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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-07-2006, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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heck of a month for batteries

Hi everyone, it must be a heck of a month for bad batteries. Mine was fine Saturday, rode bike for 5 miles, shut it off and nothing, the battery was completely dead. I installed a Die Hard ( not sure if that was a good choice or not) and so far everything tests out ok. I havent ridden it since so I guess I'll find out
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The summer heat is the worst time for batt's, the heat boils them and makes the resistance higher in the electrical system. I see cars doing the same, I replace more Batteries in the summer than the winter.

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Yep I'll second that bad batteries.

Mine was dead when I came out of work today. Fine this morning, dead after work...sucky! Got a jump and rode home. Got a new MF battery after work...was only $48.

The guy at the store said what spinner said when I asked him why it would go dead like that...the heat. Anyway, I need my bike to start when I get out of work so a prescribed myself a new battery.

But for the future I'm thinking about making or buying something like these:
http://www.cyclegadgets.com/Products...sp?Item=BBOOST
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Yep I'll second that bad batteries.

Mine was dead when I came out of work today. Fine this morning, dead after work...sucky! Got a jump and rode home. Got a new MF battery after work...was only $48.

The guy at the store said what spinner said when I asked him why it would go dead like that...the heat. Anyway, I need my bike to start when I get out of work so a prescribed myself a new battery.

But for the future I'm thinking about making or buying something like these:
http://www.cyclegadgets.com/Products...sp?Item=BBOOST

unless you are very rich...do not run with a very bad battery. It will fry your regulator, which in turn will fry your stator. A shop will charge you 800-1000 bucks for the repair job...

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Hey, Hero, where did you get your battery and what brand is it? $48 is a bargain!

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I just ordered my WestCo for $67.00 I hope it last longer then the 1+ years my other WestCo did.

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I got the Deka ETX15L from the Batteries Plus store nearby. It's the Westco 12V14L-B with different badging. It's got the AGM and 190CCA.

I'm not sure why I got it so cheap, the guy quoted me $56+tax on the phone. But charged me $49.99 and gave me a 10% military discount. That's awesome though. Anyway, I'll be going back there for my battery needs in the future, that store rocks. Man, they got every kind of battery.
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Thanks for the info. I'll add it to my list of "useable" batteries.

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I wasn't so lucky on my battery trying to jump it. I tried to jump it but as soon as I took the cables off it died again, the battery had a dead short. I sure am glad I wasn't to far from home
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IMNOHERO,

Military folks should get a 10% discount for everything.
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