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Spring 1996

When I put my winch on before the Canadian Jamboree I also stuck in a high output 80 amp alternator to try and keep up with the electrical requirements of the winch. This worked all right but the few times I had to use the winch I was really worried that it would drain down my battery to nothing real fast. The problem I had with finding batteries was that they had to fit in the little battery box behind my hood. Usually the only battery I could find to fit in the box was a pretty small one. I looked around and tried to figure out a way to do a dual battery setup and a place to put a second battery but didn't find anything.

I had been to Kevin's Offroad Outlet a bunch of times and saw the Optima batteries he had there. They were a little on the expensive side but they were a mix of a deep cycle and normal battery with a lot of energy. One day I went over there and decided sort of on the spot to try and fit the Optima in my battery box. I didn't think it would fit and initially it didn't but it was really close. We ended up shaving off a couple of tabs and the battery slipped right inside by battery box. Sold! The difference was amazing. Starting was the only thing I could really test, but that was much better than before. It was not until my next trip up to Canada that I really got to test the battery out with the winch.

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My Jeep Adventures
The Beginning
The First Day
The Maiden Voyage
Trail Jamboree
The Worst Day
Slick Hill
Christmas Tree Run
Winter Repairs
Elbe Hills
Swap Meet
Transfer Case
High Rider Trail
Canadian Jamboree
Deep Mud
Rear End
Lake Cavinagh
Getting Away
A Home for the Jeep
Crossed Up
The Island
Jeep Thoughts
Trail Jamboree II
Knock Knock
The Second Rebuild
Legalizing Trailers
Tick Tick Tick
Island Rock Crawlers
The Third Rebuild
The Current State of the Jeep
For Sale
The End