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post #1 of 40 Old 04-15-2008, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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I need a battery, which one do you use?

What batteries are you using and where do you get them? I live outside Chicago and the Yuasa batteries my local dealer sells me suck balls. They don't survive the winter sitting on a wooden workbench being charged weekly. I'm leaning toward a sealed AGM battery from www.ebatteriestogo.com. 210 CCA/ 14 AH or 190 CCA/ 12 AH? Suggestions?

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post #2 of 40 Old 04-16-2008, 12:23 AM
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I bought my Gel battery from NAPA auto parts.

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Speaking of batteries. I took my side covers off and the seat and noticed that the battery vent tube was not connected. It is kind of a hokie way they designed it. It is secured in there very well and it comes off very easy. Any suggestions? Thank you.

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(Sorry, my english is terrible) Speaking of batteries. I took my side covers off and the seat and noticed that the battery vent tube was not connected. It is kind of a hokie way they designed it. It isn't secured in there very well and it comes off very easy. Any suggestions? Thank you.

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post #5 of 40 Old 04-16-2008, 06:08 PM
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Kawi. You must have the wrong hose or the old hose that is stretched beyond it's use. Go to Lowes and buy a foot or two for less than .99 cents

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post #6 of 40 Old 04-16-2008, 06:37 PM
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And maybe snug it a little with a zip tie. Just insurance cause battery acid is really bad for aluminum and stuff.
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Of course when your ready for a new battery, get a nice maintenance free battery, preferably GEL, and you won't need the hose. Just put my new one in yesterday.

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I'm not sure. It's weird. I will take a picture and post it. Be back later.

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Okay, what is the trick to uploading pictures?

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Create an account at photobucket.com then upload your pictures to there. Once uploaded, have the forum open and your album on photobucket opened. You then find the pic you want to post and click on the IMG option under the picture, this copies it, then here in your post you just right click and paste. Do a preview of your post and make sure the pic posted correctly. I also found out you can adjust the size of your pictures uploaded to photobucket, I use the 1024x768 option on photobucket, this makes a really nice big picture to see. Make sure to have the size option set before you upload. Hope this helps...

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