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post #1 of 6 Old 04-20-2012, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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Batt: Parasitic Drain ?

My Batt. is going dead.
I have an 09 with the original batt so that is my 1st thought, maybe time to replace it.
1st thing is to recharge and check water level.
Then test alt output I guess, what should it be, 13.5v?
What is the easiest way to check it?
If all is good, Water, Alt. Charge rate, how do I check for Parasitic Drain, what is the procedure?
All I have is a sm. radio shack multi-meter.
Any recommendations for a new battery if that is what I need, a good maintenance free battery?
What code number?

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My Batt. is going dead.
I have an 09 with the original batt so that is my 1st thought, maybe time to replace it...

Any recommendations for a new battery if that is what I need, a good maintenance free battery?
What code number?

Thanks

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how do I check for Parasitic Drain, what is the procedure?
I should think; all equipment OFF, disconnect battery positive terminal cable, check for coninuity between positive terminal cable and ground . . . should be an open circuit, if I'm not mistaken. If not, "parasitic drain" exists . . . no?
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post #4 of 6 Old 04-22-2012, 01:15 AM
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I'm a firm believer the original batteries that came with the bikes are...well, barely pass as batteries. I have an 08 and the original one lasted a little over a year before it had trouble holding a charge. I purchased a new one from a local battery shop and there is an incredible difference between the two. My guess is whatever you get will be a lot better than what it came with. It seems Kawi was trying to save some money. My $.02
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I should think; all equipment OFF, disconnect battery positive terminal cable, check for coninuity between positive terminal cable and ground . . . should be an open circuit, if I'm not mistaken. If not, "parasitic drain" exists . . . no?
Even simpler test,,, needs no test equipment at all,, with all equip off,, you should NOT get any spark when disconnecting battery,, test by removing NEG cable.

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I just bought an AGM "gel" batt for my 2007 'Busa, and liked it so much, I bought another for the wife's wave runner. I am still on OEM batt on my '09 KLR, but when I need to replace, I'll go with AGM. They are about $75 from any auto parts place. No vent needed, can mount in any attitude, no spilling, already charged and ready to go. Somewhat smaller than OEM, if that matters.
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