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Old 03-12-2010, 09:39 AM   #1
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Replacement OPTIMA battery?

Has anyone installed a Model 35 OPTIMA redtop in a C6 Z06? OPTIMA web page does NOT list a battery for a C6 Z06. The dimensions of the Model 35 W and L are OK-the height is OK except the posts are ABOVE the top where the stock battery has the posts on a recess-thus the posts do not stick above the top.

Boy I would sure like to replace my stock with a Red Top-just want to be sure the battery will fit and the cables will be flexable enough to bend up

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I have seen lots of Optimas in Zs and I have also seen a lot fail before the warranty period was up. I had an Optima for a while (2 years) but it failed before the Warranty period was up and I could not get Warranty credit from Optima. Since my experience Optima was purchased by Interstate Batteries and I have heard the previous issues were fixed.

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Has anyone installed a Model 35 OPTIMA redtop in a C6 Z06? OPTIMA web page does NOT list a battery for a C6 Z06. The dimensions of the Model 35 W and L are OK-the height is OK except the posts are ABOVE the top where the stock battery has the posts on a recess-thus the posts do not stick above the top.

Boy I would sure like to replace my stock with a Red Top-just want to be sure the battery will fit and the cables will be flexable enough to bend up

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My next battery will definitely be from Braille, either the B2015C (the Katech Street Attack has this one), or the B3121C (found on the Pratt & Miller C6RS)!

http://www.braillebattery.com/

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Has anyone installed a Model 35 OPTIMA redtop in a C6 Z06? OPTIMA web page does NOT list a battery for a C6 Z06. The dimensions of the Model 35 W and L are OK-the height is OK except the posts are ABOVE the top where the stock battery has the posts on a recess-thus the posts do not stick above the top.

Boy I would sure like to replace my stock with a Red Top-just want to be sure the battery will fit and the cables will be flexable enough to bend up

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Yes the Batterie will fit.
It's a Hefty 33LBS though


I know the optima's look really nice under the hood

But interstate makes a better batterie

If you wish to save some weight

Buy a Deka ETX30L


http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Deka-...ehicleQ5fParts



It weighs in at 22lbs and iis a dry cell batterie which means no batterie acid in the engine compartment.

Buy the terminal posts as well.

They also make a 11lb version for race applications and they make all Braille Batteries

Braille just re-badges them


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Yes the Batterie will fit.
It's a Hefty 33LBS though


I know the optima's look really nice under the hood

But interstate makes a better batterie

If you wish to save some weight

Buy a Deka ETX30L


http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Deka-...ehicleQ5fParts



It weighs in at 22lbs and iis a dry cell batterie which means no batterie acid in the engine compartment.

Buy the terminal posts as well.

They also make a 11lb version for race applications and they make all Braille Batteries

Braille just re-badges them


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Deka ETX30L Powersports AGM Battery - 100% NEW
Motorcycles, Scooters, PWC, Snowmobiles, ATV's and more


You recommend a motorcycle/scooter battery for a Z06?

They (http://www.dekacatalog.com/) recommend the 690MF, but that one is a LOT heavier than the Braille carbon fiber batteries (33.5 lbs, vs. 15 lbs for the B2015C and 21 lbs for the B3121C respectively).
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Deka ETX30L Powersports AGM Battery - 100% NEW
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You recommend a motorcycle/scooter battery for a Z06?

They (http://www.dekacatalog.com/) recommend the 690MF, but that one is a LOT heavier than the Braille carbon fiber batteries (33.5 lbs, vs. 15 lbs for the B2015C and 21 lbs for the B3121C respectively).

That's all a Braille Batterie is

Is a re-badged AGM ATV BAtterie

I've had one in my car for two years and have not had a problem even doing cold starts


I saved 15lbs off the front end

In the USA DEKA EASTPENN is the Largest batteire manufacture

They make most the batteries sold in the USA

Then various companies just re-badge them

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Optima Redtop fits in Z06

Use the Optima Redtop recommended battery for the C6, partsnumber : 88860422, description Optima = Battery (85-H7YR) C6 2008L, altough the dimensions are little bit different it fit neatly in the Z06 battery bin (2006- 2009), the battery posts lay-out are same. Wiring are fine. The only matter is to modify the top bracket. Only because of this bracket reason Optima will not qualify it as "drop fit suitable". You can make it easily from a metal strip, it took me 10 minutes.
The Optima Red-Top work perfect for me, will never go back to an original GM (Have two of them already)

