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odyssey battery

PostPost by: rdssdi » Fri Sep 01, 2006 1:30 pm

Has anyone used the Odyssey dry cell battery?

They have a small size suitable for my Elan +2. They do not leak acid as
they are dry, but are they sealed from ?

Thanks

Bob
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PostPost by: elangtv2000 » Fri Sep 01, 2006 2:24 pm

Hi Bob,
I'm using Optima AGM batteries in my Elan, GTV and TR6. They are great,
but may require different mounting brackets. They are slightly wider
than the tiny battery previously in the car, but a little shorter, and
have way more reserve power, don't leak, and can handle deeper
discharges. In my Elan, the battery overhangs the spare tire well about
1", but that's not a problem.
Cheers,
Greg
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Has anyone used the Odyssey dry cell battery?

They have a small size suitable for my Elan +2. They do not leak acid as
they are dry, but are they sealed from ?

Thanks

Bob










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PostPost by: tvacc » Fri Sep 01, 2006 3:45 pm

In my opinion the Odyssey is the best out there right now. I used them in my
Elans.my Seven and my tractor.



You can see a few installations at www.lotusowners.com
<http://www.lotusowners.com/> Go to the upgrades/repairs link.



I used Optimias but they died after a few years. My Odysseys are going
strong.7 years after I installed them.



Great battery.



Tony Vaccaro



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Has anyone used the Odyssey dry cell battery?

They have a small size suitable for my Elan +2. They do not leak acid as
they are dry, but are they sealed from ?

Thanks

Bob
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PostPost by: steveww » Fri Sep 01, 2006 5:01 pm

I have one in my S4 and I am very happy with it. Nice and small to fit
and has plenty of juice to spin the engine.

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Has anyone used the Odyssey dry cell battery?

They have a small size suitable for my Elan +2. They do not leak acid as
they are dry, but are they sealed from ?

Thanks

Bob







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PostPost by: pamitchell » Fri Sep 01, 2006 5:03 pm

I concur. I replaced the Pep Boys 40# lump with an Odyssey 680.
Save 25 lbs and it powers and starts the car with no issues.

Colin would approve.
Rgds,
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In my opinion the Odyssey is the best out there right now. I used
them in my

Elans.my Seven and my tractor.



You can see a few installations at www.lotusowners.com
<http://www.lotusowners.com/> Go to the upgrades/repairs link.



I used Optimias but they died after a few years. My Odysseys are
going

strong.7 years after I installed them.



Great battery.



Tony Vaccaro



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Has anyone used the Odyssey dry cell battery?

They have a small size suitable for my Elan +2. They do not leak
acid as

they are dry, but are they sealed from ?

Thanks

Bob









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PostPost by: "Stan Aarhus" » Fri Sep 01, 2006 5:35 pm

Similar I believe, size wise, to the old Varley batteries used on British
racers in the 60's. I believe the Varleys were also sealed, but also were
lead/acid. I'm not sure. Anyone out there able to make a comparison?

Stan

I concur. I replaced the Pep Boys 40# lump with an Odyssey 680.
Save 25 lbs and it powers and starts the car with no issues.

Colin would approve.
Rgds,
Phil


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PostPost by: schwartzd13 » Mon Sep 04, 2006 1:41 am

Bob,
I put one in my 69 S4 about 8 months ago.
It's small, light and cranks like nothing else - even after sitting for
2 weeks at a time. took me half a Saturday morning to drop in and fab up
some mounting hardware.
I bought it from The Battery Barn in Virginia - easy transaction,
knowledgeable people, shipped when they said it would... (i have no
connection to them except as a stisfied customer, etc.)

http://www.thebatterybarn.com/odyssey/

-David




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They have a small size suitable for my Elan +2. They do not leak acid as
they are dry, but are they sealed from ?

Thanks

Bob




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PostPost by: Rob_LaMoreaux » Mon Sep 04, 2006 2:03 pm

My wife's Alfa Romeo Berlina came with an Odyssey Battery. It works great,
and when I replace the Elan's battery I probably will go with an Odyssey for
that. Of course the Berlina is a former competition car with a twinspark
engine out of a 1989 Alfa (same combustion chamber as a Lotus Twincam, not
the normal Alfa hemi head) and very little interior or accessories. I
suspect it has a power issue since the voltmeter on the dash drops too much
with the lights and wipers on, but the battery does not seem to mind.

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