She's dead, Jim

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Dadson, May 2, 2012.

  1. Dadson

    Dadson Been here awhile

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    The battery on my 04 1150 GS has given up the ghost.

    I want to get a replacement for it and in 30 minutes of research I'm more bewildered than I could have thought. It was opening up a closet jammed packed, and it all just avalanched out.

    Gel or dry, amps matter, they don't matter, sealed, open... I just want the right batter for my bike so I can ride. Why can't it be that easy? (rhetorical question)

    I turn to you, my brothers and sisters of the two wheel joy, can you recommend a decent battery?

    The only extra I run are running lights. Other than that, it's pretty much stock.

    Thank you for your help, guys. I really appreciate it.
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  2. OldPete

    OldPete Be aware

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    Sealed AGM... Odyssey is my choice.
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  3. MotorradMike

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    Odyssey PC680 is my choice too.

    Be prepared to alter the connections.
    No big deal, it's just not plug&play.
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  4. guzzimike

    guzzimike Long timer

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    If the price of an Odyssey makes your eyes water, try a Deka.
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  5. Bugman98

    Bugman98 Been here awhile

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    Have you tried wal-mart? Its not just for KLR's! I've bought several batteries for motos there, including for BMWs. Maybe they will only last 4 years instead of 5, but they cost half as much!
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  6. OldPete

    OldPete Be aware

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    Deka does offer batteries with blemished cases for less $$.
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  7. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    :nod

    "Jim" :brow
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  8. speedracertdi

    speedracertdi Been here awhile

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    Odyssey. If you can afford the beemer, you can afford a good battery.
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  9. Dadson

    Dadson Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the advice, everyone.

    I noticed the Odyssey PC680-P doesn't have terminal connectors. Is that something I can pick up in a hardware store, or is there a kit, or what?
    I suppose I could just use my nail gun.:eek1

    I read in the BMW owners manual that the original battery is 19 AH and the Odyssey is 16. Would that make much of a difference?


    I did check Walmart, but didn't see any bike batteries listed.
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  10. henrymartin

    henrymartin Mr. Tourguide

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    I ran an Extreme Magna AGM (available at Autozone, charged, and in stock) on my Beemer. On my KLR, I just bought a Scorpion AGM (1/2 the cost, and even less than conventional, shipped USPS to my door) that I only rode with once so far. But, the KLR is a kick start. :)
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  11. mrt10x

    mrt10x Dumba$s Jarhead

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    I used to think YUASA but the one I put in my GSA after the OEM battery has sucked... the OEM would last months while not on a charger,,, but the YUASA dies after 7 or 8 days. If I replace it it will be with a Shorai.
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  12. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    It may come with the "L" adapters, I bought one last year and they were in the box.
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  13. JimVonBaden

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    They do.

    Jim :brow
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  14. Eddy Alvarez

    Eddy Alvarez Long timer

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  15. Dadson

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    Thanks for the tip. That's just what I'm looking for and in fact found it on Amazon where I can get it faster, but... the L connectors will take almost a week to ship. Isnt' that how it always goes?

    I've called some local auto parts stores and they don't have anything like that. Called some local motorcycle stores. Same story.
    Just a suggestion for those stores; fewer stickers of flaming skulls and more useful things. Just throw'n it out there.

    These L brackets look like just metal L's. Anyone know what they'd be made of? Maybe I can pick up something from the local hardware store and make them myself.
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  16. MotorradMike

    MotorradMike MIL-TFD-41

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    There's a thread around here somewhere about the clever solutions people have come up with for connecting to the terminals.
    Mine, of course, is the best. :D
    Made from 2 short pieces of copper water pipe, hammered flat and drilled.

    [​IMG]
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  17. Dadson

    Dadson Been here awhile

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    Brilliant Mike! What size bolt is used?

    This is a picture of the brackets and bolts in the kit.
    [​IMG]
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  18. MotorradMike

    MotorradMike MIL-TFD-41

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    Yes, I know. Heh Heh

    Seriously, you should find the thread with all the other solutions.
    If your gas tank is metal, you will need to make certain there can never be a (+) to tank short.

    IIRC the bolts are M6 x 1.0

    Edit: The thread I was thinking about is actually here. I think you'll be able to view it without being a member.
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  19. Dadson

    Dadson Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the link. :clap
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  20. DanMesloh

    DanMesloh Grumpy old man

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    I bent my battery cable ends to fit Odyssey battery, the L brackets suck,
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