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Optima Yellow Top Performance Battery (79-10 All)

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    Features, Video & Details

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

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    Hey, everybody. Alex with Today, I'm bringing you my quick review and breakdown of Optima's YellowTop performance battery, fitting all 1979 through 2010 Mustangs. So Optima's YellowTop performance battery that we have here today is going to be a great option for any generation Mustang owner out there, that's going to be running something like a heavy-duty Xenon or an HID conversion kit. But more importantly, for the guys out there that are going to be running a pretty serious sound system, and I'm talking a couple amps and at least a couple sizeable subs. But being said, if you are after a great replacement battery, but you're not running a heavy-duty sound system or some kind of aftermarket headlights or taillights, Optima's RedTop performance battery is going to be more than enough for a suitable replacement. Before we get down to the specs on what makes this that much more different than most, if not all other batteries out there, I will tell you that you're going to be looking at a very easy one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter here, probably about 5 to 10 minutes to get this installed. I'll have a little bit more for you on that later. But like I said earlier, no matter the generation of your Mustang, this is going to be a great option for any car out there and the owner that's not too keen on running down to your local auto parts store, and picking up off the shelf. Which I'll tell you right now, may actually be a little bit more inexpensive. But you're not going to have the technology, as well as the build quality that went into this, something that is going to help your car start that much more effectively, no matter the weather conditions. So additionally, I'll throw it out there too, guys, that if you're sitting on a garage queen, maybe even a purpose-built track car that doesn't have the factory-style charging system in place due to weight savings, this is also going to be another viable option for you. Especially, if you're looking to shave as much weight as possible out of the car. Now, construction and materials-wise here, what you're looking at, at the outside, and what you cannot see on the inside is going to be that much more modern and newer than some of the batteries that we've been accustomed to for the past 20 or 30 years. Especially on the inside here, which with some of the older batteries, they essentially have sandwiched pieces of lead. Which I can tell you from personal experience, can result in acid leaks, which is just something you don't want to have to deal with. So the technology that's going to come along with this battery internally is actually pretty cool. What we're going to see is that this is going to feature Optima's SpiralCell Technology, which is essentially going to be using a gel, as opposed to a water. Now, while it's tough to see, this thing slightly does look like a six-pack of cans. Imagine on the inside that these are going to be packed with glass mat separators, which are going to help keep that gel into place. Something great about that is that it's going to cut down on the probability of this spilling or having any type of leakage issues. Now, additionally, those are going to be so tightly compressed that it's going to cut down and alleviate any type of issues that you might experience in the event that this is going to be jostled or vibrated. But to piggyback on the safety issues here, or lack thereof, with older batteries, for example, if you were to leave your parking lights or headlights on overnight, they're going to emit some gases, which I can tell you will definitely be on the dangerous side. That's not something you would have to worry [about with this] battery in the event you needed to get a jumpstart. So now you know why you might want to get into Optima's Yellow Top, you should expect to be spending about $215 for this battery. I'll stop you right there. I know it sounds like it's definitely on the steep side. I would take this into consideration, comparing that to anything off of your local auto parts store shelf, as that honestly is not going to have the build quality or the technology that went into this piece of equipment. Now, if that's not enough to justify the pricing here, I would definitely recommend clicking the link in the description of the video below, and taking a look at some of the reviews on the product page, as they simply speak for themselves. Switching gears to the installation portion of the video, or lack thereof, I know I've got to say it right now, guys. You're looking at a very simple one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, and about a 10 to 15-minute job, potentially less if you've ever swapped a battery out before. The only thing you're really going to need here is just a little bit of elbow grease and a basic socket set. So to begin, you're going to need to crack your hood, and then locate your battery under your hood, which should not be all that difficult at all. Then, you're going to need to start by disconnecting your negative battery cable and just a little tidbit here. No matter the battery, it's always important to start with that negative side first. So once that's done, depending on your Mustang's bracket, or lack thereof, depending on who's owned the car before, if you've removed it for any reason, you'll need to get that out of the way, shimmy your battery out, and then get your new battery in place. Now, once it's in place, it's a great idea to hit those new terminals with some battery protector. But if you don't have it, there's really not much of a need to run down to your local parts store. If you have it on your shelf, give it a couple taps. You're good to go. After that, you're damn near done. It's essentially going to be attaching your positive battery cable, along with the negative, securing it down, and then you're good to go, guys. Okay, guys. So just to wrap things up here, some final thoughts. If you're the Mustang owner that's running a pretty heavy-duty sound system, I'm talking a pair of subs, a pair of amps, or even a new head unit, as well as maybe an HID conversion kit, and you are after a premium battery that's going to help you cycle when you need it most, I would definitely suggest checking this out for your car. So I'm Alex, and that's my quick review and breakdown of Optima's YellowTop performance battery, fitting the 1979 through 2010 Mustang, available right here at

    Premium Power. The Optima YellowTop high-performance AGM battery is the one true dual-purpose automotive battery available for your Mustang, with premium cranking power and unparalleled cycling capability (recharge-ability), it is perfect for all the extra modern electronics and stereo equipment you have added to your ride.

