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Old 12-31-2004, 10:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Optima Battery in 3rd Gen 4Runner

I need to buy a new battery and would like to go with an Optima.

Can anyone with experience let me know how the fit is?

I know they have an unusual footprint.

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Mine fit w\o any probs. I have a red top.
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I purchased a red top and there are minor issues. All are easily solved.
I needed to bend the hold down bracket (mine came without the spacer), and some of the cables to the positive are pretty tight. Some slight re-routing can solve it all.
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I'd go for the Optima Red Top 34R-- This will save you some hassles with extending your cables-- be sure to get the spacer also which is free from Optima--Just call or e-mail them--got mine within a week-- this will make the battery fit in your compartment perfectly...

You can see the spacer at the bottom of battery here... perfect fit...

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I have a Yellow top. I did extend my cables, but I have had no problems in 7 years. This is in a '97 4Runner.
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I'd go for the Optima Red Top 34R-- This will save you some hassles with extending your cables-- be sure to get the spacer also which is free from Optima--Just call or e-mail them--got mine within a week-- this will make the battery fit in your compartment perfectly...

You can see the spacer at the bottom of battery here... perfect fit...

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hey noliwan!

what time is dinner served?! that engine compartment is spotless. as for the spacer, it was included when i bought my red top. took it apart and it clipped on the bottom of the battery case. the positive cable was a bit tight, i had to replace the small ground wire from the neg to the body as the old battery had shifted and tore it away. 1/2 banana job.

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Thanks everyone.

I'm headed to Costco to grab a red top.

Happy New Year!
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ahh, i think costco only caries 75/35 red tops but at the $100 price it might be worth a couple mods to make your harness fit. anything is better than a leaky battery but if you dont want to cut a couple wires you might just want the 34r. good luck. (my 75/35 works great)
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hold down? spacer? in the south, we just use a bunjee strap. lol
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Thanks everyone.

I'm headed to Costco to grab a red top.

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you may want to check walmart before you buy at costco. they had the 1k & 910 red top for the same price as the base battery at costco.

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you may want to check walmart before you buy at costco. they had the 1k & 910 red top for the same price as the base battery at costco.
Yeup, and if you have GI Joe's down there, then they're worth a look. $119 for the big red.
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My battery cables are held fit witha 9 mm casing.
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I cut up a 2x4 and made little blocks for the hold down strap to snug up to...its worked fine for almost a year now!

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I used a couple pieces of 1/4" plywood to make a spacer for my redtop.
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So the red top model to get for the 3rd gen 4runner is the 34R, but which model yellow top is the right one to get?

i'm thinking i should go yellow to support aux lights, and a future inverter + winch.
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I need to buy a new battery and would like to go with an Optima. Can anyone with experience let me know how the fit is?
Just so you know there are other options:
You can use an Optima Red Top 34/78 and modify the battery holder and cables like THIS .

or just lay the battery on it's side like THIS .

Just a word of caution, be careful using wood or other similar material as a spacer. Baja Taco said this during one of our discussions: " I know of people who have tried this with disastrous results. Vibration will work anything like that loose."

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I've got the red top and it fit no problem, but the cable will be a stretch to get it on.
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Turned mine sideways and used the spacer....

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good luck with finding oue at costco, my local store doesnt carry optima, just costco brand... i have to head over to batteries plus tomorrow to get mine.
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I purchased mine at Batteries Plus a few days ago for $119. They had the spacer in the back and gave it to me at no charge. 34R and a perfect fit.
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