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Old 01-25-2013, 05:30 PM   #1
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New battery

I have a 2001 4.0 manual and the battery is definitely old. What is a good aftermarket recommendation? I don't have any crazy lights or other mods but would like to add some lights in the future. Thanks

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Old 01-25-2013, 05:31 PM   #2
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Odyssey or Diehard Platinum AGM.
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:12 PM   #4
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Can those be found at advance auto and those places?
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:16 AM   #5
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SEARS Diehard Platinum. If you are running any accessory items (winch, etc) get the model with the side posts as well as the top posts. It makes things much easier.
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:24 AM   #6
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If you want a good battery at a great price, get one from Wal Mart. Their batteries are made by a national co and you will pay about half of what the die hards cost. If you need a fancy name on your batter, get the name brand ones
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If you want a good battery at a great price, get one from Wal Mart. Their batteries are made by a national co and you will pay about half of what the die hards cost. If you need a fancy name on your batter, get the name brand ones
Nothing "fancy" about the Sears battery as far as I'm concerned. Unless you consider "fancy" to be reliability and a good guarantee.
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:38 AM   #9
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Nothing "fancy" about the Sears battery as far as I'm concerned. Unless you consider "fancy" to be reliability and a good guarantee.
The only thing fancy about die hard is their price. If that is you preference so be it. Have you ever investigated the wal mart batteries. take a look at consumer reports and see if the die hard is worth twice , and some times, three times the price of a wal mart battery
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I bought first replacement at Autozone lasted about 6 years..paid just over $100...replaced it in the past month with one from Oreilly... just over $120..longer better warranty.....$20 bucks a year about a dollar 75 a month.....yeah that works for me.

I do run a CB, GPS, Seat Heaters, Fogs and Driving lights...I never wheel alone.

I replaced the battery because I felt it needed to be done....since it had gotten colder wasn't turning over as fast...wasn't going to take that chance.
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If you want a good battery at a great price, get one from Wal Mart. Their batteries are made by a national co and you will pay about half of what the die hards cost. If you need a fancy name on your batter, get the name brand ones
I agree with you. When I was searching for batteries for my Cummins diesel I learned that the Walmart batteries were actually good batteries with a cheap label.
My truck took two and they worked flawlessly, I will buy again when needed. They also have a decent warranty with them.

I do like the idea of the double posting though for accessories. Good idea.
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:58 PM   #12
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Anyone know what group Die Hard Platinum works for the 2012?
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I just Broke the cycle of buying Sears batteries. I have been buying them for 20+ yrs and have found that they are not lasting as long. On average only 3 1/2-4 yrs. which is convenient because they have a 3yrs free replacement policy bit if your battery is 3 yrs and 10 months old you get pro-rated price. User three yrs =free replacement. 10 months past and you pay $70 + for your replacement battery that costs $120. So not such a great bargain anymore. I went with Interstate this time which kind of sucked to pay full price for but hopefully get more than 4 yrs out of it. I also have a Ford 7.3L Diesel that requires 2 batteries and if one gets weak you have to replace both at the same time or chance being stranded soon after. Haven't got a set of Diehard batteries to go longer than 4 yrs yet. So I will do the same and "break" the warranty/pro-rated cycle on those as well next time. At $135-140 X 2. It gets to be a bit much to gamble on Sears. Besides that their customer service last time I went in was horrendous.
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Odyssey or Optima. I prefer Optimas just dont drain them down alot, once they fall they fall hard.
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I agree with you. When I was searching for batteries for my Cummins diesel I learned that the Walmart batteries were actually good batteries with a cheap label.
My truck took two and they worked flawlessly, I will buy again when needed. They also have a decent warranty with them.

I do like the idea of the double posting though for accessories. Good idea.
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Odyssey or Optima. I prefer Optimas just dont drain them down alot, once they fall they fall hard.
I don't know the last time you bought an optima, but in the last 8 years they have been nothing but horse poop
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I don't know the last time you bought an optima, but in the last 8 years they have been nothing but horse poop
We buy them all the time for builds we do, probly atleast a dozen a year. Never had an issue.
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:42 PM   #19
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I've actually had good luck with Costco Batterie (made by Johnson Controls) and now carry the Interstate brand.

