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post #1 of 14 Old Sep 4th, 2008, 5:55 pm Thread Starter
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Any other battery change surprises?

I was very proud of myself for having read in the forums (you guys so rock!) that changing the battery means you have to twist the throttle through its full range twice.

Then I just came across a couple posts that say the alarm system will automatically come on too and you'd better have the fob nearby! Naturally I haven't--no, make that hadn't--been carrying the fob as I leave it in Mode B (don't automatically arm).

Anyway, before I have to learn by experimentation, are there any other things that will set, reset or erase if I have the battery out of the bike for a few minutes? I expect that the radio and maybe the trip computer will. Anything else?

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post #2 of 14 Old Sep 4th, 2008, 10:15 pm
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The clock but that is pretty easy to fix, just need a pen or something small to push in the little round buttons below the clock. I had to push harder then expected to get them to change. I just changed my battery a couple of weeks ago with no other issues noted.

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Nothing exciting happened on my 2000. I always pull the NEG lead off first so I can't short against anything while unhooking the POS lead.

I see you are in chandler too. There are a couple of us around here, we should get together. PM me if you want to tire kick at a local place...

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The alarm retains previous settings ( at least for 2 months, as that's my longest time so far ), The clock to 12:00, Trip 1 and Trip 2 reset to zero, total milage remains, the radio resets, and of course the throttle as mentioned. Cheers

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Always disconnect the negative side (ground) of the battery FIRST, and reconnect the negative side LAST.
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Thank you, everyone. I love this site.

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I see you are in chandler too. There are a couple of us around here, we should get together. PM me if you want to tire kick at a local place...
I'll do that at some point. I see other LTs onnce in a while when I'm cruising around town, maybe some of them are you!

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Re: Any other battery change surprises?

I'm going to need a new battery soon, so thanks for the good advice. Where is a good place to get a battery? There used to be a seller on EBay with batteries around $100, but I don't see them there.

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About a week before CCR I changed my battery out but never read (until now) of the TPS reset. I did go on a couple rides at CCR that twisted the throttle a bit , so should I now be looking to do this, and if so, just do it or disconnect the battery first for a while?
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About a week before CCR I changed my battery out but never read (until now) of the TPS reset. I did go on a couple rides at CCR that twisted the throttle a bit , so should I now be looking to do this, and if so, just do it or disconnect the battery first for a while?
I don't know what year your bike is, but on the early LTs with 3 fuse blocks under the rear seat, open the left most fuse box when looking at the back of the bike, and remove the bottom most fuse for an hour or two.

When you reinstall the fuse, turn the bike on, twist the throttle full open and then closed two times, and then turn the bike off. You have now reset the TPS sensor. Ride to your hearts contect. If you're mileage starts to roll off, then do another reset. But that should take some time.

On the bikes with only 2 fuse blocks, I don't know which fuse to pull, soooooo disconnect the battery for an hour or so and then follow the procedure as if you reinstalled the fuse.

If you have an alarm system and you disconnected the battery, make sure you have your alarm FOB handy.

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I'm going to need a new battery soon, so thanks for the good advice. Where is a good place to get a battery? There used to be a seller on EBay with batteries around $100, but I don't see them there.

This is the battery I just put in my bike, seems to be working fine. It was mentioned by others on this site, so I went for it.

http://www.batteriesasap.com/48.html

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This is the battery I just put in my bike, seems to be working fine. It was mentioned by others on this site, so I went for it.

http://www.batteriesasap.com/48.html
Hey Mike. I have also read about that battery. It's half the price of my Odyssey battery. I might be looking at that one next time.

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Hey Mike. I have also read about that battery. It's half the price of my Odyssey battery. I might be looking at that one next time.
Hey, Bones. I bought the Panasonic (shown in the pic as a comp). Looks like I can throw my Battery Tender away. Never drops below 12.89V, even after a month or so without a charge or a ride.
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Don't forget to clean the terminals AND the 90 degree adaptor on the positive terminal. I thought my battery was bad and started to replace it only to find very minor corrosion on the adapter. I cleaned everything and reinstalled with dielectric grease and all is well three months later.
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Hey, Bones. I bought the Panasonic (shown in the pic as a comp). Looks like I can throw my Battery Tender away. Never drops below 12.89V, even after a month or so without a charge or a ride.
I got the new battery last year (remember showing up in a toyota) and also got a Yuasa charger. I plug it in every once in a while, just to watch the pretty lights shine. It goes green pretty quick.

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