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Can't seem to find the answer to this simple question. If it's been answered please just point me there and I'll be happy to read on.

Other than the wiring headache, can an Optima Yellowtop D34 mount in the stock location? Will the stock battery tray and mounting brackets work with this battery? If not, will they work with a similar AGM battery from another manufacturer that anyone knows of?
 

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I just happen to have been googling batteries and it seems that optimas have gone downhill and their quality is horribly lacking these days. If you haven't bought it yet you may want to do some research on them.


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I had an optima yellow top, just cut and rebent the mounting poles to shorten them. The first one failed after 11 months, the second after 13, and i was told they were then out of warranty. Would not recommend them.
 

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Thanks for the answer about mounting, at least I'll know something that dimension will fit.

Regarding their failure rate though. I mean I had read people had a few bad apples, but people are much more likely to speak up when they had a negative experience. How many people had good ones. But then I see 2 of you had several bad ones back to back (to back) and that is really eye opening... Ok, may do a bit more research. I didn't realize it was quite that bad!
 

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Thanks for the answer about mounting, at least I'll know something that dimension will fit.

Regarding their failure rate though. I mean I had read people had a few bad apples, but people are much more likely to speak up when they had a negative experience. How many people had good ones. But then I see 2 of you had several bad ones back to back (to back) and that is really eye opening... Ok, may do a bit more research. I didn't realize it was quite that bad!
I have the yellow top as well. Not for too long though, about 7 months at this point. Its been fine so far, but too short to really tell. The warranty is good on them, and its nice that they are a deep cycle battery (meaning their charging capacity isn't reduced when drained as a standard battery is).

When researching batteries I too found the negative comments on the Optima. That thier quality had gone down. Apparently they had switched manaufactoring facilities and in the transition quality suffered. I did read a comment (on here actually and other review sites) that the issues had been addressed and as long as you grab a battery that's been made recently you should be OK. For reference: http://www.thenewx.org/forum/showthread.php?t=21343&page=9

I'll see, how it goes. But the way I figure it, Advance Auto is pretty good at battery warranties / returns. I wanna say 3 year free replacement, but I'd have to check. Usually Advance has 20% coupons each month too.
 

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like others have said, optima batteries are not what they used to be. they also don't do as well as conventional batteries when used as 'house' batteries rather than starting batteries, and a bad alternator/leaky diode will usually kill an optima before you swap the alternator. i would get a diehard platinum from sears or a duralast gold from autozone and call it good.
 

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No, I did an extension for the +pos, and just undid the retainer clip for the -neg. I also switched to brass marine terminals. There is a thread.......
 

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Ive had the same yellow top optima for 3 years no problems, I believe its the D34 I would have to check to confirm. My battery came with a tray attached to the top of the battery that fits under it if needed for mounting which I did need.
 

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They have, I had a horrible time with them dying. The warranty of course gives you a new one but three times of changing a battery out was too much of a headache for me. I do know if you ever let go dead once that the battery is ruined.
 

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I have the yellow top as well. Not for too long though, about 7 months at this point. Its been fine so far, but too short to really tell. The warranty is good on them, and its nice that they are a deep cycle battery (meaning their charging capacity isn't reduced when drained as a standard battery is).

When researching batteries I too found the negative comments on the Optima. That thier quality had gone down. Apparently they had switched manaufactoring facilities and in the transition quality suffered. I did read a comment (on here actually and other review sites) that the issues had been addressed and as long as you grab a battery that's been made recently you should be OK. For reference: http://www.thenewx.org/forum/showthread.php?t=21343&page=9

I'll see, how it goes. But the way I figure it, Advance Auto is pretty good at battery warranties / returns. I wanna say 3 year free replacement, but I'd have to check. Usually Advance has 20% coupons each month too.
Well 1 year after posting this (so 19 months on the battery) I needed a new one.

Free replacement which was great. So far so good.
 

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A year and a half on a 3year battery?

Pass.

But, thanks for the update. It's good knowledge to share.
 

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A year and a half on a 3year battery?

Pass.

But, thanks for the update. It's good knowledge to share.
Yeah, had me chasing around what I thought was an electrical drain or charging issue for awhile. I even went to far as to install a battery protector (my shameless how to plug: http://www.thenewx.org/forum/showthread.php?t=93314).

The protector I don't really mind, since that is good insurance. I suspect the battery was performing poorly months ago - but wasn't truly evident (and unavoidable) until the last cold snaps. Truck couldn't sit for more than 1 night without the battery protector kicking in and 2 nights, it just flat out wouldn't start without a jump pack or a couple hours on the trickle.

Fingers crossed this 2nd one is better. It "passed" AutoZone's (quick) battery test, but they still honored the warranty. I had a battery in my old Infiniti that was this way and it took a deep test (several hours) to show it had an internal failure. I'm figuring this is similar.

Trucks starting much better and can sit.
 
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