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Best battery(deep cycle?) For 00 TJ auto for plowing?..

Discussion in 'Jeeps' started by info4tim, Jan 8, 2015.

  1. info4tim

    info4tim Senior Member
    Messages: 231

    Hi guys, have a 3-4 ur old Optima yellow top 34 battery that needs replacing..now. Question: Heard bad things on these of late. What's your top choice for a jeep plowing battery these days n why? I run a Meyer e47, halogen headlites n 4 led 48w tractor lights n an led mini lite bar n a Kenwood amp. Should I just stick with yellow top? Thank you all!
     
  2. info4tim

    info4tim Senior Member
    Messages: 231

    No one has any thoughts, experience on this?
     
  3. affekonig

    affekonig Senior Member
    Messages: 909

    I plowed with an 01 and now an 04 TJ and have used regular old Autozone red batteries with no problems. They're cheapish and have a good warranty, but again, I haven't had problems. Stock alternator on both and the 01 saw long hours of heavy use. Save the money is my suggestion.
     
  4. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,549

    My latest Jeep has a group 64 battery and a 160 AMP alt. seems to work fine.
     
  5. ggb6259

    ggb6259 Senior Member
    from SW MI
    Messages: 214

    Last edited: Jan 10, 2015
  6. info4tim

    info4tim Senior Member
    Messages: 231

    Thanx pm. So a 64/65 will fit in 00 TJ? What's diff between 64 n 65? I'm just wondering if I need the deep cycle chging that Optimas supposedly provide for plowing? Thanx again
     
  7. bschurr

    bschurr Member
    Messages: 60

    Sears Gold is my battery of choice. A step above that would be an AGM (Advanced Glass Mat) battery. Optima and Sears Platinum are 2 examples of batteries that use this technology which allows for improved deep recharge cycles as compared to typical SLA (Sealed Lead Acid) batteries.
     
  8. info4tim

    info4tim Senior Member
    Messages: 231

    Thanx to all! On my way to Sears for the Plat! Got $25 off signing up for a "member" on their website! Yeaaaaa! prsportpayup
     
  9. ggb6259

    ggb6259 Senior Member
    from SW MI
    Messages: 214

    I get all my families car and truck parts,motorcycle oils, filters etc from Autozone. I joined their rewards program and it adds up fast. I live close enough to where I can make a couple trips and really work the offer to my advantage. We drive by AZ 5 times a day..

    You get a credit everytime you spend $20. 5 credits is a $20 on a member card. You can save them up. I bought my wifes battery last with the credits and almost to an ODBII scanner... and I've been saving since July....
     
  10. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,549

    the deep cycle batteries work best with a slow discharge the plows use high amperage draw not good for deep cycle.
     
  11. novawagonmaster

    novawagonmaster Senior Member
    Messages: 177

    I run a Group 65 (Interstate MTP-65).
    It was a snug fit, but I wanted the biggest thing I could get in there.
    It has 1000 cranking amps at 32 degrees, and 850 at zero.
    30-month free replacement period.

    Since my Jeep sits between snow events, I leave it hooked up to a Battery Tender Jr.
     
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2015
  12. jme4158

    jme4158 Junior Member
    from ny
    Messages: 11

    i had a die hard platinum in my 06 TJ. it worked great! and if you look around you can find coupons to order online and pickup in store. when i bought it it was like $197 and they had a coupon for $20 off $200 so i added a screwdriver to put me over the $200 and got my discount.
     
  13. EHoward19

    EHoward19 Junior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 29

    The sears and Optima batteries are the best imo
     
  14. info4tim

    info4tim Senior Member
    Messages: 231

    Thanx all! Got a $25 off coupon by ordering a Platinum on line pick up in store, n slipped a guy $20 for putting it in quick! Thanx again
     
  15. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
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  16. On a Call

    On a Call Senior Member
    Messages: 760

    Wow am I cheap or what ??

    I buy reconditioned batteries, been doing it for years. I pay $ 35.00 and they last for at least 3. Never had an issue with running the plows, lights, radio, salters, and what ever.

    I always buy the biggest cold crank I can.

    As for the deep cycle....are you planning on running it down ??? Better off getting a good charging system
     
  17. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,549

    Thats fine. I run a plowing business if I am sidelined because of a dead battery I will loose thousands of $$
     
  18. On a Call

    On a Call Senior Member
    Messages: 760

    Ditto

    I am running four trucks and two salters.

    My main concern, just like you is no break downs. However Interstate Batteries seem to have a great line of Recons. Just look up a warehouse location. I have yet to have one give me issues in 6 years running them. I do however at the beginning of the season have them check for cold amp checks. That to me is the bottom line.

    Again, I have yet to have a battery be dead on a truck unless someone left a switch on...that is not a battery issue but operator and I am not above that standard.
     
  19. mwalsh9152

    mwalsh9152 Senior Member
    Messages: 434

     
  20. info4tim

    info4tim Senior Member
    Messages: 231

    Then what would you suggest we all use for constant draw/cycling at 30 amps + when plowing?