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post #1 of 8 Old 11-14-2006, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
 
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Battery fit problem

Just got a Westco Battery 12V14L-B The height is about 1/8" taller than the stock battery and is just enough taller that the " L " plastic cover will not slide over the top. Kind of thinking I want to retain the cover to prevent the battery from bouncing up and down in the box. Question I have is does the Yuasa allow the use of the cover or should I not worry about ? Any input appreciated ! I've had very good results with Westco's.
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-14-2006, 04:57 PM
 
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I have the Westco and yeah, I could not put the cover on. I made a little bracket for the outside out of lexan (I actually formed it around a 2x4 with a heatgun to get the corners, perfect fit!)

I have heard that the Yuasa is an OEM fit.
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post #3 of 8 Old 11-14-2006, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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Jason, does your cover hold the battery down so it wont bounce ?
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I ordered a battery that was too big also, I made the cover out of sheet metal. Mine was big enough the I didn't have to worry about it bouncing up and down.
I would put something in there to keep it from bouncing, other wise it could wear a hole in it.

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post #5 of 8 Old 11-14-2006, 08:08 PM
 
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Actually, yeah, come to think of it, I have a folded piece of cardboard at the top under the frame tube. The way I have it setup now, it works fine. I also pulled out the overflow tube for the old battery.
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post #6 of 8 Old 11-15-2006, 07:07 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the feedback. I've decided to return the Westco and get the Yuasa.
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Yeah, if I were to do it again, I'd spend the extra, what $15? I would be interested in knowing how the Yuasa fits if you would do a follow-up...
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post #8 of 8 Old 11-15-2006, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
 
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Will do. It's too bad because Westco's are a great battery. Hard to believe 1/8" would make that much difference re not allowing use if stock hold down " plate " Stock battery is still in good shape, just a PITA. I'll let my brother know what I want for Christmas...
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