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PostSubject: Battery Removal   Tue 26 Jan 2016, 17:16

I'm having a 'lack of confidence' moment.

I want to take the battery out but can't find if there's a strap or whatever holding it in.

Pathetic really but please will someone tell me.

Thanks.
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PostSubject: Re: Battery Removal   Tue 26 Jan 2016, 17:37

Once you remove the cover it just pulls out. Mine was a very tight fit. I now put a couple of very big cable ties round mine to help pulling it out.
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PostSubject: Re: Battery Removal   Tue 26 Jan 2016, 17:39

According to my virgin clean unsullied Honda Service Manual there's no strap, you just remove the special bolt and battery box cover. As the battery is on it's side, with the ignition switch 'OFF', disconnect the negative (-) cable first, then remove the terminal cover and disconnect the positive (+) terminal.

Installation is in the reverse order of removal.
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PostSubject: Re: Battery Removal   Wed 27 Jan 2016, 05:46

Thank you both very much.

I am very grateful.
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PostSubject: Re: Battery Removal   Wed 27 Jan 2016, 11:53

Mike I recently took my battery out , it was dead and in need of a charge. It is a tight fit for sure. I took the opportunity of installing battery charging pigtails so I can trickle charge the battery without removing stuff and the battery cover in the under seat compartment.
I routed the pigtail through a very tight opening visible in the battery compartment. Seems to work well!
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PostSubject: Re: Battery Removal   Wed 27 Jan 2016, 12:35

Thank you for the tip.

Unfortunately, I have no access to a power point within reach of the bike; I live in a first-floor (UK)/second-floor(US) flat/apartment so will have to bring the battery indoors.

I'm not complaining; I'm fortunate to have a cosy place to live. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Battery Removal   Wed 27 Jan 2016, 12:53

no safe way to run an extension cord?
I'd trade my current living quarters for a cosy apartment, even a 2nd floor one
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PostSubject: Re: Battery Removal   Wed 27 Jan 2016, 13:36

Not permanently, no.

In what are you living at the moment?
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PostSubject: Re: Battery Removal   Wed 27 Jan 2016, 14:40

16x8 travel trailer, which would be better if it was a 'coach' design rather than a 'bunkhouse'
Also if it weren't built in 1985 Laughing
waiting for delivery of a portable building to be converted to living space over time
I wasn't thinking permanently, just running the pigtail and dropping an extension cord down when needed rather than pulling the battery
Of course, it's not like it's a big ol' car battery so mot really a big deal Laughing
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PostSubject: Battery Removal   Wed 27 Jan 2016, 15:18

Solar powered chargers can be useful if you have no access to mains power, depending on how secure your storage is and of course the need for some daylight !!
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PostSubject: Re: Battery Removal   Wed 27 Jan 2016, 15:47

I see; I hope your new 'house' arrives soon.

Not too happy about leaving the charger unattended outside but I take your point.

In fact I do have a solar-charger connected but I caned the battery a few weeks ago (just before Christmas) as the bike got very wet and wouldn't fire.

I used my jump-starter and the battery held some charge for a while but the battery didn't get a good boost.

I'll take it off and give it a good charge then see what happens; it may be that it's worn out, in which case I'll replace it.

Thanks again for all the advice/support.
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PostSubject: Re: Battery Removal   Wed 27 Jan 2016, 22:15

I took the battery out of a friend's SW last spring so he could get a new one. Shortly after he called me and said he couldn't get the new battery in the battery box. I stopped by and he told me the thing was just too big to go in. I took a look and slipped it right in. He was very embarrassed because he'd been trying to put it in sitting upright. Embarrassed because he used to be a heavy equipment mechanic and had installed a lot of car, truck and heavy equipment batteries over the years. He said this was the first time he'd ever seen a battery mounted on its side.
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PostSubject: Battery Removal   Thu 28 Jan 2016, 00:28

A strip of  plastic parcel strapping placed under the battery before installing can help with lifting it out if space is tight
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PostSubject: Re: Battery Removal   Thu 28 Jan 2016, 00:44

exavid wrote:
I took the battery out of a friend's SW last spring so he could get a new one. Shortly after he called me and said he couldn't get the new battery in the battery box. I stopped by and he told me the thing was just too big to go in. I took a look and slipped it right in. He was very embarrassed because he'd been trying to put it in sitting upright. Embarrassed because he used to be a heavy equipment mechanic and had installed a lot of car, truck and heavy equipment batteries over the years. He said this was the first time he'd ever seen a battery mounted on its side.

Did you notice if your friend got the correct battery? You would not want to install a battery that will leak acid if placed on it's side. Makes a mess. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Battery Removal   Thu 28 Jan 2016, 01:05

No danger of that. My buddy has been in the business for many years. He's had a lot of motorcycles as well but never saw a battery in a bike mounted with the battery on its side.
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PostSubject: Re: Battery Removal   Thu 28 Jan 2016, 10:47

I won't go into detail; suffice it to say, the battery slipped out as if on rails, I had some puzzlement over what it was doing when on charge, it started the bike just now as if it was on 24 volts and I want to thank Meldrew especially, along with a couple of X9OC friends and some here, for all his support - I mean it!

Whether the battery will hold its charge overnight remains to be seen but I've stopped worrying!
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PostSubject: Re: Battery Removal   Thu 28 Jan 2016, 23:41

good you got it done, and I take your point about chargers left outside, I've lived in places I wouldn't leave a greasy rag outside
thanks for the well wishes re my portable, so far the weather's been too wet
Someone forgot to remind mother nature this is Texas Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: Battery Removal   Sat 30 Jan 2016, 15:53




cheers Glad you got it sorted and you're right about people willing to help on this forum. cheers
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