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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-03-2007, 10:34 AM
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Since you were all amazing providing me me with valuable info for my sound system challenge, I have got a new one for you!
As most of you probably read my dilema in this posting:
you can get a feel for what I'm runing in the car. This system and bad setup have killed my battery numerous times and now that I'm going to re-wire it from scratch to prevent this from happening, I am going to replace the battery at the same time.

Here's the killer...I don't know what kind of power I'm drawing from this system??!!
My current setup is pretty much this:
2 Phoenix Gold ZX600ti amps - 1 for each sub
1 smaller Phoenix Gold amp - for internal speakers
2 12" Kickers subs - I have no clue the watts? I would need to get behind them which I still haven't manage to do
MB Quart speakers in front and rear doors - mids and tweeters totaling 8 pieces - still no idea of watts.

I wonder if this is a stupid question asking which battery I should buy since I don't have all the info, however was hoping with images in the link above and item list above, you could get an idea of the power being used. Remember, I bought the car like this and don't know in full what's in it!
I hear lots and lots about Optima Red and Yellow, NAPA batteries, Duralast, AutoZone, and Costco/Kirkland brands. I want something that wont make my battery take a beating and will last a while. I do not listen to the radio and system when the car is off so that is not going to be a factor.
Price is not such an importance, I set around $150 - $175 for this. What is the biggest batetry I can put in my 96 Imapala? I know larger batteries fit compared to stock, but don't know if that will change anything. The crappy battery I currently have is a 770 CCA and a very low quality battery from a local store.
Things to take into consideration:
- I live in Montreal : weather gets COLD here!! Last week we hit lows of -22 degrees F. with wind chill, I need a battery that can start car in severe cold when it happens.
- As shown in picture below, I currently have a "disk" attached to both negative and positive top posts of my battery. I'm not sure if I like this and think (don't ask why) that this is not great for current flow - See picture below.
I am thinking and would like to change this back to stock and putting the OEM wires back to the side post and use the top post to power sound system so that all these wires are not draining from the same place. As the stock wires from side post have been cut to fit into disk, I am thinking just better to buy new ones instead of re-wiring old ones.

Please let me know what you think I should do, and best battery for my application. See image below for current set-up.


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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-03-2007, 01:06 PM
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Get a Gold Diehard for a Fleetwood. The spec'd CCA puts it barely above a regular one forcing you to go up to the next better (pricier) number.
post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-04-2007, 12:49 PM
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Hey man... glad to see you are gonna do something about that battery. Go for an OPTIMA yellow top up front and a Blue in the trunk, they drain and recharge much faster than typical batteries and keep full voltage until completely drained(marine deep cycle). as for wiring you can get some great wires from Gary on the forum from what i have read they are great... 1/0 guage, as far as draining power from the same place, the top and side posts of the battery are joined internally so power is drained all the same, just make sure that when you are bumping the system, the engine is on.
My optima yellow was great the entire winter of 04 when I was in Iowa, it was 20 to -20 from jan to march. just start the car once a week so that the battery stays charged. otherwise you will have to put a trickle charge on it. what guage wire is going to your trunk? i would guess that it is 1/0 especially if you are pulling like 150+amps from the battery/alt. hope this helps. oh and for price, I got my yellow from autozone with a 3 yr warranty back in 05 and it cost me like 180. the blue was special order from farm and fleet, 230. but it is a huge battery. trunk only and for that price you maybe can get two yellows, just shop around a little bit.
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