6TL battery refurb/reconditioned battery

edpdx

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I like the look of the 6TL battery; but I would rather drive than admire a dead battery. If there is no great replacement for a 6TL I am looking at options:

The Red Top Optima 34/78 has 800 CCA / 1000 CA is this enough? I don't have a winch or large electronics on-board.
 

scrambled

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I have 2 optimas in one of my 1008s. They work fine. I also have 2 interstate group 31 refurbs in another 08 and 2 of my 1031s. they work even better and were less than 100 bucks for the pair. My optimas were 150ish each plus the nice adapters...


Travis
 

kipman

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6TL's suck wind, they will not take the abuse of group 31 battery's, Interstate sells them for about 35 each, you can not beat the value.
 

edpdx

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I just finished putting in two group 31 batteries. Went to start it thinking that would end my starting problem... NO.

I have gone thru the TM manuals for troubleshooting the starter; but I think it must be the solenoid- the starter is new and under warranty; I'd rather put a solenoid in; but I have to pull the starter anyway, so I am guessing I will send it back, although the starter DID spin up fine on the bench.

What am I missing? If I send the starter back and they test it and say its fine, I'll be in the same boat in two weeks because of shipping back and forth.

What should I review on the wiring?
 

cjcottrill

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6TL's suck wind, they will not take the abuse of group 31 battery's, Interstate sells them for about 35 each, you can not beat the value.

Did I read that right? 35 each? Are they blems/ reconditioned? I went to fire my deuce for the parade Sat. -dead batteries- first time. the are original about 4 years old. I have them on the charger, I'm a little worried about 1 of them so it's probably best to replace them both. By the way, the ladder works great and got used Sat. I've got about 4 ton of mud to remove from my truck, I tried to drive through my field to the parking spot after the parade. Thank goodness for the winch. Hope the wrench party went well.
 

Miah

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My G-31s ended up costing around $55 ea since I went through local parts store that wasn't an Interstate distributor. Still it was a heck of a better deal than el-cheapo Megalo-Mart car batteries that would still be around $65-70 ea & not have the cranking power or lifespan.
 
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