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Old 07-19-2010, 05:46 PM   #111
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Also--FWIW--Aaron Williams picked up a 2.3 yesterday. It's in 'full build' form for FSP (he used to have a REALLY nice DSP SVT--was mid-pack at Nats...).
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Old 07-19-2010, 10:25 PM   #112
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It would seem that you need more springage. H&R Race are nowhere near what a full-on, no excuses SP car should have (IMO-of course)...thinking like double that...and maybe more.
Yeah absolutely more springage more damper...er..age needed too:) That will come when the car gets to the towwed to events stage. Ill still be able to drive to events with a lsd.

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Old 09-07-2010, 11:16 AM   #113
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Need Lightweight Battery Opinions

Bumping the thread, haven't changed much on the car recently. I need some input though on a new battery.

The battery in the DD died, so the autox car has donated its current autozone special for the DD. So, it needs a new battery... no point in putting in another heavy lead acid boat anchor.

So, I want to go lightweight, braille, odyssey, or something else??? But the autox car doesn't live in the garage:( (my roommates 335i does) so a trickle charger is not really an option. Also, the car is not towed to events.

Looking for opinions on brand, and what specs are needed. What's going to give me the juice to drive 2-3hrs to an event, start the car a dozen times and get me home with no issue? How many amps do I need for all that? Any other tips on battery care are appreciated.

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Old 09-08-2010, 12:33 PM   #114
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i think the light weight batteries are no different than a normal battery to be honest.
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Old 09-08-2010, 12:52 PM   #115
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i think the light weight batteries are no different than a normal battery to be honest.
Uh, what do you mean....???

If I remember right, the OEM battery has something like 800ish cold cranking amps and decent reserve time as well. This battery is also huge and weighs in at 40lbs.

Something like a Braile or an Odyssey is between 10 and 12 lbs, has 500 or less cold cranking amps, and is quite small. It also has very little resevere capacity.

So, the question really is, how many CCA's do I need to crank over the car a dozen times or so?
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Old 09-08-2010, 01:54 PM   #116
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Foci start pretty easy. in warm weather i dont see how they would need 800 cca. if its in the budget, y not get a light battery. Just dont move it to the passenger compartmenet and add 40lbs of copper wiring. also, it will charge between uses, so you dont need to be able to start 12 times in a row.

O and reading back a bit. Omni does run the Kaaz now. he told me at Packwood that they can loose enough traction only on concrete to allow the torsen to open up. extra grip on concrete led to more body roll etc. on asphalt it still is fine. and I've never had a problem yet. but i havent been on concrete
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$25 WalMart Lawn tractor battery. About 10 pounds on the bathroom scale at Walmart (weigh yourself w/ and w/o battery in hand...). It might be 2 or 3 pounds heavier than the Uber batteries, and as I recall it is about 350CCA...but you can buy a case of these for the price. Ours has been in the ZX2 since 2008...and it gets cold in WI.
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Just dont move it to the passenger compartmenet and add 40lbs of copper wiring. also, it will charge between uses, so you dont need to be able to start 12 times in a row.
Yeah, I don't see an advantage to relocating the battery on the focus. But I will be trying to mount it as low as possible. I wasn't sure if the battery would see much charge between during runs, and on the way to/back from course.

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O and reading back a bit. Omni does run the Kaaz now. he told me at Packwood that they can loose enough traction only on concrete to allow the torsen to open up. extra grip on concrete led to more body roll etc. on asphalt it still is fine. and I've never had a problem yet. but i havent been on concrete
That's good to know, repairing the DD and life in general has gotten in the way of ordering an LSD, so still time to weigh the options there.

Also, I saw OMNI is third in FSP as of yesterday. I'm torn between cheering for my region or the focus :D
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like you can drive 2/3 hours without it dieing on you.
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$25 WalMart Lawn tractor battery. About 10 pounds on the bathroom scale at Walmart (weigh yourself w/ and w/o battery in hand...). It might be 2 or 3 pounds heavier than the Uber batteries, and as I recall it is about 350CCA...but you can buy a case of these for the price. Ours has been in the ZX2 since 2008...and it gets cold in WI.
really?!? Awesome. For $25 I'll be trying that out. Thanks as always Erik.
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