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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-23-2001, 02:12 PM
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Optima Battery Red Top for Samurai

Anybody who runs a Optima Red Top Battery have the model number they use handy? Do I need to do anything to my stock electrical system to run one? i eventually am going to add a winch and some accessory lights. My current battery is about to go, so I thought I would go ahead and get an Optima and be done with it.


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post #2 of (permalink) Old 09-23-2001, 06:55 PM
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Re: Optima Battery Red Top for Samurai

Hey Ronin,
My Optima says "Optima 800u", and P/N #0060....but I don't think there are a whole lot of sized to pick from! I would highly recommend Optima. My red top has the date on top....I got it in 1994! It has been flat so many times I can't remember them all, and still holds a good charge. We swapped in a Petroworks GM alternator kit last year, and now she is getting fully charged again, and is very happy!
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Re: Optima Battery Red Top for Samurai

I just bought the one that the local auto parts store stocked. I didn't know there were different red-tops. I have a Delco alternator, but i don't know if it is even necessary. I try without the delco first and only install one if it was needed.

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 09-23-2001, 09:56 PM
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Re: Optima Battery Red Top for Samurai

Thanks for the replies. I think that is the same part number on the one at the local parts store. I'll check when I go back tomorrow, I have to return my old starter to get my core charge back. Might go ahead and get me the new battery while I am at it. Don't know how much longer my old one will hold out. Will the stock Samurai alternator be enough to charge the Optima though? I am not really up on the electrical stuff yet[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]

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Re: Optima Battery Red Top for Samurai

I ran the Optima for years with the stock alternator....there is plenty of juice to keep a battery charged with the stock set up if the alt is healthy. Mine just died a slow death this past year...and it really wasn't keeping the battery well charged....but that was after 140k miles or so......

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Re: Optima Battery Red Top for Samurai

I have a smaller than normal optima red top that is different than all the ones I have seen and I have not seen it yet again in anyone elses rigs. It charges with no problem despite my alternator has been burning up a bearing. the model #: 75/35-925
46Ah. C/20
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Re: Optima Battery Red Top for Samurai

ronin, whats wrong with the starter? I've had a couple "bad" starters, its always been crud in the selnoid. Takes about 5 minutes to clean out then lasts a year or so. Just pop it off, remove the plunger and clean it off. If the core charge is not to much $, just fix it and keep it as a spare.

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Re: Optima Battery Red Top for Samurai

Well, my current starter was getting to the point where it wouldn't do anything when you turned the key. I decided to just replace it with a new one. As things go out I am just replacing stuff with brand new hardware. The guy I bought my rig from has done some "questionable" repair work to nearly everything as I am now learning. For instance, I found out once I got the starter out, one of the wires leading to it had broke. Rather than fixing it the guy just tied a knot into the cable and rolled 3/4 of a roll of electrical tape around it. When I started removing the tape, the cable just fell in two. Unfortunately, I had already bought my new starter when I found the wire. My old starter may actually still be good. I'll get em to test it today when I take it back. The core was only $30, so if it is good, I may just hang on to it. As for the strength of my Altenator, it was whinning like crazy. Bearings had gone bad. Replaced it about 2 weeks ago with a brand new unit so I know it is strong.

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Re: Optima Battery Red Top for Samurai

i had an optima red top in my 1978 chevy blazer, warrantied it at NAPA for a brand new one, and they said the same one would work in my ZUK, so i put it in the Zuk, and man what a difference...they told me no mods needed, it just provides WAY more cold crank amps, and you can flip it (the battery, hopefully not your rig) and it won't spill!!!

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