I am thinking about replacing the battery in my Samurai. I want to eventually run a winch and I doubt the battery it has now would survive for very long with that kind of load. I was looking at the Optima batteries. Anybody run one or have experiences with them?
On a similar note, does anybody make a dual battery tray for Samruais?
I like them.I just about changed the fleet over to them.Put one in the suki,chevy P/U(going to be 2 when I get the battery box and cables out of a diesel),2 in the camper and have one on my jump start cart
This might save you a few bucks,Interstate makes optima batteries so if you go to a interstate dealer and tell him what you are looking for he can give you the equivalent interstate battery which should save you some bucks.
I've bought several Optimas over the years. Always thought I was happy with them. I don't have any now though. Looking back, they were the shortest lived batteries I have ever bought. I actually just run 1100 CCA batteries from my local auto parts store. No-name brand. They are working great for the weinching I've had to do and so far seem to be lasting longer than the Optimas which were twice the cost.
I ran an RV/Marine diehardin my FJ40's with a Warn 8274 and KC lites. Never ran out of battery unless something else was wrong, like perhaps wrapping a loop of winch cable around the fairlead. That is another story. Personally I think that focusing on the CCA and other specifications is fine, but I am interested in what happens if you kill that sucker dead. A deep cycle battery will come back while a potentially more powerful battery will be damaged by a deep discharge.
If you really don't want to abuse your battery, don't wheel with jeeps. That seemed to be really hard on my winch.
Just my $.02, and of course I am kidding. Really. No, Really.