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post #1 of 15 Old Oct 7th, 2016, 7:51 am Thread Starter
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HELP! Remove Battery 2016 RTW

It the most frustrating thing. I can't do something as simple as removing the Battery. I've read the owners manual and called the dealer. Dealer says you have to know where to push and pull and I better bring it in. Anyone have specific knowledge of the finesse required to remove the plastic clip that holds this battery in place. I assume this applies to 2014-2016.
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post #2 of 15 Old Oct 7th, 2016, 8:44 am
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Try posting on her https://1200rt.com some good knowledge purely RT.
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post #3 of 15 Old Oct 7th, 2016, 5:43 pm Thread Starter
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thanks i will....
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post #4 of 15 Old Oct 7th, 2016, 5:58 pm
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hi,
noobie here.... long time rider, new member.
i purchased a 2016 rtw about a month ago.

i pulled out my battery to hardwire two 12 awg wires to both positive and neg so i can add myself a fuse box.

when i opened up the right side up and exposed the battery, i was like hmmm.....
since it was secured by some rubber band type of material that clips on to the bottom at 2-corners.

1. remove the rubber band fastener and let it hang loose.
2. there is a plastic cover that covers up the mid+bottom portion of the battery,
i took a philips screw driver and i inserted it between the battery and the tray and lifted it up a bit.
3. then that plastic cover just comes off, if it doesn't, just push it up, and pull it out.
3. then you have to pull out the battery. mine was wrapped in some styrofoam wrap so it was bit tricky...
but once i got it out like 80% of the way, it was enough space for me to add the wires up.

i hope that helped~
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Re: HELP! Remove Battery 2016 RTW

I had my battery out to attach a charger pigtail. I followed the owners manual and it was straight forward. The hardest part for me was getting the tab to reingauge the grommet. Spit was the solution. The foam insulation was interesting.
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hi,
noobie here.... long time rider, new member.
i purchased a 2016 rtw about a month ago.

i pulled out my battery to hardwire two 12 awg wires to both positive and neg so i can add myself a fuse box.

when i opened up the right side up and exposed the battery, i was like hmmm.....
since it was secured by some rubber band type of material that clips on to the bottom at 2-corners.

1. remove the rubber band fastener and let it hang loose.
2. there is a plastic cover that covers up the mid+bottom portion of the battery,
i took a philips screw driver and i inserted it between the battery and the tray and lifted it up a bit.
3. then that plastic cover just comes off, if it doesn't, just push it up, and pull it out.
3. then you have to pull out the battery. mine was wrapped in some styrofoam wrap so it was bit tricky...
but once i got it out like 80% of the way, it was enough space for me to add the wires up.

i hope that helped~
I just installed a Fuzeblock FZ-1.... I used the power lug in front of the battery on the right side of the bike to connect the power lead for the Fuseblock. As far as a ground I used one of the bolts that holds the side panel to the frame.

Works great and there is no extra wires going to the battery.
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I just installed a Fuzeblock FZ-1.... I used the power lug in front of the battery on the right side of the bike to connect the power lead for the Fuseblock. As far as a ground I used one of the bolts that holds the side panel to the frame.

Works great and there is no extra wires going to the battery.
Yes, that works, but it's not a good idea to have the ground connection far from the battery, with modern electronics! You will do better to move that connection onto the battery itself, which is very easily done. The +ve connection is fine where you have it.

Why it's not a good idea to have the ground connection far from the battery? You can read this (and save me time of explaining ): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ground_loop_(electricity).

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I don't think your ground loop theory applies in direct current power systems, especially not those found in vehicles. Grounding to the frame of the vehicle is fine as long as you make a low resistance (good conductivity) connection.
Oh, it certainly does! I learned the lesson the hard way, many years ago! Noise is what you are trying to eliminate, and some of these electronics are very sensitive to "noise" in the circuit! Heck, it's easy enough to move that connection, and so why not play it safe?

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I did some research and deleted my post. I was thinking old school, before these vehicles had computers in them. My '67 ford probably wouldn't have been to worried about a ground loop. A new BMW may well be...
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A timely topic for me. With the advent of the cold weather, I decided it would be a good idea to add a pigtail to the battery to make attaching the trickle charger an easy process throughout the Winter. Wow ! I was unaware that a Ph.D. in Teutonic Mechanical Science was a prerequisite to what I wrongly assumed was a simple undertaking. I have never had such difficulty accessing a battery on all of my previous motorcycles, cars or boats of the last 50 years. Eventually, I prevailed but not without ruining my New Year's resolution to refrain from swearing, throwing tools and kicking the dog. Good thing my wife had presciently decided that it would be a good time to visit her mother.
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I did some research and deleted my post. I was thinking old school, before these vehicles had computers in them. My '67 ford probably wouldn't have been to worried about a ground loop. A new BMW may well be...
Yeah, I know what you mean! I had been working on bikes and cars since the '60s and I would have done the same thing that you did. Just sharing my experience of having done it wrong before!

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A timely topic for me. With the advent of the cold weather, I decided it would be a good idea to add a pigtail to the battery to make attaching the trickle charger an easy process throughout the Winter. Wow ! I was unaware that a Ph.D. in Teutonic Mechanical Science was a prerequisite to what I wrongly assumed was a simple undertaking. I have never had such difficulty accessing a battery on all of my previous motorcycles, cars or boats of the last 50 years. Eventually, I prevailed but not without ruining my New Year's resolution to refrain from swearing, throwing tools and kicking the dog. Good thing my wife had presciently decided that it would be a good time to visit her mother.
Awww....come, on, it's not THAT bad!! If you are intending on working on the bike yourself then you had better get used to getting the tupperware off. Just watch those two flimsy tabs on the main panels, that's all.

BTW, if you have the right charger (not necessary one sold by BMW), you can simply plug it into the aux. outlet on the RT.

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Not sure what the hubba hubba is?

You remove two screws, pop a plastic pin out of the rubber grommet and there is the battery. One 10mm bolt takes the ground off, a torx takes the hot "jumper" out, slip the wires on their perspective posts and put it back on.

No need to pull a battery to install a pig tail for anything, or multiple anythings.

I have the battery charger pigtail, the Gerbings pigtail, the ezCAN, the AF-XEID ground all hooked up with no issues on those two posts.

I must admit I never pulled the battery but it does not look too bad at all.

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I just installed a Fuzeblock FZ-1.... I used the power lug in front of the battery on the right side of the bike to connect the power lead for the Fuseblock. As far as a ground I used one of the bolts that holds the side panel to the frame.

Works great and there is no extra wires going to the battery.
I am impressed... I did not buy a new Fuzeblock for my '16 because I didn't think it would fit. Everything is so tight under the seat.

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I am impressed... I did not buy a new Fuzeblock for my '16 because I didn't think it would fit. Everything is so tight under the seat.
I put my Fuzelock under the clutch-side front panel. Maybe not quite as easy to get to as under the seat but still accomplished in a few minutes. Follow the link for pics.

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