Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
Jump starting is a subject that is loaded with myths. There are so many "Old Wive's Tales" out there regarding the subject that there is no wonder most people have a problem seperating myth from fact.
The fact is that you cannot supply "too many amps" to the LT from ANY properly working 12 volt automotive system, battery, or alternator.
The LT can be jumped safely using any standard 12 volt system, be it an automobile, truck, bus, or whatever, as long as the system being used is working properly.
There are jump starting procedures that have to be followed correctly to avoid problems, but if done properly, the LT cannot tell the difference in the supply voltage from it's own battery/alternator and any other 12 volt system, and yes, it is best to have the supply vehicle's engine RUNNING. you need the extra volt and a half or so to help overcome the voltage drop inherent in jumper cables and their connections in order to have full starting voltage available to the LT's starter.
It makes no difference how many amps a supply system is "capable" of supplying. The LT's circuits will only "draw" the amount of amperage needed from the 12-14 volt supply. Amperage is controled by the LOAD circuit, NOT the SUPPLY. As long as the suppying system cannot produce higher than 14 volts, there will be no problem, no matter how large it is.
The normal procedure in jumping any vehicle is to make the last hookup of the cables the negative clip on one end being grounded to a GOOD ground away from the battery. Usually on cars this is done on the vehicle to be charged, but on the LT you have to make both connections to the battery, so hook up that end of the jumper cables first, then the positive cable to the positive post on the donor vehicle, the negative to a GOOD engine ground away from the battery. WITH the engine idling. (The car you are using produces no more voltage when running than the LT's own alternator does.) Then start the bike.
Unhook in reverse, buy removing the negative cable at the donor vehicle ground first.
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