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Old 09 Jan 2014, 10:16 pm
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Default Battery fit question.

I was wondering what other size batteries you guys run in your PT. I have a 2001 with the stock airbox (For now, possibly forever). From my sources the stock size is a 26r (208x173x197). I was thinking of an optima group 35 (230x175x225). I know there is not much room with the stock air intake box. I have no trouble extending wires if need be. I just want something that fits in the stock space. It's always nice to have some extra power on those occasional cold (-4 f) nights, even with the engine block heater.

A link to the optima I was considering is : This one
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Old 14 Jan 2014, 12:51 pm
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I have been researching this and I believe a 96R or an H5 size battery will fit. I have not tried this but will soon. The 96R and the H5 have more power and better warranties.
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Old 14 Jan 2014, 12:58 pm
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Default Re: Battery fit question.

Once the stock air filter is gone. There is lots of room if you mount a different battery tray. The tray bolts to the supporting member by four bolts and it has a fifth bolt that goes to the transmission mount.

Any flat battery tray should work with holes drilled into it in the correct locations. But you may have to turn the tray at an angle for longer batteries.
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Old 14 Jan 2014, 08:02 pm
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Default Re: Battery fit question.

Here's a photo of the battery support member without the plastic tray on it. There's lot's of possibilities there.

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Old 14 Jan 2014, 08:42 pm
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Default Re: Battery fit question.

Around 10 days ago, I posted this on another battery thread. As you can seein the upper left hand corner of the top battery, The OEM tray is still used to do this mod. I'm sure from my own tray modding, that he had to add a tray extension (much easier than starting from scratch) and removing the two short outter restraining walls on the OEM part of the newly modified tray. No need to remove it. Since you're not planning on using two batteries I'm sure you won't have to do that part of his mod.

In other words, using one larger battery should be a piece of cake with just some mild stock OEM tray modding.


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Old 15 Jan 2014, 10:36 am
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Keep in mind that the Optima battery is about 1 1/4" taller than the stocker. So you're not just dealing with the slightly larger footprint but also the height clearance. Offhand I'd say it won't fit with the stock bracket/tray.
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Old 15 Jan 2014, 10:55 am
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Group 86 (Duracell brand/East Penn mfr.)...perfect fit with no mods to tray, clamp, air box or cables. About $82 @Sam's with 3-year free replacement warranty. 690 CCA vs. 540 for the standard 26R...no contest. I dropped one into my '07 in about 5 minutes and it's working great....

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Group 86 (Duracell brand/East Penn mfr.)...perfect fit with no mods to tray, clamp, air box or cables. About $82 @Sam's with 3-year free replacement warranty. 690 CCA vs. 540 for the standard 26R...no contest. I dropped one into my '07 in about 5 minutes and it's working great....
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Old 15 Jan 2014, 09:13 pm
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Default Re: Battery fit question.

Thank you guys all for all of the very helpful and informative responses.
I'm planning on keeping the stock airbox (For a while) so I'll have to do some VERY careful measuring. I did find a very helpful chart in my research. Here
I do know that in my state all that is required is the battery being secured with a device designed to do so. (So if I make it that counts??) I do not need a HUGE battery as I refuse to take up my trunk with my 2000 watt system from my other vehicle. Nothing is high output on the vehicle and I do not find a 46" flatscreen in a car appealing.
I am willing to modify or craft a new tray if it is needed. When it warms up a little bit i might even make some mock-up batteries to see what fits.
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Keep in mind that the Optima battery is about 1 1/4" taller than the stocker. So you're not just dealing with the slightly larger footprint but also the height clearance. Offhand I'd say it won't fit with the stock bracket/tray.

I completely forgot about this thread, so I didn't come back to it. I noticed a long time ago in the Jegs catalog, that Optima offers several batteries (yellow-tops in particular) that start at 7.25" and also some that range up to 7.75" that can be made to work in our PTs. Our stock batteries are 7.00" tall so there are several choices available through Optima that will work. I checked Optimas site today to verify. The yellow-tops have a lower profile than most of the other Optimas, that's why the yellow-top batteries in the pics I posted fit.


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