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George Greer

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Post Sun Apr 12, 2009 5:08 am

Alternate to original HD Battery???

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
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Chris Haynes

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Post Sun Apr 12, 2009 9:47 am

Re: Alternate to original HD Battery???

George,
The use of a battery tender greatly increases the life of a battery.
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indianut

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Post Sun Apr 12, 2009 9:53 am

Re: Alternate to original HD Battery???

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!!
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Kev UK

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Post Sun Apr 12, 2009 12:31 pm

Re: Alternate to original HD Battery???

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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George Greer

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Post Sun Apr 12, 2009 10:50 pm

Re: Alternate to original HD Battery???

Danny, Chris and Kev..

Thanks for the replys.

I will look into the lawn tractor battery option.

George
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Post Sun May 03, 2009 11:47 pm

Re: Alternate to original HD Battery???

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:
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rd.king

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Post Wed Jul 22, 2009 8:57 am

Re: Alternate to original HD Battery???

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.
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George Greer

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Post Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:13 am

Re: Alternate to original HD Battery???

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
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Post Wed Jul 22, 2009 7:02 pm

Re: Alternate to original HD Battery???

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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