What batteries are best for the 7.3? - Diesel Forum - TheDieselStop.com
Ford Diesel Forum / Powerstroke Forum
Ford Diesel Forum / Powerstroke Forum
Go Back   Diesel Forum - TheDieselStop.com > Ford Diesels > 7.3L IDI Diesels (Not Power Strokes)

7.3L IDI Diesels (Not Power Strokes) Technical discussion of topics related to vehicles powered by the 7.3 Liter In-Direct Injection Navistar engines.

TheDieselstop.com is the premier Diesel Truck Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-21-2009, 10:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 28
My Photos: (0)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
What batteries are best for the 7.3?

I took Big Ugly for a spin around the block and couldn't get it to start after I stopped for some game day essentials (Go Blue!). I knew the batteries were getting weak but this shows they have to be replaced before the winter really starts. I usually get Craftsman Die Hards for my cars. Is there any brand that works better for these trucks? What type should I use, just in case the battery guys aren't sure what should be used on this dinosaur?

PS- We got the truck to start again when my father tried hooking up our travel battery and and his Honda Civic to the left battery at the same time. It was a great day for the little Honda, starting a 7.3 diesel off of it's mighty 1.7 gasser.
__________________
My beasts:
1989 F350 XL Jasper 7.3 IDI non-turbo. Auto, RWD, dually, 12ft box, ugly as hell! We call it Big Ugly.
1999 F250 XL 5.4 Triton. Auto, 4x4, my "pretty" truck.
JH3Rob is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 11-21-2009, 11:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
chuckster57's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Central Valley, Ca.
Posts: 15,604
My Photos: (7)
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
I have two Costco batteries in my truck. Important thing to remember is 850 CCA min. and clean the cable ends.
__________________
1994 F-350 7.3 IDI Turbo, crew cab, E4OD,4:10 L/S, LB, Dually Photos
ATS Turbo upgrades: 3" DP with 3" exhaust Magnaflow XL muffler: Pictures Here
2012 Copper Canyon 273 FWRET w/2 slides, Air Lift 5000 bags
Pillar pod: Autometer C2 Series gauges: pyro,trans, boost, water, oil pressure
Hypermax Cowl induction, K&N air filter, flex-a-lite 26K trans cooler with fan,Tekonsha prodigy
Train Horns: Pictures here

PM please not visitor message
chuckster57 is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-21-2009, 03:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 28
My Photos: (0)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by chuckster57 View Post
I have two Costco batteries in my truck. Important thing to remember is 850 CCA min. and clean the cable ends.
Thanks Chuck, I'll keep that in mind.
__________________
My beasts:
1989 F350 XL Jasper 7.3 IDI non-turbo. Auto, RWD, dually, 12ft box, ugly as hell! We call it Big Ugly.
1999 F250 XL 5.4 Triton. Auto, 4x4, my "pretty" truck.
JH3Rob is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-21-2009, 03:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Posts: 97
My Photos: (0)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by JH3Rob View Post
I took Big Ugly for a spin around the block and couldn't get it to start after I stopped for some game day essentials (Go Blue!). I knew the batteries were getting weak but this shows they have to be replaced before the winter really starts. I usually get Craftsman Die Hards for my cars. Is there any brand that works better for these trucks? What type should I use, just in case the battery guys aren't sure what should be used on this dinosaur?

PS- We got the truck to start again when my father tried hooking up our travel battery and and his Honda Civic to the left battery at the same time. It was a great day for the little Honda, starting a 7.3 diesel off of it's mighty 1.7 gasser.
I just bought another set Motorcraft brand at the Stealership.

3 year free replacement warranty with your original receipt. I got a free pair on my first purchase (2 1/2 years into it), then 2 years after that, my free set went down with the alternator failure last month.

