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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-08-2009, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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Question BATTERY

I am looking at ditching my heavy a** Motorcraft battery. It has been the original since 2001 and still does it's job.

The stock battery weighs in at 45 lbs.

The aftermarket BRAILLE battery, with very similar power/output/CAA/Amps etc weighs in at 21 lbs. Less weight in the front = better weight transfer at track = quicker times. The real reason I want to swap is well, the stock is nearing it's end I'm sure and the fact that I am adding an aftermarket hood that weighs an extra 20 lbs makes me want to lose that same weight in the front elsewhere to break even.

The Braille battery = 190 CDN + 110 Shipping
MotorCraft = 90 CDN
Deka = 120 CDN + 40 Shipping
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Here's my thing....the DEKA battery has nearly the EXACT same specs as the Braille, I'm talking everything, even looks identical, the only difference is the Braille has a fancier cosmetic package.

I did some research and it looks like Deka does supply Braille.

SO if the Deka is in fact an identical battery for much less, I will go that route and just make it look pretty.

My question is, has anyone ever had any experience with either of the two brands?
Know where to get these locally?

My truck does get stored in the winter but does see about 10k from spring-fall.

I have no hitch, spare tire, winch, and I am lowered (not tow truck friendly), so getting stranded on the road due to a new battery would really be quite the ball buster.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-08-2009, 02:46 PM
 
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if your worried about wieght transfer relocate the battery to the rear,also because it isn't driven much get a battery tender.m2c


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I hear what you're saying, I looked into relocating, by the time you add in the wiring and the holder, along with the battery it comes out to about 70lbs.
PLUS I don't really wanna do all that work relocating it and wiring etc, I figure a happy medium would be a lightweight battery.
And yes, tender is used during storage, I do drive the truck on a weekly basis, doesnt sit more than 4-5 days at most, so it's fine for now.
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I guess someone that understands the technology needs to explain it because conventional battery methology says more lead and more room for acid equals more power. They must have some new technology with substitute materials that improve the power to weight ratio. How you guage the success of the technology is anyones guess.
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Couldn't tell ya how it works, from other users in the states they haven't had any issues with it at all.
Hoping to find someone local that has access to them at a fair price.

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no Optima ??? a red or yellow top would work well. Just they are a different size and mite need to be fitted or whatever. I mite have a custom batt box made for mine.
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Ya put the battery in the box. But i wouldnt worry about the weight reduction as much as weight placement.

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I often wondered about battery quality. I had to do some reading, when I wanted to find out why my trailer batt's kept dying. From what I figured out, the heavier the battery, the stronger and longer lasting it is. When you look at rv batteries, the cheaper ones (and when I say cheaper, it also indicates lower quality...cuz you get what you pay for, right) are lighter. So, I assume that is the same for automotive batteries. Of all the years I've been working on vehicles, I've found the Motorcraft batteries to be one of the best. Even some of my "Chevy" friends use Ford batteries in their trucks. I've never used dry cell batteries, so I can't comment on them.


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That 20 lbs. you're worried about is 0.4% of the weight of your truck.
Will that make the truck go 0.4% faster? I don't think the relationship is linear.
Just sayin' ...

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did you see the 21lb braille battery up on for sale on the other boards?



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