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post #1 of 12 Old 08-05-2019, 07:30 AM Thread Starter
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Does anyone know OEM Battery CCA

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I have have scoured the internet and this forum, but I can not find the CCA of the KLRs original battery (siam furukawa FB14L-A2) I probably need to replace mine and I want to compare it to other available batteries, but it is difficult to do so with out knowing the CCA.

I have read other member's recommendations about batteries. However, most of the recommended batteries are not really available in my neck of the globe.

Thanks for your help guys

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Hello people

I have have scoured the internet and this forum, but I can not find the CCA of the KLRs original battery (siam furukawa FB14L-A2) I probably need to replace mine and I want to compare it to other available batteries, but it is difficult to do so with out knowing the CCA.
Not offhand, but . . . any honest application chart (e.g., at Batteries-Plus, Wal-Mart, or auto parts store) recommendation for KLR650 will be adequate. Googling battery specifications might quantify cold cranking amps.

No particular decision on your part there, I think, but . . . what about battery type? Wet cell (my OEM was)? Sealed lead-acid battery? Lithium type? That's where your choice lies, IMHO.

(I think the stock battery's power capacity is 14.5 amp-hours, a characteristic you might consider in your replacement battery.)

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Hello people

I have have scoured the internet and this forum, but I can not find the CCA of the KLRs original battery (siam furukawa FB14L-A2) I probably need to replace mine and I want to compare it to other available batteries, but it is difficult to do so with out knowing the CCA.

I have read other member's recommendations about batteries. However, most of the recommended batteries are not really available in my neck of the globe.

Thanks for your help guys

Kind Regards

Matthew

https://www.yuasabatteries.com/batte...hicle_id=31081
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Our friends at, "Batteries+Bulbs" offer these replacements:

https://www.batteriesplus.com/replac...rukawa/ftz16bs

Cold cranking amps? You might google each battery listed for those specifications.

Furukawa? Holds the data close to their vest; but . . . unless you want a genuine, made-in-Thailand bettery, the alternatives are available.

And, at the end of the day, what's at stake? What's the significance of a few CCA's one way or the other, from the OEM battery? I'd chance it, and take the vendor's word: The battery offered as a replacement for a KLR650 battery is adequate.

BTW, the Yusa battery suggested by Mr. Zappo above oughta do the job; very reliable and long-lasting batteries, attested to by my 95,000-mile 2008 KLR650 riding partner!

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One thing about the Furukawa Battery is that Kawasaki designed the air box around IT. The OEM FB14L-A2 battery is about 1/16th of an inch SHORTER in height than almost any equivalent battery. People break the black plastic covers trying to JAM them in above almost any other battery!

Simple solution, use a grinder or sander to Bevel the 3 edges of the black plastic cover that engages the lips of the air box/battery compartment.

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Thanks for all the replies and advice people

Damocles, I agree that any battery recommended by a decent retailer or brand would be suitable. In my internet search I did find many that were suitable. However, as I said, I couldn't find the CCA for the OEM, and I wanted to make a comparison on CCA.

The original is an unsealed lead-acid battery. I agree that a few CCA doesn't really matter. However, the CCAs range from 175 to 260 or so, that is a fair bit of difference. Though I must say that the difference is reflected in the price.

MR Zappo, I have looked at Yuasa Batteries. They seem fair value for money. I believe the yusa batteries sell under different brands. I think saw more than one brand with the same letters and numbers on the battery.

Pdwestman, that is very interesting about the size of the battery. I can get the original battery from my local Kawasaki outlet for $7 more than the cheapest local option, not counting no name brands and such.

Having said that, I cleaned my terminals and starter motor connections, topped up the electrolyte and the battery is working fine again. I suppose it is getting on due for replacement, but not just yet. When I do replace it, I think I'll go for the OEM. Price is a factor for me. The sealed batteries, gel batteries and such get more expensive. The difference in size is something to consider too.

Thanks again for your advice guys, this is a great forum

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Thanks for all the replies and advice people

Damocles, I agree that any battery recommended by a decent retailer or brand would be suitable. In my internet search I did find many that were suitable. However, as I said, I couldn't find the CCA for the OEM, and I wanted to make a comparison on CCA.
Your bike, your money, your preference, Matthew!

Yet, . . . I'll leave you with this advice: As a minimum, get a sealed (AGM or whatever) battery, versus an OEM lead-acid. Reasons: 1) Safety. No sulfuric acid spilling over everything in the event of a fall. 2) Ease of maintenance, as in, NONE, with a sealed battery, vs. topping off cells with a garden-variety lead-acid model.

While I don't consider matching CCAs with the OEM a useful or necessary exercise in granularity myself, if you buy a replacement battery from your Kawasaki dealer, you'll be assured of an exact match!

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G'day Damocles,

I am certain that your advice is sound. I have considered battery type. I would prefer a sealed battery. I can I will get one when I replace my battery. As I said, price is a factor for me.

I have looked at a sealed battery sold under the brand Motobatt. the price is fairly similar to the OEM. It is, as Pdwestman said, a little higher than the OEM/ It is 3mm higher, I suppose that is about 1/16th of an inch.

I in my reply, I did not intend to disregard your advice about the importance of CCAs. I just wanted to explain my reason for posting the question. To be honest, the CCAs would only have been a deciding factor if two batteries were exactly the same in all other details. But, they would have been a factor....
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I can look on my original battery when I get off work and see if the CCA is on it.

I replaced it with a Duracell Ultra AGM, 220 CCA, last year from Battery+ link above. Works great.
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No CCA on the stock battery from my 2015.

The only thing I found online for a FB14L-A2 battery CCA was 170 or 190.

This is the battery I got, fits no issues.

Duracell Ultra 14AHL-BS AGM Black Case Battery
CYL10004

Length: 5.25 in
Width: 3.5 in
Height: 6.5 in
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