Battery Alternative

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by Yellow Pig, Dec 5, 2008.

  1. Yellow Pig

    Yellow Pig Allergic to Asphalt!

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    FYI - Was at Sears the other day getting a new battery for my car and saw that they carry a DieHard Gold AGM sealed battery for the KTM 950. The 14BS which fits the 950 sells for $87.
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  2. amaunu

    amaunu Been here awhile

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    Why on earth have to replace Yuasa? Ex-transalp battery worked seven years without problem by original Yuasa. 950 05 has one that acts like new so it has to be quality brand.

    Ofcourse original replacement is expensive, but how many cheaper versions you consume for life of one one quality piece, have to ask???
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  3. O.C.F.RIDER

    O.C.F.RIDER Loose nut behind h/bars

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    Big differance between a "sealed" battery and a gel battery. The 950 has a gel battery in it that can be mounted upside down if need be and they're WAY more money. You can see in the Sears picture of the sealed battery that it comes with acid that YOU have to put in...than "seal" it up.
    I had a Yuasa shit the bed in a year and a half and just replaced it with a Interstate gel. Let's see how long that lasts.
    See Ya!
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  4. LoFlow

    LoFlow Been here awhile

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    Interesting, I've installed dozens of Interstate batteries in cars over the years and can't really ever remember having a problem with any one of them. Please keep us posted on how it works out for you.
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  5. gbx2001

    gbx2001 Geophiz

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    I have had mixed success with various battery names over the years in both cars and motorbikes, but it is always good to have another source. If I experienced battery troubles I would rather spend $100 and have my bike on the road than have to wait days (or weeks) trying to source a new OEM battery.

    The Sears website states that the battery is AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) and that the battery can be mounted in various positions, so it appears that the Sears battery would be comparable to the original OEM Absorbed Glass Mat Yuasa. I did not check the manufacturer's performance specifications for a full comparison of the respective batteries.

    I would be interested in hearing about your experiences and satisfaction with both the Sears and Allstate batteries.

    Thanks for posting.
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  6. zmotomann

    zmotomann No Quarter

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    I just installed a odssessey 310 on my SE The SE mounts so nice under the seat. The 310 is a bit smaller then the stocker and and pos and neg
    are swaped but no big deal The cables are long enough to swap easy and the battery comes with spade conn to and on top of the mounting bolts if you want to. I paid $140

    I bike lights right off as soon as you hit the button. TIME will tell if it is good , I have been using Odssessey's for a long time on what ever I can fit them in and they are very tough batteries and last a long time.

    I pushed my SE 1.5 miles out of a wash last weekend becasue I left the head light on for a few minutes and it would not crank over nor could I get it to jump start either sand is a bitch on a big twin to jump start....


    I would have posted pics but I still can't. but others are posting pics?????
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  7. Yellow Pig

    Yellow Pig Allergic to Asphalt!

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    FYI- The OEM Yuasa and the Sears DieHard are both Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) Technology sealed batteries (i.e. identical).

    The OEM one is not a gel battery.
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  8. Super Enduro R

    Super Enduro R Been here awhile

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    is that before or after you fitted the odessey ?
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  9. viatormundi

    viatormundi Citizen of the world

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    Would this Odyssey 310 fit to 990 Adventure's battery compartment?
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  10. Head2Wind

    Head2Wind MotorcycleMayhem

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    yes, it will fit
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  11. gefr

    gefr Life is a trip

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    I believe gel batteries could be longer lasting. I don't know if they can be mounted in an inclination. Cheers.
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  12. viatormundi

    viatormundi Citizen of the world

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    Thx for the info. I should check these batteries, my original Yuasa is getting weaker.
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  13. socalslim

    socalslim n00b

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    I'm pretty sure the Sears label and the Interstate brand are both made by Yuasa.
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  14. gweaver

    gweaver NorCal is Best Cal!

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    I'll need to check that out too. My battery went belly up. Called NAPA, and based on research done here, and their suggestions, bought an ETX14, made by DEKA. Doesn't fit. Too tall. Stock height is ~4 1/4", this one is 5 5/8". Called them- they say they have smaller batteries, but I've got to remember to bring electrical specs. Anyone know what the specs are for the 950?

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  15. PowerCell

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    BAGSTR BAGSTR

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    The unit in my 2007 US 990A failed to start today. The accessory socket reads 12.56 volts with the key off and 11.95 with the key on and the headlight off. (Euro headlight & Switch) 21 months seems short lived to me... What life are your Orange Monster batteries getting?
    I will check the battery drain test tommorow. i.e. disconnect battery neg and measure current to ground. Manual standard is 2mA or less. Otherwise I have current drain somewhere.
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  17. Chipper

    Chipper Been here awhile

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  18. PowerCell

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    I've had one in my SE for about a year. I worry a bit about batteries as I run an auto clutch and ride in Mexico a lot. This batt is amazing! Because my FCR's don't have a choke circuit, some mornings I need to abuse the starter a bit. The Braille can really crank!
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  19. ErrinV

    ErrinV D Boon!

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    I'm in need of a new battery, and the OP lists the 14-BS from Sears. However, my battery is a 14-S. What is the difference, and will the 14-BS fit? The 14-S is listed as being available at my local Sears, but the 14-S is a special order.

    Thanks.
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  20. Nailhead

    Nailhead Free at last!

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    You do have a load on the battery-- it's the clock, and it's a good reason to buy a Battery Tender if you don't ride very frequently.
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