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Author Topic: Fitting a smaller battery after ditching the E/Start  (Read 505 times)

Bulletbaz

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Fitting a smaller battery after ditching the E/Start
« on: April 28, 2013, 08:48:57 AM »
I am dealing with an electrical fault on my Sixty5 in another thread, but out of interest, now that I have converted my bike to kicksart-only and will sooner or later have to replace the battery, would it be ok to get a lighter-duty (smaller) battery, say, as fitted to non-E/S Bullets? I ask this because both the alternator, and rectifier/regulator units are different part numbers on E/S and non-E/S models.

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Re: Fitting a smaller battery after ditching the E/Start
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2013, 10:29:54 AM »
Yes, it's okay to use a smaller battery.
The KS bikes use a 5-amp hour battery.
The regulator is supposed to only give the battery what it needs, and dissipates the rest as heat. That's why the reg/rect have aluminum cases with fins on them, and they should be in a place where air can flow over them.

However, it probably wouldn't hurt to keep the larger battery if you plan to use some electrical accessories or added lighting.

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Re: Fitting a smaller battery after ditching the E/Start
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2013, 01:56:27 PM »
OK - thanks!

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Re: Fitting a smaller battery after ditching the E/Start
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2013, 04:52:17 PM »
The Yuasa or similar YTZ7S is compact enough to fit in your toolbox. Been using one this way for years. Opens up the bike to give a cleaner/lighter look. I did buy a BikeMaster gel battery about 1.5 yrs ago and it did not last. I would not recommend this battery. My Yuasa lasted about 5 yrs at about double the cost of most replacement batteries which tend to last one or two seasons. Sometimes it pays to spend a little extra.
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Re: Fitting a smaller battery after ditching the E/Start
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2013, 01:55:12 PM »
Anyone ever try a Shorai yet? It's a lithium/iron battery that's small and lightweight.
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Re: Fitting a smaller battery after ditching the E/Start
« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2013, 02:09:26 PM »
Yes, a few people have tried them and reported that they like them.

I have not personally tried one yet, but I plan to try one for my next batt.

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Re: Fitting a smaller battery after ditching the E/Start
« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2013, 02:12:08 PM »
Good to know. My ES has a big DieHard. I can barely close the battery box lid.
Now back to the regular thread!
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