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    Best source for batteries in Canada (Toronto)?

    My '70 911 has the twin battery set up. What's the best source for these batteries in Toronto, price/quality wise? Thanks.

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    4 years ago I put new Porsche batteries in one of my '73s, I think it was about $400 for the pair from the dealer.
    The batteries from Porsche come dry and need to be filled with acid, dealer in Edmonton fills them in-house. If you go with a dealer, make sure they will/can fill them for you.
    Last year I was working on a '71 for a friend. We sourced a pair from Interstate, the batteries are not listed on the Canadian sight but they are listed in the US.
    Got the batteries direct from the Interstate All Battery Centre, I think it took over a month for the batteries to arrive

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    The Porsche ones were easier to install, the Interstate was a little tight so I removed the supplied handle.

    http://www.interstatebatteries.com/p...360-2147384906

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    Thanks JR.

    I called Downtown Toronto Porsche today to price out their battery, which was $244.85.

    Then checked with the nearest Interstate Dealer and priced their battery, which was $195 and change.

    Ordered the batteries from Interstate.

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    Good day Brent , have been using Interstate in my 69 for a number of years , quite happy to date . I do make sure that I charge them every 60 to 90 days if not being driven over the winter months. Hope to see you out to a SOLHA meet this summer.
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    Hi Terry.

    That's the very advice that I got from Interstate, namely to charge the battery every 3 months. Apparently the problem that occurs if a battery's charge drops too low is call "sulfation", which is defined as:

    "Sulfation, a build-up of lead sulfate crystals, is the number one cause of early failures of lead-acid, sealed AGM or flooded (wet cell-filler caps) batteries. A sulfated battery can lead to: loss of cranking power. longer charging times."

    My car had a new pair of Interstate batteries when I bought it in Jan 2013. They lasted for about 12 months before giving me problems. I think my problems may have occurred because the clock was broken and causing a power drain. Fixed the clock and hopefully that will solve my battery problem, along with charging the batteries as recommended.

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    Hi Brent, I need a couple of sets of these can you post the part number please.
    I'll be going to Hershey so I wanted to see if there is any savings buying them in the states.
    Thanks, Gerry.
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    The Interstate model number is simply 911:


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    Thanks for the info.
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    I stuck with the originals, but probably wouldn't have if not for a concours restoration. Available at your friendly neighbourhood Porsche dealer, and guess what? They fit perfectly. About $400 if I recall.

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