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I replaced my battery during the summer with a Costco-Kirkland 51R but as soon as winter came, any day that fell below -20 C...I couldn't start my Element. It would crank but not fire. I returned the battery thinking it was faulty and reinstall the new 51R. As soon as the temp dropped below -20 C, same thing, it wouldn't start. Obviously the Kirkland batteries are not designed for Canadian winters so I returned it then went to Walmart and got a MAXX EverStart 35N (the "N" meaning North or Colder Climates).

All I needed to do to install it was remove the plastic tray, bend out the metal flaps that hold the "J" hooks, and bend one of the "J" hooks near the top where the threads are and bolt it in. It's in there snug and won't be going anywhere.

Now I've had a few -40 and lower days and it fires up like a charm. So upgrading the battery is a great idea.
 

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Finally did this using OEM Honda parts following this video. No cutting. I had to bend 1 tab. I used a 1/2" x 6 1/8" x 9" piece of wood to lay flat on the metal battery tray. Drilled 2 holes for the new battery box tabs to fit into.


31512-SDB-A01 Plate, Battery Setting (70D)
31521-SDB-A00 Box, Battery (70D)
31513-T2A-A00 Bolt, Battery Setting (235MM) x 2
94050-06080 Nut, Flange (6MM) x 2
Costco group 35 battery

Thanks for the help everyone!
 

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I think I am going to go with a 24F Interstate from Costco soon.

Here's the question:
24F Standard or 24F AGM?
Ignoring price, what are my pros and cons of one or the other?

Thanks
 

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24F Standard or 24F AGM?
Ignoring price, what are my pros and cons of one or the other?
@Legioss Cycle life, mounting options (no spillover like lead acid), and storage longevity are the biggest advantages in my mind. You'll get higher heat resistance as well.

They are obviously more expensive, and the total lifetime is a bit less in average climates. Probably not appreciably, though, and if you live in an extremely hot/cold climate that normally nukes lead acid batteries, its resilience to that might offset or increase the lifespan of it.

If you're going to spend the money to jump up in battery size, I'd say go ahead and go AGM and get the benefits from it.
 

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I've been lurking in this thread for some time and wanted to say that, thanks to your input, I upgraded my E's battery without a hitch.

I live in northern Canada where it's colder than a household freezer and opted for an 800 CCA group 34 battery. I initially set out to buy the Sears model in this thread, but Sears Canada doesn't carry the DieHard line. My final choice landed me where I never thought I'd purchase a car battery --> Walmart. The price for their EverStart Maxx 34N (North) model, coupled with the fact it's manufactured by Johnson Controls, is what sealed the deal. It comes with 3 years free replacement warranty and 3 years emergency roadside assistance which, considering where I live, they better pray I never need to use :-D

Sorry to reply to an old comment. I attempted to do the same today but failed due to the battery wires not being able to reach. How did you manage to get your cables to reach? The negative one is especially short. Did you just removed the clips holding them? I also noticed the battery does not sit completely down to the bottom. The metal rail seems too narrow for the whole thing to drop in. I am tempted to return this Everstart Maxx 34N for another model that fits a little better.

EDIT: Returned the 34N and got the 35. The terminals are now on the correct side and the cables reached. But the width is still too large and the battery rides on the rail. Is that how everyone is leaving the battery?
 
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