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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

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    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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    Questions & Answers (11)

    5 Top Rated Questions

    What makes it not fit the 2011-2014 mustangs? aren't they virtually identical? I have a 2013 v6 and a 2006 v6 and all of The oem batteries at local auto parts stores are the same for both cars. wondering why the optima Yellow top Is different?

    • In 2011 Ford changed the position of the battery where the terminals would be opposite of the factory wiring for the vehicle.

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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.

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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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    Have an 02 GT Mustang and want to make sure this battery will fit right in without adjustments such as bigger tray etc.? just purchased this battery thank you for your time and consideration

    • Yes, this battery will fit perfectly in your 2002 GT Mustangwith no modifications. 

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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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    6 More Questions
    Will this fit a 2014 gt 1 answer
    how much does this battery weigh? 1 answer
    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? 1 answer
    Will this work fine with a stock alternator? Is this battery too much for a stock alternator, or would it be better to get a upgraded alternator also? 1 answer
    Interested... upgrades??? Im wondering if i need to upgrade my alternator or anything i JUST replaced the stock alternator after the "check charging systems" light came on and battery was drained... 1 answer
    whats the diffrence between the yellow top and the red?? 3 answers

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    Customer Reviews (55) Write a Review

    Overall Rating 4.8

    out of 5 stars

    • 5/5

      August 27, 2018

      Easy Peezy

      Took me less than 30-45min to install. Went right in, haven't had any trouble since! Thanks AM!


      Year: 2008 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      August 15, 2018

      Saving My Thunderbird

      Definetly best battery in the world. I had 3 so far, this is my 4th. Love 'em!


      Year: 1999 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      August 03, 2018

      Never gives up

      I've had this battery for awhile now and I had a hiccup with my cobra not starting. During the process of locating the issue I swear I cranked my car for 30 minutes worth and by the time we fixed it the problem. It cranked over first time. Amazing battery! Never even sounded like it lost any juice starting.


      Year: 2003 Submodel: Cobra

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    • 4/5

      July 03, 2018

      My new battery

      Just a great battery, I always buy my mustang stuff from A-M. I do have to say that it was a little much. After looking around I found it cheaper by $40. A-M is still the best mustang place around


      Year: 2001 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      June 21, 2018

      Best battery hands down.

      Was having issues with gauges and all my toggle switches and controls for the trans/nitrous to all work. Some gauges like my wideband would go out and come back on. Wasn't a bad connection. I was draining to much battery power in my drag car. This solved all issues.


      Year: 1999 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (1)

    • 4/5

      June 09, 2018

      Good product

      Haven’t any problem so far just got the battery Really need it for music and start up ignition


      Year: 2005 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      April 26, 2018

      Works for me

      Works for me in my Terminator swapped 84 four eye!


      Year: 2003 Submodel: Cobra

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    • 4/5

      April 03, 2018

      Doesn't fit my 95 GT Well

      I had to cut the section of the battery tray on my 95 GT closest to the shock tower for this to fit. The adapters included are to help the battery hold down into the tray but the stock tray on my 95 GT was simply too small byt about 1.5" to fit this battery. Battery does provide great cranking power- starter spins much better than with my previous battery.


      Year: 1995 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      April 02, 2018

      Very Happy Customer

      Dropped right in , great fit , looks great under the hood of my 05 Stang . Thank You AM for supplying another great product and fast shipping , Scott from Michigan


      Year: 2005 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      March 26, 2018

      Optima Performance Great Battery.

      I finally can see my lights bright, with my PA alternator 130w from AM. The battery tray will be slightly modify. Just cut the wall of the tray, left negative side and that is it. Battery looks great and put new life to your stang.


      Year: 2004 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      March 24, 2018

      So far so good

      Had it for a little over two months and its putting out the juice i need!


      Year: 2000 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (5)

    • 4/5

      February 27, 2018

      Luckily there's a warranty

      This is my 3rd yellow top for my 00 gt. My first one lasted me about 6 years, my second lasted me exactly one year. Luckily it has a three year warranty and AM helped me out with everything. New battery works flawlessly. Even after the last one died I would still recommend but would let people know what happened so they can make there own mind.


      Year: 2000 Submodel: GT

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    • 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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