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thruxton
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« on: August 10, 2009, 12:19:21 PM »

my man-skills are so low i had to read instruction on how to get the fuel tank off. and then getting it back on took me about 10 minutes  bang head so if i can do it, anybody can  Grin

1. first, make sure you are under half a tank of fuel. hwy 9 is in my backyard so i went and did some zoom-zoom and then let the motor sit for 10 minutes to cool down.

2. if you have a top mounted steering damper the tank probably won't clear. undo the two screws and move it out of the way.



3. unlatch and then support the uplifted tank with the holder that comes from under the seat. ducati is replacing my tank under warranty so it's precarious perch wasn't totally nerve-racking.



4. i unscrewed the positive and then the negative (don't know if it matters which is first). wow! i read that these batteries were a lot lighter but comparing them is shocking.



5. there is no mounting hardware so i just used the original screws and square bolts that came with the stock battery; snugged them up good. the stretchy stock battery strap is probably enough to hold the speedcell in place but i had extra zip ties laying around so i ran a strip sideways as a bonus.



6. popcorn test start

no problems. cool. man-skills 101 passed with flying colors. so is it worth it? well, i am sure i had more life in my stock battery but the weight reduction all adds up, er down: full termi, speedcell, bst (soon), yea it's all going to be nice  [moto]


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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2009, 02:19:26 PM »

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4. i unscrewed the positive and then the negative (don't know if it matters which is first).

For future reference, always disconnect the negative first.
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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2009, 02:31:10 PM »

doh  bang head thanks mate
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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2009, 03:25:07 PM »

No problem. Didn't want you possibly having a "shocking" discovery next time you fiddle with the battery.
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« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2009, 04:38:23 PM »

I wouldn't make a habit of leaning your tank back that far, no matter how much fuel is in it.  The hinge won't like it.
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« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2009, 07:45:39 AM »

i figured yesterday was a cheat day since the engine was warm already. went to the bike this am and zoom zoom. starts better than before  waytogo

probably placebo effect but i swear i could tell my bike had lost 7lb  [moto] and no popo so i was letting it all hang out  Police
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« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2009, 05:58:36 PM »

Looks very good.

Don't forget to wrap up the exposed hot lead...

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« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2009, 06:14:55 AM »

Can someone tell me more about such a speedcell
How much is it and where can i buy one
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« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2009, 06:17:06 AM »

OK there is no way to not embarrass myself, so... is red the hot lead??
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« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2009, 06:50:57 AM »

Yikes.....Yes red = hot lead.  Get yourself a voltmeter and double check yourself. waytogo


My install, sometime last year

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« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2009, 07:57:24 AM »

Yikes.....Yes red = hot lead.  ...

My install, sometime last year


ha ha. well, i am embarrassed  Cry  but at least i know now  Grin

and, hey, you didn't cover your connections either. are we supposed to stick some black e-tape on it?
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« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2009, 08:05:14 AM »

Can someone tell me more about such a speedcell
How much is it and where can i buy one

i got mine from motowheels: basically it weighs nothing (holding them in my hands was impressive!!!) and starts your bike without a problem.

my stock was 2 years old and my bike would always start up pretty good, although i have never used a tender -- living in california, the bike never sat for more than a month without running. this battery is reported to holds it's charge even better than the stock battery so i won't be buying a tender as long as i continue commuting with my monster.

http://www.motowheels.com/italian/myProducts.cfm?parentcategoryid=915%7CBatteries%20and%20Battery%20Accessories&productID=6814&showDetail=1&categoryID=915|Batteries%20and%20Battery%20Accessories&vendoridtodisplay=0&filterFor=&collection=
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« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2009, 08:16:08 AM »

you can also get the speedcell with a quick disconnect fitting.   Then you can swap between trackbike and streetbike, or just take the battery out sooo easliy for winter.   
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« Reply #13 on: August 18, 2009, 08:11:33 AM »

i got mine from motowheels: basically it weighs nothing (holding them in my hands was impressive!!!) and starts your bike without a problem.

my stock was 2 years old and my bike would always start up pretty good, although i have never used a tender -- living in california, the bike never sat for more than a month without running. this battery is reported to holds it's charge even better than the stock battery so i won't be buying a tender as long as i continue commuting with my monster.

http://www.motowheels.com/italian/myProducts.cfm?parentcategoryid=915%7CBatteries%20and%20Battery%20Accessories&productID=6814&showDetail=1&categoryID=915|Batteries%20and%20Battery%20Accessories&vendoridtodisplay=0&filterFor=&collection=

Dang, I wish I'd have know about these before I just replaced my battery.  I did get a smaller SS AGM though. 6 lbs vs 13 lbs for the OEM YUASA wet cell.
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« Reply #14 on: August 18, 2009, 08:52:36 AM »

Now to embarrass myself, what is a speedcell?? their website is nothing.
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