I just threw down real $$ for a new set, I think my discounted battery price was $97 each. I got a discount just by telling a long winded story about the batteries failing on the return side of a camping trip and not being able to find my receipt. Receipt would have only shown that I bought them 4.5 years ago

--Hugh
__________________
91' F-250, 2WD, 7.3 L, 4.10, 5 speed, single cab, 175,000 miles.
Santa Cruz, CA
waterdude007 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-21-2009, 03:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
trampsdieseltruck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: sault ste marie,ontario
Posts: 712
My Photos: (33)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I bought a pair of 1000ca at Tractor Supply on sale,they came with a 2 year full replacement
__________________
1992 f250 7.3 nonturbo,4x4 360,000km,auto tranny

Last edited by trampsdieseltruck; 11-22-2009 at 05:46 PM.
trampsdieseltruck is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-21-2009, 11:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: SoCal
Posts: 488
My Photos: (10)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I did the Costco thing too. I would do a general internet search on batteries and then decide from there (cost). Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I think I remember hearing that there are really only like three different battery manufacturers out there, and they manufacture all of the batteries under different labels.
__________________
92 F350 XLT Crewcab dually, 225K miles ATS turbo, 4 inch exhaust, fresh IP & new matched BB injectors, Holly Red pump, K&N, E40D, 2 aux coolers, A-pillar guages, 410 limited-slip rear, Rancho 9000s, towing package, full running boards, mud flaps, 94' Ford (Alcoa) aluminum wheels, Predator camper shell, 600 watts of Sony/Boston Acoustics! Complete engine rebuild at 176k miles. Ford reman E4OD at 204k miles.
2001 Komfort 26FS
My Truck
Fozz is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-22-2009, 10:39 AM   #7 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 2,457
My Photos: (0)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
My truck requires "Group 65" batteries.
__________________
'93 F-250 IDI, 4x4, K&N, no soup bowl, stock, with 265,XXX miles 5 speed, 3.55, kind of new LUK clutch, runs great, starts great, it is great. The truck is getting old.
BuilderBob is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-22-2009, 10:51 AM   #8 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
chuckster57's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Central Valley, Ca.
Posts: 15,604
My Photos: (7)
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fozz View Post
I did the Costco thing too. I would do a general internet search on batteries and then decide from there (cost). Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I think I remember hearing that there are really only like three different battery manufacturers out there, and they manufacture all of the batteries under different labels.
I have heard the same thing, something about the handling of the lead. The P.O. put costco batteries in about 1 month before I bought it. That was about 20 months ago.
__________________
1994 F-350 7.3 IDI Turbo, crew cab, E4OD,4:10 L/S, LB, Dually Photos
ATS Turbo upgrades: 3" DP with 3" exhaust Magnaflow XL muffler: Pictures Here
2012 Copper Canyon 273 FWRET w/2 slides, Air Lift 5000 bags
Pillar pod: Autometer C2 Series gauges: pyro,trans, boost, water, oil pressure
Hypermax Cowl induction, K&N air filter, flex-a-lite 26K trans cooler with fan,Tekonsha prodigy
Train Horns: Pictures here

PM please not visitor message
chuckster57 is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-22-2009, 11:16 AM   #9 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Calif, Hollister
Posts: 740
My Photos: (0)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
If it a group 65, and has atleast 825 CCA or better, it pretty much will work just fine. I run a couple newer gold tops from Autozone, and have in other trucks. They treat me fine, and come with a 3 year replacement warranty. That being said, I also use costco batteries, or any other battery for that matter. It's been a long time since I have gotten a bad one from a big box store or major auto parts store, they are all pretty good now.
__________________
1992 F350 Crew Cab 4x4 7.3l IDI E4OD No Turbo
1993 F350 Crew Cab 4x4 7.3l IDI E4OD No Turbo
1990 F250 Super Cab 2x4 7.3l IDI E4OD Utility bed

1987 E250 Quadravan 4x4 6.9 IDI C6 Banks Turbo, Gearvendor, and U.S. Gear Exhaust Brake
DragRag is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-23-2009, 01:12 AM   #10 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Escondido CA
Posts: 170
My Photos: (0)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Sometimes we have to do things to keep running....

...but the guy I buy my starters from swears the worst thing for our starters is low voltage....
.
__________________
1993 F350 XLT Crew Cab 4x4 factory turbo diesel, 5-spd, 4.10s w/towing package, bench seats (fits family), white paint, sprayed bedliner, "Rackit" lumber rack.

This was exactly the truck I was looking for...

now 327,000 miles & 8 yrs (bought with factory remanufactured engine @ 119K miles)

14.5 mpg @ 65 mph cruise control & AC

Casually looking for a good used (secondary) overdrive....

