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Old 08-17-2008, 10:18 PM   #1
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Optima Red Top??

It's time to replace the tired old (did I mention DEAD?) battery in the Sarge.
I was thinking of going with a red top Optima.

So, who runs 'em and how do you like 'em?

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Old 08-17-2008, 10:22 PM   #2
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got a buddy that put one in, he loves it, has sub and amp in his truck, and kc lights, he runs that stuff with the engine off, and the thing starts up like nothings goin on.

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Old 08-17-2008, 10:34 PM   #3
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I'm on my second one in 3 yrs. Great warranty.

When the first one died I was backing my boat into the garage. Everything was fine, turned off the engine, went back to restart it, nothing....all my guages were bouncing all over the place. I thought WTF, opened the hood, everything looked ok. Zero Warning Sign before Failure.
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Ran them for years. They're a good battery. There are better batteries but, there is always going to be something better.

Red top is great for starting power.

If you run alot of aftermarket accessories you'ld be better with the Yellow top.
Also if you run a winch. the yellow top does better when using the winch.
Optima suggest using the red top for winching needs but I've had much better results with the yellow top.

No I'm not saying the yellow is better to get anyone to use it instead of the red top. I run a red top in mine. No complaints.
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Old 08-17-2008, 11:06 PM   #5
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The first thing I did to my Jeep when I bought it was put in a Yellow Top. So far I haven't had a single complaint about it.
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Old 08-17-2008, 11:39 PM   #6
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same one 5 years and runnin strong!
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Old 08-18-2008, 05:23 PM   #7
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I have had a Red Top in my Chevy Trk.. for 7 +Yrs....... give or take a month........NO LIE now for me it has become a test .....just to see how long it will last
have never had a problem,
I also have a Yellow Top in my Jeep ...winch, light's, Stero, Ipod,
On Board Air, GPS, CB, 2m/440 radio, spot light
and I had a Blue Top in my duck boat ....sold boat
but none of the Batt. have ever given me a problem
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Old 08-18-2008, 07:20 PM   #8
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Okay guys, you guys should be sales people for Optima.

In a nuttshell, how are Optimas better than 'conventional' batteries? I know that they are more expensive than my Pep Boys special but how are they really better?
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Okay guys, you guys should be sales people for Optima.

In a nuttshell, how are Optimas better than 'conventional' batteries? I know that they are more expensive than my Pep Boys special but how are they really better?
Out here in the desert batteries are good for about 18 months max. I've been running my red top for about 4 years now and I bought it used. Yes I do winch off of it, and yes my next one will probably be a Yellow Top, but I love my Optima. It's gone dead a couple times and with a jump it's back in the game and ready to rock.
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My redtop is just a baby at about two years installed. I have also winched off it let alone off the side terminals.
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I have them in all 4 jeeps, just had to replace the one in my 98XJ two weeks ago, that one had been run to dead too many times I guess, it was about 5 and 8 months old. It got replaced with another red top, advanced had them on sale for $99....
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Old 08-19-2008, 07:59 PM   #12
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okay which optima would i get if my lights dim when my subwoofer hits
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Old 08-19-2008, 08:03 PM   #13
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Thanks gang!

Looks like I'm gonna go for the Yellow.
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Old 08-21-2008, 05:29 PM   #14
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okay which optima would i get if my lights dim when my subwoofer hits
red top I have two tens in back, a 750W amp, a winch, IPF fat boy head lights, and exterior off road lights. runs just great no loss of power either oh but I do run a 136 amp alternator...

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