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Battery Question

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by mx377, Nov 10, 2015.

  1. mx377

    mx377 Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    I'm thinking of replacing my battery. Is it best to use a deep cycle or a standard battery?
     
  2. jonniesmooth

    jonniesmooth Senior Member
    Messages: 228

    In what?

    Need more info to answer properly
     
  3. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    In the Prius of course.:D
     
  4. mx377

    mx377 Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Sorry.... 97 Silverado with Boss RT2 8' SB
     
  5. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,614

    A deep cycle is used in RV'S and marine approbations.
    A "Standard battery" is preferred in your plow truck.
    try to get a batt with the highest CC that will fit.

    if you cant fit in a 1000cca, look at getting a bigger battery tray.
     
  6. mx377

    mx377 Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    The only 1000cca battery I could find was a deep cycle with 105 amp & 20hr. I also liked the idea of the extra post for things like strobes & what not.

    What other specs. should I look for to prevent light dimming?

    Thanks for your time & info.
     
  7. mwalsh9152

    mwalsh9152 Senior Member
    Messages: 434

    Odyssey/DieHard Platinum is essentially both a deep cycle and a standard battery. The Group 65 is maybe 930ish CCA
     
  8. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,005

    Alternator, and wiring. Also what we call the big 3.
     
  9. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,614

    Keep looking, you can find them with duel posts.
    at wall-mart, sears, batts plus, interstate, etc etc......
    just dont go to the rv dealer....

    Your dont need power over a long time, you need it now.
    put the RV batt down.
     
  10. mx377

    mx377 Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    I will keep looking, So I want at least 1000cca, Should I also upgrade wires to 2ga?
     
  11. jonniesmooth

    jonniesmooth Senior Member
    Messages: 228

  12. jonniesmooth

    jonniesmooth Senior Member
    Messages: 228

    Last edited: Nov 10, 2015
  13. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,005

    First. Look at the IDLE output of the alternator. That's what's important.
    Second, you could make all your own cables cheaper.
    I'm pretty sure your batt is a group 85..? Might not be able to go 1000cca. So look at the batt manufacturers and see what they have available.
    If your still running factory battery cable bolts at the terminals, I would recommend cutting the rubber and removing those crappy bolts and installing 3/8 bolts and a nut.
    I did it on every truck in the fleet, and never had lose cables again.
     
  14. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,614

    alts don't put out much at idle even the high output ones' It's off idle to 1300rpm where the power is made. That is why you want a batt with a high amp rating. to cover for your alt. A batt is a pool to draw from. a rv batt is slow to release the power.

    ambulances utilize two alts and they idle up....