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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-02-2013, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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So, I have been wanting to pull the battery out to do a couple of things and it was a balmy 50 degrees today so I figure today is the day.
I think the manual lists 4 or 5 steps, remove chin fairing, undo cables pop bungee strap and voila.
Not so fast. Battery will not budge. Fut the wok? Gentle rocking, nada, careful prying around the edges, nope, rubber mallet, nothing. Back to the manual. Zoom up details looking for the secret handshake. Not a clue. This thing ought to come.
Backing up a bit, my Handy lift was in my trailer under my Indian when the trailer was stolen. The Queen and I have been somewhat transient during the last year and I haven't yet convinced myself that I want to drop another couple grand so I can lug around another lift table (although after today I'm giving it a lot of thought). So, I have the Cross Country up on my Craftsman jack which suffices but I still end up on my knees on the concrete which I am not a fan of.
Anyway by lunchtime I have dropped the outers of the chin fairing, unbolted the battery box from the frame and hauled the mess out. Battery, she no budge.
Turns out, some prevailing condition that I could give a hoot about cemented the battery to the rubber pads that keep the battery from catching all that vibration. After a session with a putty knife and a few choice words the battery and the battery box were liberated from each other. The rubbers are mostly intact but now carry a mirror image of the missing lettering that peeled off the battery during surgery.
I dunno if this has happened before but it ain't happening to Pop again. I lathered the rubbers with WD before reassembly and expect that will keep things from getting sticky going forward.
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-02-2013, 07:58 PM
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Strange. Can't recall hearing this one before.

If memory serves; the WD-40's main ingredient is fish oil. Will probably work just fine but I probably would have used anti-seize. A little would go a long way on this application.
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post #4 of 23 (permalink) Old 12-01-2013, 06:39 PM
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Hey Pop, just wanted to thank you for creating this post last Feb.

I ran into the exact same thing today trying to remove my battery as I put the bike in storage. No budge at all. I almost gave up and put everything back together and say F it, but I figured I'd do a hail mary search here to see if someone else had experienced my issue.

So after reading your post, I took out my little crow bar and started to jimmy the battery from the bottom until it finally let go.

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Good read, have to put that one back in the old memory bank. The upside is that if the batteries are in there that tight then vibration is not a huge issue for them.

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Well , you guys aren't alone . I feel Pops pain . I broke my balls getting the battery out of my Hammer , same thing , glued to those dampeners in the box ... Also there is less then a millimeter of clearance to get it free from under the frame .

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Those Cross bike rattle so much they have to glues the batterys down.
Now if you would of bought a vision you wouldn't have that problem

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good to know I was planning on removing mine tomorrow thanks

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post #9 of 23 (permalink) Old 12-03-2013, 09:09 PM
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Experienced the same problem today when removing the battery. Had to pry it free from the glue.

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Purely a case of Assaulting the Battery.

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