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    Default What is the best battery I can get for my 2004 Tundra V8?

    I will have had my beloved Tundra for 5 years this upcoming December and while I have not had a single battery related issue, I don't want to be stuck anywhere this winter because of the battery as it can get cold here in MA and in NH where I'll be snowmobiling.

    What is the best battery money can buy me and where can I buy it?

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    Default Re: What is the best battery I can get for my 2004 Tundra V8?

    1. Sears Diehard http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...tive+Batteries

    2. Walmart's Brand

    It is my opinion that the Optima line, although of an apparent level of quality and touted on here like the best thing since sliced bread, just isn't necessary for the average vehicle owner. They are very expensive, and a battery that is supported by the brick-and-mortar retailer that sells it (Sears, Walmart, etc.) AND that said retailer is available everywhere, is more important.

    IF you were a serious off-roader, then MAYBE the Optima line might be for you as they are constructed to allow placement in (almost) any configuration and will stand up to the tilts and rolls encountered on an offroad environment better.

    FWIW: I have a Kirkland battery from Costco in my truck, and it has been perfect for over 4 years now.

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    Default Re: What is the best battery I can get for my 2004 Tundra V8?

    That's entirely based on how much $$ you're willing to drop on it. The Odyssey's are superb, but they're not cheap. The PC1700T I installed a couple of years ago runs like a champ, and has cold cranked in below zero temperatures like a champ. The nice thing about these is that it's a combination high-crank + deep discharge, so you won't damage it if you drain it and it's got the added benefit of high crank amps. Like I said, they're not cheap. I paid around $230 for it, but they've gone up over the last few years.

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    If you're worried about a battery failure, you may want to look into a dual battery setup. Just do a search on "dual battery" and there are quite a few good posts. I've got some pics in my profile of my dual setup.
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    I personally use an optima but the exide orbital is also an excellent battery and is available through most interstate battery dealers.
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    Default Re: What is the best battery I can get for my 2004 Tundra V8?

    Autozone Duralast, best bang for the buck.
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    Duralast batteries are good but warranty does not cover corrosion. Cleaning battery terminals becomes part of 5k maintenance.

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    Default Re: What is the best battery I can get for my 2004 Tundra V8?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thundra04struck View Post
    What is the best battery money can buy
    Optima, Exide, Odyssey, not necessarily that order.

    My Optima is about seven years old and still doing well. The supposedly sealed, maintenance-free battery in my g/f's car burst last week and got battery acid all over the engine compartment. Blew the little vent covers off the battery, and separated the top from the sides. It sucked. I am not buying another "regular" battery, ever. When the Optima I have now hits ten years I'll replace it. I suspect it'll go in my second vehicle or my g/f's car seeing as how I plan to get a pair of Odysseys in the back of the truck in the near future.

    But that is personal preference, YMMV.

    For fifty bucks more than the Diehard you can get a red-top Optima. The like-OEM replacement battery for my g/f's car is almost the same price as that DieHard...for sixty bucks more I can get an Optima and not have to worry about exploding batteries during jump starts (never happened to me and hopefully never will), bursting batteries from lack of water in a "maintenance free" battery (like that Diehard...not knocking Sears, it's the type of battery!), or having to spend a long evening asking a buddy to drive me around while we R&R the car, including throwing baking soda all over the engine compartment.

    You may never, ever have that happen. Me, I never, ever want it to happen again, so I'm buying one of the above three in the future, regardless the vehicle.

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    Default Re: What is the best battery I can get for my 2004 Tundra V8?

    My take on batteries is simple:

    If you want a long lasting battery that can accept shocks and physical abuse ( read OFF ROADING ) then get a sealed one like the Odyssey or Optima, Those use gell as chemicals.

    the regular batteries use sulfuric acid, water and lead.

    Buy the cheapest one you can get as they will all last about the same ( 3 to 5 years )

    Marketeers have developed clever schemes to get your dollar:

    you can get a $40 battery with a 2 year warranty or a $90 battery with a 5 year warranty ( which is pro-rated )

    after, say, 20 years you will have bought and worn out 4 batteries and spent MORE $$ on the expensive ones..........

    I know that as I used to deal with battery manufacturers directly and they told me that the inside of most car batteries are essentially the same, only the outside is different, Well, the outside will NOT affect the lifetime..........

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    The optima battery is not a gel battery, it's comprised of six individually sealed spiral wound acid bath cells that can continue to operate if a cell dies. Specs & Tech
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    Default Re: What is the best battery I can get for my 2004 Tundra V8?

    I have the Blue Top D31m Optima

    For me, a walmart battery just won't cut it.

    Then again, I have three large amplifiers to feed.

    With my toyota battery, my head lights would slightly dim when I cranked it up.

    Since the optima install, it has been awesome and holds the volts way up under high demand better.

    I have a volt meter installed in the cab which is hooked right into one of the amps.

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    Default Re: What is the best battery I can get for my 2004 Tundra V8?

    Actually, I think the electrolyte in each element is, in fact, a gel compound. But there is no sense arguing about that. That type of battery is excellent and can be installed upside down if need be. It will also last a long time, but it costs a lot more than regular batteries.

    As far as some batteries getting white powder around the terminals it is easy to prevent: Oint each terminal with grease when you put the battery in and there will be no more white crud forming.

    Let's not forget also that regular batteries emit Hydrogen gas during use, and even though they are called "maintenance free" the hydrogen comes for the water in there and the water level WILL go down after a few months. It is a good idea to pop the covers at every oil change and add a lil bit of distilled water in there where it is low. Your battery will thank you and last longer.....................
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    The link I posted makes it all quite crystal clear so you will know exactly what you're getting should you buy one.
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    Just get an optima red top. You just missed the $25 mail in rebate from optima.
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    Autozone Duralast for me......No more Walmart Everstart batteries.
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    OPTIMA BATTERIES SAVE 25 PROMO
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