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Optima Battery Help...Please!!!

So I went and bought a Red Top today and I was so excited...well I get home and hope it drops in there and no way...that sucker is too big. I tried the base things and I got it in there ok..hood closes ok. Then I go to tighten the wedge piece down and it just wont clamp the battery down. I cant get the battery to hold down tight enough.
What can I do? How did you guys mount yours? Help please!!
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whats the model number of the one you bought? should be like the 8004-003 I think.

how much did you pay also?
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Mine is too big too, but that joker isn't going anywhere.

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I got a generic battery holder jigger installed. Just a plate that runs across the top to hold it down and to long a$$ bolts to crank it down. Kinda like the old F150's.
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Is the part number the one on the top of the battery? Im starting to think this is the wrong one..the dude at advance was an idiot. Whats the base look like on ya'lls? Square or just the six cells?
It says its a 34/78 group battery..I just dont think its even right
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Ya the part number says 34-78/980 I think its wrong
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I bent the plate with plyers and it fits fine now!
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I'm an Optima retailer, so let me know any questions.

the part number starts with an 8 and is in a white box on the top left.

The 34-78 is the group size, but almost all optimas are group size 34- 78. the 34 indicates the physical size and the 78 is the same size but with side mount terminals.

If there are any Batteries Plus stores in your area, I would return that Optima battery to Advance and purchase an Odyssey. They are cheaper and have a much longer warranty.
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See thats the only number I see on there..Its the only number in the part # box. The terminals are closer to the middle instead of being on the sides. This dern thing has just been gettin to me tonight with all the crazy adapters and stuff. Ill go look again and see if I see a different number..I just want this sucker to work!!
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Mine was a really tight fit too. I had to bang out the battery box with a hammer to get it to seat right.
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I bent the plate with plyers and it fits fine now!
thats what i did
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they make a smaller red top that fits perfectly in the stock tray and bolts down. and it was only 89.00 from costco.
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they make a smaller red top that fits perfectly in the stock tray and bolts down. and it was only 89.00 from costco.
Thats the same Red Top I've ran in my truck for the last three years. I'd go look at the model number but it's cold outside... lol... maybe tomorrow if nobody else does and you care...
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yeah part number is what I was asking about you can see it right about the handle in the white box on this picture this one says (8012 - 021)

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they make a smaller red top that fits perfectly in the stock tray and bolts down.
I've got the same one. It just fits perfect. My other optima i was running, is larger...barely fit...actually it didn't. I rachet strapped it and made it fit. That batt is in my subaru. My newone in the ranger....I havnt gotten around to rigging up a hold down....but i'm gonna drill holes in the stock tray, make a "top holder downer" or whatever....and run those long hooky things to the "holder downer" and wingnuts. Just like cherokees.
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my yellow top in my old ranger didnt fit in there to well either, kinda just made it fit, never moved.........
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Heres what mine looks like The posts are closer to the middle thats what makes me think its the wrong one. Where can I get the smaller one? WalMart have it?
And another question I have is the plastic adapter pieces it came with..did anyone use those? Those things are just a dern hassle...
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Mine doesnt even have a model number
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I had a 34/78 yellow top in my ranger-used one of the plastic pieces it came with-had to turn the plastic piece upside down or something but it fit-battery never moved until i flipped it, then it fell out. It took a good whack when the truck went upside down-nice gash in the bottom of it but didnt go through so now its in the new truck
It fits, just have to make it fit, but it fits, but recommend some tie down on top to hold it in place
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do i have to come up there and make it fit for you??? cause if i do im cleaning that shiny crap off your tires......way to freakin clean......
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haha man my truck is nasty!!! But anyways...I went back up there and I got the 75/25 battery...fits just fine..in fact its a tad bit too short in length but she works great! I think I could have made the other one work maybe but it was just freakin huge I didnt like it
Mine is like the one someone posted earlier in this thread
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What's wrong with taking it back and getting the right one???

Why cobble something up????
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I got the 34/78 and had to use a hammer for about 2 minutes to get it to fit right, but once I hit a few times I was amazed and how nicely it fit into the tray.

I'm pretty sure the 75/25 is actually the battery that "fits" into Rangers, but mine works fine.
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Ya I think the 34/78 could have workin in mine too...I just really wanted somethin that would drop in...shes in there now though...thanks for all the help folks
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haha, i'm going through the same thing. I just bought a 34/78 yellow top and it didn't fit either. I'm just gonna exchange it at costco because it's way too cold and snowy to be beating the crap out of my battery tray. So what are we saying, a 75/25 works?
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Ya man go with the 75/25 for sure..that one worked just fine in mine. Now mine was actually a little small so let me know how yours fits. I just stuck a piece of plastic in the gap between the battery and the end of the tray..I just dont want it to move.
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