    Superior Construction. Optima uses a patented SpiralCell construction that offers deep cycling and cranking power, more than fifteen times the vibration resistance, and twice the life of a standard automotive battery.

    Versatile Design. Optima designed the Yellow 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 750
    • Crank Amps 870
    • Reserve Capacity 120
    • Ampere Hour 55
    • 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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    I don't see any optima yellow top options for my 2011 GT. Is one available?


    • Unfortunately we do not have the yellow top battery available for 2011 Mustang GT's.


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    I just installed in my 2008 gt but im not sure it is really close to the hood or if is touching it .


    • The Optima Yellow Top Performance Battery is slightly larger than the stock battery so it may require the use of a larger battery tray. The Optima battery can be sitting on the smaller tray which can make it closer to the hood.


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    Will this fit a 2014 gt


    • Unfortunately, this battery is not a guaranteed fit for a 2014 GT mustang.


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    how much does this battery weigh?


    • Hi! I do not have an exact weight of the Optima Yellow Top Performance Battery but I do have its shipping weight, which is 46lbs.


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    Whats the differnce between the red top and yellow top batteries


    • The Optima Yellow Top Performance Battery and the Optima Red Top Performance Battery will both be based on the same AGM technology, but will differ from one another in their overall design goals. They Redtop is what Optima consider their starting battery, allowing high cold cranking amps but otherwise acting like a stock battery. The Yellow top is designed for deep cycle, and is good in applications with a lot of electrical accessories putting a draw on the battery, such as lighting, stereo equipment, and other electronics.

      Rob D

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    I have a 04 v6 stang. Battery is running low on life. I have one of these yellow tops I got from work. When I looked it up on Optimas website it acted like it wouldn't work with my ride. I see plenty of people are using them. Any thoughts? Is it OK for these 04s?


    • The Optima Yellow Top Performance Battery (79-10 All) should work perfectly fine on your 2004 Mustang V6. The only issues that can arise with this Battery is that it may not sit properly in the stock battery tray because it is larger.


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    Customer Reviews (43) Write a Review

    Overall Rating 4.8

    out of 5 stars

    • 5/5

      February 22, 2018

      Optima Yellow Top

      One of the best batteries on the market. Bought a Red Top for my 99 Silverado


      Year: 2002 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      November 02, 2017

      Great battery

      The battery works great .recomend for any application. I have the music turned on for over an hour and the car turns on no issues


      Year: 2002 Submodel: GT

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    • 4/5

      October 19, 2017

      Great Battery!

      Overall very easy to install, my only complaint was the package was poorly handled. Planning on combining this battery with a new alternator and we’ll see how it all works out.


      Year: 2005 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      September 23, 2017

      Great Battery

      This is a good strong deep cycle battery. Stand up to the hard launches at the track. You will need to slightly modify the stock mustang battery tray. Nothing you couldn't do with a dremel tool.


      Year: 2004 Submodel: Mach 1

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    • 5/5

      September 10, 2017

      Nice upgrade

      Didn't fit perfectly but if your buying this battery you know how to modify, great battery a definite improvement over stock. Purchased to supplement my high output stereo install.


      Year: 2003 Submodel: GT

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    • 4/5

      September 07, 2017

      Great battery

      The battery itself is wonderful but I had to take a die grinder to one of the edges on the battery tray. Otherwise, its a great product


      Year: 1999 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      September 04, 2017

      Diego Nava

      I recommend that you buy this part is very good American muscle


      Year: 2005 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      August 15, 2017

      the best battery

      By far the best battery i have ever purchased and well worth it. I recommend it to everyone!!!!!


      Year: 2007 Submodel: GT500

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    • 5/5

      June 23, 2017

      Drops Right In

      No modification necessary for installation. It is the perfect fit for my 3600W aftermarket sound system.


