My battery is shot. Optima red or yellow. - Great Lakes 4x4. The largest offroad forum in the Midwest

Go Back   Great Lakes 4x4. The largest offroad forum in the Midwest > General 4x4 Stuff > The Pub
GL4x4 Live! GL4x4 Casino

The Pub A friendly forum where everybody is nice, and will answer any questions you have about life.

greatlakes4x4.com is the premier Great Lakes 4x4 Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Search
View Poll Results: Which Optima
Red top Optima 11 36.67%
Yellow top Optima 19 63.33%
Voters: 30. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old December 23rd, 2007, 04:29 PM   #1
Tonka
YJ build in progress
 
Tonka's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-05-05
Location: Lapeer Township, Mi.
Posts: 2,063
iTrader: (9)
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Send a message via AIM to Tonka Send a message via Yahoo to Tonka
Default My battery is shot. Optima red or yellow.

Since my TJ won't start after sitting a day, I think it's time to replace the battery. I have owned a few Red top Optima's, and used them for winching with no issues. I'm wondering if it's worth spending the extra cash on the yellow top or not.

Please vote if you have personally used said battery. I will be buying one of the 2 later tonight

No one local had the red top in the higher CCA models, so I went with a yellow top D34-78.

Last edited by Tonka; December 24th, 2007 at 03:46 PM.
Tonka is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old December 23rd, 2007, 04:33 PM   #2
Rocky
AAA GOLD ROCKS!!!!!
 
Rocky's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-05-05
Location: Macomb
Posts: 8,512
iTrader: (13)
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Default

No issues out of my yellow top when I had it.
Rocky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 23rd, 2007, 04:34 PM   #3
mudd_jumper
Senior Member
 
mudd_jumper's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-20-05
Location: Sterling Heights,MI
Posts: 5,117
iTrader: (9)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

had a yellow in my YJ used for winching and such for a year till it was totaled and moved it to the wife's XJ and is now just used for a DD and not any problems for a year there
mudd_jumper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 23rd, 2007, 04:42 PM   #4
DuffMan
Your Message Here
 
DuffMan's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-05-05
Location: The Ile of Grosse
Posts: 5,837
iTrader: (11)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

I have a blue top and it's been great. Always starts - even after sitting 1-2 weeks, even in winter...
__________________
This is the Pub. Leave common sense at the door.
DuffMan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 23rd, 2007, 06:04 PM   #5
JEFF
Hold my beer!!
 
JEFF's Avatar
 
Join Date: 03-01-06
Location: Hamburg
Posts: 962
iTrader: (7)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

Have you priced a Yellow Top there like $200 bucks I got a red top it does what I need.
JEFF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 23rd, 2007, 06:12 PM   #6
Chris99XJ
If It Aint ruf It Aint Me
 
Chris99XJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: 03-23-07
Location: Charlotte
Posts: 278
iTrader: (1)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

this dam battery thing has been drivng me nuts for over a year, I wanted to get a red top, then the guy @ the store told me they were junk, then another guy said he said that because they sit on there shelves for a long time. But is still would like a red top,
I didnt know you could use a blue top DUFFMAN, mine is a DD, so i probly could not use a blue top or could I ?
Chris99XJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 23rd, 2007, 06:14 PM   #7
dune coon
do work
 
dune coon's Avatar
 
Join Date: 02-12-06
Location: Grand Rapids
Posts: 1,568
iTrader: (6)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

I had a blue-top a few years back. It didn't last very long at all. I ended up going back to autozone, and the money from the prorated warranty I put toward a red top. Haven't had any problems with the red top. Real good reserve. I just installed a second red top to supplement power.

I do plenty of winching, have a large stereo, and more lights than I need.
dune coon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 23rd, 2007, 06:20 PM   #8
Chris99XJ
If It Aint ruf It Aint Me
 
Chris99XJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: 03-23-07
Location: Charlotte
Posts: 278
iTrader: (1)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

same here, So you have 2 red tops then, Id like to see how to do that.
Chris99XJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 23rd, 2007, 06:29 PM   #9
dune coon
do work
 
dune coon's Avatar
 
Join Date: 02-12-06
Location: Grand Rapids
Posts: 1,568
iTrader: (6)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Chris99XJ View Post
same here, So you have 2 red tops then, Id like to see how to do that.
[HIJACK]

Find a good spot to mount it, then hook it up like jumper cables. You can use an isolator if you'd like. I used a constant duty solenoid that I wired to the acessory circuit. That way, 2nd battery is only being drawn from when key is in ignition. If I leave a light or something on when it's parked, the aux. battery remains fully charged. Mounted it in the back for ease of jump-starting and lack of room underhood.




