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    ^ can you tell if the batteries are still made by John Control? 1000 CCA is insane. good to know Costco is still offering a banging value in batteries.

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    Corrected price/specs.

    I didn't look to see who makes them but you can probably find that detail online. Next person going to Costco can report back or next time when I open my hood.
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    Some details (and pics) in case anyone needs a battery and considering this.

    Notice the terminals are reversed for 34 vs 35. There is enough slack to secure both + and – terminals. The + is little tight but the – has room to spare.


    The 34 has the same width as the 35 but is longer (there’s ample room) yet shorter in height (~1”). You cannot use the OE bracket as is. You can either tackle the bracket by 1) coming from the bottom and inserting a block underneath to raise the whole battery (I do not recommend this since it is already tight height wise when you try to insert the battery and the air filter box in the way), OR 2) you can add something to the bracket to apply downward force, OR 3) make your own. I choose #2 and use the two existing holes in the bracket. I use a bolt and two nuts per hole (bottom nut having a flare/wide base) to hold it down. This allows me to adjust the height of this “clamping” bolt and keep everthing together on the bracket itself. I went this route instead of inserting a thick chunk of rubber b/c nut and bolt scraps are plentiful/free . You could also do an upside down bolt with one nut against the bracket but the base of a bolt is not wide enough for my liking but more than enough to keep it steady.


    In a pinch, you can also flip the bracket. Note only one side applies pressure but that “should” be enough to keep it steady. Is not like there’s much space in the box for the battery to move too.
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    Do you use the lid?

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    Yessirre. Closes and clips tight as it should .
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    I changed my battery last fall and I found a group 24F battery at Costco that had 700CCA with the same terminal post orientation as the OEM group 35 battery. It fits and I was able to use the original clamp and cover without any issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentnoise713 View Post
    Yessirre. Closes and clips tight as it should .
    Cool. My brake reservoir lives on the battery lid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phunky.buddha View Post
    Cool. My brake reservoir lives on the battery lid.
    I remember reading that mod. How's it working for ya? (and a link for the newbies maybe?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by phunky.buddha View Post
    Cool. My brake reservoir lives on the battery lid.
    I though that was only a temporary relocation while you were enlarging the hole? Can’t you put the reservoir back its original location or do you play with your setting often or is it simply in the way of the BCs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by thaxman View Post
    I remember reading that mod. How's it working for ya? (and a link for the newbies maybe?)
    It's in my BC install thread, linked in the "how to" section.
    Quote Originally Posted by Silentnoise713 View Post
    I though that was only a temporary relocation while you were enlarging the hole? Can’t you put the reservoir back its original location or do you play with your setting often or is it simply in the way of the BCs?
    Every time I go for an alignment (often lately) I have to put it back on the battery lid so the tech can access the camber plate easily. It doesn't seem to affect braking performance at all, so I mostly just leave it there.
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    Interstate. The only affordable battery of any quality left on the market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phunky.buddha View Post
    Every time I go for an alignment (often lately) ...
    Why do you need to get re-aligned so often?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentnoise713 View Post
    Installed Costco Kirkland Group 34 battery. $85-9(core)+6%tax = that's cheap

    1000 CA
    800 CCA
    105 RC
    3 year replacement and I think 5 years prorated (didn't look at that).

    Here's a little interesting bit I read on the "web". Typically the RC can tell how "good" (long lasting) a battery can be as it dictates cell quality or arrangement. Higher CCA is nice but can also decrease life.


    FWIW, Kirkland group 35 is $80 ($5 less).
    Had a no start incident and though it might be battery. Symptoms indicate electrical (starter does not turn) and the battery is 4 yrs, 8 mon old so I figure it wouldn't hurt to test out Costco's warranty program. No questions ask and after 56 months, still got 50% back.


    Interestingly enough group 34 is 'now' the recommended battery; it was 35 before (front desk up looked it up). Also, they no longer carry Kirkland (Johnson Controls) and carry Interstate instead. The JCI was rated for 1000 CA, the Interstate at 900 CA... Still $85.



    It wasn't the battery. tapped the starter and got it working. Yeah should have done that first but assume battery was old enough.
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