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Hello, I noticed your conversation regarding our batteries and wanted to offer some assistance. As Mang indicated, Optima is very conservative in what we consider a “direct-fit” replacement. However, many Corvette owners have been able to use our batteries in what we would consider “custom” applications, like Mang’s. Any custom application should consider these guidelines-

• Hood Clearance – There should be at least ¾” clearance between the top of the battery terminals and the underside of the hood. When we do our fitment studies we put a ball of clay on top of the post, and VERY carefully close the hood to make sure that nothing makes contact. By measuring how much the clay is squeezed down when the hood is closed, we can know how much hood clearance we have.
• Trunk/Interior Mounting – If your battery is mounted inside the passenger compartment or trunk, the battery must be vented to the outside of the vehicle. Optima group 27, 51, 78, 34C, and 31 batteries all have ports for connecting a vent hose.
• Side Terminals – Optima 34/78, D34/78, 75/25 and D75/25 batteries have both top and side terminals. If you are using one of these batteries in a vehicle that uses the top terminals, it is important to ensure that the side terminals can not come into contact with anything metallic (for example, the firewall or fender well), thereby causing a short. We suggest keeping the post protectors on the terminals you are not using. Do not connect a winch to the side terminals.
• Battery Modifications – Cutting, drilling, trimming or otherwise modifying your Optima battery may present a safety hazard and will void the warranty.
• Mounting – Your Optima battery must be securely mounted. The terminals are not intended to be used to secure the battery. Using the terminals in this way will damage the battery and void your warranty.
• Heat – Protect your battery from high heat, such as turbochargers or exhaust manifolds

Johnson Controls purchased Optima batteries in 2000 (they also own 50% of Interstate Batteries) and the quality of our batteries has continued to improve under their ownership. Most of the “bad” batteries returned to us now are just deeply-discharged and work fine, when properly recharged. This video explains how to properly recharge a deeply-discharged Optima- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIoaL3DWWEg

The electrical demands of newer Corvettes have increased significantly in recent years and some newer Vettes can now drain batteries in as little as one week- http://forums.corvetteforum.com/1573196654-post41.html Because of these demands, the batteries in newer Corvettes that are not driven daily benefit greatly from regular use of a battery tender or maintainer. If you have any battery-related questions, I’ll do my best to answer them.

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AGM Batteries

I just bought a new battery and the biggest problem I had was finding a group 90 size to ensure good fit.
I studied a bunch of brands and most did not produce an AGM battery (Optima) and I was never sure Optima would fit because I could not find group 90 - perhaps just my problem.
I went to Batteries Plus for their Energizer AGM battery and, again, Energizer did not make an AGM in group 90.
They said group 47 is has exact dimensions except it's 5/8" taller and group 47 fits fine. Best of all almost all the manufacturers make an AGM battery in group 47.
Hopefully, this will give everyone a lot more options.
NOW, anyone now how to change the search for all these manufacturers that the group 47 will work in the base C6?
I THINK group 90 is speced for C6 because it is vented and venting is required for the Z06 where the battery is in the trunk. More on that later?
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I avoided all the replacement battery hyperbole two years ago when I replaced the then 6-year old OEM battery with another Delco in my '06 Z06. Battery still tested good but erring on the side of caution, I didn't want to roll the dice and get stranded (ever see someone try to get one of these cars onto the back of a flatbed - it ain't pretty). The new battery works fine as long as it's not off the Battery Tender for more than 3 days (same as the original one). My wife's '06 C6 convertible on the other hand can sit for more than 3 weeks without being on a Tender at it fires right up every time. Go figure.
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About a year ago my original Delco bit the dust on a Saturday morning. We had to go to a Wedding at 2:00 PM and the only place I could find a battery was at a Chevy Dealer'$ part counter. It was almost 7 years old and considering my short drive to work, I'm surprised it lasted that long. Hope this Delco can match that longevity.

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This video explains how to properly recharge a deeply-discharged Optima- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIoaL3DWWEg
Jim,

Your link didn't work.
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