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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
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    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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    How many CCA's.


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


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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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    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.


    • Yes.


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    Overall Rating 4.6

    out of 5 stars

    • 5/5

      May 16, 2018

      The only way to go

      After several regular lead acid batteries, the optima battery is the only way to go for my 05 Mustang GT. I don’t drive it much, but now it always starts with power to spare. The others were just junk compared to this beast! Always remember, “You get what you pay for”!


      Year: 2005 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      May 16, 2018

      Battery power

      Great battery I love it have not had any problems.Very good starting power.Just what I wanted.Wild Bill


      Year: 2006 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      May 06, 2018


      Product delivers as promised. Also looks great under the hood.


      Year: 2009 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      May 04, 2018

      Much better

      My Mustang starts up much quicker now. Easy to install. I didn't need the fittment tray that came with the battery. Fits perfectly.


      Year: 2006 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      April 14, 2018

      Optima Red Top Performance Battery

      Fit my 1996 Mystic Cobra great very happy to buy something not made in Mexico!!!!!


      Year: 1996 Submodel: Cobra

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    • 5/5

      April 03, 2018

      Great performing battery.

      Battery works perfect. Only issue was fitment, had to shave the bracket to fit.


      Year: 2003 Submodel: Cobra

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    • 3/5

      March 26, 2018

      Battery good, shipping now

      You guys really need to do a better job at packaging your products. First battery arrived broken, leaking acid due to zero packaging in the box. Replacement battery arrived undamaged but still, extremely limited packaging for protection.,


      Year: 2007 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      March 18, 2018

      Optima Red Top battery

      What a great battery. I replaced and OEM battery that had some years on it and was failing to give me starts in cold weather after only a few days. The Optima Red Top Performance battery has been fantastic! Engine cranks over better than ever, even in very cold weather. 800 CCA compared to 590 CCA from the old battery. No comparison! Great battery to buy, easy to install and fit was perfect, as I was able to use the original battery blanket from the stock battery. Worth the extra bucks!


      Year: 2007 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      March 12, 2018

      Great battery

      The product is great and would recommen to everyone


      Year: 1996 Submodel: Cobra

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    • 5/5

      March 08, 2018

      Optima battery review

      Works great , in extreme cold and hot weather and great for if you had other things that will also pull from the battery


      Year: 1987 Submodel: GT

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    • 4/5

      March 06, 2018

      Four Stars For Clearance

      My original AutoZone battery died so I bought this one. It looks great and start the car well. My main problem was the clearance from battery to hood. There may be millimeters of clearance between the terminals and hood, which is a bit scary. The positive terminal has a rubber cover to help, but nonetheless I wish it was a little more form fitting.


      Year: 2008 Submodel: GT500

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    • 1/5

      March 04, 2018

      Fine battery but it didn't fit

      Tried to put this battery in my 98 way. If i would have cut a whole side off of my battery tray it might have fit then, but I wasn't about to hack my tray up. The battery was a good half inch longer than my tray.


      Year: 1998 Submodel: Cobra

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    • 5/5

      February 28, 2018

      Great with Modification

      So this battery is way taller that a standard 53 series battery. Remove the battery tray,cut the sides and it will fit. That is what i had to do so the hood would shut and clear.


      Year: 1996 Submodel: GT

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    • 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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