[/HIJACK]

Thanks to Enginecraft for the good deal on the battery!!!
dune coon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 23rd, 2007, 06:32 PM   #10
Chris99XJ
If It Aint ruf It Aint Me
 
Chris99XJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: 03-23-07
Location: Charlotte
Posts: 278
iTrader: (1)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

sweet

thanks
Chris99XJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 23rd, 2007, 06:33 PM   #11
holshotracer
Its not mine
 
holshotracer's Avatar
 
Join Date: 10-04-06
Location: Gowen
Posts: 1,539
iTrader: (7)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

my yellow top is going on three years now. it's been in three different rigs and I've had no problems. my first explorer i had it in had a huge amp and the battery would keep up.
holshotracer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 23rd, 2007, 06:58 PM   #12
Haggar
Covered in mud...
 
Haggar's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-06-05
Location: Oxford, MI
Posts: 17,616
iTrader: (55)
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Default

There have been a LOT of reports of the newer yellow tops failing. Don't seem to be what that used to.

My red top is about 3 years old and works just fine in my toyota. Its been drawn down a few times, since the truck sometimes sits for months and I have an electrical issue somewhere. Always charges up and is just fine.
Haggar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 23rd, 2007, 07:19 PM   #13
DuffMan
Your Message Here
 
DuffMan's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-05-05
Location: The Ile of Grosse
Posts: 5,837
iTrader: (11)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

My blue top has been in the Jeep over three years. They come in both deep cycle and starting models - mine is a starting model.

It's not a DD, and it's stored over the winters. It get ran about once every two weeks in winter and always cranks hard. No trouble at all.
__________________
This is the Pub. Leave common sense at the door.
DuffMan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 23rd, 2007, 09:07 PM   #14
Tonka
YJ build in progress
 
Tonka's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-05-05
Location: Lapeer Township, Mi.
Posts: 2,063
iTrader: (9)
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Send a message via AIM to Tonka Send a message via Yahoo to Tonka
Default

thanks everyone
Tonka is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 23rd, 2007, 09:13 PM   #15
mudd_jumper
Senior Member
 
mudd_jumper's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-20-05
Location: Sterling Heights,MI
Posts: 5,117
iTrader: (9)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tonka View Post
thanks everyone
well what did you decide?
mudd_jumper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 23rd, 2007, 09:25 PM   #16
ddeadserious
Senior Member
 
ddeadserious's Avatar
 
Join Date: 08-20-06
Location: Plymouth, MI
Posts: 5,078
iTrader: (44)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Send a message via AIM to ddeadserious
Default

Yeah I bought a yellow top last year due to the fact that I plan on getting a winch eventually, figured I'd plan ahead. I haven't had any battery-related starting issues, even after leaving lights and stuff on all night. My starter on the other hand.... well that's a different story.

But my dad uses a red top and a winch and has had absolutely no issues with it in 3 years or so.

And my buddy Josh uses a blue top in his JK with a winch that gets used as well and has had no issues in the year and a half he's had it.


My point is, that red is probably fine, being the cheapest, but they all are better/worse at some things.
ddeadserious is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 23rd, 2007, 09:28 PM   #17
JEFF
Hold my beer!!
 
JEFF's Avatar
 
Join Date: 03-01-06
Location: Hamburg
Posts: 962
iTrader: (7)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Haggar View Post
There have been a LOT of reports of the newer yellow tops failing. Don't seem to be what that used to.


Guy at the battery store told me the same thing when I was pricing batteries, said he had a bunch of yellow tops that had failed. He tried talking me into some battery called "Purple Haze" made by Exide
JEFF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 23rd, 2007, 09:28 PM   #18
jeeperbrian
GLFWDA member
 
Join Date: 11-20-06
Location: oakland county, mi
Posts: 2,675
iTrader: (14)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by DuffMan View Post
My blue top has been in the Jeep over three years. They come in both deep cycle and starting models - mine is a starting model.

It's not a DD, and it's stored over the winters. It get ran about once every two weeks in winter and always cranks hard. No trouble at all.
isnt a blue top a marine battery? i know it will still start it, i just thought thats what the blue was
jeeperbrian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 23rd, 2007, 09:42 PM   #19
Tonka
YJ build in progress
 
Tonka's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-05-05
Location: Lapeer Township, Mi.
Posts: 2,063
iTrader: (9)
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Send a message via AIM to Tonka Send a message via Yahoo to Tonka
Default

I'm going with the red top. It seems that everyone I have come across has had good results with them, myself included.

I may add in a second battery, and isolator setup, later, and may make it a yellow top, so I have a dual purpose setup.
Tonka is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 23rd, 2007, 09:44 PM   #20
DuffMan
Your Message Here
 
DuffMan's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-05-05
Location: The Ile of Grosse
Posts: 5,837
iTrader: (11)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

I think that theoretically blue is marine.

I originally bought it as the primary starting battery for my last boat and changed it out when I sold it.

But the way I see it, a marine battery is a starting battery sized to crank a big block marine engine, hold up under infrequent use and tolerate rough water - good for a non-DD Jeep.
__________________
This is the Pub. Leave common sense at the door.
DuffMan is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply
Great Lakes 4x4. The largest offroad forum in the Midwest > General 4x4 Stuff > The Pub

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:45 AM.


Powered by: vBulletin, Copyright 2000 - 2012, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Page generated in 0.29024 seconds with 81 queries