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What battery are you runnin....with your winch??

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by JK5, Mar 16, 2004.

  1. JK5

    JK5 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    My Red Top Optima after 5 years...
    needs to be re-placed..
    I think I KILLED it winching last summer... /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif

    I'm looking at the NEW Optima Group 31 Yellow Top...
    They say it's made for winching and other tough applications..
    but this thing is 12 13/16"L x 6 1/2" W x 9 3/8"H....
    this thing is huge...and has 900 cold cranking amps/1125 cranking amps...

    What battery would you guys using???
     
  2. 84_Chevy_K10

    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

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    Two plate type group 34 batteries. 1100 CA each, that's 2200 available amps. /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif
     
  3. JK5

    JK5 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Two plate type group 34 batteries. 1100 CA each, that's 2200 available amps. /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif

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    I thought about going with a 2 battery set-up...
    but I'm going to eventually narrow my front..
    so I may not have the room... /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
  4. K30CJ

    K30CJ 1/2 ton status

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    Optima Yellow Top. Awesome battery. Mine's over 5 years old, never a problem. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif

    Surprised to hear your red needs replaced after only 5 years. Did something specific kill it?
     
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    optima red top. been doing fine with it too. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Red top. Replaced after 6 years of winching with another red top. Try dropping it on the ground from about 3 feet up and see if it'll take a charge then. There was a post a couple of weeks ago about this, so I tried it and it worked for me.
     
  7. JK5

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    Optima Yellow Top. Awesome battery. Mine's over 5 years old, never a problem. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif

    Surprised to hear your red needs replaced after only 5 years. Did something specific kill it?

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    Well....
    I got sideways in a hole...to start..
    and I did nothing but winch...at the Halloween Webb Bash..
    I broke out the winch about 20 times that weekend.. /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif
     
  8. JK5

    JK5 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Red top. Replaced after 6 years of winching with another red top. Try dropping it on the ground from about 3 feet up and see if it'll take a charge then. There was a post a couple of weeks ago about this, so I tried it and it worked for me.

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    LOL...I haven't seen that POST!!! /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif
    My Red Top is taking a charge...
    my load tester says it's weak!!!

    Maybe I'll try dropping it tonight!!! /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
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    i run the yellow top with mine and have never had a problem /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    I have an Exide Orbital Battery Starting/Deep cycle. Haven't used it yet, got it in a group buy and everyone seems very happy with it. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    Sorry guy's but I can't see the high cost of Optima's,,,I know this sounds bad but I run Wal-mart Battery's.
    they come with a 3 year no questions asked replacement I have dual battery's in my K5 and just replace them every 2 years at no cost. /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gifThey have never failed and I have not paid for a battery in 6 years.I've yet to kill the one on my winch,,also walmarts are everywhere and that's a good thing if I ever need to replace one in another town,,Just keep the reciept in the glovebox. /forums/images/graemlins/woot.gif /forums/images/graemlins/woot.gif
     
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    Optima Yellow Top. Awesome battery. Mine's over 5 years old, never a problem. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif

    Surprised to hear your red needs replaced after only 5 years. Did something specific kill it?

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    Well....
    I got sideways in a hole...to start..
    and I did nothing but winch...at the Halloween Webb Bash..
    I broke out the winch about 20 times that weekend.. /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif

    [/ QUOTE ]Maybe with the 44"s you won't have to winch as much /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    Sorry guy's but I can't see the high cost of Optima's,,,I know this sounds bad but I run Wal-mart Battery's.
    they come with a 3 year no questions asked replacement I have dual battery's in my K5 and just replace them every 2 years at no cost. /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gifThey have never failed and I have not paid for a battery in 6 years.I've yet to kill the one on my winch,,also walmarts are everywhere and that's a good thing if I ever need to replace one in another town,,Just keep the reciept in the glovebox. /forums/images/graemlins/woot.gif /forums/images/graemlins/woot.gif

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    Don't feel bad, I've got two plate type batteries in mine, both are actually from Farm and Fleet I think, but same thing either way.
     
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    I'm running those fancy 1050A Walmart ones, they're yellow.... ooooooh! : /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif Cost $110 or so for both...
     
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    750CCA cheapies from Advance Auto for $42. I've killed the auxilary one five or six times now with my electric fans. I can't believe it survived all of those drains.

    I kept burning the terminals off those mini-ATO fuses so the fuse wouldn't blow but the isolator couldn't charge the battery either. I finally put in a regular full size blade fuse holder in about 3 weeks ago.

    In a perfect world, I'd run Optimas.
     
  16. JK5

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    Optima Yellow Top. Awesome battery. Mine's over 5 years old, never a problem. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif

    Surprised to hear your red needs replaced after only 5 years. Did something specific kill it?

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    Well....
    I got sideways in a hole...to start..
    and I did nothing but winch...at the Halloween Webb Bash..
    I broke out the winch about 20 times that weekend.. /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif

    [/ QUOTE ]Maybe with the 44"s you won't have to winch as much /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif

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    LOL...It's NOT me I'm worried about..
    I needed the winch about 6 times last year... /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif

    But You're right...I'm gonna be unstopable at Webb this year!!! /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
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    I always run Die Hards!(usually Golds) /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     
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    Thanks for ALL the comments!!! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    I always run Die Hards!(usually Golds) /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

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    Made by Johnson controls, same as most of Wal-Mart's batteries in addition to all of Autozone's and Interstate as well.
     
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    Made by Johnson controls, same as most of Wal-Mart's batteries in addition to all of Autozone's and Interstate as well.

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    When did they start with Johnson? I haven't had to buy one in at least 6 years and have never had a problem with one!

    If I were to choose another brand it would probably be New Castle Battery since they're local...
     

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