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Originally posted by TerenceT just make sure you have a jumper cable if you live in cold weather
...i don't think jumping a dry-cell battery is a very good idea... nor do i think that tempurature is as detrimental to a dry-cell reaction as it is to the Pb + H2SO4 wet-cell reaction...
anyways, the difference (considering that for each cell in the car battery consists of a big lead plate and a lot of acidic water) in mass can be big... +30lbs in some cases. also, with a stand alone system like this (as used in race cars) you may be able to eliminate the alternator (i don't know, does the ignition run on DC or AC??) for more weight savings, etc.
Originally posted by wakeech ...also, with a stand alone system like this (as used in race cars) you may be able to eliminate the alternator (i don't know, does the ignition run on DC or AC??) for more weight savings, etc.
i'm pretty sure all power running through the car is DC. The only place it would be AC is in the alternator coil. There is a rectifier inside the alternator that converts AC to DC and that then goes to the rest of the car. I don't exactly understand how a dry battery works but i assume a chemical reaction takes place so it would eventually die; possible very quickly w/o the alternator. Of course if you are going all out for one drag down the track then using a dry cell and removing the alternator could save 50-60 pounds. That's alot of fat to trim and may be worth it for the die hard extreme racer.
'99 Mazda Protege
Upgrading to RX-8 in a year.
OPTIMA batteries feature two thin lead plates wound into a tight spiral cell, with an absorbent glass-mat in between to hold the electrolyte solution.This unique design allows for more power and increased energy, resulting in quick, reliable starts. OPTIMA batteries are the first and only batteries to feature SPIRALCELL TECHNOLOGY.
· It'll last up to 2 times longer than other batteries.
· It can sit unused 3 times longer than other batteries.
· It is over 15 times more resistant to vibration than other batteries.
· It's nonspillable and can mount in almost any position.
· It provides constant performance quality keeping your battery running at the same level even as it's being discharged.
· It provides more power in the inital 1, 3, 5, and 10 seconds of the vehicle starting process than comparably rated conventional lead acid batteries.
The Miata comes with this kind of battery. It's located in the trunk, on the right a little bit forward of the rear axle. It's pretty light and small. The original stock panasonic battery I didn't have to replace for 5 years. I replaced it with an optima battery and I'm on year 4 with it. I've been able to start the car when it was below freezing without a problem also. So longevity and durability issues aren't a concern. In fact I find it more durable then lead acid batteries and the lighter weight is a nice bonus. The con is the price, nearly $70.
Mazda went with this because lead acid batteries give off hydrogen. I guess they were worried that the trunk is too well sealed and there might be some danger. So putting a "wet" battery in the trunk could be dangerous... I have heard other Miata owners putting a wet battery in the trunk with no problems as well.
I don't recall where the battery for the RX-8 is located. Does anyone know and what kind of battery it is?
Originally posted by Jsuzuki The original stock panasonic battery I didn't have to replace for 5 years. I replaced it with an optima battery and I'm on year 4 with it. I've been able to start the car when it was below freezing without a problem also. So longevity and durability issues aren't a concern.
...on another tanget: this is one freakin' cool battery... the reason that batteries go flat is that the PbSO4, which forms when you're drawing current, is pretty flakey stuff, and if it falls off the lead plates, you loose that potential to re-store energy in the cell and thus deminish the capability of the battery... if it's a long start on an old car, and someone bumps you (or you hit the brakes real hard) backing out of yoru driveway, you can kill your battery no prob.
^^ was just faced with this situation, but chose to go with the pc925mjt over the pc680.
it can fit mounted on its side with a few minor modifications such as stretching the P+ cable and shimming the tie-down. future adjustments for a perfect fit seems inevitable tho...
not the best in weight savings, and CG isn't affected too much. but its a stronger CCA battery and requires somewhat minimal mods. its 24.5lbs actual.
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]lbs.removed:stock-43lbs/6oz.(11/08) target:-100a lighter car is a faster car
Originally Posted by Atilla
When i walked into each dealership i saw at least 5 guys walking around n' checkin' out either a z, g35, evo and subi. When i saw the 8 i saw 10 girls walking around it, touching the curves...it was pretty much a no brainer on who's attention i wanted to get
Last edited by TrochoidMagic; 11-06-2008 at 09:10 PM.
I am a little bit lost with all those battery. Mine went down yesterday and I need to buy a new one. I saw on all threads that the pc680 seems to be a good choice for a low budget, am I right?
I also saw on certain threads that I might have to modify something to make it fit. I'm a real noob in mechanic so I won't be able to do anything hard.
Is it necessary tto put a plate of wood like this under :
And isn't it dangerous? Is the heat bag necessary?
Thank you very much for your help!
I also saw that odyssey propose the pc1200mjt for 2005 rx-8 manual transmission, but is it really better for an everyday car? (not for tracking)
its funny that you guys trying to save that 20 lbs for a god damn street car but then you have to worry this and that and you even know that those battery does NOT even have enough juice to power the car.
and the pc1200mjt does not even saves any weight, and its weaker than a good lead acid battery. sad.
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