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Peter... I went to Summit Racing and looked for specs...

August 29 2008 at 12:47 AM

 


Response to Optima battery question

... on Group 24 and 34 type batteries.  I believe Groups indicate the general size of batteries plus some other features... I also think I saw some 6 volt batteries that shared group sizes with the 12 volters...

I only found TWO Group 24 batteries that they carry... and they are a BIG resource, one was an Odyssey brand and another was a Mopar Brand... for classics I believe.

Dimensions were only given for the Odyssey and it was L=10.2, W=6.65 and H= 8.3.

The Optima in a Group 34 measured L=10, W=6.87 and H=7.8

So... it would appear the group 34 should fit without needing a hammer, but as for the R feature, you may have to mount the battery backwards (so what?) and hopefully the cables will reach, in order to get it them to connect properly.  Outside of the Positive cable, finding another longer or shorter Negative cable would be an easy swap.

I believe ONCE, many years ago I did exactly that... as I ran for a new battery without taking the old, and bought an R version, (or visa versa), and simply mounted the battery backwards, causing the Positive cable to REACH for its terminal.

Hopefully you could ask the dealer if he'll let you take the battery outside for a minute to see how it will fit in the car... I've found many to be quite cooperative.  Leave a wife or a kid as a deposit...

HA!

Good luck and let us know what ya find.

Oh... My last few batteries have been Duralasts from Auto Zone... the closest parts store to my house...  I found them to be quite inexpensive and very reliable.



My best,



Tony
Black Tooth and me... since 1983!


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