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RE: battery

do you think it real necessary to take the battery out for winter storage or to a charger/tender on it. my battery is only 2 years old and i stored the bike and didnt do anything to the battery. what do you do?
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I take them out.
and the one that does not get taken out, goes on the tender.

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Re: Battery

Take it out and you need not be concerned. Place it on a wood surface.
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I leave the batteries in my toys, and I put the tender on every few weeks.

I've tried taking the battery out and bringing it in the house....it doesn't seem to make any differnce either way. In the past I never used a tender, but I usually had to charge them up when removing from storage, so now I keep 'em fully charged.

edit; Oh, and as long as the battery has a charge, you can set/store it on any surface material you want. Modern batteries don't care.

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I use a battery tender so I can leave the battery in my bike (less hassle). The battery tender comes with a wire harness that you can hook directly to the battery, making it simple to hook up the charger. The wire harness also fits the mini air compressor I purchased and carry with me.



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I leave the batteries in my toys, and I put the tender on every few weeks.

I've tried taking the battery out and bringing it in the house....it doesn't seem to make any differnce either way. In the past I never used a tender, but I usually had to charge them up when removing from storage, so now I keep 'em fully charged.

edit; Oh, and as long as the battery has a charge, you can set/store it on any surface material you want. Modern batteries don't care.
my wifes quad went 6 years with the original battery, its stored outside in the shed, no tender, I see no reason to put the tender on it now.

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I leave the batteries in my toys, and I put the tender on every few weeks.

I've tried taking the battery out and bringing it in the house....it doesn't seem to make any difference either way. In the past I never used a tender, but I usually had to charge them up when removing from storage, so now I keep 'em fully charged.

edit; Oh, and as long as the battery has a charge, you can set/store it on any surface material you want. Modern batteries don't care.
I meant to ask you on a different thread about winter storage where oil changes, running fuel out of the carburetor, jacking the bike up, etc. was discussed.

Do you recommend putting some oil down each cylinder during storage? I've done that with all of my small equipment (lawn mowers, snowmobiles, snow blowers, etc.) I don't want to start the bike during the winter for all of the reasons discussed on other threads? I started my bike up once last winter when we hit 45 degrees but that probably wasn't the best idea even though it ran until the radiator fan kicked in.

Thank you for any thoughts/advice you have to offer!



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I meant to ask you on a different thread about winter storage where oil changes, running fuel out of the carburetor, jacking the bike up, etc. was discussed.

Do you recommend putting some oil down each cylinder during storage? I've done that with all of my small equipment (lawn mowers, snowmobiles, snow blowers, etc.) I don't want to start the bike during the winter for all of the reasons discussed on other threads? I started my bike up once last winter when we hit 45 degrees but that probably wasn't the best idea even though it ran until the radiator fan kicked in.

Thank you for any thoughts/advice you have to offer!
I hit the wifes with fogging oil, alot of people dont bother. hers sits a couple months longer than mine.

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last spring i got a new battery so i didn't put the trickle charger on it now i'm in the market for a new battery. my bad.lol...........

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I leave the battery in my bike for the winter, usually Dec - Feb, but do hook up a trickle charger once a month for a few hours. After my last ride before winter storage, I fill the gas tank and put in stabilizer and I ride enough to circulate the stabilized gas through the carbs. I change the oil before winter storage. A long time ago I used to put oil in the cylinders for winter storage but no longer do that and have not had any problems.

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