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CometGT1974
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posted 02-18-2003 08:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for CometGT1974   Click Here to Email CometGT1974     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, I stole the battery out of the Comet and now it's time to replace it since racing season is just around the corner. I was thinking about one of the nice batteries like holley, turbostart, reactor or something like that. Is it worth the extra money for one of these batteries?? Is a deep cycle better than a dry cell?? Which would be best for drag racing or should I stick with the good ol Wal Mart battery??

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kid vishus
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posted 02-18-2003 09:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus   Click Here to Email kid vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I run an Odyssey battery in my racecar. I really like it. I haven't had a bit of trouble with it, and it's light. But, if you run a good charging system, I don't think you will have problems with any good battery. It all depends on how much you are willing to spend.

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Moneymaker
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posted 02-18-2003 10:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well that all depends on a few things.
Where is it mounted in your Comet?
We just started using the Reactor products last year. (Holley's supplier)
I really like their performance and ultra light weight.
If your rules dictate that you must have the battery up front then the Reactor is the only way to fly.
If you can mount it in the trunk, then you have several options depending on how close you are to your weight minimum.

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CometGT1974
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posted 02-18-2003 10:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for CometGT1974   Click Here to Email CometGT1974     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's mounted in the trunk and i'm already under my weight, i'm not quite sure how much, but the leaf springs are gonna take me under weight. i'll be adding however much weight I need with lead in the trunk so, the weight of the battery is not a major concern...

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Moneymaker
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posted 02-18-2003 10:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Then a group 31 screw terminal industrial HD battery from Wal-Mart may be in order for you.
Cheap, high power, reasonably dependable, and easily warrantteed.

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CometGT1974
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posted 02-18-2003 10:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for CometGT1974   Click Here to Email CometGT1974     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So is that like a deep cycle battery??

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Moneymaker
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posted 02-18-2003 11:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some are some aren't. You have to be careful with DC batteries. They can only be trickle charged. They hold their charges a long time but take very long to recharge.

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Alex Denysenko
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Fstln69
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posted 02-18-2003 12:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fstln69   Click Here to Email Fstln69     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How about the optimas?I can get a good deal on those and my non ford racer is big inch big compression and don't want low volt kick back,any thoughts
Dennis

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Moneymaker
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posted 02-18-2003 01:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have head good things about them, but I have also heard they have a high attrition rate.

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Alex Denysenko
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n2oMike
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posted 02-18-2003 01:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for n2oMike   Click Here to Email n2oMike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My mustang has an Optima Red Top battery (yellows are deep cycle) and it does great! It's probably 7-8 years old now, and still works just fine. To beat all, it will often sit all winter (which is a battery killer) and work like a charm the next spring.

It's doing time in my mom's 84' Buick right now...

Great experience here!

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lawless
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posted 02-18-2003 01:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lawless   Click Here to Email lawless     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have had great success using Optima Red Tops... The nice thing about the optima batteries is that they do recharge faster. This is really important in late rounds...

If you run an alternator, (even with a disconnect switch) there is no reason to use a deep cycle.

chris

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F551
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posted 02-18-2003 08:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for F551   Click Here to Email F551     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another vote for the Optima red top

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Dad Vishus
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posted 02-18-2003 10:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dad Vishus   Click Here to Email Dad Vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
KV is going to need to help here. He bought a battery for the old Granada that was a little dry cell. That was a butt kickin battery. We ran it for 4 years, as I recall, in the racecar, it sat in my driveway for over a year with very little attention, and the guy that bought the racecar last year used it all season. It was a real small battery that only weighed about 20 pounds.

Trouble is, in my old age, I can't remember the brand name of the darned thing.

That's where KV needs to help. Maybe he can remember.

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Moneymaker
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posted 02-18-2003 10:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's probably a Reactor DV.

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Alex Denysenko
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steve'66
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posted 02-18-2003 10:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dad Vishus:
KV is going to need to help here. He bought a battery for the old Granada that was a little dry cell. That was a butt kickin battery. We ran it for 4 years, as I recall, in the racecar, it sat in my driveway for over a year with very little attention, and the guy that bought the racecar last year used it all season. It was a real small battery that only weighed about 20 pounds.


I ran one of those in the '66 for a year back when it was a daily driver. Bought it from D.U.I. and it was like a big motorcycle battery only dry cell. (maybe 4" wide X 7" long and 6" tall) It gave up after a year and then I relocated the battery to the trunk and put a Exide version of the Optima red top in the trunk.

SteveW

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jsracingbbf
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posted 02-18-2003 11:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jsracingbbf   Click Here to Email jsracingbbf     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have had no problems from my Optima.

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Dave_C
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posted 02-19-2003 05:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave_C   Click Here to Email Dave_C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just bought two new batteries for my dragster. The largest "Everstart" yellow batteries from Wal-Mart. Made by Exide. I've used them for years and never had a problem. Hard to beat the deal @ $59 ea and they now have an 8 yr warranty with 3 years free replacement, +5 years pro-rated.

Not as light as an Optima, but my car is a slipjoint dragster. Most dragsters have a provision for a weight bar in the nose, but mine doesn't . The batteries are farther forward than normal and function as the weight bar. So, I didn't need the lightest ones.

Later,
David Cole

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kid vishus
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posted 02-19-2003 05:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus   Click Here to Email kid vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was a Genesis, they were bought out and the name was changed to Black Panther, once again the name changed, and it is now Odyssey. They are all the same battery, just a different name and sticker on them.

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cpmaverick
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posted 02-20-2003 10:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cpmaverick   Click Here to Email cpmaverick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
FYI there is a guy selling many Genesis motorcycle batteries on ebay right now for $20 a pop. Search for Motorcycle battery.

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