February 1, 2008Ever notice how long the stock AC Delco battery lasts and how well it works? You have a 2003 truck so that battery is about 5 years old and is still working right? No need to get anything other than what is already in it. Your dealer can get you the exact battery at a good price or you can find an AC Delco dealer and give them the part number, and it will last another 5 years.
Forums : Silverado (c/k) (1999 - 2006) : 5.3L needs new battery (614 Views)
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February 1, 2008Boxed or unboxed? I am assuming that is a housing or the support bracket that comes with it?
February 1, 2008IMO it is tough to beat Costco or Walmart batteries for the money and warranty. Both are 36mo full coverage and Costco is 100mo prorated and walmart is 108mo prorated.
February 1, 2008I hear ya... I want to try it out though... I am now wondering what I can do with those top mounted posts... can you convert that with some kind of wiring to hook up to it directly with lets say.... lights or a winch?
February 1, 2008I got good news on my dead Optima today, it's got a 3 year replacement so at least I'm getting a new one.
I hope it does better, I do have to admit that mine didn't get the charging it needed being just sitting in the truck since my stroke.
February 1, 2008yup... red tops = 36 months and yellow tops = 12 months... nice deal though bud
February 2, 2008Aren't redtops deep cycle? If so they aren't supposed to be hooked up to vehicles with an alternator. Those are for trolling motors and the like. (Don't quote me on this...but I know a few years back when I looked at them, I remember one was regular, one for deep cycle)
February 2, 2008yellow is deep cycle and red isn't... not sure about not being able to hook them up to an alternator...
February 3, 2008Optima??
My 5.3 OEM battery just coughed and died. I went to my local Advance and pondered. While I was standing there not one, but two guys came in with their dead Optimas... one so clean it looked like it was still new.
I ended up buying some no-name with better specs and a two-year replacement warranty for about $60. I have no high draw goodies on the truck and don't take it off-road much.
Unless you're running kilowatt amplifiers, winches, and a full rack of KC's I wouldn't bother with high end batteries.
February 3, 2008optimas are good i have one in my truck for almost 4 yrs and no problems, i have an extra one in the garage just in case tho. go optima imo.
February 3, 2008Where did y'all purchase your optimas at... I am looking at Jegs.. they have a 9004-003 red top for 160 and the next step down from that at 140... also do the height adapters and bottom plate come with these for our trucks? Has anyone used the top posts for winch hookups, lights, etc... if so what did y'all set it up with? Finally, I see you can purchase a cap for the top posts can you still run wires and what not with that protective cover on? Might have to double check all of this with optima tomorrow before I buy one... alright thanks guys.
February 4, 2008I think every battery manufacturer has a bad day once in a while and someone will get a bad battery.... no matter what brand. With that being said, I would still stick to the top names.
I personally have had optima's in both of my jeeps. Both have winches (yes, just hook your cables to the top posts). One jeep only gets started about once a month to keep the engine lubed and it starts right up every time(I'm replacing the fenders and such so it's on jackstands in the garage until the weather warms up a bit to work outside).
I just replaced my battery in the truck last summer and put an optima in it also. No problems with any of my optima's.
Also, for wiring up your winch and other accesories. I was told/read that the side terminals are only good for starting your engine. For anything that is going to have significant current draw, use the top posts. Being bigger, they are designed to handle more juice internally.
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