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Old 09-05-2007, 07:04 PM
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Optima Red Top install problems (AIS solution?)

I swapped out my tired Motorcrafts for a set of Optima Red Tops tonight but it didn't go as smoothly as I would have liked. On the Optimas the posts are set in towards the center of the battery, unlike the Motorcrafts which have the posts set wide towards the edge. On the passenger side this means that the positive terminal sits ****eyed because of that little nub on the bottom of the junction block connected to the lug. I thought about cutting the thing off, but since the two cables are crimped to it I'd have to get in there with a disc grinder or something which I don't have.

On the drivers' side I had to notch out the battery tub cover in order to accommodate the close set terminals as well, but the positive terminal on that side didn't have a weird connection like the passenger side. In any event the batteries are great and I noticed an immediate improvement, but the install looks sloppy. I was thinking that on the drivers' side that I'd install a different intake in order to get around the sloppy look of the notched tub cover-does the AIS use this cover or does it get rid of it totally? If so it would be a great excuse to buy one! As for the passenger side I'm at a loss, so can anyone tell me what they did when they installed Optimas?
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Old 09-05-2007, 07:15 PM
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Old 09-05-2007, 07:36 PM
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you can cut the battery clamps off the cable and get new ones from the autoparts store for 10 bucks or so that is what i would suggest. tell me how it goes thinkin of the swap myself
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I was thinking the same thing. Maybe I'll do a writeup on an Optima/AIS install.
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the red top has the side posts too right? Take a picture to give a better view...my yellow tops work fine and no problemos. Try using those side posts though if you have them. The afe stg 2 intake has a nice battery hold down included that works good with the optimas.
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I have the Optima red tops too, you're right kind of a pain!
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So how did you get them to fit? Got any pics? I'm going to mess with it more tonight I think, but in the meantime I can't figure out why my truck still isn't cranking the way it should.

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the red top has the side posts too right? Take a picture to give a better view...my yellow tops work fine and no problemos. Try using those side posts though if you have them. The afe stg 2 intake has a nice battery hold down included that works good with the optimas.
It does have side posts, but its a different style connector unfortunately. Its the kind that has a sort of ring terminal that you put a bolt through into the battery. Not like the clamp style lugs on the PSD.
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