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Old 05-29-2013, 1:04pm   #1
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Yes, once again I have to get a battery.. so I'm shopping for the OPTIMA RED and realize there are many different types!!!
SC34u, 8022-091, 8004-003-FFP, SC785 ---WHAT or WHICH red one do you have in your car??
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This is the correct one for a C5, that fits w/o modification:
OPTIMA® Batteries 8022-091 75/25 REDTOP® Starting Battery :: OPTIMA® Batteries

The 75/25 is the group size, and is all you need to remember if you're headed to a store to buy one.
They also make a larger 34/78 size, which will physically fit in the battery compartment, but it requires a different clamp (avail from Optima) to secure it.


I used to have a red top, but after it failed, and receiving poor warranty service about it, I quit buying Optima. IMO, their quality isn't what it used to be, and they aren't worth the premium price.
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Thank you, sure helps! I'll print this out and shop for one.

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Yes, once again I have to get a battery..
Sounds like you are going through batteries fairly often, maybe every couple of years or so. Do you drive the car infrequently? If the answer is yes, you might consider a battery maintainer. Generally the problem with Corvette batteries is the infrequent use of the car. People with maintainers report that they get many more years out of their batteries.
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only got 10 years out of mine ! Replaced it with an Interstate
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Hello from PA, new to the forum. I own a 2000 convertible and can't say enough about the Battery Tender. I got 11 years out of my original Delco.
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This is the correct one for a C5, that fits w/o modification:
OPTIMA® Batteries 8022-091 75/25 REDTOP® Starting Battery :: OPTIMA® Batteries

The 75/25 is the group size, and is all you need to remember if you're headed to a store to buy one.
They also make a larger 34/78 size, which will physically fit in the battery compartment, but it requires a different clamp (avail from Optima) to secure it.


I used to have a red top, but after it failed, and receiving poor warranty service about it, I quit buying Optima. IMO, their quality isn't what it used to be, and they aren't worth the premium price.
Nope, I got/had 34/78s in both my 98 and 02 and I use the stock clamp. Perfect fit.
I've had MUCH better luck with the yellow top over the red top.
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Not a fan of Redtop. Mine went bad after two years.
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