Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
Re: ODYSSEY vs WESTSCO
The Odyssey is a really top quality battery, and the Westco may be also. I only have experience with the Odyssey, but they are both AGM, which I like much better than a GEL battery.
18AH vs 20AH is only important if you have need for current draw for an extended period with the engine not running, or very long cranking periods, rarely if ever an issue with the LT. They both have about the same cold cranking amperage, the AH rating only specifies how long the battery will support that amperage before reaching a low charge state.
For instance, given a 6 amp draw with no alternator input, the 18AH battery will last for 3 hours, the 20AH one for 3 hours 20 minutes. I cannot envision a real advantage on the LT for the greater AH rating, other than having the radio/CD player running for a long time at a camping area.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work...I want to achieve it through not dying.
EX: '01 Black LT, BAT BYKE (Totaled at 110,000 miles)
IBA SS, BB, BBG, 10/10ths.
No bike now, but maybe in the future.