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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 08-14-2006, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
 
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Need a new battery

Hey guys, well Ive been gone for a while now but IM BAAACK, I was working OVERTIME on my house and then went on vacation. Anyway, I was having some problems with my bike starting before vacation, after checking several things and getting many opinoins and having the batt checked Ive decided that the first thing I need to do its replace the batt. Now my budget is PRETTY tight right now. (just sunk a ton of money into the house and then vacation) so heres my question. How strongly would you guys caution against a "discount" batt. To replace it with the same as original would cost about 80 bucks, Ive also found some "off brand" ones that will work for around 50. In cars Ive discovered that basically any battery I throw in it works just fine with no noticable diffrence in performance but bikes are a whole new ball game. So what do you guys think? Is a battery a battery or should I wait it out and buy the better/more expensive battery? Keep in mind that I cannot ride my bike untill I get a new one, I know 80 bucks shouldn't be that big of a deal but Ive been laid off for like 5 months now so the savings are all but GONE!!! Thanks guys.
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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 08-14-2006, 02:08 PM
 
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I have my old one out of my '04 still. it was in good shape and they gave me a new one anyway, so I put the new one in. Not sure if batteries are bike specific, but pay for shipping and it's yours.
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They only problem with discount batteries is they last about 1/2 as long. It all equals out in the end. Get a good battery and get 4 to 5 years of service or get a cheap battery and 2 to 3 years of service. Your choice.

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I have my old one out of my '04 still. it was in good shape and they gave me a new one anyway, so I put the new one in. Not sure if batteries are bike specific, but pay for shipping and it's yours.
Ill have to do some research to see if that would work.
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Ill have to do some research to see if that would work.
OK. Shipping would proly be like 10 bucks or so.
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They only problem with discount batteries is they last about 1/2 as long. It all equals out in the end. Get a good battery and get 4 to 5 years of service or get a cheap battery and 2 to 3 years of service. Your choice.
I see so it wouldn't be "bad" for my bike to go with a cheaper brand. Ill just end up paying for a new one in a few years? That doesn't bother me too much. Once I get called back to work money won't be that much of an issue so Ill probably just replace it before next riding season anyway. I just don't want to sacrifice perfomace and possibly do damage to my bike just to save 30 bucks.
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Most cheap batteries are open top. The good ones are sealed. I don't see any loss in performance with a cheap battery. I do see acidic water overflowing out sometimes. Make sure you connect the over flow tube and route it so it doesn't drain on anything.

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Mines sealed by the way.
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I have a AGM battery in my BD... they are the only way to go!

The YUASA stuff is CRAP!

Here's a thread on a AGM battery

Or at least just a higher end battery as already stated..

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AGM is defiantly top shelf.

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AGM is defiantly top shelf.
Yep... and I tell you... I am amazed at how awesome the AGM in my chop is!! AMAZED! Almost eliminates any reason for a battery tender or anything!!!




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well I was just gonna go with a cheap battery just to get back on the bike for the last few weeks of riding this season and then get a quality battery this winter. So I ordered one off Ebay. The guy called me yesterday to tell me that the batt. was out of stock and wouldn't be in for 8 weeks. he was real cool about it and apologized and refunded my money right away. My question is WHY HAVE AN EBAY AUCTION FOR SOMETHING YOU DON'T HAVE? don't make sense to me. Well I was at my parents house today mowing the lawn for my pops and was tellin my mom about it and she said that if I paint her office She will buy me a batt. So now I can get a good one and still ride this season. GOOD FOR ME!!!! now I just have to decide what kind to get that AGM doesn't seem to make a battery for my bike but Ill keep lookin.
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What about my second link for the odyssey batts?? They are suppose to be better than a yuasa.




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What about my second link for the odyssey batts?? They are suppose to be better than a yuasa.
There's an idea!

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What about my second link for the odyssey batts?? They are suppose to be better than a yuasa.
the odyssey batt. looks like it will fit although its a little smaller than my stock batt. is that going to be an issue for me? I'd guess I would have to do something to secure it a little better so it doesn't slide around in the compartment or what ever right? AND I just noticed the price tag on that bad boy 175 BUCKS I doubt my mom would be willing to spring for that her office isn't that big. I might have to go with the yuasa after all.
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I have a AGM battery in my BD... they are the only way to go!

The YUASA stuff is CRAP!
Here's a thread on a AGM battery

Or at least just a higher end battery as already stated..

Check these!
and up until last year, honda f4i didn't have a choice in which battery that bike could use........They suck and they were expensive!
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UPDATE: well I finally broke down and bought a cheap batt. cause its all I could afford. I put it in and she started fine but still ran rough. So we decided to check the plugs. (which by the way is a byotch) we pulled and checked the plugs they looked ok so we put them back in and stood around scraching our heads for a few min. Then my buddy said well I once got some bad gas and she ran terrible so I had to drain it out and put in fresh gas. we thought of it before but I got gas the same place I always got gas...and at the time she wouldn't start so we decided that bad gas couldn't be the problem. However at this point I was willing to try anything, So we tried it, drained the gas and put in fresh. still nothing got better then we decided to make one last attempt before just writing off the rest of the season for me. we went and bought some injector cleaner. (Gumout brand) we poured a little in and took off for a ride. I rode about a half mile with the RPMs way up. I noticed she sounded a little healthier so I shifted up a few gears and TAAAAADAAAAA. She runs like a champ!!!!! She has even more power than she had when I got her a few months ago. Wish I would have tried that a while ago. but oh well shes up and running like a champ again.
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Glad to hear she's alright.



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Yep... sometimes it needs a little freshen up!




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Yep... sometimes it needs a little freshen up!
For sure.



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