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Optima Red Top Performance Battery (79-10 All)

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Features, Videos & Details

  • Premium Starting Power
  • Spiral-Cell Construction
  • Vibration Resistance
  • Dual Terminal
  • Maintenance Free
  • Fits 1979-2010 Mustangs

Review & Installation Video

Hey, I'm Alex from americanmuscle.com, and this is my quick review and breakdown of the Optima Red Top performance battery, fitting your 1979 through 2010 Mustang. So, in this video, I'm going to give a quick overview on who this might appeal to, what you should expect to be spending, and then we'll take a very quick look at the installation, where we're gonna be looking at a very easy one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, and less than 15 minutes to get this into your car. So the Optima Red Top performance battery that I have here today should definitely appeal to a couple of different kinds of Mustang owners out there. First and foremost, it's gonna be the guys out there running upwards of a 30-year old or less car that needs to get into another battery, but doesn't want to shell out an arm and a leg, like you might find at your local parts store. Now, the other Mustang owner out there that I think this would appeal to would be the guys that are fortunate enough to use their Mustang as a weekend warrior, that aren't being daily-driven, that's typically finding that they're gonna be spending most of their time in a garage attached to a battery tender. So, in terms of the construction and materials here, guys, what you see on the table is exactly what you're gonna be getting, and internally, this is going to feature Optima's patented spiral cell construction, which is gonna make this charge that much faster than what you might find out there elsewhere. Now, again, this is gonna be great for the Mustangs that are living in the garage most of, if not all times throughout the year, that are going to be attached to a battery tender as, again, this will recharge faster and give you a much more strong and consistent burst when it comes time to fire it up. So, additionally, Optima's batteries have been known to provide two times more the power getting your Mustang up and running, as well as being vibration and spill resistant, so you can rest easy knowing that you're not gonna run into any issues with this kit down the road. So, in terms of the pricing here, guys, you should expect to be spending about $180 for this kit, which, while it might seem a little bit on the steeper side, if you take a look around, especially at your local parts store or even your dealer, you're gonna see that they're gonna run a little bit higher. But, at the end of the day, you're gonna be getting away with a kit that's gonna look a little bit different than your standard battery, and again, something that I think is gonna be great for a stock replacement battery, as well as being for owners that are gonna have their Mustangs indoors for most of the year. All right, guys, so switching gears to the installation portion of the video, just like I had said up top, you're looking at a no-brainer, very simple one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, less than 15 minutes to get this into your car. There's absolutely nothing to this. You're taking your terminals off, pulling your factory or OE-equipped battery, swapping it into place, putting them back on, and you're good to go. It doesn't get any easier than that. So just to wrap things up here, some final thoughts. If you're the Mustang owner that's working with a car that's getting up there in age and it's getting time to swap your battery out, or if your car is just a weekend warrior and it's spent more time indoors and outdoors just sitting, this might be a great alternative, as opposed to running down to your dealer or auto parts store and picking up a battery off the shelf. So that's my quick review and breakdown of the Optima Red Top performance battery, fitting your 1979 through 2010 Mustang, available right here at americanmuscle.com.

Premium Starting Power. The Optima RedTop high-performance AGM battery is the ultimate high-CCA (cold cranking amp) starting battery designed to deliver the strongest 5-second ignition power for a reliable start-up every time.

Superior Construction. Optima uses a patented SpiralCell construction that has faster recharging capabilities, more than fifteen times the vibration resistance, and twice the life of a standard automotive battery.

Versatile Design. Optima designed the Red Top battery to be maintenance free and completely spill-proof with dual terminals so that it can be mounted in any position necessary, great for custom applications.

Technical Note. Battery may be slightly larger than stock tray.

Fitment: 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Details

What's in the Box
  • (1) Battery
Installation Info
Tech Specs
  • 12 Volt
  • Cold Crank Amps 800
  • Crank Amps 1000
  • Reserve Capacity 100
  • Ampere Hour 50
  • Dual Terminal
  • Length: 10" Width: 6-7/8" Height: 7-13/16"
Will it fit my Mustang?
  • Bullitt - 01, 08, 09
  • Foxbody - 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93
  • Mach 1 - 03, 04
  • V6 - 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10
  • Cobra - 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 01, 03, 04
  • GT - 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10
  • GT500 - 07, 08, 09, 10

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I used the blue adapter in the back and the red one to replace the stock wedge. I had already modified my battery tray for my last battery so this slipped right in. Cranks so much better than my old battery. ...

