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Old 11-20-2013, 03:24 PM   #1
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Sears Die-Hard Platinum

I just picked up a Sears Die-Hard Platinum for an `04 TJ
The battery size is 34/78DT
It's a bit small across the top (battery tie-down is a bit too long)

Is the 34/78DT the correct size?

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Old 11-20-2013, 03:43 PM   #2
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Did you look it up in the battery guide hanging by the batteries?

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Old 11-20-2013, 03:45 PM   #3
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Did you look it up in the battery guide hanging by the batteries?
I used the sears on-line look-up.
(but since it a bit small across the top (battery tie-down is a bit too long), I wanted to see if this is the same size others have installed).
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Old 11-20-2013, 04:34 PM   #4
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Yes the 34/78-DT (aka P-4) is the right size for the TJ. That's the same battery I am running and it's an excellent battery.
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I used the sears on-line look-up.
(but since it a bit small across the top (battery tie-down is a bit too long), I wanted to see if this is the same size others have installed).
I could not afford the Platinum so I had to go Gold and it fit like a glove. But then I just run a stocker w/o a winch.
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Old 11-20-2013, 04:51 PM   #6
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Yes the 34/78-DT (aka P-4) is the right size for the TJ. That's the same battery I am running and it's an excellent battery.
Thanks.
(after 9 years and 125k miles on the orig stock mopar, I thought it time for a new battery before winter set in )
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After 9 years you owe it to your TJ for the best battery you can buy. LOL
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Old 11-20-2013, 05:29 PM   #8
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Heck, if I got 9 years on the stock battery, and the Sears Platinum is one of those prorated replacements, I would go with the Mopar battery. How much is it worth to you to get another 9 years? Most aftermarket batteries will not last 9 years. It doesn't help if you ever discharge your battery too.

Of course, I was a little strapped for money, so I went with an Interstate Battery. I have never allowed it to discharge and it has lasted me over 5 years. It cost less than $40.00 with the exchange. As everyone will agree, make sure that you clean your terminals until they shine too. This helps to make sure that the battery retains a full charge. Check your ground connection to the engine too. If it is loose, this could mess up your battery.

And, don't get any battery that has been sitting on the shelf for a long time. Even if they tell you it is a brand new battery. I will not buy a battery that has dust and dirt accumulated all over it. If a battery has been sitting on the shelf for two years, you can expect only 3 more years from it. You don't know what the state of the cells are after it has been sitting. But, this is just me. Others may disagree.
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:05 AM   #9
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The Die Hard Platinum is a damn good battery. Well made. No. Thats not right. It's made right. Oddly enough, it's made by a different company than who makes the rest of the Sears batteries. Interstate is a generic now, sorry. Go on, look up and see who makes the batteries. There was a time around 2008 we were winning the battery wars. Prices were good. Prorating was in our favor. Hell, even cold cranking numbers were 4 digits! Not anymore. Prices are ridiculous. Prorating is down, etc.

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