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Old 08-18-2010, 08:36 PM   #1
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I have a '95 4x4 tacoma. What is the best, most powerful battery anyone has used in their Tacoma? It seems the Tacoma has the pos and neg terminals different from most other batteries. The Sears platinum group 35 has 740 cca and 100 reserve minutes for what that is worth, for 189.00. It looks like a longer battery would fit, with more reserve power, but most other sizes have the polarity reversed. the cables could be lengthened but that may or may not be that easy or maybe neccesary. I have an ARB fridge and plan on winch, lights, etc in the future. My current Interstate battery wont keep the fridge on for a day without the fridge turning off due to low voltage. I live in Texas where the temp where the fridge is is 120 during the day.

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In that price range, look into the Optima Yellow top. It's desinged to run aux equipment in addition to being the main vehicle battery.
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Been happy with my red top..

Had it for about 4 yeras and its still going strong!
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There is a very good reason why people claim Optima' are the best battery. Yellow or Red they are the best out there, I kept a record of battery failures for the last three years at the shop I was running.

Duralast's were the worst, Optima's hardly ever fail. I had a customer with Optima's that were six years old in AZ...
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I have an ARB fridge and plan on winch, lights, etc in the future. My current Interstate battery wont keep the fridge on for a day without the fridge turning off due to low voltage. I live in Texas where the temp where the fridge is is 120 during the day.

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Also check out Odyssey batterys. Same gel-cell design as the Optimas, but smaller and pack more punch.
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I have the stock battery still running strong in my '03. Unless you're doing somethign that specifically requires a lot of juice when the truck isn't running (which some of you validly are) no need to spend big bucks.
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I have a '95 4x4 tacoma. What is the best, most powerful battery anyone has used in their Tacoma? It seems the Tacoma has the pos and neg terminals different from most other batteries. The Sears platinum group 35 has 740 cca and 100 reserve minutes for what that is worth, for 189.00. It looks like a longer battery would fit, with more reserve power, but most other sizes have the polarity reversed. the cables could be lengthened but that may or may not be that easy or maybe neccesary. I have an ARB fridge and plan on winch, lights, etc in the future. My current Interstate battery wont keep the fridge on for a day without the fridge turning off due to low voltage. I live in Texas where the temp where the fridge is is 120 during the day.

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I just put an Optima D-31M Blue Top in my truck. Biggest Baddest out there that I could shoe horn in. You just need to fab up a couple of brackets. The specs speak for itself. This bitch is huge!!

Battery Model: D31M
Part Number: 8052-161
Nominal Voltage: 12 volts
NSN: 6140 01 502 4405
Description: High power, dual purpose engine start and
deep cycle, sealed lead acid battery
Physical Characteristics:
Plate Design: High purity lead-tin alloy. Wound cell configuration utilizing proprietary
SPIRALCELL® technology.
Electrolyte: Sulfuric acid, H2SO4
Case: Polypropylene
Color: Case: Light Gray
Cover: “OPTIMA” Blue
Group Size: BCI: 31
Standard Metric
Length:
Width:
Height:
Weight:
12.774”
6.529”
9.370”
59.8 lb
324.46 mm
165.84 mm
238.00 mm (Height at the top of terminals)
27.1 kg
Terminal Configuration: SAE / BCI automotive and 5/16”-18UNC-2A threaded stainless steel stud.
Performance Data:
Open Circuit Voltage (Fully charged): 13.1 volts
Internal Resistance (Fully charged): .0025 ohms
Capacity: 75 Ah (C/20)
Reserve Capacity: BCI: 155 minutes

(25 amp discharge, 80°F (26.7°C), to 10.5 volts cut-off)
Power:
CCA (BCI 0°F): 900 amps
MCA (BCI 32°F): 1125 amps

Recommended Charging:
The following charging methods are recommended to ensure a long battery life: (Always use a
voltage regulated charger with voltage limits set as described below.)
Model: D31M
These batteries are designed for starting and deep cycle applications and for use in vehicles
with large accessory loads.
Recommended
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I just put an Optima D-31M Blue Top in my truck. Biggest Baddest out there that I could shoe horn in. You just need to fab up a couple of brackets. The specs speak for itself. This bitch is huge!!

