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Old 11-22-2011, 08:45 PM   #198
Spud Rider
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Originally Posted by jungleplant View Post
ok spud thanks, ps
i have invited Michael Brat to the thread because he has actually had a frame failure and has great knowledge on this subject
You're welcome, Mike. I look forward to hearing Mike Bratcher's viewpoints on this subject.

I think the brace for the battery box strengthens the left side of the XR650L subframe. However, the battery box weighs over ten pounds, and I don't think the subframe benefits from having the battery box slamming on it. I have read reports of a few battery boxes breaking off during long trips into rough terrain.

I'm glad I removed the battery box when I relocated my Shorai battery to the top of the airbox. However, one can remove 5 pounds of weight from the battery box by merely substituting a Shorai battery for the stock battery.



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