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Old 11-10-2012, 08:56 PM
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Smile Batteries...?

I did some searching on what the best brand of batteries to get are and it's looking like a lot of people are recommending different brands. I have some Diehards that were in the truck when I got it, but this morning the truck was barely able to crank over. The date stamp has been torn off or something so I have no idea how old these things are. Anyway, what does everyone have good luck with? I've heard about people having pretty good luck with Napa brand and surprisingly WalMart brand. Any input?
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Old 11-10-2012, 09:04 PM
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I had dual batteries in my old 6.0, when I bought it the truck almost died every time I started it they were so dead. People say that optima or something like that are the best but they're expensive. I put duralasts in it because they're the first thing I think of in terms of best brand battery. Never had a problem with them, highly recommended.


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Old 11-10-2012, 10:29 PM
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I like the Diehard platnum but I have had great luck with the Costco Kirkland batteries in my 95. When I bought the truck it had been sitting for 1.5 years and both batteries showed less than 1v. A overnight charge and two years later the truck still spins over quickly. By all rights they shouldn't be working.

Not sure where people are saying Optima is the best, unless your reading 10yr old posts. Their newer batteries don't last because they require special charging techniques that no vehicle can match.
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:53 PM
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I believe this is the thread I read:
http://www.thedieselstop.com/forums/...attery-289237/
Was an argument between optimum and odyssey. Are the Optimas not compatible with older truck like the 7.3s?


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ive read mixed reviews on the optima. both red and green tops, a 4 wheel buddy of mine swears by them because of the inside gel. but then we dont do that. ive got interstates that were replaced under warranty after a couple of years so i wouldnt recomend those either.

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Are the Optimas not compatible with older truck like the 7.3s?[/color]
Modern Optima's are not compatible with any vehicle. You basically need to charge a Optima at a low amperage for a long period of time if you want it to last. They got cheap and outsourced the manufacturing process which ruined what was once a good battery. Some people get lucky and don't have issues but many of those are people with the 10 yr old battery that just keeps going, not the new ones.
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:52 AM
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^^^ agreed..... i hear great thing about die hard platinum batteries. But what ever u get make sure it has a good warranty and u should be covered if it dies too early
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I like my Napa batteries, they are in all 3 trucks we have. I believe they have a 75 month warranty also.
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Mercedes batteries or xtreme from les schwab, 950 cca and 1000 ca
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ive got ford premium battieries in mine, the previous set lasted like 8 years.i really like them, but ive also heard good things about cat batteries. i think there are many good brands out there and you just have to step up and pay the extra coin for a premium set and youll end up with good batteries no matter which brand you buy
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