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My dealer wants $200 for a new battery, can I get the original BMW Gel battery online for cheaper? We are located in Texas so it will have to be from a north American vendor. I like to stick with genuine OEM BMW parts but if its better to go aftermarket for longer life etc, let me know. I'd rather spend more for a genuine BMW product but $200 is a little too much for a motorcycle battery!?
 

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Simple. You want an Odyssey PC680 battery. It's AGM (absorbed glass mat), but far superior to the factory BMW battery, or any other gel battery for that matter.

Most good-sized battery stores will carry this, or at least can order it in a day or two. Or you could search online and probably get a better price (although watch shipping rates). I was able to find it at a local battery store for the same as the online price, but no shipping.

Try a search on this forum for PC680 or PC680MJ (the metal jacketed version, with a higher heat rating). You'll get lots of good info.
 

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Try Interstate Batteries.
 

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meese said:
Simple. You want an Odyssey PC680 battery. It's AGM (absorbed glass mat), but far superior to the factory BMW battery, or any other gel battery for that matter.

Most good-sized battery stores will carry this, or at least can order it in a day or two. Or you could search online and probably get a better price (although watch shipping rates). I was able to find it at a local battery store for the same as the online price, but no shipping.

Try a search on this forum for PC680 or PC680MJ (the metal jacketed version, with a higher heat rating). You'll get lots of good info.
+1 to everything Ken said.

I have a PC680MJ installed in my K1200GT. It is so much better than the original BMW gel battery.

Does anyone want a working 2 1/2 year old BMW OEM battery for a K1200GT? It is free to whomever will come pick it up.
 

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I've neard that the Oddessy battery is the way to go.............
Will be getting one in the spring for my GS.
 

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I would first identify the BMW replacment number.Then if you are going to change brands use their cross reference chart.
 

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MEESE is absolutely correct. You do not want a gel-type battery. Even my dealer tells me they aren't worth a d___. I had to replace the factory-gel on my KLT within 12 mos. I replaced it with an Odyssey and it's been doing great for three years.

Safe riding!
 

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Absolutely, the way to go is the Odyssey. I put one 3 years ago, and it is still 100% on a load tester. it almost never needs to bew put on my charger, even after a month of no use.
 

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Yes, the Panasonic batteries are a bit cheaper, but they're designed for UPS-style backup systems, where they stay fully charged forever and then are suddenly called on to provide emergency power for an extended period of time, resulting in a slow, steady discharge.

They will work as a bike battery and they happen to be a similar size as the standard BMW battery, but it's not their primary purpose.

For a few $$ difference I'd still go with the Odyssey, which was designed for many charge/discharge cycles such as seen on a vehicle, and has also been designed to deliver massive cold cranking amps (such as needed when starting a high-performance motor like the new Slant/4 engines).

In fact, that's what I did do, and I was even able to find the PC680MJ in stock at a local battery dealer for $110, which is cheaper even than I could find it online. Saving $40 just didn't seem worth the chance of getting stranded somewhere with a failed battery. :)
 

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PC680MJ.....me too.

BMW dealer of course says oh no you shouldn't use those. :rotf: :rotf: :rotf: Profit loss ya know. :bmw:
 

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You do realize you just responded to an 11 year old post.
 

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Looks like a spammer to me...
 
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As I'm most likely gonna need a battery in the near future, I googled Odyssey PC680 battery and found you can buy either one at AutoZone for under $130. Same price as the lowest I found on-line with free shipping and no tax. Have to order in store, butts, I likes to have someplace to take things back, so don't mind the tax.

Just out of curiosity (2), the metal box one was just $1 more, why would one NOT buy the metal one?
 

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Just out of curiosity (2), the metal box one was just $1 more, why would one NOT buy the metal one?
The last time I bought a PC680, the metal jacket version was more than just $1 difference.

Plus it's slightly thicker and slightly heavier.

I've run both versions without seeing any noticeable difference.
 
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