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    Quote Originally Posted by mneuman916 View Post
    I need to look more into this, but it looks as though you can get the same battery for less money if you buy it with a Deka label. http://www.carbide-red.com/pages/lot...le_battery.htm
    Exactly what I posted in the OP. So I think we should decide to go with Deka, but we need to decide on the right specifications that will work for our vehicles.

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    I just got back from two fun days at Barber Motorsports Park. My fastest lap was just under 1 minute 57 seconds so I can now truly say my battery is track tested and proven!

    I installed a Braille B14115 lightweight Race Battery in November of 2013 and I used the Braille 6186 Fiberglass reinforced plastic universal mounting bracket. Just two new holes in the stock battery tray are required.
    Total weight savings was approx. 25 lbs which is a very significant amount, particularly as the left front is already heavy because of the driver!
    http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/showt...l=1#post639756
    I purchased the Braille brand based on reputation but I have been told the same battery can be had a little cheaper under another brand but I have not tested the cheaper variant.
    This battery is rated at 904 PCA, 15 AH which is a very good match for our cars requirements.
    I recently cut down a Fiat battery 'blanket' I got on ebay and fitted it to help insulate it from the heat.

    One thing I absolutely recommend with any lightweight battery is the use of a Battery Keeper, particularly in colder periods and/or when you do not plan on using your car for a few days or more.
    I use a 021-0123 Battery Tender Junior 12V Battery Charger (I use one on my Wife's truck with a std. battery as well). This model comes with a cable that you can wire permanently to the battery and it has a plug at the other end. This makes it very easy to attach / detach the battery charger.

    I paid a total of $218 for the battery, mounting bracket and charger.

    If somebody can come up with a new battery / ECU / piggy back mounting solution (and maybe room for the HCI / RRM Water / Meth tank as well? ) that weighs less than the stock plastic one that would be an awesome addition.


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    Thanks Trevc for your input!
    Can you give us a little more info on how much power our car needs to crank over?
    I was looking at the Braille B2015/Deka EXT20L about $100 which is 15lbs but 21Ah so it can sit a little longer without the need for a trickle charger.

    I also read positive things about the Shuriken sk-bt20 its $60 Link:http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_...ckId=846306732
    It says 13.5lbs and 20 amp hours. 850 Cranking Amps.

    The battery you used in the Deka version is $68 Link:http://www.techbatterysolutions.com/...7827_a_7cETX14

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    Im assuming no matter what battery I go with, Ill need these terminals correct?
    http://www.amazon.com/Battery-Termin...ttery+terminal

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    Quote Originally Posted by krayzielilsmoki View Post
    Im assuming no matter what battery I go with, Ill need these terminals correct?
    http://www.amazon.com/Battery-Termin...ttery+terminal
    The Braille battery that I linked to above came with terminals.
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    As modular said, the Braille comes with terminals so no need to order any.
    You may want to get some terminal covers for safety (required by SCCA, NASA). I got these for $5.00
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I would question why the Deka is less than half the price of the Braille myself. There must be something different beyond a label.

    I have a current clamp somewhere and I will try to find it and measure the cranking amps. I knew based on the stock battery that 904 would be more than enough!
    For me the weight was number one priority when choosing a battery (and the orientation and positioning of the + and - terminals so it would fit with no wiring changes).
    The others you linked too also look good but I don't have experience with them.

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    Here is a size fourteen at a pretty deep discount. You can take a look and see if it will suffice.

    Battery Mart YTX 14

    I think it would work for my normal use level. I figure to be using a power inverter to run appliances (500-750 watt blender and juicer) on road trips, and would want to know any of the downside of a small battery in that regard.

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    If you are going to be running a blender and juicer I would not recommend a Motorbike or race battery.
    Quote Originally Posted by streetsurfer View Post
    Here is a size fourteen at a pretty deep discount. You can take a look and see if it will suffice.

    Battery Mart YTX 14

    I think it would work for my normal use level. I figure to be using a power inverter to run appliances (500-750 watt blender and juicer) on road trips, and would want to know any of the downside of a small battery in that regard.

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    Just curious. Does anything need to be done with a voltage regulator / modulator or Alternator for these batteries? You're not going to fry them with too much juice are you?

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