      Year: 2005 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      May 23, 2017

      An Optima battery for the masses

      I have long cast a wishful eye toward an Optima battery for my 2007 grabber orange GT convertible. As luck would have it, my Interstate battery (after six years, mind you) finally gave up the ghost. I ordered a yellow top Optima battery and quickly installed in less than two hours, i.e., my mechanical skills are non-existent. Guess what? My Mustang has never started so quickly or delightfully. I even think the radio is louder because of the yellow top Optima battery. The only small bump in the entire process was that my yellow top Optima battery arrived in a box that appeared as if it had been dragged behind a horse for a half a mile. (By the way, the battery in my Corvette also gave up the ghost and I ordered a red top Optima battery. The red top Optima battery arrived in a much nicer box that hardly looked dragged at all.) Anyway. If you are thinking about a new battery, and don't mind paying an additional $75, then the yellow top Optima battery can be your next best friend.


      Year: 2007 Submodel: GT

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    • 4/5

      February 21, 2017 advertised

      The first battery was damaged in delivery but customer service stepped up and had another in transit quickly. The fit is excellent, for I did have some concerns as to whether the billet tray would make it too tall.


      Year: 2005 Submodel: Other

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    • 4/5

      January 19, 2017

      Great battery

      Doesn't fit perfectly on battery stand, but other than that, it's a great battery. Instant start ups! Will definitely buy again. Cost more, but you get what you pay for with battery.


      Year: 2003 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      December 29, 2016

      Does not fit too well

      The battery itself is great!!!! The only problem I have with it is that it doesn't fit. I had to cut the sides of the battery tray off to get it to fit and the positive cable barely fit. May have to try to extend that battery cable to make it fit right. Other than that it is a great product.


      Year: 1996 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      December 05, 2016

      Great product

      This battery exceeded my expectations to start off my old battery was just not working out i wasn't getting the power i needed to get my car started it would stall and could notice the power draining when my door was open and the over head light would dim repeatedly. I looked on american muscle for batteries taking in mind they do cater well to Mustangs and give detailed info about thier products i read the reviews as well and i bought it. This has been money well spent. i get an immediate response on start up and everything is much brighter, shipping didn't take long. the installation was less than 15 minutes ( this is my first car and im learning as i go) if i can do it so can you. Over all great product and my v6 significantly benefited from it. I strongly recommend it weather you do or don't use alot of electronics as well


      Year: 2006 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      October 09, 2016

      Great Battery

      This is my 2nd Optima Yellow Top battery in my 1999 Mustang GT. First one lasted 9 years which I still have on my bench. In my opinion this is "The Battery". I have a GT Limited Edison Convertible that is loaded with electronics.. I highly recommend this product.


      Year: 1999 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      September 22, 2016


      Good crank no more dimmed lights on my system..thanks


      Year: 2006 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      May 14, 2015

      Excellent battery

      It fits perfect. For everyone out there that says it doesn't fit your all wrong. All u have to do is read the directions. There a kit that comes with the battery to make it fit on your style mustang. The kit was easy to install and works great. Thank u American muscle another great product


      Year: 1992 Submodel: Other East Northport NY

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    • 5/5

      May 14, 2015

      Great Upgrade!

      As Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor would say, "More power! lol. I can now run my sound system and aftermarket accessories without it even breaking a sweat. My only complaint would be that the battery was missing one of the plastic side post covers, and part of included tray was broken off when it arrived. Not a huge deal, but still disappointing.


      Year: 2005 Submodel: GT Greeley, CO

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    • 5/5

      April 11, 2015

      This battery is Electrifing!

      I've had my yellow top for about 2 years. It has not given me one problem. I love the side mounts, it makes it so easy to install a sound system without having to bother the car wires. My lights used to dim when the bass would pound hard, but with my yellow top it has nearly stopped the dimming. On rare occasion I still get a dim, but with my old battery it was way worse, and I even tried to install a capacitor. Ultimately, this battery has helped more than anything with proving constant steady power to my car and my sound system both. Also, this battery is a dry cell, meaning it won't leak battery acid if tipped over, making it great to put in your trunk if you want to move your battery or use a 2nd battery for your sound system. I highly recommend this product! It always works, hot or cold outside. I have also left many accessories and lights running while the car was off, not that I reccommend doing that, but I have not had any problems with this battery doing that so far. Ive had a couple other wet-cell batteries that had died due to that!


      Year: 2005 Submodel: V6 Clarksville, TN

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    • 5/5

      September 20, 2014

      Great battery, deep cycle paid for itself

      I was having some parasitic power drain issues and kept killing batteries. I installed this thing and a couple days later I went back to the car to a completely dead battery. Being a deep cycle it was able to come back all the way to full strength with no damage. I've since tracked down the drain and fixed it but this battery is going strong and cranks in new england winters with no problem.


      Year: 2005 Submodel: GT CT

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