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« Reply #15 on: April 12, 2011, 11:46:06 AM »

Hey Tim,

Seeing as I went on a battery adventure this weekend, I may have some tips. 

According to those that know more than thou, Sealed AGM batteries are the way to go.  AGM stands for absorption glass mat (found that out).  There is no need to top them off ever, they supposedly hold charge better and offer better performance than conventional lead-acid ones .  How true the last 2 statements are i don't know, but not having to top them off sold me. 

Price wise, they are about double the price of a conventional battery (think $90). 

As to finding them, i had a hell of a time.  Since the weather was great this past weekend and everyone and their brother were dusting off the ole bikes,  I may be been just unlucky, but I couldn't find one to save my life.  I tried my local auto parts, sears, bass pro shop, and the local cycle shop.  All were either sold out, had the wrong size or didn't carry them.  Andy actually found one at his local auto parts store in Roslindale and I had him get it for me.  It was the last one they had and i feel like i got lucky. 

I hope that helps and happy hunting  Grin 

Ohh, and Ben said Mike R can get his hands on gel ones if you are interested.  Just PM him i guess.
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« Reply #16 on: April 12, 2011, 01:23:33 PM »

As Treeve mentioned AGMs are much simpler to deal with - think no maintenance aside from keeping charged over the winter. Better  starting and running. No distilled water to add, no battery acid spilling over your bike, no failed battery due to it running try as you forgot to top it off, no crappy starting because its failing....AGM is THE cure!!!  Grin Grin Its just going to cost you thats all...if you can find one. I got the last one off the shelf in Advanced Auto in Roslindale for Treeve last night. Any car shop will carry AGM batteries for bikes. Juts make sure its the right size and (-) and (+) are in the right orientation.

Good luck
Andy
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« Reply #17 on: April 12, 2011, 01:31:10 PM »

do you have a specific battery model number to make this search easier? nothing is worse than calling auto parts places looking for parts without having a specific car in mind.
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« Reply #18 on: April 12, 2011, 01:33:23 PM »

Jay,

I will try to remember to look when i get home.
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« Reply #19 on: April 12, 2011, 02:59:08 PM »

do you have a specific battery model number to make this search easier? nothing is worse than calling auto parts places looking for parts without having a specific car in mind.

Aw but where is the fun in that! This is what I got Treeve last night and what I run in my K4 and K2.

http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_12-Volt-Sealed-AGM-Premium-Batteries-for-Power-Sports-Applications-MagnaPower_16940004-P_40_A|GRP60054_____

Its the MAGNA POWER AGM -model ETX15L

Advanced Auto cross-checked their computer with Treeves K8 and it came up.

They are listed in stock if you punch in your zipcode to find nearest location.

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« Reply #20 on: April 12, 2011, 05:01:04 PM »

Two other cool things i've read about AGM batteries are that you can mail them US Postal or overnight them UPS or Fedex since there is no liquid acid component, and the second point which i cannot substantiate personally....is that they arrive fully charged. Can anyone comment on these points?
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« Reply #21 on: April 12, 2011, 09:16:10 PM »

Mine came charged but I think Andy had a hand in it.
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« Reply #22 on: April 12, 2011, 10:45:45 PM »

Thank You guys, Theres one of them stores just up the road from me. Gonna go get 1 tomorrow. Thank
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« Reply #23 on: April 13, 2011, 07:27:54 AM »

They come out of the box nearly fully charged.
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« Reply #24 on: April 13, 2011, 07:50:00 AM »

Mine came charged but I think Andy had a hand in it.

I didnt touch it....straight from the shelf to you Treeve Wink
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« Reply #25 on: April 14, 2011, 08:18:52 PM »

Bought that battery today, Bike started nice! Thanks Guys !
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