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Daryl Bertram
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Fitting Optima Battery in Pre-A Battery Box

#1 Post by Daryl Bertram » Mon Dec 20, 2021 3:51 pm

Is there a way to fit a Red Top Optima 6 volt battery within the Pre-A battery box space? I'm not asking the right question to the search engine to get a reply. Thanks!

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Re: Fitting Optima Battery in Pre-A Battery Box

#2 Post by Phil Planck » Mon Dec 20, 2021 5:44 pm

Had Optima in my 55 for years with custon hold down. Mounted diagonal. Only pic I could find attached.
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Re: Fitting Optima Battery in Pre-A Battery Box

#3 Post by Daryl Bertram » Mon Dec 20, 2021 8:01 pm

Thanks Phil your pic says it all...neg out and positive in on an angle. Thank you.

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#4 Post by Phil Planck » Mon Dec 20, 2021 8:21 pm

Make sure to well insulate positive terminal.
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Re: Fitting Optima Battery in Pre-A Battery Box

#6 Post by Daryl Bertram » Mon Dec 20, 2021 8:43 pm

Excellent articles Peter. Thank you. I see I can do it which is good since the battery is on my workbench lol! Thank you all.

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#7 Post by Jim Wayman » Tue Dec 21, 2021 1:25 am

Linus Pauling Jr. used to make a cover for the optima battery that disguised the angled position. Don't know if they are still available. At 96, it is hard to get hold of him.
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Re: Fitting Optima Battery in Pre-A Battery Box

#8 Post by nathan kruger » Sat Jan 01, 2022 10:08 pm

I have one of the "Optima cloaking devices." Unfortunately its the slightly larger size box and doesn't quite fit in the Pre-A battery area.
The smaller one in front is the one I use, which fits perfectly. $100 at Tractor Supply Co.
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Re: Fitting Optima Battery in Pre-A Battery Box

#9 Post by Albert Haefner » Sun Jan 02, 2022 4:45 am

Nice solution but too large for preAs.
 

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