers, Delphi, Exide, and Johnson Controls Industries. Each makes batteries sold under several different brand names. Delphi makes ACDelco and some EverStart (Wal-Mart) models. Exide makes Champion, Exide, Napa, and some EverStart batteries. Johnson Controls makes Diehard (Sears), Duralast (AutoZone), Interstate, Kirkland (Costco), Motorcraft (Ford), and some EverStarts.

...so it looks like your list is Johnson Controls batteries.
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Old 10-01-2008, 12:00 PM   #16
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I've had my diehard Golds go about 7-9yrs usually, always buy the biggest you can afford and that fits. It will help the life of the battery greatly.
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Old 10-01-2008, 12:37 PM   #17
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Get the highest cold cranking amps ratings battery you can find. I have had good luck with Interstate and Costco Kirkland batteries.
I agree, you defintly want a battery that has high cold cranking amps rating. When I had my truck, the new battery I put in it. It had around 900 some cold cranking amps. Never had a problem with it starting in the middle of winter.
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Old 10-01-2008, 01:02 PM   #18
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I've had good luck with Costco batteries.

For the price of an Optima, you can buy 1.5-2 conventional batteries.
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Old 10-01-2008, 04:25 PM   #19
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Optima are still best for off-road useage, n'est ce pas?
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Most auto batteries are made by just three manufacturers, Delphi, Exide, and Johnson Controls Industries. Each makes batteries sold under several different brand names. Delphi makes ACDelco and some EverStart (Wal-Mart) models. Exide makes Champion, Exide, Napa, and some EverStart batteries. Johnson Controls makes Diehard (Sears), Duralast (AutoZone), Interstate, Kirkland (Costco), Motorcraft (Ford), and some EverStarts.

...so it looks like your list is Johnson Controls batteries.
The Die Hard -Platinums- are not made by Johnson Controls.

FWIW, and before someone thinks I am pimping Die Hard, I actually run a Deka Intimidator in my Wrangler which sees some pretty serious offroad usage. Only had it ~6 months but no complaints. Powered the stereo and a blender for hours on the beach in the Outer Banks a few weeks back. I run a small compressor off it (with engine off) for airing up my tires all the time.

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It isn't, go on jeepforums.com and I think you will get a variety of responses. Optima will still get a few votes but many people will say exactly what I'm saying.
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Old 10-02-2008, 05:04 PM   #22
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Nah, there are other sealed brands that do better. Optima is actually one of the cheaper sealed name brands out there.
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