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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-13-2013, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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Hey, Gang! It's been a while.

The negative battery terminal on my AGM Yuasa battery has broken apart. This battery is (as of this writing) almost 5 years old.

I'm assuming by the looks of things that I may have overtightened things a bit at this terminal, and....with the vibration it has seen over time in normal use, it finally just couldn't take it anymore. There is no sign of melting or overheating or other abuse. A battery test show's she's (otherwise) good to go.

Should I just use JB weld (or something else?) to fix the terminal back to usable status, or would you take this opportunity to go ahead and replace the battery?

If replacing the battery is really in fact the smarter option, what's the "go to" first-pick battery for our bike, these days? Is it still the Deka/MegaPower ETX15L model that's AGM? Or has a newer contender emerged that is cost-competitive with these and also has a good service track record?

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if it were me...I would contact Yuasa and see if they are willing to replace it....can't hurt to try right?

If you do replace it, I used the Deka battery and am thrilled with it so far.
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advance auto parts sells mf agm batteries and usually have the one for our bikes in stock with a good warranty the go for around 90 bucks if I'm not mistaken

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Hope you find this helpful....

Compatible AGM Batteries

Manufacturer . . Model . . CCA . . Availablity . . . . . . . Additional Notes
BatteriesPlus X2-15L 210 BatteriesPlus Deka ETX15L re-branded- - $95.00 Store-Nov-2012
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Big Crank ETX15L 210 Online Retailers, eBay Deka ETX15L re-branded --- Ebay - $68.00 Nov-2012
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Deka ETX15L 210 Online Retailers, eBay
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Die Hard 44005 210 Sears YUASA YTX14AHL-BS re-branded $80.00-Store Nov-2012
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EverStart ES14AHBS 210 Walmart Terminals are swapped, so install backwards and remove bottom spacer.
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Interstate CYTX14AHL-BS 210 Retailers YUASA YTX14AHL-BS re-branded
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MagnaPower ETX15L 210 Advance Auto Parts Deka ETX15L re-branded
WestCo 12V14L-B 220 WestCo
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YUASA YTX14AHL-BS 210 Online Retailers, eBay $78.00 online Dec-2012 ----$88.00 Dec-2012
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Magma Power ETX15L 220 CCA Advance Auto Parts 220 CCA $77.00 - Online -Take 15% off -Enter code DEM11 at checkout. Online Only.

NOTE: Ebay / Online prices quoted above are from a single online search, additional search’s may produce different prices.

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Battery acid will eat the JB Weld (only stuff that will I think)...replace.
I been getting std batteries...my next will be an AGM...cheaper in the long run...



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A few of us here have been using the agm from chrome batery and have no compalints. Plus its about 50 shipped and the customer service is terrific.

http://www.chromebattery.com/ytx14ah...s-battery.html

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Unfortunately, I don't think JB Weld will conduct as efficiently. It may melt. Then you may end up with an unfortunate smelting accident on your hands.
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5 years, due to fail soon anyway... but...

I used to recondition and sell car batteries. The manual has a procedure to restore broken top posts by melting lead and pouring a new post. Don't see why that couldn't be done on a bike battery, then drill a hole or tap threads. Could also cast lead over a pigtail to connect to the cable. I would think you could also tap threads down into what's left of the terminal, but break the connector strap inside and it's game over. They don't really need to be torqued tight, just snug enough to not vibrate loose. You can hold a cable tight enough with your hands to get one to turn over, so that's not real tight.

I got one of the MagnaPower ETX15L 210 from Advance Auto back in Nov., used their coupon and paid roughly $70-75.
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