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Old 02-17-2006
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Well I'm sure it's been done a million times before but I just figured I'd give everyone the heads up that if you cut the sides of the battery box off you can fit a battery out of a Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel in the hole and still use the factory tie down. I got an 880 CCA battery that tests at 1103 CCA today at work and it was about 20 minutes of fab work and I will say my truck starts as soon as you hit the key now. It was a cheaper alternative to buying an Optima. I believe it's a 63 series battery. It's nothing pretty to look at since it was in a landscaping truck. I can take pictures this weekend if needed but I'm thinking this is plenty simple enough to figure out.
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why not double battery it with painless wiring and use off road batteries
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why not double battery it with painless wiring and use off road batteries

Where would you be able to mount it ...In the bed??

The larger battery does sound like a good idea if you wanted to keep it all under the hood....Could you confirm that it is a 63 series...I came up with a 65 series for a 2003 Dodge Ram Diesel...but not sure....

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they told me that at the Battery Store they said they made one for Rangers says they are manufactured in GA
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yeah that dodge diesel is a group size 65
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Where would you be able to mount it ...In the bed??

The larger battery does sound like a good idea if you wanted to keep it all under the hood....Could you confirm that it is a 63 series...I came up with a 65 series for a 2003 Dodge Ram Diesel...but not sure....
My bad it is a 65. I sprayed the top of the battery with brake clean and it wiped away most of the numbers. But yeah I wanted to keep it underhood for the time being. I already have a box in my bed I don't need a battery too.
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Optima batteries are great if you play radio..use lights etc... while engine is off. It is a deep cycling battery made for this and will store a longer charge. Though if your wanting the most out of your battery on start-ups ... I'd reccommend a wire guage upgrade. I changed my standard ground and positive to the starter with 1 Guage (I Think Stock Its Bout 5 Guage) and it made a huge difference on cranking.
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Well I've got all I need now. No worries. No wire upgrades for me until it's time for a big alternator.
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Optima batteries are great if you play radio..use lights etc... while engine is off. It is a deep cycling battery made for this and will store a longer charge.

Even though this isn't the topic of this thread...That statement above isn't exactly true of the RedTop Optima Battery...It's made as a "starting battery" the yellow top is designed as the deep cycle version (used for systems alot)....See the attached link.....
http://www.optimabatteries.com/publi...e/starter.html

I am thinking about getting a series 65 and stuffing it in the tray myself....LIttle extra isomething for those cold mornings...
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Does the strap still fit over that thing?? How much of the tray did you have to cut off?
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It still uses the factory tie down. You need a little bit longer of a bolt. I just went overboard and put a stud in because it was after 5 and I wanted to go home on Friday. With the battery box out there are lips on each side that hold the battery in place. I took a whiz wheel and cut both sides off. The battery fits perfectly so it's not going anywhere with the tie down in place. The only thing I learned on the first side I did was it was easier to work on one straight line cut about halfway through and then take a pair of pliers and keep bending it until it breaks off cleanly. I went through 2 wheels on the first side trying to cut completely through and it didn't come out as smooth as the other side.
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Nice...what's the dimensions of the 65 series? I cannot find anything on I am looking to get the largest CCA Optima battery that will fit...but they don't make a series 65, so I am thinking the 34 series..(800 CCA & 980 CA)....
According to this Link the 34 series is only about 1/2" longer than the suggested 75/25 series, so I am thinking it might fit without cutting the tray.
It is like 10 degrees outside right now..and I would love to have the extra starting power....!!

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