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Istock66
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posted November 26, 2004 04:23 PM           send a private message to Steve Dupree   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/QuoteBBBBBB
I need a deep cycle battery, no alt anymore.

In summit they have a optima group 31a, it says its got a 155 reserve capacity, and 900 cold cranking amp.

Theres also a Odyssey which Ive never heard of..they supposedly have 925,1200 or 1700 amps available.
They are both sealed type.

Anyone ran the Odyssey, the 1700 is 275.00.

stockcar5
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posted November 26, 2004 05:16 PM  
dont waste your money on the expensive batterys...i run an interstate 35 series for 3 years and i have never had trouble. normally running 30 laps per night.

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redneck racing
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posted November 26, 2004 05:40 PM  
The advantage to running the Optima or Orbital is that it doesnt need to be in a battery case if mounted in the cockpit they are sealed. Eddie

Istock66
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posted November 26, 2004 05:49 PM           send a private message to redneck racing   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/QuoteBBBBBB
My battery will still be in a case, but I ran a non sealed type this year, actually 2 diff ones and both leaked acid all over in the case.. I guess our tracks are rougher??

Its all the way back by my cell.

I-B-RACIN
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posted November 27, 2004 02:17 PM  
you can get an orbital gell cell at your local Napa store .cheaper than optima and just as good..

sjakes
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posted November 27, 2004 03:15 PM  
I've ran both the standard type of batteries like Stockcar5 is stating as well as the cheaper Optima for $99.95 this last season. I didn't notice any benefit with the exception of the acid issues you were mentioning.

I just charge them weekly as part of my maintenance.

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Raz_900
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posted November 28, 2004 12:04 AM  
Turbo Start 16 volt!

The battery is about the same price as an Optima 12v. The charger hurts a bit ($225) but I think it's well worth it. An HEI needs 14v to operate at it's peak.

One night this year I had to switch from the 16v to a 'normal' 12v (accidentally left switch on). The car felt the same until about halfway down the straight. Then it just seemed to quit pulling. The longer it ran, the more I noticed the 'flatness'. Without having a 16v or 12v+altenator to compare it to I would have never noticed a difference.

So if you haven't tried it with 'full voltage' it's not possible to say a 12v is all you need. Yes, it does work, but no, it's not giving the ignition all the juice it needs.

Oh... and the 16v Turbo Start is a deep cycle design. Mine just finished it's 4 year and has been.. umm.. less than optimumly mantained (ran low on avid twice, left outside 1 winter stone cold dead). I may have to **** it up and buy a new one next year. I'll probably go with the new sealed 16v they came out with last year.


stockcar5
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posted November 28, 2004 09:23 AM  
i dont think you can run 16v batterys in imca...1 12 volt only

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