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Old 03-29-2011, 05:47 PM   #1
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optima red top

fellow mustang friends quick question.am thinking of changing my stock battery to an optima yellow top but i have a problem see where am located here in toronto they no longer carry the yellow top n i was told that i cannot use a red top in my car which is an 08. now how true is this any info on this matter would be very helpfull....................cheers
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:57 PM   #2
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Re: optima red top

Don't see why you couldn't use the red top. The yellow top is just a deep cycle battery. Red top is your standard starting Optima. Great batteries btw, had a yellow top in my old '85 Vert.
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Optima battery's aren't all they're cracked up to be. I've personally had multiple optima battery's that put a draw on the charging system some as high as 40 amps and that causes your alternator to prematurely fail so I'm personally against optima's but if your idea of fun is replacing lots of alternators go for it : )
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I've been running a red top in my tahoe for three years now with a 200k + original alternator. It's fine. Maybe your charging system is the prob dude.
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Never had a problem with any of the Optimas I owned. 5+
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Old 03-29-2011, 09:20 PM   #6
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They weren't on my vehical they were on customer vehicals
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I say misdiagnosed the problem then.
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Re: optima red top

I have a redtop on the cobra, been on there for over a year with no issues. If you'd like I can get the part number so you know what fits.

I test fitted 5 different models before finding the one that fits.
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Re: optima red top

I just bought a yellow top to put into the truck relocate kit I have. I have had them in the past with no issues at all.
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