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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-06-2014, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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A few questions on batteries.

What should a 2008 Hammer S factory battery life be?
11000 miles on bike
What battery is a good replacement?
What is a good price?
Where to buy?
The battery seems to be ok for now but it is a 2008 battery.

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I put a Deka ETX20L AGM battery in mine a few weeks ago no complaints. I paid $81.95 shipped from tristate battery.

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I get my batteries from the local napa auto parts. Their powersports batteries are agm, haven't had any problems with them yet. don't remember what i paid for the last one, has been a few years since i bought one for motorcycle or 4wheeler. It also helps that my wife works their, i get a good price and i don't have to go pick it up.

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In the winter put the battery on a motorcycle battery tender.
Battery's are a gamble. Yuasa is probably the top of the line and any shop can order one for you or Amazon

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I get my batteries from the local napa auto parts. Their powersports batteries are agm, haven't had any problems with them yet. don't remember what i paid for the last one, has been a few years since i bought one for motorcycle or 4wheeler. It also helps that my wife works their, i get a good price and i don't have to go pick it up.
Pretty sure the NAPA AGM battery is made by Deka.

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napa now sells deka batteries made by east penn mfg in reading pa. a good battery at a good price. usually the more you ride + keep battery charged the longer it lives. i believe the other american bike maker uses them as well, at a higher price of course! the freshness of a battery makes a big difference. longer than 3 months on the shelf + its going downhill. batteries are date coded + a search will explain how to decode.
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My experience is as follows:

Stock is a Yuasa YTX20HL-BS on my bike and weighs 16 lbs. Has 310 CCA. Some older bikes have the YTX20L-BS which has 270 CCA and weighs 14 lbs.

I bought a WPS Featherweight Lithium battery Part# 490-2520 which is the replacement for both OEM batteries. Costs $229.95 from BTO Sports where I get some of my MX items from.

Super awesome. Has a superior 420 CCA. Only weighs 3.7 Lbs and is Waterproof. Can be charged with any charger unlike other more expensive lightweight high CCA batteries (Shorai) that require a battery tender or Shorai's specific charger. Has a built in LED test gauge not that I have ever needed it. Fast recharge, can be brought up to a 90% charge within 6 minutes not that I have ever needed it. I have left in in the bike for 6 months during winter and she fired up no problems where my Yuasa was dead after about 5 weeks. Normally it is not a big deal as I would just recharge it but I figured why the heck not and I can cut 12lbs off the weight.

A weight savings of 12 lbs. Might have added 1HP to my bike ahah.

Good luck!

These are pictures of one that went in my other bike that I posted on another forum.


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lithium batteries are not what they are cracked up to be, especially in the cold. a good thing for racers though. all i gotta do to lighten up that much is cut back on the hops!!
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lithium batteries are not what they are cracked up to be, especially in the cold. a good thing for racers though. all i gotta do to lighten up that much is cut back on the hops!!
My thoughts exactly. I research the Lithium batteries before I bought the Deka and decided to go with a more traditional setup.

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A few questions on batteries.

What should a 2008 Hammer S factory battery life be?
11000 miles on bike
What battery is a good replacement?
What is a good price?
Where to buy?
The battery seems to be ok for now but it is a 2008 battery.
You have a very old battery. in terms of time. I would not expect it to last much longer simply because batteries do die with time no matter the mileage. I have 13,300 miles on my '13 Vision and do not expect to need to address battery problems for at least 4 more years. Time, more so than mileage, affects battery life.

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