Battery Model: D31M
Part Number: 8052-161
Nominal Voltage: 12 volts
NSN: 6140 01 502 4405
Description: High power, dual purpose engine start and
deep cycle, sealed lead acid battery
Physical Characteristics:
Plate Design: High purity lead-tin alloy. Wound cell configuration utilizing proprietary
SPIRALCELL® technology.
Electrolyte: Sulfuric acid, H2SO4
Case: Polypropylene
Color: Case: Light Gray
Cover: “OPTIMA” Blue
Group Size: BCI: 31
Standard Metric
Length:
Width:
Height:
Weight:
12.774”
6.529”
9.370”
59.8 lb
324.46 mm
165.84 mm
238.00 mm (Height at the top of terminals)
27.1 kg
Terminal Configuration: SAE / BCI automotive and 5/16”-18UNC-2A threaded stainless steel stud.
Performance Data:
Open Circuit Voltage (Fully charged): 13.1 volts
Internal Resistance (Fully charged): .0025 ohms
Capacity: 75 Ah (C/20)
Reserve Capacity: BCI: 155 minutes

(25 amp discharge, 80°F (26.7°C), to 10.5 volts cut-off)
Power:
CCA (BCI 0°F): 900 amps
MCA (BCI 32°F): 1125 amps

Recommended Charging:
The following charging methods are recommended to ensure a long battery life: (Always use a
voltage regulated charger with voltage limits set as described below.)
Model: D31M
These batteries are designed for starting and deep cycle applications and for use in vehicles
with large accessory loads.
Recommended
So, how tall is the battery? It looks like I can fit 8.75, maybe 9" max from eyeballing it with a ruler from the bottom of the tray to where the hood closes. Looking from the right front of the truck, is the negative terminal next to the fender and closest to the windshield? Length I seem to have some room to play with, maybe 3" longer than stock. The cables are too short to reach to the front of the battery.

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It's 9.375" tall. It fits once you move the battery toward the passenger side a bit, extend the battery tray, and build a new mount to replace the factory one. Took me an hour to fab up. My stock cables worked fine.
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My Optima red top has been serving me well for years. I'll be sticking with an AGM battery since I'd killed several conventional batteries in my truck. The lead plates just don't like all the vibrations.
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i have my red top mounted on its side with screw in battery terminals on the side. Some how I got 2 red tops in a row that were bad- both lasted less than a year. I have had my current one in it for about 5 years and it still works just fine. The 2 previous ones were replaced under warranty from Optima. I got mine back when they were 90 bucks. These are what the military uses too.
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Look for yourself at the specs of both the Optima and Odyessy batteries.

Best way to make a choice...

http://www.odysseybattery.com/battspecs.html

http://www.optimabatteries.com/optim...wtop/specs.php

as for Optima choices... and being a sole battery...
I'd go with a Yellow Top.

I've run the same D34 YT (aux.) and D34R RT for near 4 years now...
without a glitch...

so I'm good with that.

My Aux. Yellow Top had taken tons of abuse from accessories and winching.
without fail nor a worry. Holds it's charge well when sitting and not in use.

The Red Tops are a little more finicky and should only be used in vehicles(as the primary) that are daily operated... as they don't seem to hold their peak charge as well, unless run on a daily basis. (just from my experience)

Either the Odyessy and Optima are capable, durable and reliable batteries.
These two different brands are probably the best known AGM type batteries on the market. So I'd pick one of the two.

For me... the Odyessy batteries seem a little overpriced...
and is likely why I'll never purchase from them.
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Time for a dual battery setup
I have considered dual battery setup. Where have people placed them? If I were to get a AGM, would it be safe in the cab? Or would a box in the bed be better. Any tips on brands, use welding cable etc?
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If you'd like to run duals... and don't have anti-lock brakes...

I think that offsetting the weight has its advantages...



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I'm in the process of doing the optima 31d with custom stainless hold down. Almost done...then I may do a tiny red top on the fender for duals.
That said, the normal red top kicks ass for general use
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A group 24 size battery will fit in the stock location with no mods. It's considered the optional size for cold weather Canuk tacos. It's the same height & depth as a group 35, just a bit wider taking up all the space of that plastic tray.

