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Old 12-03-2012, 02:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can anyone tell me if there is a how to on how to use a battery charge for storage.. i cant seem to find a picture on how to use a battery tender for the winter.. i just need a pic on how to do it without having to take the battery out. Thanks in advance... btw i have a jr. Battery tender that i bought on ebay.
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Don't have a pic handy...

Did your tender come with extra leads that you can attach to your battery? Mine came with leads that screw in via the battery terminals, then can be routed out the side of the bike. That is, you'll have to take your seat off and get down to the battery, but just once. From then on, the leads can be reached while the bike is in its normal configuration.

So, any time you need to put the bike on the tender, you just connect the tender to the leads and you're good to go.
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Did your BTjr come with the adapter to attach to the battery terminals?

This is my Venture and where I leave the end hang...





and where it stays on the KLR...

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Can anyone tell me if there is a how to on how to use a battery charge for storage.. i cant seem to find a picture on how to use a battery tender for the winter.. i just need a pic on how to do it without having to take the battery out. Thanks in advance... btw i have a jr. Battery tender that i bought on ebay.
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The tender should have come with a pair of alligator clips and a pair of ring terminal connectors that bolt onto the battery posts (see pic below). Bolt on the connectors and drop down the extension wire to someplace convenient to access so you an hook it to your tender. That tender has an automatic float when the battery is fully charged, so it will maintain it during storage. That's really all you need to know.

I have the "plus" version. I use the alligator clips on my car in storage (dry-cell Optima battery).


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So there is no way for me to do this without taking the seat off?... damn me
. And the tender looks exactly like the pics posted... thanks guys
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So there is no way for me to do this without taking the seat off?... damn me
. And the tender looks exactly like the pics posted... thanks guys
Is there something difficult about removing your seat? You only have to do it once, as was previously stated.
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So there is no way for me to do this without taking the seat off?... damn me
. And the tender looks exactly like the pics posted... thanks guys
Sure... Just bring it round to me and I will do it for you..

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So there is no way for me to do this without taking the seat off?... damn me
. And the tender looks exactly like the pics posted... thanks guys
Taking the seat off is easy. Your bike looks similar to mine... It's one (10mm IIRC) bolt to remove the rear/passenger seat, then another (12mm IIRC) to remove the front seat. The only tricky part is figuring out how to slide the rear side so that you can lift it off of the front seat's bolt.
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I took the seat off the Venture just to take a picture for you....it's not brain surgery.
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As my restoration project lasted 1 and 1/2 years, I used an automatic mechanical timer connected to my normal battery charger, and it charged my battery every day for 10 minutes. I started with a full charged battery.
After 1 and 1/2 years, the battery was ready to be used, full charged.

This is the type of timer I used:


And this was the battery charger:


Since everybody (almost) have a battery charger, I think this is a cheepo way of maintaining the battery alive during the winter.
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