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what battery to run in a street strip car??

my 12 year old optima is pretty much dead now. Ive been reading that theyre not exactly as good as they used to be. Anyways i was wondering what you guys recommend. I prefer one thats on the smallish side to save some weight. Car is not really driven in any kind of extreme weather (never sees under 40* F or over 90*F). im running a mini gear reduction starter on a 532BBF. any other info needed? Car is a 1968 Galaxie, mechanical fuel pump and water pump but electric fan
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[QUOTE=MauriSSSio;1007515]my 12 year old optima is pretty much dead now. Ive been reading that theyre not exactly as good as they used to be. Anyways i was wondering what you guys recommend. I prefer one thats on the smallish side to save some weight. Car is not really driven in any kind of extreme weather (never sees under 40* F or over 90*F). im running a mini gear reduction starter on a 532BBF. any other info needed? Car is a 1968 Galaxie, mechanical fuel pump and water pump but electric fan[/QUOTE
didnt know optima lasted that long the ones i know of where short lived. myself i run the biggest battery i can fit i use a group 31 with 1100 cca but thats me

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my 12 year old optima is pretty much dead now. Ive been reading that theyre not exactly as good as they used to be. Anyways i was wondering what you guys recommend. I prefer one thats on the smallish side to save some weight. Car is not really driven in any kind of extreme weather (never sees under 40* F or over 90*F). im running a mini gear reduction starter on a 532BBF. any other info needed? Car is a 1968 Galaxie, mechanical fuel pump and water pump but electric fan[/QUOTE
didnt know optima lasted that long the ones i know of where short lived. myself i run the biggest battery i can fit i use a group 31 with 1100 cca but thats me
i see, why the biggest battery though? will the car run better? i drive this car on the street though but only maybe 2 times a month and maybe 5 times a month in the nicer months
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Several wrecking yards around here sell reconditioned batterys for ~$30.00, as do a couple of shops that specialize in them. They come with a 1 year guarantee, but I generally get 3+ years out of them in my daily driver type junk.

Plus, you can tell everyone how earth friendly your car is with it's recycled battery.


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Several wrecking yards around here sell reconditioned batterys for ~$30.00, as do a couple of shops that specialize in them. They come with a 1 year guarantee, but I generally get 3+ years out of them in my daily driver type junk.

Plus, you can tell everyone how earth friendly your car is with it's recycled battery.

Haha maybe ill give that a try.what cranking amp range you think my car needs given the conditions I listed.

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Haha maybe ill give that a try.what cranking amp range you think my car needs given the conditions I listed.

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Seriously, with all these new high tech batteries a guy has to wonder how cars were ever raced in the previous century.

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FYI. Generally speaking, any wet cell battery is expected to have a 2 year trouble free life. Anything after that, it's up for grabs.
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12 years is good going IMO, i would buy another one and by 2024 maybe something special will be created which will last forever.....lol

But seriously they are great batteries, never let me down.
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i see, why the biggest battery though? will the car run better? i drive this car on the street though but only maybe 2 times a month and maybe 5 times a month in the nicer months
well in my truck 1952 f1 there isnt much room for a large rad. so i needed the best elec. fan i could get the dodge viper fan 40 amp draw. which run after shut down for 5- 10 min. plus the trans cooler fan does the same but at 8 amps the smaller batt. wont hold up

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I have been using these batteries

http://www.braillebattery.com/index.php/

Also have had real good luck with marine starting batteries.
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I bought one of these over the summer and haven't had any problems. http://www.performancedistributors.com/batteries.htm
Big weight saving and now they're on sale for $100.

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I bought one of these over the summer and haven't had any problems. http://www.performancedistributors.com/batteries.htm
Big weight saving and now they're on sale for $100.
That's a pretty cool suggestion. How much you think shipping would cost?

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