For me being out here in Vegas, it seems no matter what battery you run, it's going to die with this rediculous heat, and at the most inopportune time. I tried one of those AGM dual purpose deep cycle/starting batteries and it lasted just shy of 2 years. So, I get the Maxx battery from Wally world. It's open 24/7 so when it goes out at 11pm the night before I have to be at work, I can replace it.

Also, my deep cycle sits in the bed under the toolbox.

That's just my
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x2 on Optima and Odyssey. Ive had two odyssey one was the tiny cube that was in my old eclipse and the other is my secondary in my taco (pc1200) and it works great! I usually pull it out and use it for my 9ft dinghy trolling motor too!
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It's 9.375" tall. It fits once you move the battery toward the passenger side a bit, extend the battery tray, and build a new mount to replace the factory one. Took me an hour to fab up. My stock cables worked fine.
I love the D31 also, just finished mine BUT, my positive to the relay box was too short. I posted a write up in electrical on replacing the cable. (I didn't extend the tray but did make a new top bracket).

Thread here...
http://www.ttora.com/forum/showthread.php?t=162880
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I thought you were going to say, the best battery for a tacoma is the one you find on the side of the road
that full size truck battery I found has been treating me well

I have a optima yellow top for my aux battery, both are in the bed.
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Sears platinum P1 for me.. I had to extend the cables a little, but no biggie.

880 CCA
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I believe it's an Odyssey under the covers
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Sears platinum P1 for me.. I had to extend the cables a little, but no biggie.

880 CCA
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I believe it's an Odyssey under the covers
Same one I have! I got away without having to extend the cables. Tight fit but it works. Needed a new hold down. No biggie.
It is an oddesy for sure. There's another thread around here with all that info.
There's also an email convo from an employee at oddesy confirming that the sears die hard platinums are rebadged oddesys.
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Odyssey all the way !!!! buddy of mine droped one 8 feet and broke it all 2 shit, tested it 3hrs later and it was still 1300 amps. i run a 2150 in the back of my taco LOVE IT
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runnin a blue top right now solo, but soon to have a cheap costco battery for my starter and then ill use by bluetop for all my high draw shit
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I use the cheap ass ones from walmart.....3 year free replacement....I run an amp, pair of fog lights and pair of driving lights......not to mention radar detectors, gps and phone charger....and the 100 degree heat in Alabama....hasnt let me down yet.
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I use the cheap ass ones from walmart.....3 year free replacement....I run an amp, pair of fog lights and pair of driving lights......not to mention radar detectors, gps and phone charger....and the 100 degree heat in Alabama....hasnt let me down yet.

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I have a '95 4x4 tacoma. What is the best, most powerful battery anyone has used in their Tacoma? It seems the Tacoma has the pos and neg terminals different from most other batteries. The Sears platinum group 35 has 740 cca and 100 reserve minutes for what that is worth, for 189.00. It looks like a longer battery would fit, with more reserve power, but most other sizes have the polarity reversed. the cables could be lengthened but that may or may not be that easy or maybe neccesary. I have an ARB fridge and plan on winch, lights, etc in the future. My current Interstate battery wont keep the fridge on for a day without the fridge turning off due to low voltage. I live in Texas where the temp where the fridge is is 120 during the day.

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For a portable camp refrigerator you would be better off getting a propane set-up

To run a 120 compressor you would need a bank of batteries or one huge son of a gun that would out weigh it's usefulness or only give you about 60 minutes of reserve time.
You also need to consider your alternator being abused from the constant cycling,
a solar panel my be another option if you still want to use a battery.



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I read the ARB fridge stats and still think you'll abuse your alternator.
and found propane refer that makes ice cubes for about half of the regular price of the ARB
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don't quote me but I've read countless threads of people saying the sears platinum battery is the same as the odyssey battery. i read where one guy called odyssey and he was informed that the sears platinum and the odyssey battery come out of the same manufacturer plant.

another thing is that on the optima battery you are not suppose to hook up winches to the side terminals because of a smaller gauge lead connector to the main battery post terminals that cannot handle high current or they have the potential to melt.

the odyssey and the sears platinum do not have this issue.

funny i just found a lot of information out there about this very same subject and from what ive read i would go with the sears platinum battery for sure. i know people love optima batteries and i trust their opinions on them.

im in the process of upgrading my my battery cables and all that right now myself.
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