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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-02-2008, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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So I got my new Diehard MF battery and installed it last night. I ordered the Diehard gold powersport 14AHL-BS. Filled and charged the battery & put it in the bike. Well, its about 1/2" taller than what will work with the hold down. I didn't think to set the new battery and the old battery next to each other to compare. A couple cableties did the trick to keep it in place for now and I added some wire loom to the harness next to the negative terminal. Anybody else experience this? Did I screwup on the order? Is there a better solution to the hold down strap?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-02-2008, 06:50 PM
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Don't know the specifics of that battery, is it possible that something fell under the battery when installing it?

Perhaps the mat folded over?

Check for the obvious.

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I have the same battery and it is the same. I don't have the strap on mine, just put it in and replaced the seat and off I go. I thought the same thing but I thought the seat wouldn't go back on but it does just fine.

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I bought the Sears Diehard AGM battery a year ago - same height problem. Here is a quote from my post last April:

"The new battery is about 5/16 inch taller than the original on my '04 VN750 so I had to fashion a wire "clip" and use a longer screw (about 1-1/4") on the ends of the battery hold down bracket to accomodate the increased height."

I also used some rubber cement and rubber spacers for a secure fit between the holddown bracket and the battery.

I've had no problems with the battery. I pulled it out of the bike for the winter in Dec and after 4 months it still had 12.8 V. (I checked it every couple of weeks.) I gave it a trickle charge overnight to "top it off" and installed it in early April. The bike fired right up with less than 2 sec of cranking.

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I've got the same battery with the same problem. All I did was reinstall the retention strap without hooking it in on the front: basicly it's just bolted down. Not as effective as the proper method, but it works nonetheless.

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My Die Hard battery had a piece of plastic on the bottom. I first thought it was part of the battery. It was not, I just pried it off and my battery fit perfectly.
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My Die Hard battery had a piece of plastic on the bottom. I first thought it was part of the battery. It was not, I just pried it off and my battery fit perfectly.
What he said. Picked up this battery over the weekend, had the same height issues, until I realized it was a removable piece of plastic.

Better question for those who have this battery, what size screws/bolts do you use with this battery? I have to do a fair bit of fiddling with it since I can't charge in my parking lot.

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What he said. Picked up this battery over the weekend, had the same height issues, until I realized it was a removable piece of plastic.

Better question for those who have this battery, what size screws/bolts do you use with this battery? I have to do a fair bit of fiddling with it since I can't charge in my parking lot.
I fianally got around to checking this out last night and, yes, there is a plastic spacer with doublestick tape holding it on the bottom of the battery. Took that off and it fits perfectly. Now, where did I put that hold down strap?

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Thanks for this post. Now mine fits perfectly as well.

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The Wal Mart MF battery has the same issue. Probably made by the same manufacturer.

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