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AGM BATTERIES

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Post by 58flh » Wed Jun 18, 2014 2:39 pm

Well its been riding season for some time now!---I was wondering how you guys running the AGMs have been making out???--My EXP. has been---Im on my 3rd year, & Last year Ileft the battery outside for 2-months before I realized it one day!.--Checked voltage & it had 12.2 Volts!--Usually it has close to 13-V!.--I run a 65-A genny/ Bosch regulater, LED tail-light,& a H-4 Halogen---55watt low-beam & 100watt Hi-beam. And normal dash bulbs!--Very simple set-up.When I installed the battery I never charged-it as it had 12.2-V already!.I polarized & off I went!--No ISSUES WHATSOEVER!. After about a 30-mile first-ride check everything deal, my Voltage was back to normal at 12.8!--BIKE-OFF!. And I ran my Halogen as its Law to run HEADLIGHT in the day. The batt is a 10-amp/320cca--that I purchased in AUTOZONE for $99.--Now in the last 2yrs. I ran the headlight for 6-HRS. straight comming from Perryappolis PA to home in NJ!.I did this twice!/This JULY will be the 3rd on the same AGM-BATTERY!---HOW IS everyone elses EXP. been with these GREAT AGMs!????--I will never use or recommend a Lead-Acid type EVER AGAIN!.Also the guys I ride with are using AGMs with GREAT RESULTS ALSO!-& on GENNY BIKES!----RICHIE? SORRY FOR THE POSTS AGAIN!--NEW MOUSE TODAY!---Respectfully---RICHIE



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Re: AGM BATTERIES

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Post by Bigincher » Wed Jun 18, 2014 3:52 pm

I run an AGM battery in my Evo. Factory HD battery, 12v.
They like to be used, and I generally get about 7 years on a battery.
Incidentally, I had to replace the battery in my Evo a couple weeks ago. It was only 6 years old, but I'd not ridden the bike very much the past couple of years, so replacing it at 6 years wasn't out of the ordinary.
But wait 'till you hear this----
I bought the battery at the HD shop; why not, it's an HD part, they had it in stock, and fully charged ready to go. I went and picked it up, and the "parts person" (a female with long gray hair, emitting an aura of experience, perhaps falsely) asked me if I park the bike on a concrete floor.
"Well, yes I do."
Then she told me the battery will last longer if I put a piece of rubber between the kick stand and the concrete floor.
I looked her square in the face to see if she was pulling my leg, but Nope, she was serious. She actually believed it.
I very politely told her that I've been parking on concrete for over 40 years without any issues, and I damn sure wasn't going to change now.

Maybe she thought I had a brand new all-electronic partially water-cooled Twinkie. And maybe such a myth is true with that kind of bike.
But it sure ain't true with MY motorcycles....!

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Re: AGM BATTERIES

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Post by HDChevroletUSA » Wed Jun 18, 2014 4:50 pm

Don't know what an "AGM" battery is yet, but learning stuff from you guys is what this forum is all about. I can't contribute to the AGM discussion but I've got to tell you guys about my conventional battery that came in my 03 Superglide. I took delivery in the fall of 02, and I've used a float charger on it. Today, almost 12 years later, the battery is still as strong as ever! Can't believe it!

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Re: AGM BATTERIES

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Post by Bigincher » Wed Jun 18, 2014 4:54 pm

"AGM" is Absorbent Glass Matt.
You can use your imagination to see what that might look like inside the battery.
Better yet, you can use the internet to educate yourself on all the different styles of batteries out there and their individual strengths and weaknesses.

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Re: AGM BATTERIES

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Post by Panacea » Wed Jun 18, 2014 5:50 pm

The battery in my 99 Road King was in use for eight years, I only changed it because I was taking a long trip and thought it wise. I used that same battery to power a small bilge pump I used to water trees the scouts planted around our storm pond behind my house for another three years! I would charge it up with my deltron charger then leave it pump all night or until the battery went dead, grab it in the morning and repeat when ever it was real dry around the new trees. The second battery is still in service after eight years...

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Re: AGM BATTERIES

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Post by james » Wed Jun 18, 2014 6:07 pm

I'm using a 6 volt Shorai lithium iron battery in a replica HD battery case from Chris Daniel.
It comes with all the padding you need to make it fit snug in the case. Holds its charge forever, no problem with oil tank heat either.
The battery going dead from sitting on concrete is not true. Years ago you were told to never sit a battery on concrete, it will drain the battery, set it on a block of wood or something. It's like a old wives tale.

Jim

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Re: AGM BATTERIES

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Post by ozwick86 » Thu Jun 19, 2014 4:36 am

I have the Yuasa YZ14S sealed going on 9 years with the Cycle Electric Low output generator end mount regulator.

I will most likely buy another one. I have been looking at one of those new lithium.

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Re: AGM BATTERIES

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Post by 58flh » Thu Jun 19, 2014 11:56 am

Well Im glad to see that ,I never trickle charged mine , since it was new!--(just the fist time & that was it!--(Lithiom-ION???)-Are they sealed & can be flipped sideways if need be??---Im sold on the AGMs!---I suppose were going to see more NEW POWER BOXES as TECH. gets NEWER & NEWER!---Respectfully--RICHIE

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Re: AGM BATTERIES

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Post by ozwick86 » Thu Jun 19, 2014 2:35 pm

Mine has been on a trickle charger 99.9% of the time.

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Re: AGM BATTERIES

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Post by Panacea » Fri Jun 20, 2014 1:34 pm

I have a small 6V 18ah battery that fits inside of the old gutted HD battery. After sitting all winter I put the battery tender on it and almost immediately it turns green, blinks for about a half hour then full green light. They are also real cheap at Batteries Plus...

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Re: AGM BATTERIES

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Post by UPSROD » Fri Jun 20, 2014 4:27 pm

Panacea wrote:I have a small 6V 18ah battery that fits inside of the old gutted HD battery. After sitting all winter I put the battery tender on it and almost immediately it turns green, blinks for about a half hour then full green light. They are also real cheap at Batteries Plus...
Panacea, what brand is it?

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Re: AGM BATTERIES

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Post by fl9018 » Sat Jun 21, 2014 11:52 am

I put one in a '73 BMW about 3 years ago and I will never go back to a lead acid battery again. I live in Wisconsin and I have yet to take it out during the winter months let alone throw a battery tender on it.
As for my '51 panhead, I will get a 12 volt AGM this year. Has anybody found one to fit the old 6 volt battery case?

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Re: AGM BATTERIES

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Post by 58flh » Sat Jun 21, 2014 12:11 pm

FL98---YES the AGMs come in a few diff. sizes!--As you probably already know you can install them sideways fit in a stock-6-volt box, if your running 6V. & Alot of the guys that went 12-V, Use the AGMs inside the 6-volt box!--(Im sure someone will help you here as THERE is a MEMBER who makes STOCK boxes FOR this & other type applications!---Respectfully---RICHIE

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Re: AGM BATTERIES

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Post by VPH-D » Sat Jun 21, 2014 2:07 pm

I installed a Werker WKA12-12F2 sealed battery this Spring in my 12v 51FL. I got only one year out of a V-Twin sealed 12v battery.
I've been running that crappy little 12N5.5 yamaha battery for decades in 12v Pans, they last about one year and boil dry every two weeks.
The Werker battery is rated at 12 amps, so it matches a -65a generator's output well. Batteries Plus has them for $49.99.
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