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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-26-2015, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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Just checked my battery and its done on my bone stock 92 5.0 Sport. Any recommendation what type, size or maybe upgrade I should get?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-26-2015, 09:59 PM
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A stock size replacement from your favorite auto parts store will be fine. Go with their "gold" battery, or whatever they call their longest-life offering. Steer clear of anything that claims a "1-year warranty", as it is likely to fail after 13 months.

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Motorcraft makes the best replacement battery for our cars..You need a Group 65 battery..



The BXT65-850 has the most cranking amps, and the best reserve of all the Group 65 Motorcraft batteries I've looked at..

You can either buy it directly from the dealership, or at your local O'Reilly Auto Parts..

Here's a link-->>Motorcraft Tested Tough MAX - Battery

The BXT65-750 and BXT65-650 Group 65 batteries fit as well..They just don't offer as many cranking amps or reserve power..






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I'd just go parts store brand (they're all basically the same battery, different sticker). Speaking as a current Optima redtop user, unless you're going trunk mounted, where being dry cell is advantageous, it's really not worth the money. They don't last any longer, or weigh any less, they are more forgiving if you drain them than regular batteries, but then again they also seem to lose their charge quicker when you let them sit for long periods(IME).

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Well after checking out some of the different ones mentioned I ended up getting a group 65 850 CCA 1000 CA 42 month free replacement at Costco for $ 99.00 which is made by Interstate # 850-259. I run a Optima redtop in my drag car and my tow rig and have had good luck with them too. Thanks everybody for the Info .
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Damn, that's a good price. Usually, the in-store price for a Group 65 battery is in the $150 range, before any discounts.

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Damn, that's a good price. Usually, the in-store price for a Group 65 battery is in the $150 range, before any discounts.
Really??..

Around here if you want a cheap replacement Group 65 battery you go to Menards..



Retail price:$94.00..After Mail-In Rebate price:$83.66

Exide 65X 40-Month Nascar Extreme Automotive Battery

Exide 65X Automotive Battery

•**Price shown is with exchange of old battery**
•750 CCA (cold cranking amps) at 0 degrees
•900 CA (cranking amps) at 32 degrees
•160 RC (minutes of reserve capacity) at 25 amps
•Silver shield alloy provides heat protection
•40-month warranty with free 24-hour emergency jump start
•Durable and corrosion resistant terminals
•Advanced cast grids improves endurance and life
•Reserve capacity min for onboard equipment
•Heavy cast-on straps to withstand vibration
•Stabl-lok® anchored plates minimize vibration


Like I said though..This is just a cheap replacement battery..

I don't mind spending a little more for a quality battery..

If I couldn't get Motorcraft..Sears Diehard Gold line has always been dependable for me as well..





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If you buy a new battery, read this.

A standard battery will last 10 years if you do these things:

Add distilled water to take it to the full line.

Now, and Every month from now on:

Pull the caps loose (leave them in place loosely) and put the charger on it, and let it go for 10 hours.
(This is called an "Equalizing Charge". No ****. )

Add distilled water to the full line. Repeat as above.

I recommend removing the battery from the car for the "Equalizing Charge", as it gently outgasses H2 and O2 while charging, two free radicals that rust anything, lol.

Leaving the caps on loosely while charging keeps acid from spattering, but is not a panacea for eliminating rust.

Don't leave the caps on while equalizing, acid will get spattered when the caps come off.

My OG Motorcraft battery in Lazarus made it over 10 years; the others had already been replaced when I bought them.

Here's the best Current source of Good battery care info:
Preventive Maintenance, Charging and Equalization (605) | Rolls Battery


If you ever have a dead battery and have to jump start it, don't rev the engine; let it idle for a while before you drive it to prevent battery damage from overheating.
We have a 130A alt from the factory; our battery will boil trying to charge at that rate, and can spatter the whole underhood area with acid.

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My 04 Mach 1 still has the original Motorcraft battery with 22k miles on it and I just changed my wifes 05 Mustang original battery with a upgraded Motorcraft. There awesome batterys too. I keep battery tenders on the majority of my vehicles, too many of them by the way, I believe this extends there life and I always use distilled water.
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Really??..
No, not really, I just made it up. I can get them for $99, but I just felt like saying $150.
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If I couldn't get Motorcraft..Sears Diehard Gold line has always been dependable for me as well..
Yes, but is Sears dependable? Are they still going to be around 5 years from now?

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The Motorcrafts have been good for my Thunderbird. The original lasted 11 years; the replacement has gone 9 and is about done (my fault, bad extended-storage procedures.)

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