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Old 02-18-2024, 07:01 PM   #1
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New start batteries 6.0 diesel

Hello,

The start batteries in my 2006 E350 6.0 diesel SMB are five years old. I will be using the van for a long road trip this summer so am planning on changing the start batteries.

What's the best go to brand and model number nowadays for these Group 65 batteries? Are AGM the best for starting use?

I can get a small discount on Interstate brand, and I see their MTZ-65 appears to be their best battery in this size.

I have 300 watts of solar and a Blue Sea 7622 ACR controller for charging onboard.

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Old 02-18-2024, 10:57 PM   #2
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Motorcraft AGM's from the dealer will be your best price - here is recent thread :

https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/fo...ity-32270.html
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Old 02-19-2024, 08:18 AM   #3
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The Ferd AGM, PN BAGM-65 is 750 CCA

The Odyssey ODX-AGM65 is 990 CCA. The same Odyssey can be had from a Batteries Plus as their SLI65AGMDP, for 50 bucks less and usually with a 20% or 30% online coupon.

Personal experience but with the 6.4 starter, Batteries Plus batteries, 1-0 grounds and wires between the batteries and the starter, my 6.0 van starts springtime fresh even after cold-soaking 24 hrs+ in 0 degree temps.

6.0s live and die by battery voltage, low voltage when cranking can kill your FICMs and injectors and it is way easier to put in better batteries than change the FICM or the injectors in a van.

The weight difference between the Motorcraft batteries I took out and the Batteries Plus batteries I put in is dramatic. One jump start or tow bill in the boondocks will eat up any potential savings by going the cheaper route.
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Old 02-19-2024, 11:30 AM   #4
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After years of going through lead acid Interstate batteries on my 6.0 I went with AGM to match the house battery. I was going to go Odyssey but instead went with the X2 Power Premium AGM from Batteries Plus. https://www.batteriesplus.com/produc...sel/sli65agmdp
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Old 02-19-2024, 11:35 AM   #5
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Good points Big_ern_101
Motorcraft AGM 45 lbs vs 52.5 lbs for
the BatteryPlus one.
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Old 02-19-2024, 11:38 AM   #6
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Good points Big_ern_101
Motorcraft AGM 45 lbs vs 52.5 lbs for
the BatteryPlus one.
The Batteries Plus ones I stuffed in my van were 54 lbs/ea when I put them on the scale. It was a very noticable difference in lugging them around compared to the ones I pulled out.
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Old 02-19-2024, 11:39 AM   #7
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Odysseys have always treated me well, thats what I will go with for my next set of diesel starting batteries. I'd also check out the Batteries Plus recommendation.
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Odysseys have always treated me well, thats what I will go with for my next set of diesel starting batteries. I'd also check out the Batteries Plus recommendation.
Dec 2021 I went with the ODYSSEY 65-PC1750T Automotive and LTV Battery. They still crank like new and have had no issues.
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I swear by Interstate batteries from Costco - 3 year warranty replacement, no questions asked. After I get the new batteries, I give myself a calendar reminder for 32 or 33 months in the future

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