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New EU-style battery

I went for the Varta P.nr. '563 401 061 316 2', since I have some contacts that recommended this type.

Had to bend one of the tabs a little bit since the base is a bit longer otherwise the fit was perfect.
Also freschened up the baseplate with durable paint and cleaned and torqued the ground point behind the battery.
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It is interesting that you had to bend a tab because the battery is too long. The batteries recommended by Varta are both longer than the one you have.
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Please explain EU-style.

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I assume that it means that it was built to European dimensions, but it could be that it is silver instead of black.

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With "EU-Style" I meant that it seems that there are different standards in sizing of the batteries. (I am not 100% sure that it is but that's my qualified assumption)

I have tried to find a battery that conforms with the AC Delco "86" size here in Sweden. But it seems to be impossible. (Unless I order an AC Delco battery, but they are very expensive here).
A contact in Germany had success with this specific Varta battery with the size: L:242mm W:175mm H190mm.

The very "Base" is slightly longer than 242mm because there is a wedge on the battery there, because of this I had to bend the tab a little bit to make it fit properly.
(I still saved a small part that kee4ps the battery in place and now after I bent the tab the battery slides in much more easily)

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Ok, I thought maybe there was some new battery tech or something that the EU was requiring,
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I was able to find a replacement battery in Germany that nearly matched the original specifications, though it's not from a name-brand manufacturer. I did have to remove the inner bracket behind the fender in order to fit it as it was a bit too tall, but it just fits with everything back in place.
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I would contact an Opel dealer to see what they recommend, but it sounds like you have the problem solved. They most likely require a Delco any way.
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I would contact an Opel dealer to see what they recommend, but it sounds like you have the problem solved. They most likely require a Delco any way.
No doubt the Opel dealer can provide the correct battery, but batteries from the dealer are usually . On the other hand, they do sell the passenger presence sensor for about 80.
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Also, Kjelle69, it's time to wash that engine bay down!
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Yes, I will do that now when the sun have begun to shine and the snow are melting away :-)

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