Build Project Liberty - Trail/Overland Jeep Build

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If you go the money Odyssey, but they are hella expensive.
I have had luck with Northstar or the Motomaster Eliminator Ultra one (especially when they are on sale). Do not buy Optima, mine lasted like 8 years but I got it just before they moved to Mexico. Since then their quality has been hit and miss
 

junkpile

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You know, I’ve heard lotsa griping about Optimas, yet I’ve had nothing but good luck with Optima. Still not cheap though.
Worth it weight in gold is one of Canadian Tire’s smart chargers, cost ya about $100 but surprising what they’ll bring back from the dead.



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Thanks guys, kirkland conventional. I have a motomaster 10A/2A and tried to quick charge and trickle charge. Couldn't get it past 11.8 or so. I may try it on the trickle charger a bit longer.

I'll have a look at an oddessy - thanks guys. I have heard the same about the Optima widely from car racers and off roaders. I think I will stay away from them since the production moved.
 

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Last spring I really killed my Odyssey, it was low enough my smart charger refused to do anything. I had to use a dumb charger to bring it up enough for my smart charger to take over and after a long time it recovered. I used it all summer including some winching and haven't had a problem. It may not be 100% but it's good enough I don't need to go spend another $300+ yet.
 

junkpile

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Yeah cool eh! Those smart chargers work wonders, real game changer. I’ve had luck piggy backing a know good battery to a dead one just to get it started. The smart charger needs to see a minimum voltage before it’ll agree to play. That old school 10a/2a charger wont yield the same effect.


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Ya it says 'Automatic Charger' on the front which I assume is different and it is indeed a dumb charger. I will still try to trickle charge it to see if it revives.
 

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Haven't picked up a new charger yet. But, in order to move her into the garage for the winter, I boosted it with the JGC, and it had enough juice to spin the starter... -ish. The damn solenoid is out! One more for the list...

I ended up pushing it in with the JGC with a tire in between - I'll pull the starter another day once I have finished reworking the garage set up.
 

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Been a while, how are folks...feeling cooped up? I feel 🤯 but still have a job so that's good.

Replaced the starter ^ a while back, which was interesting...sure isn't a lot of room to work in between everything. I haven't worked on the dang thing in a while, been focused on house renos. The libby needs a new rad as she developed a crack in the top outlet. Driveable for a little bit, but she gives a nice steam show after about 10 minutes ha...she's off the road for a bit til I find the time to fix her up. I sure miss off roading the thing.

Decided against towing with the JGC, as it isn't the right model, bummer. With the 4.7 it is only rated to ~6200. I was looking for a hemi but used prices are bananas these days.

Liberty will probably just end up being a cottage truck sooner than later anyhow. How hard is it to green plate it and run it down the shoulders to crown land...the land we have is only 1-2 kms from a whole ton of it (near Griffith).

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Kunker

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@Logan and others have gone the green plate route, sounded straightforward for them, not sure if you have enough "non-street-legal" mods to pull it off?
 

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Thanks @Kunker looking at the regs, it isn't clear on what you mentioned about mods, interested to hear from others on this.
The jist was that you go in and write down the list of modifications that make the vehicle no longer street legal, and they give you a green plate with the caveat that the VIN can never again be re-registered for the road. I haven't done this myself, though, so this is just what I've read here.
 
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