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SuperRu said:
I just put a new Optima 34R in JudyRu's 98 Forester. It replaces an Optima that I bought new back in 1997. It still worked fine, but I didn't want to chance it with a battery that old. They can't last forever? Can they?

I have a 51R in my XT after donating my OEM battery to my sister in-laws 98 OB. This is her third battery.
I put an Optima 75/35 Red Top into my first Subaru, an MY01 RX Liberty in mid 2001, this battery is now living in my MY03 XS Forester.
My Optima has let me down just the once in 2003, I had an Earth leak which drained the battery "dead flat", we (Battery World) could not find the fault so they charged it up enough to start the Liberty as I had a specialists appointment 100kms away late that morning, the remainder of the charging has been done in the car and it hasn't failed since.

SupeRu as for the age question, I based my purchase upon the Testimonials from the USA Optima website and specifically upon this one
"I believe these batteries have evolved into a very good cold weather battery as our vehicles crank over well in temperature extremes down to -50°F. Also, no problems have occurred from summer heat. Since 1987, 50 of the original 65 are still in service."
Bob Baker
Vehicle Shop Foreman, Winter Park Resort, Colorado
Here is the site http://www.optimabatteries.com/publish/optima/americas0/en/config/product_info/technology/testimonials.html#000100010004
 

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er.. sorry to hijack but


Looks like your intake is for a 98-99 rs?

Part number RD1220

Just surfing around the injen website, attempting to look at some cai's
 

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SenorSubie said:
er.. sorry to hijack but


Looks like your intake is for a 98-99 rs?

Part number RD1220

Just surfing around the injen website, attempting to look at some cai's
Yes that's correct :). probably the only other I'd trust with the fragile MAF sensor is the cobb one but it's $$$.
 

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I love my Optima 75/35 Red Top ($139 cnd @ walmart)
 

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What exactly would a better battery do other than help out on starting?
 

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SenorSubie said:
What exactly would a better battery do other than help out on starting?
longer aux power when the car is off, less stress on the alt
 

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Suppose it makes sense

What I turn my lights on.. and when I'm running the heater, I can instintavly hear the blower slow down, would this fix that problem?
 

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SenorSubie said:
Suppose it makes sense

What I turn my lights on.. and when I'm running the heater, I can instintavly hear the blower slow down, would this fix that problem?
maybe, It doent for me but I do have a STI 90amp alt....
 

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SenorSubie said:
What exactly would a better battery do other than help out on starting?
The Optima batteries can be recharged to 100% whereas the old lead acid type are lucky to get back to 75% and each subsequent flattening of the battery results in less capacity upon recharging, not so with an Optima.
The Optima's also have higher CCA's if I remember correctly.

You can fire 2 x .38's into an Optima and it will still work, handy for a country that has a whole heap of "pistol packin' momma's" ;);) :D :D :D :D
 

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As usual Peaty ( the thinking man who does his homework) has it correct again. Get the correct battery for your vehicle and be done with it. I however have not caught the fever to buy a Redtop battery because there are better batteries for 2/3 of the cost with better free replacement warranties. JMO Ed Hayes
 

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Casper said:
You can fire 2 x .38's into an Optima and it will still work, handy for a country that has a whole heap of "pistol packin' momma's" ;);) :D :D :D :D
I'm guessing you know this from experience? ;)
 

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Headline: "Criminal gunned down in hail of police gunfire, but Optima Red Top battery survives."
 

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Headline: "Criminal gunned down in hail of police gunfire, but Optima Red Top battery survives."
Hey! I'm no criminal, I just hate Cops :D :D :D :D
 

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Hey! I'm no criminal, I just hate Cops :D :D :D :D
"Cop hater gunned down in hail of police gunfire, but Optima Red Top battery survives."
 

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I installed my Red Top Series 35 battery today, and I did indeed remember to write down the radio button settings before I killed the power. Got it from Remy www.remybattery.com for $92.50 plus $16.78 UPS shipping from WI to MD, which seemed quite reasonable. With the included bottom spacer it fit fine in the OEM holddowns.

When I was at Autozone picking up minor things to go with it I noticed that they stock the Red Top 35/75 for $109.99 (plus sales tax as applicable), just 71 cents more than my delivered price on the 35 from Remy. But I didn't want to take a chance on cable length with the 35/75. Price for the 35 on Autozone's Web site was $25 greater for some reason.

There are known problems in ordering from Remy's Web site, but you can order by phone and talk with a real human being who seems to know the business.
 

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Optima batteries?

Ok, since the stock Forester battery is a cruel joke played on us by Subaru (a "premium brand" 2005 model year car with a serviceable battery?!?) I have noticed my car turning over slowly on those cold mornings (below freezing usually). Keep in mind that I haven't even owned this car for a year yet and this is happening.
I checked out the Optima website and it says there is no part number for our cars. I even tried looking under the Impreza just in case. I have used Optimas for a while and am very impressed by them, but I was wondering if anybody knows what part # fits our car's the best. I don't want to take it to Subaru and claim the battery is faulty because I'm sure they'll fault my head unit and amp and whatever else they can to get out of replacing it. Plus, I don't want to replace a piece of crap with another piece of crap.
Thanks in advance for any help!!
 
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Optima's rock, My father had several sent to him for evaluation well before they were available to the public. I've gotten a few to run in my boat and other applications. He runs them in full electric cars. He has been heavily involved with electric vehicles since the early 70's. He's an EE that knows his stuff. They are hands down the best lead acid batteries money can buy.
 
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