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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-12-2014, 01:54 AM Thread Starter
 
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New Clubwagon picked up

dragged our newest Clubwagon home tonite from Cobourg. man that was a crazy day. 2005 E350 clubwagon Chateau, 6.0 powerstroke 5spd automatic 100,000 miles aprox.
not running for almost a year, dead batteries, frustrated seller who didn't want to spend anymore money on the engine.

I'll buy 2 new 65 series diesel batteries next week and see if I can get it going. very nice body and interior, needs tires .

as soon as the wife saw it, she asked if this one is hers. nice dark blue metallic with silver lower accent and the factory running boards , not the moulded fiberglass stuff. its going to need some factory alum rims for sure!

I'm thinking it will replace Barney in the spring once I stick a 7.3 powerstroke into it and find a good one or rebuild a 4r100 for it.

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Congrats James, pics as always would be great.

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Very nice! When you get batteries go with a 750 CCA instead of 850 CCA, the electrical system likes the 650 or 750 CCA better.

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Very nice! When you get batteries go with a 750 CCA instead of 850 CCA, the electrical system likes the 650 or 750 CCA better.
you have to tell me why smaller cranking amp batteries are better than the OEM size. that is something I've never heard before, especially with the high oil pressure injectors. cranking speed is even more important than the older diesels.

from any of my experience lower cranking amp batteries on a diesel means shorter life of a starter .

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I doubt that it came from the factory with an 850 CCA. An 850 is to much power for the electrical system on the 6.0L Diesel, you'll be lucky (depending on use) to get 1-2 years out of an 850. A 750 will turn it over just fine in the middle of winter if you use a 10W-30 Conventional oil or anything Synthetic.

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Yikes, you guys are scaring me. I have 850's in my 6.0L truck (with a 185 amp alternator) and figured they'd be better too. Now I'm nervous...


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Im pretty sure the current is dictated by the load. The starter will pull as many amps as it needs. The battery is just storage.

If the concern is the gauge of wire, then I'd consider increasing the size of wire going to the starter, to the frame, between the batteries, isolator, and engine to frame.

Having the additional CCA on tap is just more storage incase she doesn't start the first couple times.
Also doesn't starve it voltage when high amp draw is happening.


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More is more.

More is not less.

That is all.

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850 are just fine. Use 1000's if you can find decent one's. Marines work best. Lower gauge wire meaning heavier. Make a ground to the starter bolt and one to the altenator bracket with nice clean heavy connections, use brass battery clamps and keep the batteries clean and you should never have issues for years.

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Yikes, you guys are scaring me. I have 850's in my 6.0L truck (with a 185 amp alternator) and figured they'd be better too. Now I'm nervous...
It will not hurt anything. The 850 just won't last.

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More is more.

More is not less.

That is all.
Is more really more when you have to return it to where you bought it every year or 2?

Again i'm not saying the 850 will blow up the Van I'm sayin that the battery will not last as long as a 750. If you go with an 850 make sure you keep your receipt for warranty.

BTW Motorcraft BXT batteries come with a 100 Month Warranty, first 36 free replacement, 37-100 pro rated.

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