Missing battery cover -- what's it made of, what's its purpose?
My KLR's a bit of a rat bike, so it's missing bits here and there. One of those bits is called a 'battery cover' in the fiche, and is just that -- part number is 14024-1375.
Before I even knew this thing existed, I bought a new battery, and paid no attention to where the terminals were (facing forward or backward with the positive on the inside) and it turns out the terminals are on the wrong side; facing forward, rather than backward. Thus, while it works perfectly fine, I can't use the battery cover (which is cheap from a dealer) if it's metal, not that I'd want to, as it'll cover the terminals, making jumpstarting a bit of a pain.
Second question, is it really necessary? This is an AGM battery, so checking the battery level with the little marks I see on the OEM piece is unnecessary. Does it provide any meaningful armour? Could I just cut a piece of plastic/metal and run it up the side of the battery to do the same?
Next time I replace the battery I'll get the cover from the dealer, but that's not for a couple years at least.
I don't suppose it's advisable to turn the battery around eh? I'd have the positive terminal facing out near the frame, and though it'd be covered, I'd be a little worried about grounding it out.