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Battery for Suzuki SV

1979 Views 13 Replies 9 Participants Last post by  ShanMan14
Looks like the battery in my '99 SVS needs a new one. After spending most of its life in the Arizona heat, I'm surprised I'm only on #2.

But, I tried to start it this morning (35 degrees) and if my bike hadn't turned over when it did it would be sitting on a charger right now.

So, where is the best place to get a battery? Mail-order doesn't seem like deal considering the weight. Unless you buy the electrolyte locally, but if I'm going to do that I might as well just buy the whole thing locally. I only shy away from that because of the cost, but for an item like this is might actually me cheaper?

What are your recommendations for a new battery? OEM? Sealed after-market?
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Most places should ship a sealed battery. The battery comes packaged with its own acid pack and you put the acid in yourself and then charge it before you use it. I don't necessarily agree with Gas Man on this one, I have had good luck with Yuasa and Interstate (made by Yuasa, IIRC) batteries but they are not cheap. If you want cheap, we have a chain of stores up here called Batteries Plus that I have heard good things about. You may want to see if they are in your area as well.

OEM usually is Yuasa. The big problem with bike batteries is not the battery but the environment. The battery makers have to deal with size limitations, heat, vibration, and often times less than stellar starting and charging systems. When I sold my 93 ZR1100 in 03 it still had the original battery and fired every time even if it sat for months...sometimes it is just luck of the draw (no pun intended).

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