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Why you don't go wheelin' with the stock battery...
SO, I'll preface this by saying that I waited too long to take care of this - about 2 months just because I was trying to deal with other issues on the truck. (LSD Install, etc.)
Here's what happened:
did 3 days of camping/fireroad driving in Death Valley, a good amount of it on fairly bumpy sections of washboard. The ICONs handled it well, but I ended up sloshing battery acid from out of the unsealed factory battery all over the terminals and hold down. As a result, it ate the terminal clamps pretty badly, especially the positive side, since it is copper.
Anyway, the solution is to make a solution of baking soda and water, take the old battery out, clean all the parts that were touched with acid with the baking soda and water combo, clean it all out and rinse it with a hose, and put a new, clean, sealed battery in. No bid deal.
Wear a FACE SHIELD, an apron, and gloves. Clean your tools afterwards. Not good to have snap-on stuff getting eaten by sulfuric acid. Maybe it wouldn't get eaten, but I'm not going to test on my 10mm wrench.
Anyway, the horror shots are attached, as well as one of the new battery, an Optima 8037-127 D27F YellowTop Starting and Deep Cycle Battery.
I went with the combo battery in case I ever want to run any lights off the battery, or need to discharge it for any urgent reason. Seemed like there wasn't much downside.