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fit is not nearly as wide as stock. various spacer included for solid fit, snug with tiedown strap. posts are bit further forward than stock so was bit tight without redoing cables. height is definitely ...

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what would someone be looking for if they want this battery or the other? as you can see im not sure what these terms mean in the performance description of ether battery so i basically need a complete breakdown of both for ex. the red top is better at ... the yellow top is better at ...


  • The red top is for cars, trucks, SUVs, and hot rods in general and provides a 5 second burst of power for reliable start up. The yellow top is for cars running a lot of serious electronics (stereo) and higher amp alternators. Both are designed to be mounted in almost any postion, unlike traditional batteries that need to be mounted top facing up. The average car only needs the red top.


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Does this battery add any horsepower?


  • No. No battery will add hp to a gas or diesel powered vehicle.


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would this battery fit 03 roush stage 2? whats better the optima red or the yellow one?


  • Unfortunately, the Optima website does not indicate that they produce a battery specifically for the Mustang. That being said, I seriously doubt they would advertise it unless they were sure. It will fit your Roush Mustang. Yellow top is designed for cars running a high electrical load, such as serious stereo equipment. They red top is for the average street rod, SUV, trucks, and high compression motors by providing a strong initial burst to get things rolling. Unless you added a lot of electronics, the red top is good for your car.


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What is the weight of the battery? What is the weight of the battery? I am thinking of a battery relocation kit, but I am not sure it's worth the hassle.


  • I googled it, weight is about 39lbs.


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Direct fit in a 93 GT ? Thanks


  • The Optima Red Top Performance Battery will be a direct fit when using the included blue adapters for 65 group batteries (in the top panel of the battery packaging) Detailed info on this can be found here: http://www.americanmuscle.com/optima-redtop-battery-cust-install.html

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Is the battery chargeable? I have a AGM capable automatic charger. My current, cheap autocraft battery is not rechargeable and I don't want to make that mistake again. My car can sit weeks at a time and I want to be able to charge or float charge if I need to.


  • Yes you can recharge it ...if you have a charger- maintainer that has the AGM mode !


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Overall Rating 4.7

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  • 5/5

    May 01, 2017


    I used the blue adapter in the back and the red one to replace the stock wedge. I had already modified my battery tray for my last battery so this slipped right in. Cranks so much better than my old battery. One less thing to worry about and at AM's price almost as cheap as a regular battery. Since there's no core I sold my old one for $10! Shipping was as fast as ever.


    Year: 2004 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    October 14, 2016


    fit is not nearly as wide as stock. various spacer included for solid fit, snug with tiedown strap. posts are bit further forward than stock so was bit tight without redoing cables. height is definitely taller than stock and pretty snug against hood. solid power now, great starts and power for all accessories.


    Year: 2006 Submodel: GT

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  • 4/5

    October 05, 2016

    Strong battery but,,,,,

    Great battery, fit my 2010 gt tray w/no issues. However the posts r backward I had to find slack in the harness to make the terminals reach. Lost one star for this no problems after 2 weeks.


    Year: 2010 Submodel: GT

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  • 1/5

    September 30, 2016

    Never got to experience Optima

    I purchased this Optima battery in hopes of it being better than the standard car battery. Unfortunately for 2010 mustang owners the terminals are reversed and could not reach the battery. I tried turning the battery around as much as possible and in the end I just had to go with another option.


    Year: 2010 Submodel: GT

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  • 3/5

    September 11, 2016

    Works but fitment issues

    Car fired right up! Only down side is the battery is taller than the stock one so the plastic battery covers I bought from here don't fit anymore which really sucks since u had them custom painted! Once the positive terminal is on and you shut the hood it hits the underside of the hood.


    Year: 2008 Submodel: Bullitt

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  • 5/5

    April 27, 2016

    Love it

    Battery fits nice in stock battery tray in a Foxbody with added kit... Shipping was fast


    Year: 1989 Submodel: Other

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  • 3/5

    February 03, 2016

    Posts on Wrong Side

    The only complaint I have is that the posts are on the wrong side. I should have inquired on where the positive and negative post were because my terminals are opposite of them.


    Year: 2010 Elk Grove

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  • 5/5

    June 24, 2015

    Powerful battery, but the design had the terminals swapped.