Last one I bought lasted 4 years (here in the AZ sun) and they gave me 60% credit towards a new one no questions asked when I brought it back!!

While you might argue that 48 months is not that great I would be happy to trade my battery in every 4 years and get a new one for 40%. The price was $89 so $36 for a new one isn;t too bad every 4 years.....$9 a year (.75 a month) is pretty cheap for a 1000 CCA Interstate Battery
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Does anyone know what type of battery Chrysler puts in a 2001 TJ from the factory? Or in general?
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We buy them all the time for builds we do, probly atleast a dozen a year. Never had an issue.
Are these builds for customers? If so most customers are so enamored by a complete build that they won't whine about a $250 battery dying in one year. I guess it's just all how you use them.

Trust me, I used to be a huge fan. We ran 6 of them on our offshore boat for years, on 4 on our bay boat, and in all ranch vehicles. We would switch them out about after 3 years for peace of mind of not being stuck somewhere remote. The last time we did not a single battery lasted for longer than 15 months, so it wasn't a bad batch. I have a feeling they changed a manufacturing process or worse sold out to china. Don't care to look into it. From then on we only buy interstate for the boats and sears for the ranch trucks.

Just my opinion through a horribly expensive experience.
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Are these builds for customers? If so most customers are so enamored by a complete build that they won't whine about a $250 battery dying in one year. I guess it's just all how you use them.

Trust me, I used to be a huge fan. We ran 6 of them on our offshore boat for years, on 4 on our bay boat, and in all ranch vehicles. We would switch them out about after 3 years for peace of mind of not being stuck somewhere remote. The last time we did not a single battery lasted for longer than 15 months, so it wasn't a bad batch. I have a feeling they changed a manufacturing process or worse sold out to china. Don't care to look into it. From then on we only buy interstate for the boats and sears for the ranch trucks.

Just my opinion through a horribly expensive experience.
Customer builds, and if yer payin $250 for an Optima i hope thats comin with a tube of KY cuz yer gettin stroked. We dont pay over $140 for one.
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I treated my TJ to a Diehard Platinum 34 just a few weeks ago. Wow it cold cranks super fast now. Well worth the $200.
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Anyone know what group Die Hard Platinum works for the 2012?
You want the Diehard Platinum P4 which is a Group 34. That's a superb battery I've run in two TJs.
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I don't know the last time you bought an optima, but in the last 8 years they have been nothing but horse poop
^^This is what I have found also,,they just dont last anymore. Apparantly they have changed the cables around in the 12-13 models so now it takes a type35. thanks all
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Well looks like I had to change my battery today as well. Before my kidney stone incident I was working on replacing a fog light bulb and forgot to make sure to turn off all the lights on my jeep. Got back a few days ago from the hospital, decided to take the jeep for a rip locally for errands and nadda. Tried boosting, charging, nothing. Replaced with a MotoMaster (Canadian Tire brand) with group rating of 34 and 600 Amp/crank value. Hope it works out, paid 152$ but getting 15$ back when I bring the old Interstate one. 3 year warranty should be good enuff.
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8052-161 D31M BlueTop Dual Purpose Battery by Optima, anyone use this battery in thier jeep?
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Optima= not worth the money....
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And if you buy a battery in N. America it is probably made by Johnson Controls...........literally all most any of them.
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8052-161 D31M BlueTop Dual Purpose Battery by Optima, anyone use this battery in thier jeep?
Yes I have & it failed prematurely just like the two Yellow Tops did that were in the TJ prior to the Blue Top. I won't touch or even consider an Optima battery now, it's my strongest possible personal opinion that Optima's quality has taken a major nosedive since they were bought by Johnson Controls who moved their manufacturing down into Mexico several years ago.

If you want the best quality/longest lasting battery for the price right now, go for the Diehard Platinum P4 (an AGM) made for Sears by Odyssey. It has a 100 month pro-rated warranty with a full-48 month free-replacement warranty. Optima's warranty is only 36 months with only a 12 month free replacement warranty.

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