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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, 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

    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
    • Cobra - 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 03, 04
    • Cobra R - 93, 95, 00
    • GT - 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10
    • GT500 - 07, 08, 09, 10
    • LX - 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93
    • Mach 1 - 03, 04
    • Other - 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86
    • V6 - 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10

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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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    The description shows that this battery fits 79-10 Mustangs, does it also fit a 2013 GT without any modification? Or is this not recommended for a coyote engine battery, less cranking amps than the factory one?


    • The Optima Red Top Performance Battery will not fit too well on the newer Mustangs, and the specifications are different.


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    Will I be damaging this battery if I recharge it with a battery charger with a charge rate up to 25 amps. I have to do this every four or five weeks do to some electrical problem that has not been detected and gets the battery totally discharged overnight. Thanks and best regards JL García


    • To prevent damaging the Optima Red Top Performance Battery, I would recommend using a trickle charge while the vehicle sits to prevent increased wear and tear on the battery. Draining the battery and recharging it will greatly impact the life of the battery.

      Rob S

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    Overall Rating 4.7

    out of 5 stars

    • 5/5

      January 13, 2018

      Great battery

      I purchased this battery before moving to Minnesota. I kept my 2003 mustang outside during the winter and the car would always start with no problem in below 0 temperatures. The housing for the battery is too small for this one so we ended up cutting it so it would fit.


      Year: 2003 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      January 02, 2018


      I've had a couple of these batteries, far as i'm concerned they are the best you can buy, fit perfect in my son's 93 mustang gt


      Year: 1993 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      December 01, 2017

      Optima red top

      Optima makes the best battery and the only battery I will run in my mustangs. I have a yellow top in my yellow 94' sn95 5.0 and a red top in my 89' red fox convertible 5.0. Since putting them on I never even worry about starting up. Hot or cold. Optima is the battery you can trust.


      Year: 1989 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      October 17, 2017

      Perfect for daily driver w/aftermarket elect

      I bought my 09 GT CS about a month ago and the dealership put a battery in it that hardly had enough crank output to get the job done. This resulted in a dead cell and some minor buldging on the sides of the battery. Dealt with having to jump start her about once a day for about a week and a half while I stared at the shipping progress of my RedTop. Slapped that battery in within about 10 mins of it hitting my doorstep. All I had to do was add 1 red lip clip to the base of the battery and it fit like a glove. She cranks over like a champ every time now. I have a dvd/cd toutch screen display, aftermarket headlights (that the previous owner fu**ed up with wiring), floorboard/cup holder lighting, reverse camera, and a few random other lighting upgrades. This battery easily handles a few aftermarket electronics, we'll see how she does when I do some proper installs (and fixes from the PO) and see how she does down the line.


      Year: 2009 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      October 11, 2017

      Great battery!

      After going through 2 other batteries within a year I decided to try this one, so far so good! Fit great, didn't have to modify the battery tray at all.


      Year: 1999 Submodel: Cobra

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    • 5/5

      September 27, 2017

      Redtop battery

      Excellent. Minor modifications. Great fit. Highly recommend.


      Year: 2001 Submodel: GT

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    • 1/5

      September 24, 2017

      Wish I could return

      Long story short, the battery completely dies after 3 days of sitting. I took it out and replaced it with my 2012 Wal-Mart battery as it's more reliable. Alternator is good too. Not to mention it doesn't fit well in the stock tray. Really really wish I could get my 200 dollars back because jumping my car when I want to take a nice drive isn't necessarily ideal.


      Year: 2003 Submodel: Mach 1

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    • 4/5

      September 22, 2017

      Great Battery, Bad Fit

      Doesn't fit in my sn95's tray and the main power line doesn't reach the battery.


      Year: 1995 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      August 27, 2017

      Trusted battery

      Bought this battery for a second time because I trust this battery in my mustang. Great battery for my v8 manual mustang:). Just ordered online and shipped fast.


      Year: 2006 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      August 20, 2017

      Great battery great look

      Definetly a must have for mustang owners. The fit is great, went in with zero issues.


      Year: 2005 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      August 19, 2017

      Optima Red Tip Battery

      Love this battery, had to put it in my Nissan Sentra instead of the Mustang GT, the previous Optima lasted 8 years in the Nissan, alot of power for the speakers in the trunk, looking for to buying another Optima for the Mustang GT, always cranked in hot and cold weather.


      Year: 2002 Submodel: GT

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    • 1/5

      July 27, 2017

      Do your research

      I have had these before, so I know the product is great. It does not fit ALL mustangs from 79-10, as it did not fit my 1990 LX


      Year: 1990 Submodel: LX

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    • 5/5

      June 08, 2017

      Great Battery

      Recently replaced my dead battery with this and I noticed a huge difference. Provides long cranking especially when the engine is having trouble cold starting.


      Year: 1985 Submodel: Other

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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

      April 08, 2017

      Superb Power

      Easy to install and has pure performance, I would recommend this battery to anyone who stores their Pony over a period of long Winters and eventually needs to replace - outstanding !


      Year: 2007 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      March 20, 2017

      Awesome Battery

      For CCA this battery is what you want! I am stationed in IL and the battery I used in FL wasn't cutting it here. The Fox starts and runs great now!


      Year: 1989 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      March 11, 2017

      Great battery

      Fits perfect in battery tray. Fires right up. You can tell it has more starting power when you turn the key.


      Year: 2005 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      March 10, 2017

      Lots of POWER, Easy Install

      I got this battery after having a terrible battery.. it starts up pretty fast, supports all my LED lighting in the car and give great output on my subs and and two amps. I'd definitely give this battery a 5 out if 5


      Year: 2004 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      March 03, 2017

      Awesome replacement

      Replaced my old wet cell for this beast. Started my car right up and was an excellent choice for a replacement.


      Year: 1988 Submodel: LX

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    • 4/5

      February 25, 2017

      Great starting power

      Battery arrived about 90 and I charged to 100. Had to modify battery tray to fit (narrow and long). Not quite the drop in I expected. Once in place the engine cranked over very well and fired up in seconds.


      Year: 1999 Submodel: GT

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