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Modifications Changes from the factory stock setup - performance and appearance. What to buy next? What works & what doesn't?

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Old 11-14-2007, 10:18 PM   #1
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Default Optima Battery

Just curious if anyone is running an Optima Battery in their Stang, and if so what size? I was looking at a Yellow Top 34/78 but from reading the dimensions it seems like the Height of the Terminals may end up rubbing on the underside of the hood. Any insight is greatly appreciated!!!
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I'm running a red top Optima battery and I love it. Rob (Retro10) is also running a red top in his '93. Not too sure on the size (I'm in the house right now), but I had the parts guy look up the size that would fit my Stang.

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Old 11-14-2007, 11:54 PM   #3
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Next time you get the chance can you check on what size you have? Thanks!!!
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Old 11-15-2007, 10:17 AM   #4
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yellow top and its in the trunk, i have had it for 7 years now and no problems until the day my alternator went dead then i had to have it charged on a aem/gel cell battery charger.
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Old 11-15-2007, 10:25 AM   #5
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I had a red top for my sho and my opinion is it is way too much for what they are,if I was doing rock crawling with a 4x4 and might run into a situation where the battery might be on its side then it would be a good thing ,but I have had very good luck with the autozone gold top batteries and they are a third the money and mine lasted 4 years longer than my over priced red top ,this is just my opinion but I wiil never buy another .and remember the autozone gold are made by exide the same maker of the die hard
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Old 11-16-2007, 12:50 AM   #6
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I'm running a red top Optima battery and I love it. Rob (Retro10) is also running a red top in his '93. Not too sure on the size (I'm in the house right now), but I had the parts guy look up the size that would fit my Stang.

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I looked on Optimas Web Site and they do not list "Any" Optimas to fit in the Stock Location, I wonder what your parts guy looked up?
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Old 11-16-2007, 11:13 AM   #7
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I use red top optimas in all vehicles except the ones that wtill have a good factory batt. When they need a replacement, they will also get optimas. The battery that I use is a red top, 9 5/8 L, 6 3/4 W, 7 1/2 H (to top of terminals). I am not sure of the group number sizing. Oldest one is going on ten years, still no problems with any of them. If they do need to be charged, use the old style charger, not a pulsed one. The stock fiberglass mustang battery tray will need to be opened up for the added width. After the battery is set into place, it will be obvious where this is needed, a dremel or cut off wheel works well. Also you will have to get used to not ever having to clean your terminals again.
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Old 11-16-2007, 11:25 PM   #8
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Hey Shaker!
The guy at Sear's Automotive Dept sold me an Optima Model# Red 34/78 and
it fits in the stock location.

Go for it!

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Old 11-16-2007, 11:28 PM   #9
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Regarding the battery tray, there is no need to modify the plastic tray.

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Old 11-17-2007, 12:46 AM   #10
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The guy at Sear's Automotive Dept sold me an Optima Model# Red 34/78 and
it fits in the stock location.

Go for it!

Rick

Thank You for the Info, greatly appreciated!!! I am also considering an Odyssey Battery as it is not as tall as the Optima. I have had some Generic Autozone Battery in the Car for almost 10 Years now, but I am sick of the Terminals getting nasty!
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Old 11-17-2007, 01:31 PM   #11
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Not a problem Keep us posted!

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Old 12-09-2007, 11:14 PM   #12
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hey everyone! I believe I have the same on Rick has. I also got mine from Sears and that is what they told me. Let me tell you its a beast! I have unfortunately let my battery die a few times espically over the winters because I do not have a garage and I park it at my parents house. After a charge the car fires up and have had no problems with the battery. I know its not the best thing to do but its hard to head over there to get it started every week or two.....

Good luck with what ever battery you do get!
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Glad to know the Battery is working for you!
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