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    I turn my mind now to acquiring a decent battery for my street/club car.

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    I have only began my search and the array available is far and wide.

    Any suggestions from the AF's out there as to what would be a good, reliable and durable battery to use?

    I see the Optima battery come in different forms: Red Top, Yellow Top and Blue Top, but is this level of battery (and price) justified?

    Any good, bad or ugly experiences?

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    Quote Originally Posted by R8 Dream View Post
    I turn my mind now to acquiring a decent battery for my street/club car.

    I have only began my search and the array available is far and wide.

    Any suggestions from the AF's out there as to what would be a good, reliable and durable battery to use?

    I see the Optima battery come in different forms: Red Top, Yellow Top and Blue Top, but is this level of battery (and price) justified?

    Any good, bad or ugly experiences?

    Angelo
    Fwiw I buy all my batteries at Supercheap. And have found the generic Supercheap branded batteries to be perfectly acceptable.

    And often half the price of "all singing all dancing so called premium brands". Where the extra cost , I suspect goes toward advertizing.

    So I'm happy to replace a cheaper battery, more often.

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    If it's not going to be driven often, maybe look at AGM versions as they don't discharge as readily when sitting.
    If you want a super light competition battery, look at hi-tec batteries.
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    AGM batteries such as red top, yellow top etc are still very heavy. You can save 9-10Kg by swapping to a Lithium. I run a Yellow Top which is now 10+ years old. So you can't argue about the quality. However, I'll be replacing it with a 1.7Kg lithium.

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    I agree with PeterT, if looking for lightweight and the ability to mount on its side, spillproof, small in size, particularly for a race car these style of Lithium Batteries are hard to go past. I have them in two cars and have had long, reliable service from them. There are plenty in the range to choose from, but they are not really suitable to be continuously winding over the motor, or leaving your lights on. If there is no parasitic drain on the battery, it will sit for many months without charging and still be OK.

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    Also agree with Alan. I have two cars using red tops and four on yellow tops. Two are on a constant charger and the others are regularly rotated on the chargers. Weight is not an issue with most as I prefer the ability to instantly fire up when needed after months of inaction.

    I do have one lightweight carbon fibre cased Lithium but they are very expensive although feather weight.

    They range from 3 to 10 years old.

    My strongest recommendation for any serious club competition is do not use any traditional lead acid battery. They are unreliable in competition with the vibration and heat conditions plus they leak fluid under extreme g forces, despite all the usual special capped vents, baffles etc.

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    After much research, I finally settled on the yellow top Optima battery.
    thanks everyone for your thoughts and recommendations.
    Angelo

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    Good choice, homework pays off. You have probably noticed how quick it starts now as one of the other benefits.

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    Is that a Model 8071-176 that I can read on the photo? My R8 battery is coming up to three years old ere long, and who knows after 2... Be prepared, rather than buying in a rush as I normally end up doing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    Is that a Model 8071-176 that I can read on the photo? My R8 battery is coming up to three years old ere long, and who knows after 2... Be prepared, rather than buying in a rush as I normally end up doing!
    Yes John, it's the D51 Yellow Top with the following specs. Price $249.
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    My D51 expired at Wakefield this morning. It spewed acid everywhere. Oh well, 10 years was a good run. On the downside, I had to buy a Supercheap special for the race today.

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    Peter, I'm interested to know if your D51 showed any symptoms before the failure ?. Any recent hits or electrical reasons ?. I had a 12 yr old Odyssey that swelled on the top with a blister, mainly from engine bay heat, it slowly declined in ability to hold a full charge but not a leaky failure like yours. Sounds messy.

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    No symptoms, other than killing a few alternators and blowing fuses from going open circuit. We charged it overnight with a C-Tek and found it next morning in a mess.

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    Killing a FEW alternators... Ouch. I'm no expert on batteries, but with multiple cells in series, going open circuit seems pretty unusual.
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