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Re: WK2 - New battery type and location

Holy crap! I just saw this thread after being buried for a while... ~$500 msrp for battery?? Also, I just priced a set of tire so I don't have a heart attack when it's time to change shoes... $800 for a set for 17" with TPM and replacement cert.
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Re: WK2 - New battery type and location

Have just about replaced all lead acid batteries in the herd with AGMs & keep most on very small "wall wart" type charger that are under 100 ma. (with a herd, some go months without being driven).

Jump starting or a short charge with a conventional charger won't hurt anything though I have a couple of B&D "Smart" desulphating chargers that have gel, wet, and AGM settings for a long slow charge.

My RV has an inverter/charger/float system that I set to 13.3v shutdown, it is charging for a long time at 14+ volts that can damage an AGM.

Just my opinion, YMMV, but have yet to have an AGM fail.
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Re: WK2 - New battery type and location

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Holy crap! I just saw this thread after being buried for a while... ~$500 msrp for battery?? Also, I just priced a set of tire so I don't have a heart attack when it's time to change shoes... $800 for a set for 17" with TPM and replacement cert.
Autozone sells a rebranded DEKA Intimidator AGM battery (Autozone Platinum) that is a drop in for the factory battery for less than $200.

FYI, the WK2 doesn't have a group 65 battery even though most literature states otherwise.

Its an "H7" for the gas engines and an "H8" for the diesel engines.

The H8 has a higher capacity than the H7 battery. I think you need a new battery retainer plate to fit that size.
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Re: WK2 - New battery type and location

Thanks Yadkin!
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Re: WK2 - New battery type and location

H7 is aka a 94R
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Re: WK2 - New battery type and location

I was curious:

Interstate battery MT5 AGM-94R/H7 $271.95

https://www.interstatebatteries.com/...459-2147384906
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MODERN TECHNOLOGY?
Bull crap!
Manufacturers have put batteries under seats since the 50's. Probably earlier.
It is just a way to "encourage" owners to take the autos back for service. It's a game.
VW Beetles have had their battery under the back seat since the first one rolled off the production line in 1945. However, the Jeep's battery is not only under a seat but under the floor as well. It is about as low as one can go without loosing ground clearance. Considerring this is one very heavy battery, having it so low must significantly improve handiling. It is not as difficuly to remove as it might seam. I have done it and without removing the seat. It is worth a try just so that you know you can do it when needed. I had no CAN issues at all when I reconnected. The trick with the CAN is, when any electrical component is disconnected, under no circumstances turn on the ignition. With Australian export vehicles, the battery is still on the right side but this is now the driver's side. On the left side there is an identical cavity perfectly suited for a second battery. However, bad luck for those with Quadra-lift. The cavity is used for the Quadra-lift control components. Both battery cavities need to be checked after doing water crossings. There is not a lot of room around the battery but luckily, just enough for me to install a Projecta 150A battery isolator for charging trailer batteries. Sure you can charge AGM batteries but you need a "smart" charger.
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You mean 1939 in reference to the beetles... and you want to complain about $500 for a battery ? Try this one
http://www.braillebattery.com/index....atteries/im31s

Yeah $500 is cheap...

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You mean 1939 in reference to the beetles... and you want to complain about $500 for a battery ? Try this one
Braille Battery USA &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp Lighter • Stronger • Faster -

Yeah $500 is cheap...

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I was thinking in terms of beetle mass production. Yes, lithium batteries are a killer. The trailer I'm thinking of buying has a lithium upgrade for a mere $2,590. With regard to your quote, I'm not sure if you are referring to the great outdoors or making a zen statement but I love it either way.
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Re: WK2 - New battery type and location

I'm happy with Chrysler's decision to put an advanced technology battery under the seat for the handling reasons mentioned previously. It's dead center of mass in the fore and aft direction and helps offset the drivers weight in the left-right direction, so vehicle balance is improved. Coupled with a lightweight aluminum engine placed far back in the engine bay they've achieved near perfect weight distribution on a front engine vehicle without resorting to mass on the rear end, which would have degraded handling.
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... and helps offset the drivers weight in the left-right direction, so vehicle balance is improved.
Good for you, not so good for us with right hand drive export vehicles. The battery and the driver are on the same side. For this reason I try to pack the car with the heaviest items on the left.
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