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11-29-2006 06:49 PM
93VN750 Perhaps some Loctite on the battery bolts....

Jon
11-29-2006 05:51 PM
BSkaggs513
Battery terminals

It might be a good idea to get a couple of spider washers (you know, the lock washers with several "fins" around the circunference), to put on those battery terminals. The locks may dig in and keep them from backing out. Who knows- it may even make a stronger connection to the battery's power and run better than it ever has. Stranger things have happened....
11-29-2006 04:04 AM
hyperbuzzin
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Originally Posted by Ironman
I could probably qualify as a "master mechanic" at the local dealership now
LMAO !!!
I think this is the head mechanic at alot of dealerships ....
11-28-2006 04:46 PM
fergy I just talked to my buddy who was with us and sold her the 500. He bought the battery at the well known shop, but installed it himself! He had on another trip, found the battery terminals loose on the old battery and when he tried to tighten them he broke off the lead terminal. He had to drive a sheet metal screw into the lead to hold the battery cable on, which quickly was eaten by the battery acid, which is why he bought the new battery just before he sold her the bike. He said he was tentative about tightening them too tight and must not have got them tight enough. So, I retract my statement about who installed the battery!

Of course, I told him that if the bike was losing all power, that should have told him what it was. He said he had been meaning to pull the seat (one bolt) and check them, but never got around to it. ha! Nothing like leaving for a 500 mile trip when you know your bike has problems. She must have had some butterflies heading out of town on the trip!
11-28-2006 04:46 PM
rnewell I'm still jealous about that trip. And you came out the hero in the end !
11-28-2006 04:36 PM
fergy
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Originally Posted by hyperbuzzin
I was hoping my problems would have been fixed that easily. Glad ya got the 500 rolling again Fergy.
Was the Winger rider still there when ya got it going? Here's a laugh at/for him
Yeah, they were all sitting around watching me work on the bike. I was more releived that it was all it was and we could get back on the road. The group by far was a good group of riders, just the one "know it all" guy with them. They were all sniffing on my 750, which was kind of cool. Several of them knew what it was and were showing their wives, trying to get them excited about having their own bikes. The "know it all" guy was riding solo...go figure! He kind of went and stood by his bike when we started up the 500 and it ran fine.
11-27-2006 10:38 PM
Ironman Had the exact same thing happen to me this last summer. Bike started surging like it was running out of gas (I thought maybe I had got some bad gas). Then it started back firing, the tachometer briefly pegged to the right and eventually it just died. I thought it was possessed. Finger tight battery cable. Apparently I did a real sucky job of putting it on prior to that. I could probably qualify as a "master mechanic" at the local dealership now
11-27-2006 09:29 PM
hyperbuzzin
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Originally Posted by fergy
Loose battery connections can make our bikes run like crap, or not at all!
I was hoping my problems would have been fixed that easily. Glad ya got the 500 rolling again Fergy.
Was the Winger rider still there when ya got it going? Here's a laugh at/for him
11-27-2006 08:15 PM
93VN750
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Originally Posted by rnewell
Go figure, a well known bike shop. The industry reputation just dropped a little more.
Is that possible?

Jon
11-27-2006 06:44 PM
rnewell Go figure, a well known bike shop. The industry reputation just dropped a little more.
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