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Old 12-18-2007, 09:56 PM   #1
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My stock battery is dying.

In previous cars I've just gone to autozone or advance auto parts and picked something off the shelf. Is there anything better than what these stores offer? What's a good replacement? Where can I buy it

Thanks!
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Old 12-18-2007, 10:31 PM   #2
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im a fan of optimal (yellow top) batteries but im not sure if they work good on wrxs..
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Old 12-18-2007, 10:36 PM   #3
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My stock battery is dying.

In previous cars I've just gone to autozone or advance auto parts and picked something off the shelf. Is there anything better than what these stores offer? What's a good replacement? Where can I buy it

Thanks!

I went with Interstate Batteries... MT 35 (Warranty 75 months)
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http://www.interstatebatteries.com/e...CRank%7C1&js=1


They go for $89.95...
Let me know I can Score you a deal.....


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Old 12-19-2007, 12:40 AM   #4
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Red-Top Optima here

Better CCA and CA then other batteries.
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Old 12-19-2007, 01:42 AM   #5
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Braille 11 pounds FTW.

Na i wouldn't really trust one in the cold. Probably a.......Optima.
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Old 12-19-2007, 01:44 AM   #6
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Yellow top optima in the RS with the oontz

Hawker Odyssey PC680 in the RSTi to save weight.
Started it up yesterday for the first time in 3 weeks of cold and it started just fine.
This is winter #2 for the PC680.

For every-day use, I recommend an optima Red top.
They have very low internal resistance and make for a great starting battery.

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Old 12-19-2007, 03:47 AM   #7
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Red Top Optima - it has done great for me.
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Old 12-19-2007, 06:25 AM   #8
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Kinetik - 13 lbs lighter than Optima's & 125 more ca it is also about 1/2 the size of stock.
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Old 12-19-2007, 06:43 AM   #9
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Kinetik - 13 lbs lighter than Optima's & 125 more ca it is also about 1/2 the size of stock.
Do you have the 1400?
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Old 12-19-2007, 07:18 AM   #10
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What's the intended purpose of the battery? Just to start your car? You have a honking stereo like Dave or myself? Are you trying to save weight?

To start the car,

Interstate
Any of the batteries below from the Stereo section

For Stereo
Exide Orbital (what I'm running)
Optima Yellowtop (not a fan myself)
Optima Redtop (again, not a fan myself)
ANYTHING from Kinetik
Odyssey Batteries

Lightweight
Braile (oh god please don't do this to your car)
Odyssey
Buscher (pretty much just an Odyssey)
Smaller Kinetiks (what I'd run personally)

Keep in mind that MANY of these batteries will require replacing something like your starter cable as you really shouldn't cut it loose to get the extra distance to make it fit. That can be a serious safety hazard as it's a very large wire, not fused and designed for high amperage loads. In other words if something goes funky prepare to kiss your car goodbye.
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Old 12-19-2007, 08:29 AM   #11
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Braille 11 pounds FTW.

Na i wouldn't really trust one in the cold. Probably a.......Optima.
I have the ~12lb Odessey PC680 in my Saturn. It sits for months at a time in the cold. No problems.
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Old 12-19-2007, 09:11 AM   #12
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anyone have a link to a good price and info on the kinetiks battery? i have an optima red top but would like to save some weight
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Old 12-19-2007, 09:35 AM   #13
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What's the intended purpose of the battery? Just to start your car? You have a honking stereo like Dave or myself? Are you trying to save weight?

To start the car,

Interstate
Any of the batteries below from the Stereo section

For Stereo
Exide Orbital (what I'm running)
Optima Yellowtop (not a fan myself)
Optima Redtop (again, not a fan myself)
ANYTHING from Kinetik
Odyssey Batteries

Lightweight
Braile (oh god please don't do this to your car)
Odyssey
Buscher (pretty much just an Odyssey)
Smaller Kinetiks (what I'd run personally)

Keep in mind that MANY of these batteries will require replacing something like your starter cable as you really shouldn't cut it loose to get the extra distance to make it fit. That can be a serious safety hazard as it's a very large wire, not fused and designed for high amperage loads. In other words if something goes funky prepare to kiss your car goodbye.
It's my daily driver (and only car). Stereo is stock aside from an alpine head unit. I don't plan on putting any amps or subs in the car.

Lightweight would be nice, but how long will it last and will it start up when really cold outside?

Something durable and weighing less than stock would be nice.
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Old 12-19-2007, 10:14 AM   #14
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I'd go with a mini Odyssey or a mini Kinetik. Both will give you more than enough power to start the car even when cold out and should last you a few years as well.
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Old 12-19-2007, 10:23 AM   #15
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Lightweight would be nice, but how long will it last and will it start up when really cold outside?
Dunno, I'm on year two now, without complaint...

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Old 12-19-2007, 03:38 PM   #16
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I'd go with a mini Odyssey or a mini Kinetik. Both will give you more than enough power to start the car even when cold out and should last you a few years as well.
Awesome. Is a local shop (NOVA) that sells them?
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Old 12-19-2007, 04:13 PM   #17
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Old 12-19-2007, 07:03 PM   #18
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Awesome. Is a local shop (NOVA) that sells them?
Batteries Plus can probably get them...

http://www.batteriesplus.com/store_details/201.aspx

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