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3 quick questions guys.

1) What's the MAX supported battery size for our cars?
2) Are 60Ah enough?
3) Anyone has any past experience with Mitsuba batteries? Got a Hankook 2 years ago and it stopped working so getting another Hankook feels a bit off for me (the original battery was ok for 7 years) so i was thinking about Mitsuba. The manufacturer is Japanese and has good overall reputation but i've never used one of their batteries in the past.

Thanks in advance all.
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1. No idea. I found one that isn't the OEM size, but barely fit. I had to take the inner bracket off to get it in place, which wasn't necessary with the battery it replaced, and it fits with less than 1mm, but it fit.
2. Yes.
3. No. Most batteries are made by just a few major companies. I'd buy any one of them. The way to make it last longer is to either put it on a battery tender, or use a switch to disconnect it if you're leaving the car parked for a long time. Also, make sure there isn't a parasitic drain (aftermarket OEM radio integration kit or something) that's killing the battery.
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So why not go back to an ACDelco?
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1. No idea. I found one that isn't the OEM size, but barely fit. I had to take the inner bracket off to get it in place, which wasn't necessary with the battery it replaced, and it fits with less than 1mm, but it fit.
2. Yes.
3. No. Most batteries are made by just a few major companies. I'd buy any one of them. The way to make it last longer is to either put it on a battery tender, or use a switch to disconnect it if you're leaving the car parked for a long time. Also, make sure there isn't a parasitic drain (aftermarket OEM radio integration kit or something) that's killing the battery.
Never seen anyone use a battery tender here and as for the button yeah I've thought about that but i need to find an electrician to do it for me. In any case picking up a new battery is not easy, not many are "compact" like the one we have and i can't find official size specs anywhere.
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So why not go back to an ACDelco?
That model is not sold anywhere here.
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People use battery tenders all the time here. Furthermore, I realize our battery size is hard to find, but have you tried Menards? That's where I've gotten mine. If they dont carry it, they'll order it.
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Never seen anyone use a battery tender here and as for the button yeah I've thought about that but i need to find an electrician to do it for me. In any case picking up a new battery is not easy, not many are "compact" like the one we have and i can't find official size specs anywhere.
I use a battery tender during the winter and it works great. Plug it in and hook it up, I am far from an electrician....
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Also, we take group 86 or 25, your local parts store should have it on the shelf.
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People use battery tenders all the time here. Furthermore, I realize our battery size is hard to find, but have you tried Menards? That's where I've gotten mine. If they dont carry it, they'll order it.
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Also, we take group 86 or 25, your local parts store should have it on the shelf.
I think you guys have missed the fact that NikK is in Greece. Different stores, and different standards.
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......... i can't find official size specs anywhere.
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A Group 86 battery is 230mm long x 173mm wide x 203mm high

A Group 25 battery is 230mm long x 175mm wide x 225mm high (I am guessing, obviously, but I think this is the size that mstrjon found that barely fit.)

Note that the height includes the terminal posts.
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I think you guys have missed the fact that NikK is in Greece. Different stores, and different standards.
I did miss that, my apologies!

My other car is a JDM only vehicle and no parts carried here in the US, but international lookups are available, despite parts nonexistent. I know the struggle here....

While we will do our best to help, I encourage the OP to use rockauto.com and amazon.com, and cross to aliexpress, etc. many of our parts are cross listed to other manufacturers. Brace for international shipping.
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Never seen anyone use a battery tender here and as for the button yeah I've thought about that but i need to find an electrician to do it for me. In any case picking up a new battery is not easy, not many are "compact" like the one we have and i can't find official size specs anywhere.
Just measure the battery (or take the ones given from above) and go down to the shop with the measurements, find one slightly smaller and you should be OK. I've had the not-exact battery in my car for the past five years, it's been fine. Also, check that the poles are in the correct place, not all batteries have the same orientation.

Regarding the cut off, you can just get a thing like this:



I have one on my car, if it's going to be parked for more than a few days I just open the cut off and there is no chance of battery drain.
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