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Old Dec 10th, 2005, 8:11 am Thread Starter
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Question Battery Removal

Ok guys and gals, have Kermit in the storage building for the winter and they have no electricity. I want to remove the battery and put it on a trickle charger here at the house. I've learned to check in here first before I tackle any project on this bike, it's been known to save me time and heartaches. Any tricks or tips for removing the battery? Thanks in advance.
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Lift the seat, remove the two screws in the hold down plate, remove the negative battery terminal, THEN the positive one, lift out the battery. Install in reverse (positive terminal installed before the negative). That's it.

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And once reinstalled, before starting your LT...
  1. Turn igntion to ON (again, without starting the bike)
  2. Open throttle all the way, close all the way, then open all the way, then close
  3. Turn OFF igntion
Now you're ready to ride your LT, and rediscover what you've been missing all winter. The delusion I tell to myself over & over again while existing in this frozed HELL called the "Great NorthCoast".
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And once reinstalled, before starting your LT...
  1. Turn igntion to ON (again, without starting the bike)
  2. Open throttle all the way, close all the way, then open all the way, then close
  3. Turn OFF igntion
Now you're ready to ride your LT, and rediscover what you've been missing all winter. The delusion I tell to myself over & over again while existing in this frozed HELL called the "Great NorthCoast".
Joe, You're allowed to say "HELL"?

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Lift the seat, remove the two screws in the hold down plate, remove the negative battery terminal, THEN the positive one, lift out the battery. Install in reverse (positive terminal installed before the negative). That's it.
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Be careful not to bang your ratchet against the frame when removing the positive terminal
That, mi amigo, is exactly why you remove the neg. cable first! Take it from Sparky!

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Terminal continuity

Griff: Knocking the wrench against the frame; does it matter???

If the negative battery terminal is removed (lifted) from the battery post first, then there should be no (negative) continuity to the frame when removing the positive terminal; what am I missing?

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You're not missing anything.

Removing the neg cable from the battery should be the first step in most any repair/project. Re-connecting the neg cable to the battery should be the very last step before saying "Tiz Done!". This is the smart way to avoid Mr. Sparky's accidental arrival to any party where tools are involved.

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Be careful not to bang your ratchet against the frame when removing the positive terminal
This sounds like Grif saying "DAMHIK!!"

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And once reinstalled, before starting your LT...
  1. Turn igntion to ON (again, without starting the bike)
  2. Open throttle all the way, close all the way, then open all the way, then close
  3. Turn OFF igntion
Joe, does that sequence do something special? (it's probably in the manual... right?)

Also: are any of the LT's settings (clock, radio stations, etc.) dependent upon the battery being in place, and if not there, won't they be lost?

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If I remember correctly, what Joe is talking about resets the Motronic for the full throttle range. And yes, you will loose all you radio presets when you pull the battery.

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If I remember correctly, what Joe is talking about resets the Motronic for the full throttle range. And yes, you will lose all your radio presets when you pull the battery.
Got it.
So... what happens when you reinstall the battery and don't do that?

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Mr Neblett, Mr Dragon, Mr Grif, Anyone???? I ferget perzactly what it does, but one of the big techie types will. I just know I pull the fuse to the Motronic once a month and go through this procedure. Seems to me it lets me retrain bike to how I ride. Also seems to bring the gas mileage back up.

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The radio presets do not go away when you pull the battery! I had my bike apart for quite some time when I had the piston problem, and when I put everything back together the presets were still there.

Same with my BMW cars, presets seem to be held in non-volatile memory.

The throttle position resetting is specified, but not really necessary. The motronic will re-train itself while riding anyway. The re-setting procedure just hastens it a little.

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Thanks for correcting me Dave. I hate giving out bad info.

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Griff: Knocking the wrench against the frame; does it matter???

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Is there a vent tube on the battery? All my other bikes had a tube to the batttery, but those were acid type batteries, I now have the gel battery,does that require a tube.

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Smile No tubes...

Gel cells and AGMs are Sealed Batteries.

Therefore, no drain tubes used or needed.

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