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Battery For My '74

Discussion in 'Intermediate CJ-5/6/7/8' started by dvader, Aug 17, 2019.

  1. Aug 17, 2019
    dvader

    dvader Member

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    My 74 CJ5 has the stock 304 in it, and a 9000 pound winch that does get used. The 15 year old Optima Redtop has finally giving up. Before I pluck down $200 on a new Optima, I was wondering if other members had different recommendations?
     
  2. Aug 17, 2019
    dane71

    dane71 Member 2019 Sponsor

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    Ive heard that optima arent the quality they used to be. A lot of people seem to like Odyssey these days. Im just running run-of-the-mill batteries though so i have no first hand experience.
     
  3. Aug 17, 2019
    Tree cutter 08

    Tree cutter 08 Member

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    I'm a big fan of interstate last several years.
     
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  4. Aug 17, 2019
    TIm E

    TIm E Member 2019 Sponsor

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    I went to university with the CEO of Interstate Batteries. Scott Miller, the founder's son. Actually dated his wife briefly in high school. Good people.

    Sorry to hijack.
     
  5. Aug 17, 2019
    45es

    45es Member 2019 Sponsor

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    He had a wife in high school! :)
     
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  6. Aug 17, 2019
    Twin2

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    just buy a Group 24 with the highest CCA . should be good to go
     
  7. Aug 20, 2019
    nwedgar

    nwedgar Now with TBI!

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    I use Odyssey in both the CJ (360) and TJ (4.0), which both have the 8274 winch on them. It's been an awesome battery for each one. Went camping the other weekend and had my stereo on for two hours at campsite, battery never blinked the next morning and fired right up. Plus they are the glass mat style so bumpy trail rides don't result in venting acid. Going on about 3 years now for each vehicle and still strong.
     
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    rejeep

    rejeep Well-Known Member 2020 Sponsor 2019 Sponsor

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    Deka batteries.. 100% made in America and prob the best out there..

    they sell under many different private labels (including OE) and branded Deka, so they are easy to get..
    they have the Intimidator AGM series are that fantastic..
     
  9. Aug 23, 2019
    Miller Mears

    Miller Mears New Member

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    East Penn and "some" Johnson Controls batteries are made here too
     
  10. Aug 24, 2019
    chevy71super

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    I have an Optima yellow top battery in a truck that is infrequently driven. Can sit 6 months at a time and it cranks the engine for 30 seconds or more until the gas refills the carb to start the engine. Never had an issue. Because of this its my battery of choice. Doug
     
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  11. Aug 24, 2019
    rejeep

    rejeep Well-Known Member 2020 Sponsor 2019 Sponsor

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    East penn is Deka
    Lots of Interstate made in Mexico
     
  12. Aug 25, 2019
    Miller Mears

    Miller Mears New Member

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    yes sir rejeep you are right. According to a friend of mine at the wholesale dealer here they will be marked on the battery "made in Mexico" or "made in USA"
     
  13. Aug 25, 2019
    Lockman

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    Deka is the one I use. :flag:
     

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