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Old 01-10-2006, 12:34 AM   #1
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Question Battery Selection Problem

My battery was just dead this afternoon...

Any suggestions or reasons about any brand and place for purchasing a battery for 2002 WRX...or the factory OEM battery is good enough...


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Old 01-10-2006, 12:37 AM   #2
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lots of people swear by the Optima batteries, and they are cool, but if you arent running lots of accessories you probably dont need one.

personally, i just use the costco brand batteries myself, never had one die on me.
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Old 01-10-2006, 02:24 AM   #3
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I just recently read a post in another local forum about lightweight race batteries that performed as well as stock for a good price. I'll see if I can find the link....
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Old 01-10-2006, 02:46 AM   #4
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I just recently read a post in another local forum about lightweight race batteries that performed as well as stock for a good price. I'll see if I can find the link....
Well I heard the same...but some friends said the race battery gonna die soon..

I know the stock battery is kinda heavry...around 38.1 pounds..

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Old 01-10-2006, 03:03 AM   #5
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OK, I found the link:

Lightweight battery install and some info

The guys are talking about VWs but perhaps there's one that will fit the subie. He did some testing and the DEKA ETX14 seemed to look like and perform as well as the much more expensive Braille battery and is also available locally. He saved 25 lbs.
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Old 01-10-2006, 03:55 AM   #6
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so guys, my battery is almost dead too. where is a good place to get Optima batteries and whats the damgae for one?
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Old 01-10-2006, 04:25 AM   #7
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optima = too much. don't pay more than 75 for a new battery with a warranty.
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Old 01-10-2006, 12:12 PM   #8
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Davidson battery on Broadway.
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Old 01-10-2006, 12:35 PM   #9
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If you want one similar to optima get a deep cycle battery with a good warranty. They are usually half the price and perform almost as well.
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Old 01-10-2006, 05:21 PM   #10
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only the optima "deep cycle" batteries are good for starting. other deep cycle, especially flooded batteries are NOT NOT NOT good for starting. you do a google search to see why.
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Old 01-11-2006, 05:14 PM   #11
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Me just went to DEKA East Penn in Burnaby and checked out the DEKA battery...I don't think it is a good selection becasue it only has 550 CCA and 35 AH while our Stock WRX MT need at least 48 AH on the battery..Plus, it weights 33 lbs...almost same as the stock battery..

and the EAST Penn Canada shop also has another choice option which is the optima battery (deep cycle)...

this is the link for optima battery information..

http://irregardless.us/Projects/Sound/
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Old 01-11-2006, 06:29 PM   #12
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Which Deka battery did you check out?

The Deka ETX14 weighs just over 11 lbs. It's supposed to be exactly the same as the Braille battery. Perhaps that model doesn't fit the Subaru?

The following is from the link I posted above:

"DEKA is the manufacturer of the Braille labeled battery - fact.
the Braille and the Deka etx14 are the exact same box - fact.
the Braille and the Deka are the same design (based off of the usrt schematic)
the Braille and the Deka weigh the exact same - 11.4 lbs - fact
the Deka tests the same as what the Braille is claimed to test at - 400CCA- fact."
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Old 01-12-2006, 04:17 PM   #13
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so guys, my battery is almost dead too. where is a good place to get Optima batteries and whats the damgae for one?
I paid $119 for my Optima red top at Costco.
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Old 01-12-2006, 05:25 PM   #14
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119 for a red top is good.
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Old 01-13-2006, 06:22 AM   #15
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I paid $119 for my Optima red top at Costco.

well i wanted a yellow top. you know any good places to get one?
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Old 01-13-2006, 12:34 PM   #16
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why? get the red top. it's better in every respect that u care about.
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Old 01-13-2006, 02:24 PM   #17
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Not sure if the Red Top Optima's dimension fits in the Stock Housing for WRX..
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Old 01-13-2006, 03:10 PM   #18
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i heard the yellow top was better and it fits the stock housing for the wrx
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It depends on what you need a deep cycle battery for. If you have heavy duty electronics that you run for hours at a time without running the engine. Or if you let your battery discharge a lot, then yes, a deep cycle battery will be better. Otherwise, a starter battery is better for starting your car.
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