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Alternate to original HD Battery???

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Post Sun Apr 12, 2009 5:08 am

Posts: 976
Location: Markt Einersheim, Germany

Dumb question...

I have a 2000 Electra Glide Ultra Classic FLHTCU/I

The original Harley battery only lasted 2 years.

Each of the Harley Batterys that I have replaced them with only last two years.

IS there a alternate to the "real" Harley batterys??

W&W Cycles in Wurzburg wanted 247 Euros for one........that price is crazy...

And, do these batterys from harley typically only last for a couple of years??

George

Post Sun Apr 12, 2009 9:47 am

Posts: 2685
Location: Los Angeles, CA
George,
The use of a battery tender greatly increases the life of a battery.

Post Sun Apr 12, 2009 9:53 am

Posts: 604
Location: Largo, Fl

If you run a Police Solo seat or modify the plastic bottom of the stock seat the $19.99 Lawn Tractor battery, available at any auto parts store will fit! They typically last 3+ years!!

Post Sun Apr 12, 2009 12:31 pm

Posts: 176
Location: Carmarthen, Wales, UK
Recommendations on our forum include Varta (made in Germany I believe?) and Odyssey. The latter are a gel battery so I gather that they can't be charged by Optimates; more info from their website here.

http://www.odysseybatteries.com/

Received wisdom is that the H-D batteries are good though, but it does pay to shop around as prices can vary considerably even between stealerships.

Try Jersey H-D as they offer duty-free goods, but not sure if this would include batteries due to shipping issues.

http://www.jerseyh-d.com/Home/
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Post Sun Apr 12, 2009 10:50 pm

Posts: 976
Location: Markt Einersheim, Germany

Danny, Chris and Kev..

Thanks for the replys.

I will look into the lawn tractor battery option.

George

Post Sun May 03, 2009 11:47 pm

Posts: 1538
Chris Haynes wrote:
George,
The use of a battery tender greatly increases the life of a battery.


That's a fact !!! I'm getting several years outta a battery, then when it finally starts going down, I use it in my riding mower. :wink:

Post Wed Jul 22, 2009 8:57 am

Posts: 54
Location: Ontario, Canada
You may find the problem is not your battery but your charging system.
harley upgraded the charging system on the geezer glides and ultra sofa's
in 2002 I believe because all the gadgetry pulled to much power and ate batteries
and the heat generated by the charging system cooked the magnets out of the rotor.
The stock battery in my 2001 roadking gave me 6 solid years.
I replaced it with an interstate sealed battery.

Post Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:13 am

Posts: 976
Location: Markt Einersheim, Germany

I did replace the battery, and I bought a good battery tender.

I have gotten into the habit of hooking it up after I ride the bike and just leave it attached.

George

Post Wed Jul 22, 2009 7:02 pm

Posts: 540
Location: Wa, USA
Odyssey battery is not a "gel" battery. It is "AGM" which is Absorbed Glass Mat. They work very well. I have one that was in my UL and has been under the bench for 5 years and is still fully charged. Stock HD batteries do not handle being allowed to fully discharge very well. If you use a Battery Tender whenever the bike sits more than a week, the battery should last more than 2 years.


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