What Battery?

Discussion in 'KJ General Discussion' started by jeepsterkj, Jun 30, 2018.

  1. jeepsterkj

    jeepsterkj Full Access Member

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    I went out and checked which battery I had in my 2005 2.8 CRD KJ and I got a bit of a shock...It was a 113...a weedy little 50AH battery with a pathetic cranking power of 500CCA...Yet is is expected to crank over heavy 2.8 litre Diesel! It's working fine now, but in the Winter, when the cold causes battery capacity to drop, it might not have the power to turn my VM 2.8 over.
    After much research online I finally found the perfect battery for my KJ...The Advanced 096R-XD Car Battery. The XD stands for extra density...A standard 096R battery has a capacity of around 74AH and 680 CCA, but the Advanced 096R-XD has a capacity of 77AH and 780 CCA!
    Whats more, it comes with a 5 year warranty and compared to some brands, at £75, it is relatively cheap.
    When it arrived I went outside to fit it and found out the battery tray was a bit too short for it. I wasn't put off as one way or the other this was going in. I noticed the battery tray was made of plastic, and the raised lip of the tray nearest to the engine had a couple of cracks in it. So using a pair of mole grips (adjustable locking pliers), I twisted off the plastic lip completely at that end. After filing it flush, the new battery dropped straight in.
    Then I just need to make a clamp to hold the battery down...I had some 1" x 1" x 1/8" Aluminium angle, so I cut a 3" length of it to 1" x 10mm x 1/8", then drilled an 8mm hole in the middle of the wide section to give some wiggle room for the M6 clamping bolt...clamped in it and job was a good'n! :winner_third_h4h:
     
  2. tjkj2002

    tjkj2002 Full Access Member

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    Somewhere between being sane and insane!
    Or you can get the Sasquatch battery tray and pop in a Odyssey PC1750 which is rated at 950cca(mine has always put out over 1300cca's),comes with a 4 year free replacement and than a 72 month pro-rated warranty.
     
  3. LibertyTC

    LibertyTC Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Good price & it is nice to have a fresh battery for the CRD!
    Back in the day when I used lead acid batteries, I found that the felt pads greatly reduced most terminal corrosion.
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    I now only buy AGM (absorb glass mat) batteries, they are fully sealed & wont offer up any corrosion to terminals.
    Although fairly expensive, the deep cycle Odyssey batteries are the most powerful and will last over 10 years.
    When I was in -30c, the Odyssey fires the Jeep up like nothing else.
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