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Old 05-11-2011, 02:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Battery Size

My 93 IDI turbo needs a couple new batteries, but I'm not sure what size I need, can anyone help me out? Also, what's a good brand of batteries that aren't too expensive.
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Old 05-11-2011, 06:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The minimum is 850CCA each.... changed in pairs....... Wally mart has 1000CCA which members use. I only use Ford batteries and get about 5+ years out of a pair. Ford's are more expensive, but I need "reliable" up here in cold country.
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I put 2 group 31's (truck batteries) in mine. 1125 cca each,They have been in for 6 years now with 0 failures. They just fit in the battery trays, and just clear the hood.
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optima batteries are nice but are spendy. i just use those 1000CCA kirkland batteries from costco and get about 5 years out of them.
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The trays and hardware are sized for a group 65. Use 850 CCA or higher for proper cranking performance.
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Group 31 batteries are great, but I had to modify my battery trays to get them to fit. I don't think that the old IDI ever turned so fast at startup until they were put in.
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I use two Optima Red Tops that have been incredible in terms of reserve capacity.

I left lights and accsessories on and still fired right up many hours later no sweat in cold weather.

When I installed my new IP, lift pump, fuel filter and aftermarket inline filter all at the same time; there was a LOT of air in the system and it took a lot of cranking to get it out but the batteries never gave up!!!
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im running 2 975 cca's and have no problems, got them from the local farm supply store
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Ford Batteries

I have to agree with CDNSARGUY with the use of Ford batteries. I have an E 350 SuperDuty and as a result I am limited to a "Ford Only" battery on the passenger side in fornt of the heater fan box.

I have hunted high and low, but only OEM Ford batteries will fit. Beyond that I have never ever had a starting issue with my Ford batteries in a little over 5 years.

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whats your opnion on the diehard platnuim batteries?? 930CCA
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I went to Farm and Fleet and bought the Platinum battery that fit my truck. There's a little computer thingy that looks up the proper battery for your truck. I get all my batteries at farm and fleet, even though my Dad carries Interstate batteries at his shop.
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those batteries are the worst you can get. they die hard and fast
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whats your opnion on the diehard platnuim batteries?? 930CCA
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those batteries are the worst you can get. they die hard and fast
And that statement is based on what authority?? Anyone who's actually in the auto/truck industry rates them as one of the best out there.
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those batteries are the worst you can get. they die hard and fast
NOT!! Had one in my '86 F250, that I installed in 1997. It was still holding charge and starting my 460 in 2008 when I donated the truck to community hospice.


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1 post to slag a battery with a seemingly goods rep? He's probably a competitor or really screwed up and killed the battery them self.
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