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Old 12-18-2004, 10:10 AM   #1
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Is anyone able to get a yellow top optima battery in a newer WRX? (Mine is a 04) Without redoing the factory wires. Or any other deep cycle batteries will probably worked too.
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Old 12-18-2004, 10:15 AM   #2
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Yes. There is now a Group 35 Yellow Top available that is a direct drop-in replacement for your stock battery and will use the existing wires. You want the "D35" Yellow Top. Do NOT get the "universal" 75/25, it has the top posts in a different location and you will need a longer starter cable, same as the 75/35 Red Top.
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Old 12-28-2004, 03:15 PM   #3
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Have you verified that the D35 fits. It looks like the terminals are a bit forward compared to the stock battery and the 35R redtop. I'm about to order one so I just want to make sure. Thanks!

This is the one I'm looking at
http://sites.eoi.com/folder14788/ind...314&product=16
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Old 12-28-2004, 03:33 PM   #4
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Schematic drawing of the 35 Red top-
http://www.1st-optima-batteries.com/schema_35.asp

Schematic of D35 Yellow-
http://www.1st-optima-batteries.com/schema_D35.asp

The dimensions are identical. I don't see why it won't fit w/the factory cables.
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Old 12-29-2004, 10:31 AM   #5
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Cool, thanks that pretty much solves that.
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Old 12-29-2004, 11:46 PM   #6
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Before you pull the trigger, I noticed that the dimensions of the (red top) Group 35 and the (yellow top) D35 batteries are similar, but the arrangement of the posts are different.

Here's the red top: http://www.optimabatteries.com/publi...035_082304.pdf

And here's the yellow: http://www.optimabatteries.com/publi...D35_082104.pdf

If the pictures in the .pdfs are to be trusted, it would appear that the D35 yellow top wouldn't fit without modification of the existing wiring. If the illustration at 1st-optima-batteries.com is correct, however, then there's no problem.

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Old 12-29-2004, 11:55 PM   #7
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Interesting, maybe that pic of the D35 isn't accurate? Unfortunately there is no way to tell without actually seeing one. I don't know the definitive answer.
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Old 12-30-2004, 10:14 AM   #8
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That's what was confusing me. The D35 looks like the posts are in the front and in the normal position rather than in the back and "reversed" in the Red Top 35R. Why isn't there a drop in yellow top for 35R cars!?!?
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Old 12-30-2004, 10:20 AM   #9
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I think someone needs to call or email one of these dealers, and ask. One drawing says they're the same, and another pic says otherwise. Only one can be correct.
But, if the worst case turns out to be true and the post arrangement is similar to the 35/75, it can still be used. You'll just need to replace the starter cable like those of us with 35/75's had to do, it's not a big deal.
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Did anyone find a final answer to this? Does Yellow D35 fit as easily as Red Group 35?
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Old 01-06-2005, 08:51 PM   #11
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bump for an answer.

Costco in Canada is having a sale on the RED TOP 75/35 .....will this fit in an STi?
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Old 01-06-2005, 09:00 PM   #12
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Yes but the 75/35 is the universal version and you will need a longer starter cable.
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Old 01-06-2005, 10:28 PM   #13
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thank you so much for the info.
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Old 01-06-2005, 10:38 PM   #14
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BTW, according to TNA-Sports sales, the D35 is indeed the exact match to the Red Top 35. Optimas picture of the D35 is incorrect.
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Old 01-07-2005, 05:08 AM   #15
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why not call optima?
its a free call i believe. i called them last time. i learned alot from the lady that answered the phone.

* by the way for all you who want the best of both the red top and yellow top. basically she gave me the inside tip. so i asked her what is the trick? well the red is great for those who do the start up and who want the deep cycle for long use of stereo systems the yellow is best. but the blue top is the best of both worlds. now i dont remember exactly which one is the one you will need so you will have to ask optima again but there are a difference between the grey and dark grey bottom with blue top. i also believe the blue top costs more too. and yes i know its originally for marine but it should work for our 12v cars too. again you will need to call optima to verify the correct one. i guess cause the boats need a good start up and also for long runs as well cause your in the ocean. but there it is. just what i heard im not an expert so youll need to ver all this for yourself.

oh and they are water proof too!

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