Real trucks don't have spark plugs!

-Guy-
Escondido, CA
GuyW is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-23-2009, 06:08 AM   #11 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
NH2112's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Windham, ME
Posts: 2,227
My Photos: (2)
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Send a message via MSN to NH2112 Send a message via Yahoo to NH2112
Volts go low, amps go high, amps mean heat, heat kills starters.
__________________
Phil

Check my lists of common part numbers in my photos! Updated often!

1991 F350 Lariat XLT, 7.3l, 5-speed, crew cab, SRW, 3.55, 2WD.

1990 Jeep Wrangler Sahara, in the process of a major overhaul/upgrade. OM617 on the horizon! Front & rear Dana 44s from a Wagoneer till I get some 1-ton axles built & narrowed, and eventually a front shackle reversal. Diesel YJ, bay-BEE, and not a cookie-cutter 4BT conversion!
NH2112 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-23-2009, 06:17 AM   #12 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
fddriver2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Plantation, FL.
Posts: 487
My Photos: (0)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by chuckster57 View Post
I have two Costco batteries in my truck. Important thing to remember is 850 CCA min. and clean the cable ends.

Me too, group 65 fitment 4, 1000 amps, 850 CCA. 3 year replacement, 100 month prorated, $72 after core return.
__________________
I have a philosophy? Who knew. Ok, where's the beer?



2002 F-250 XLT CC SB\HPX\ITP prepump mod\Harpoon\DI 65psi fuel shim\4" SS turbo back Magnaflow\Fumoto\FTVB\Edge Evolution2\Zoodad\2008 Diff cover\V-10 Transmission cooler
fddriver2 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-23-2009, 06:36 PM   #13 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
StrokerSmoker7.3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Harrisburg PA
Posts: 166
My Photos: (0)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by trampsdieseltruck View Post
I bought a pair of 1000ca at Tractor Supply on sale,they came with a 2 year full replacement
What were they a piece? On the original subject, I've had nothing but excellent performance from Interstate. They seem to last a long time and run strong
__________________
1989 F-250 4X4 C-6 7.3 IDI, 4.10 SRW, Cobra 148GTL, 4ft bed mounted whips, 12" Powerbass sub, 600W Powerbass amp, Sony Headunit, GPC override(thanks M.L.S.C), Factory Ford aluminum rims from OBS PSD, 4" exhaust, no soupbowl, B&M shift kit


1997 F-350 4X4 E4OD 7.3 Powerstroke, 3.55 SRW. 3"DP to 4" exhaust, TS performance 6pos. chip, Quadzilla Recon XGT, DIY Tymar style intake, Atwood fiberglass cap
StrokerSmoker7.3 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-25-2009, 09:52 PM   #14 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Chillicothe, OH
Posts: 14
My Photos: (0)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
i have optima deep cycles on mine
__________________
1991 F350 7.3 idi, 5 speed, 4x4, SRW, 180000, reg cab, banks turbo kit, rebuilt injection pump, 6 inch turnout stacks ...
deere55 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-26-2009, 07:59 AM   #15 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
StrokerSmoker7.3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Harrisburg PA
Posts: 166
My Photos: (0)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by deere55 View Post
i have optima deep cycles on mine
Optimas are great batteries. but the biggest downfall is their price. Very expensive compared to a Costco or the like.
__________________
1989 F-250 4X4 C-6 7.3 IDI, 4.10 SRW, Cobra 148GTL, 4ft bed mounted whips, 12" Powerbass sub, 600W Powerbass amp, Sony Headunit, GPC override(thanks M.L.S.C), Factory Ford aluminum rims from OBS PSD, 4" exhaust, no soupbowl, B&M shift kit


1997 F-350 4X4 E4OD 7.3 Powerstroke, 3.55 SRW. 3"DP to 4" exhaust, TS performance 6pos. chip, Quadzilla Recon XGT, DIY Tymar style intake, Atwood fiberglass cap
StrokerSmoker7.3 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Diesel Forum - TheDieselStop.com > Ford Diesels > 7.3L IDI Diesels (Not Power Strokes)

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Diesel Forum - TheDieselStop.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may 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
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



Wheel & Tire Center

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:41 PM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.