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post #1 of 11 Old 11-07-2013, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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Check those batteries

Damm acid filled battery & bad location also = low acid level every time. took about a half cup altogether this time. I maybe check twice a year looks like three or four times would be best.
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post #2 of 11 Old 11-07-2013, 05:31 PM
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Considered a SEALED battery?

AGM, or Lithium-Iron?

Sealed batteries work o.k., in my experience, and . . . you'll NEVER have to add distilled water to bring the electrolyte level up to standard again . . . never!

What would it be worth to you, to avoid removing the side panels, removing the seat, opening each cell, adding water, and sealing up the whole shebang again? How many hours of your life would be restored to leisure or constructive pursuits? What is your time worth, per hour?

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Considered a SEALED battery?

AGM, or Lithium-Iron?

Sealed batteries work o.k., in my experience, and . . . you'll NEVER have to add distilled water to bring the electrolyte level up to standard again . . . never!

What would it be worth to you, to avoid removing the side panels, removing the seat, opening each cell, adding water, and sealing up the whole shebang again? How many hours of your life would be restored to leisure or constructive pursuits? What is your time worth, per hour?

Just askin'!
I hope to use my distilled water for my neti pot only for the rest of my life.

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Considered a SEALED battery?
I just put a sealed battery on after neglecting my old one too much. New one is only 12 Ah instead of 14.

The only test so far was a just-barely-freezing start after a freezing, sleeting night outside, after charging up two 1 Ah headset comms. Took me a while to get it going (gas+choke FTW), but the battery never faltered.
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post #5 of 11 Old 11-08-2013, 08:01 AM
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Really, throw it away and get an AGM. $65 for a Deka ETX15L or equivalent and never worry about it again.
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post #6 of 11 Old 11-09-2013, 07:22 PM
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Agree toss the wet battery out. The AGM or dry cell batteries last much longer as well. For me wet batteries usually went bad in the second year. Have AGM batteries in watercraft going on 7 years now.
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post #7 of 11 Old 01-03-2014, 03:17 PM
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The '06 I used to ride was the samw way. two or three times a year I had to remove it, add water, and charge it up.

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post #8 of 11 Old 01-03-2014, 03:23 PM
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Batterys

Are there any batteries that have higher CCA's ?

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post #9 of 11 Old 01-03-2014, 05:17 PM
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The sealed battery at Advance Auto Parts has 220 CCA, IIRC.

Good warranty.
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post #10 of 11 Old 01-03-2014, 06:45 PM
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I would go with a sealed battery, or a Lithium if your budget can handle it. You can typically go to like Batteries + and buy a sealed batter for not all that much.
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