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Optima Performance Battery; Red Top (79-10 All)

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      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

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


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


      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

      Optima 34/78

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -

      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (1) Battery

      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"

      Customer Reviews (100+)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.4 out of 5 overall rating from 100+ customers

      • May 06, 2020

        5 1998 Cobra - Red5Ltr

        AGM Battery

        This battery waa exactly what my Foxbody needed. Delivery was quick and packaging was OK. Seems like when shipping a $200 dollar battery it would be a little nicer.

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      • February 23, 2020

        1 2010 GT500 - MustangPete59

        Not for a GT 500

        If you have a 2010 GT 500 do not buy this battery. The terminals are on the wrong side. I ordered the battery only to find this out. I called American Muscle thinking they sent me the wrong battery. Only to find out the battery is not for a 2010 GT 500. You can double check this by going to Optima’s website. There you will find out what fits and what doesn’t. I am very surprised American Muscle has not corrected this on their website.

        Helpful (4)
      • February 22, 2020

        1 2005 V6 - CarissaModd616


        This battery is garbage. Lasted maybe 6 months or less. It won’t hold a charge. I’ve tried everything you can think of to attempt to get it to work, but it’s not worth the plastic holding it together.

        Helpful (5)
      • January 25, 2020

        5 2006 GT - calis197


        This is exactly what I need and it is helping. Knowing I have this battery makes all the difference

        Helpful (3)
      • January 11, 2020

        1 2007 GT - Zora53


        Waste of $$$...Went through 3 of these in 5 years. Never again

        Helpful (5)
      • December 23, 2019

        5 2005 GT - Mick

        Just what I needed!

        Bought this battery to replace the parts store battery in my 05 GT. Looks great and performs just like an Optima should!

        Helpful (3)
      • December 13, 2019

        5 1998 GT - MarkT

        Great Battery

        My Stang turns over so fast now, its unreal. Great battery.

        Helpful (3)
      • November 25, 2019

        1 2000 GT - Finsta


        Had two go bad at 3 years. A $240 dollar battery? Superior technology? A $60 "no name" battery from W..mart would last twice as long.

        Helpful (6)
      • November 12, 2019

        1 2010 V6 - EliseoMunoz

        Waste money bad batteries

        Waste of time and waste of your money as you guys can see i recently purchased this on August Tuesday on the 27th 2019 which is not too long from now it is currently winter now and my battery won't keep is charged up I am way much more better off with my old battery that will actually start my car up in the winter and will keep its charge this one however it lack of starting up I got to give it three to two tries to start up which is sad compared to my old battery which actually starts my car I feel like the next time I go to work it won't actually start up!! the sad part is you won't even get a refund due to price being too high

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      • August 21, 2019

        5 2007 GT - Shelby35


        Good product. No issues. Fit right in place. Started right up. Good to go.

        Helpful (4)

      Questions & Answers (31 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      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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      How many CCA's.

      • This Optima Red Top Performance Battery produces 800 cold cranking amps.

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      • The Optima Red Top Performance Battery is not the exact same battery size group as the OEM battery, which means it will not show up in most parts stores simplified parts searches, despite this being able to fit.

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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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      10 More Questions
      Does the Optima Red Top Battery fit under the hood of a 2004 Ford Mustang V6? I went to Pep Boys and they told me that the Optima Red Top Battery doesn't fit in the V6 Mustang 3.8 L due to interference with the hood top. 1 answer
      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. 1 answer
      Will this fit in my 2000 GT stock battery trey? If not, what product would I need to get to make it where it would fit properly. 0 answer
      Will this fit in a 96 Mustang GT without issue? 1 answer
      Would this fit a 2011 GT in conjunction with the Savior Pro case? 1 answer
      I have a 94 GT Convertible. I only see one review for 94/95 and it says it doesn't fit and the battery cables won't reach the terminals. Anyone else out there have an opinion? 1 answer
      Does the Optima Red Top Battery fit under the hood of a 1998 Ford Mustang V6? 1 answer
      Will this battery fit in the stock battery tray of an 85 Mustang? 1 answer
      Will the fit in a stock 2014 V6 Mustang? It shows up under 2010-2014 Mustangs, but it's listed as 79-2010 and the compatibility checker says it wont fit a 2014 Mustang. I also see that the display cases are listed 79-2018. There seem to be conflicting comments among the other questions for years above 2010. Thanks in advance to anyone that has a solid answer. 1 answer
      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? 1 answer

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