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Optima Red Top Performance Battery (79-10 All)

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$207.99

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  • MPN #34/78
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Features
  • Premium Starting Power
  • Spiral-Cell construction
  • Vibration Resistance
  • Dual Terminal
  • Maintenance free
  • Fits 1979-2010 Mustangs
Description
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.

Mustang 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
Specifications.
  • 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"
Fitment
  • 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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Overall Rating 4.8/5 Write a Review
4/5
Great performance, but......

Stellar electrical performance, simply awesome. But the battery is too large for the stock tray. Why AM or any other retailer sells this for a 96 Mustang is beyond me. I was able to overcome the space

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5/5
Very Beefy Battery

Great battery, would def. recommend to friends. Very easy to install in my 1996 Mustang GT with the included adapters. Thanks Again American Muscle , you made my life easier once again

Helpful (6) (0)

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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 ...

Blaise Year: 2002 Model: GT

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Good Question (5) (0)
  • 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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    Best Answer

    Tracy67 Year: 2004 Model: GT

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Does this battery add any horsepower?

Mtm92 Year: 2011 Model: V6

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Good Question (3) (3)
  • No. No battery will add hp to a gas or diesel powered vehicle.

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    Best Answer

    Tracy67 Year: 2004 Model: GT

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

giovelaz Year: 2003 Model: Other

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Good Question (2) (0)
  • 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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    Tracy67 Year: 2004 Model: GT

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  • 5 Stars .79 79%
  • 4 Stars .21 21%
  • 3 Stars 0 0%
  • 2 Stars 0 0%
  • 1 Stars 0 0%
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  • 4/5

    Great performance, but......

    May 05, 2011

    Stellar electrical performance, simply awesome. But the battery is too large for the stock tray. Why AM or any other retailer sells this for a 96 Mustang is beyond me. I was able to overcome the space limitation by taking a dremel and literally melt a notch into the lip of the tray closest to the fuse panel. It's the pink bit and 9000 RPM seems to be a good speed to cut your way through. Use the V-shaped hold down supplied from Optima and hopefully your stock hold down bolt isn't rusted. There are retailers out there which supply this bolt as well.

    Jeff

    Year: 1996 Model: Cobra Driving Style: Daily Driver

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  • 5/5

    Very Beefy Battery

    May 21, 2010

    Great battery, would def. recommend to friends. Very easy to install in my 1996 Mustang GT with the included adapters. Thanks Again American Muscle , you made my life easier once again

    John M

    Year: 1996 Model: GT

    Helpful (6) (0)

  • 5/5

    Love the Battery

    January 04, 2011

    Great battery! yes its alittle larger then the battery tray. But, who cares ! I was able to install it and get it to hold down nice and neat, you woulld never know the battery tray was pushing out alittle on one side.

    daryl s.

    Driving Style: Daily Driver

    Helpful (6) (2)

  • 4/5

    Tight Fit

    October 14, 2010

    Great battery, only thing keeping it from 5 stars is it was just a tiny bit too large for the tray.

    Larry Meadows

    Driving Style: Daily Driver

    Helpful (11) (6)

  • 5/5

    Optima Red Top Battery

    October 14, 2010

    the battery is a awesome replacement battery, i went with it cause i upgraded the alternator, went with MSD ignition system, and electric fan, the battery is easy to install and works just like the best should

    Ron Arnholt

    Driving Style: Street / Strip

    Helpful (3) (0)

  • 4/5

    Great battery

    July 31, 2013

    I ve had 2 Optima redtops in 10 years switched out between at least 8 cars. This battery is a performance monster, only slight issue, yes the battery is a bit large for the battery tray, AM is not to blame, Optima is used in a wide variety of vehicles, this battery is not Mustang specific. Solution is either swap your battery tray for a larger one ie a F150 truck tray, or simply pull your tray out and cut the side of it out for the battery to fit. All in all, this battery has not failed me, I left my lights at work for 8 hours and this baby started right up.

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    StUSA

    Year: 1996 Model: Cobra Driving Style: Daily Driver 'Stangs I have owned: 1 Houston, TX, USA

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  • 5/5

    StangBang for your Buck

    October 14, 2010

    Great battery! i just swapped my old motorcraft stock battery for this optima, and theres a big difference in overall power and the way my sound system works. The car starts easily, no dry sputter or choking on start up. And can you say fast shipping?? Americanmuscle.com should change their "standard shipping" to "open your front door as soon as you enter your credit card number." Thanks AmericanMuscle!

    Dave G

    Driving Style: Daily Driver

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  • 5/5

    Red Top to the Rescue

    October 14, 2010

    I relocated my battery to the trunk to make room for a double oil filter setup. My battery was not starting well when it got warm. That's when I chose a Optima Red Top. A sealed battery in the trunk is a good deal, and also with a sealed battery box made it even better. Very easy install. And it looks cool as well. No problems starting now.

    Kurt Johnson

    Driving Style: Daily Driver

    Helpful (3) (1)

  • 4/5

    Tight Fit

    April 26, 2010

    Would be a five start except it was just a little too big for my 2K stang. It pushes the edges of the battery holder out. I expected perfect fit from Mustang speciality site.

    LemMotlo

    Helpful (14) (11)

  • 5/5

    2007 Mustang GT

    January 29, 2014

    This battery installed in 15 minutes. The cranking power is awesome to say the least. Recently in Wisconsin we had a number of days of sub-zero weather. The car sat for 3 days in -20 degree (wind chills to -35 -40) weather. The car started with a single crank. I would recommend this battery to any one for any application. It was a well spent 200 bucks. Delivery was very prompt and there were no issues regarding fit.

    VVOA

    Year: 2007 Model: GT Driving Style: Daily Driver 'Stangs I have owned: 3 Fond du Lac, WI, USA

    Helpful (1) (0)

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