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I agree with RTexasF - unless there is a compelling reason, use the recommended battery. Also, buying a battery which is intended for use in cold climate areas if you live in a mild winter area adds unnecessary weight and may marginally affect gas mileage.
Also, having been a technician for a major battery manufacturer, do NOT open a maintenance-free battery if it has been sealed by the manufacturer, or after the initial electrolyte has been added if it is a dry-charge battery! It is designed to be a closed system, and a certain amount of internal pressure is needed for the recombination the elements including gas which are produced in normal operation. Also, exposure to ordinary atmosphere will damage the plates. If a maintenance-free battery has been abused, for example by continued overcharging, it may have to be opened to add water, but the service life will be drastically compromised anyway because of the abuse.
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