    Great performance battery upgrade! But when I went to swap it with the dead stock one on my 2010 Mustang, it wasn't until I secured it in that I realized the and - terminals were swapped around. The cables could not reach them. Easy fix was to flip the battery around and bend the black end cable straight to make it fit over the top. But I would definitely recommend this product!


    Year: 2010 Submodel: V6 Virginia Beach, VA

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  • 5/5

    June 21, 2014

    Powerful battery

    After letting my Mustang sit for the winter, my battery was completely dead. No charging would bring it back to life. So, I decided to spend the change and get a battery that has a great name, warranty, and looks. I decided to go with the Red Top and upon just taking it out of the box and installing it, I was happy. It fired my Mustang right up, out of the box, and quickly. I also bought the PA performance terminals which make a nice combo. I bought this battery knowing that it wouldn't fit my factory battery tray, which is fine, a little modification never hurt anybody. So, so far, so good. This is my first Optima battery, and I'm hoping it continues to impress.


    Year: 2002 Submodel: GT Clayton, NC

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  • 5/5

    January 08, 2014

    Optima Red Top Performance Battery

    Slow charged on Battery Tended + overnight and performed a ten minute install. Battery performs rapid starts every time.


    Year: 1989 Submodel: Other Sarasota, FL, USA

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  • 5/5

    July 24, 2013


    My OEM battery died after 70k miles and a week of 100 degree temps. This battery fits in the stock location, and it has more juice than the OEM one. Starts quick. Good for peace of mind.


    Year: 2009 Submodel: Bullitt Longview, TX

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  • 5/5

    July 22, 2013

    great battery

    All my cars have the Optima Red top battery including both of my mustangs, they only get the best!


    Year: 1999 Submodel: Cobra Greeley,Co

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  • 5/5

    June 26, 2013

    Optima Battery Review

    The battery is taller than the stock battery, and the terminals are on the opposite side from stock. After rerouting the cables, and adjusting the positioning of the battery, I was able to make it work. It works as advertised.


    Year: 2006 Submodel: GT Michigan, USA

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  • 5/5

    May 25, 2013

    this product is awesome

    This product is really good I just wish it would come in different colors.


    Year: 2000 Submodel: GT Arlington, VA, USA

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  • 5/5

    April 30, 2013

    Optima Red Top Battery

    Comes with several adapters for different battery trays to fit multiple vehicles. I was able to install it in my 2009 Mustang with the factory hardware and no adapters needed. Looks great and adds confidence the car will start after sitting up for a few weeks without use. Worth the extra money if it lasts longer than the typical auto parts store brand.


    Year: 2009 Submodel: GT Houston, Texas USA

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  • 5/5

    April 29, 2013

    Great Battery

    Ive been wanting one of these for a while now and finally picked one up. It is heavy. And they do not fit all the way in the tray. I had to squeeze mine in. But it shouldnt move at all. Optima does make a slightly smaller one that should fit. But on any 94-04 at least, you will need to do some finageling to get it in there. But its a good battery so it is worth it


    Year: 1996 Submodel: Cobra West Chester, PA, USA

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  • 5/5

    April 03, 2013

    Get what you pay for

    Battery was a little pricey but I was having trouble with my interstate battery especially since I have a 1500 watt amp hooked up to it. This optima battery started right up with no hesitation whatsoever.


    Year: 1995 Submodel: Cobra Stratford, CT, USA

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  • 4/5

    March 10, 2013

    Excellent Product

    I replaced my stock Ford Battery with the Optima Red top battery. Car starts much better now. Thanks AM and Optima for such a great product.


    Year: 2004 Submodel: Cobra Meadville, MS 39653, USA

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  • 5/5

    February 25, 2013

    06 gt perfect fit

    recently replaced factory battery in my 06 gt, perfect fit factory hold downs work great, even the factory battery blanket fit


    Year: 2006 Submodel: GT wi

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  • 4/5

    February 19, 2013

    Good Battery

    My battery died and I wanted to upgrade. Finally decided on this and found a good price and knew it was reliable to order from AM. My car started right up and feels good. Install was ok. The battery didn't naturally fit the current tray so I forced it in and clamped it down. The shipping box could've used some extra cushioning as the battery got a bit banged up. After initially being disappointed that the battery wasn't treated like a princess, I quickly got over it and now I'm happy with my purchase.


    Year: 2004 Submodel: GT California, USA

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