FRS Battery Replacement

FRS Battery Replacement
SponsorOPTIMA Batteries
LocationLas Vegas, Nevada
DateSeptember 21, 2021
Stylish, fun & simple. It's nice to see car companies who still believe in those simple concepts and they are clearly evident in the Scion FR-S and corporate cousins, the Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86. It's hard to believe these cars have been on the road for ten years now, but time flies and so do these hot compacts!

When it comes time to replace the battery in the FR-S, BRZ or 86, it's a fairly straightforward affair, as all these cars use a Group 35 battery, which OPTIMA offers as either a REDTOP or YELLOWTOP. The only question is which OPTIMA battery is the right choice for your FR-S? While some may be tempted to color coordinate REDTOPs with red cars and YELLOWTOPs with yellow cars, the truth is those batteries are uniquely-suited for different applications, although both are designed to last up to three times longer than a traditional flooded lead-acid battery.

Both will have plenty of cranking amps to start the BRZ's 2.0-liter engine, so that shouldn't be a concern. However, if you're counting every pound, the OPTIMA Group 35 REDTOP is the lighter option by 4.7 pounds, weighing in at 31.7 pounds. If weight isn't a major concern, because you've packed your 86 with speakers & subs, then you'll definitely want the heavier OPTIMA Group 35 YELLOWTOP, which has more reserve capacity and is designed and warrantied for deep-cycle use, including car audio applications.

Whether you choose a REDTOP or YELLOWTOP, the key to maximizing the performance & lifespan of your battery is maintaining proper voltage, whenever possible. In the REDTOP, that will be about 12.6-12.8 volts and in the YELLOWTOP, it will be about 13.0-13.2 volts. Whenever any battery is discharged below 12.4 volts and is left sitting in that state, sulfation begins forming in the battery, which diminishes capacity and lifespan. That makes regular use of a quality battery charger a great idea. 

We're so confident keeping voltage properly-maintained will improve the performance and extend the lifespan of your battery, we'll add one year of free replacement warranty coverage to your OPTIMA battery, if you purchase an OPTIMA Digital 1200 battery charger from us when you buy your battery!