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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-13-2013, 12:01 PM Thread Starter
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My 08 is still running on the original battery.

The last 2 times I've started it, I turn the key on, flip the kill switch and got nothing at all, no fuel pump whine, nothing.

Turned the key off, heard an odd clicking noise that slowed and then stopped. Waited a few seconds, turned it on, flipped the kill switch and the fuel pump primes and off I go.

Am I right to be looking at the battery for this? I'm thinking that 5+ years is stretching it on battery life.

Any particular battery better than others? AGM? Bikemasters TruGel? Local farm and barn cycle battery? Polaris battery?

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-17-2013, 02:37 PM
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Yes, 5 year is the limit of most lead acid batteries. I prefer Yuasa batteries.
YUAM720BH Type - YTX20HL, AGM $116

http://www.yuasabatteries.com/motorc...ing#formanchor

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did you check your cables to see if there tight?

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I got a Motobatt a few moths ago and no problems, its the first and so far no problems, but is too soon to know.. my OEM died at 4 years old!

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Found it online for about $20 lower than local dealers, any issues ordering a battery online?

$77.28 + $14.99 = $92.27 http://www.powersportsuperstore.com/...-p/4088791.htm

$81.99 + $7 shipping = $88.99



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A five year old battery is long in the tooth and surely will fail sooner than later. It sounds though like your issue is not the battery. More likely it's at the terminals.
I would have the battery tested. Take it out and take it to just about any auto parts. They will bench test it for nothing. If it is even close to out of spec, replace it. Hell, at that age I would probably just replace it anyways.
Taking it out and cleaning up the terminals (or replacing the cables if they are showing some age) will do more toward curing no sign of spark followed by plenty of spark than battery woes. A weak battery connected properly will be sluggish or too weak to fire the bike but the pump takes little juice so it will pump and the lights will light and so forth, at least til you hit the start button.
It's common practice on this board to recommend lockwashers on the terminals to ward off loosening. At the cost of a couple of lockwashers there's nothing to argue against it.

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Ok, I'll pull the battery tomorrow and see what it rates out at. And plan to replace at the end of the riding season. Thank you to everyone for the ideas/suggestions.

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My 08 is still running on the original battery.

The last 2 times I've started it, I turn the key on, flip the kill switch and got nothing at all, no fuel pump whine, nothing.

Turned the key off, heard an odd clicking noise that slowed and then stopped. Waited a few seconds, turned it on, flipped the kill switch and the fuel pump primes and off I go.

Am I right to be looking at the battery for this? I'm thinking that 5+ years is stretching it on battery life.

Any particular battery better than others? AGM? Bikemasters TruGel? Local farm and barn cycle battery? Polaris battery?
I have a 2008 with the original battery too. It did the same thing as yours. It was the battery connections. They were corroded. Cleaned em up and the battery worked great. Also get a battery tender if you dont already have one. They help keep the battery from dying.

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Thanks for the confirmation. I've had it on a tender during the non daily riding season since I bought it in 2011. I'll definitely pull it, get it tested, clean the terminals, check the cables and then use a lock or star washer on the terminals. And at the end of the season, I'll replace it just to be safe.

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