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Old 12-05-2008, 09:41 AM   #1
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Battery Alternative

FYI - Was at Sears the other day getting a new battery for my car and saw that they carry a DieHard Gold AGM sealed battery for the KTM 950. The 14BS which fits the 950 sells for $87.
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Old 12-05-2008, 02:30 PM   #2
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Why on earth have to replace Yuasa? Ex-transalp battery worked seven years without problem by original Yuasa. 950 05 has one that acts like new so it has to be quality brand.

Ofcourse original replacement is expensive, but how many cheaper versions you consume for life of one one quality piece, have to ask???
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Old 12-05-2008, 03:15 PM   #3
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Big differance between a "sealed" battery and a gel battery. The 950 has a gel battery in it that can be mounted upside down if need be and they're WAY more money. You can see in the Sears picture of the sealed battery that it comes with acid that YOU have to put in...than "seal" it up.
I had a Yuasa shit the bed in a year and a half and just replaced it with a Interstate gel. Let's see how long that lasts.
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Old 12-05-2008, 06:29 PM   #4
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Big differance between a "sealed" battery and a gel battery. The 950 has a gel battery in it that can be mounted upside down if need be and they're WAY more money. You can see in the Sears picture of the sealed battery that it comes with acid that YOU have to put in...than "seal" it up.
I had a Yuasa shit the bed in a year and a half and just replaced it with a Interstate gel. Let's see how long that lasts.
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Interesting, I've installed dozens of Interstate batteries in cars over the years and can't really ever remember having a problem with any one of them. Please keep us posted on how it works out for you.
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Old 12-06-2008, 06:04 AM   #5
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Sears / Allstate Batteries

I have had mixed success with various battery names over the years in both cars and motorbikes, but it is always good to have another source. If I experienced battery troubles I would rather spend $100 and have my bike on the road than have to wait days (or weeks) trying to source a new OEM battery.

The Sears website states that the battery is AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) and that the battery can be mounted in various positions, so it appears that the Sears battery would be comparable to the original OEM Absorbed Glass Mat Yuasa. I did not check the manufacturer's performance specifications for a full comparison of the respective batteries.

I would be interested in hearing about your experiences and satisfaction with both the Sears and Allstate batteries.

Thanks for posting.
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Old 12-06-2008, 08:26 AM   #6
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Installed Oddsessey Battery on 950se

I just installed a odssessey 310 on my SE The SE mounts so nice under the seat. The 310 is a bit smaller then the stocker and and pos and neg
are swaped but no big deal The cables are long enough to swap easy and the battery comes with spade conn to and on top of the mounting bolts if you want to. I paid $140

I bike lights right off as soon as you hit the button. TIME will tell if it is good , I have been using Odssessey's for a long time on what ever I can fit them in and they are very tough batteries and last a long time.

I pushed my SE 1.5 miles out of a wash last weekend becasue I left the head light on for a few minutes and it would not crank over nor could I get it to jump start either sand is a bitch on a big twin to jump start....


I would have posted pics but I still can't. but others are posting pics?????
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Old 12-06-2008, 11:37 AM   #7
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Big differance between a "sealed" battery and a gel battery. The 950 has a gel battery in it that can be mounted upside down if need be and they're WAY more money. You can see in the Sears picture of the sealed battery that it comes with acid that YOU have to put in...than "seal" it up.
I had a Yuasa shit the bed in a year and a half and just replaced it with a Interstate gel. Let's see how long that lasts.
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FYI- The OEM Yuasa and the Sears DieHard are both Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) Technology sealed batteries (i.e. identical).

The OEM one is not a gel battery.
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Old 12-09-2008, 10:00 AM   #8
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Some corrections on this post.

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Big differance between a "sealed" battery and a gel battery. The 950 does not have a gel battery in it that can be mounted upside down if need be and they're WAY more money. You can see in the Sears picture of the sealed battery that it comes with acid that YOU have to put in...than "seal" it up. You do not fill the YUASA with acid. It is factory sealed.
I had a Yuasa shit the bed in a year and a half and just replaced it with a Interstate gel. Let's see how long that lasts.
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I believe gel batteries could be longer lasting. I don't know if they can be mounted in an inclination. Cheers.
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Old 09-25-2013, 09:57 PM   #9
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Anyone tried this battery?

This is showing as a direct replacement to the stock battery. Anyone tried it? Half the price but meant to be the same battery.

http://www.electronictoolbox.com/pro...Fc01QgodVEYA0Q
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Old 09-26-2013, 06:34 AM   #10
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My Shorai crapped out in less than a year. Their prorated warranty pissed me off. They would only offer a reconditioned unit as a replacement. No more of my money will go to that company.

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Old 09-26-2013, 07:02 AM   #11
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My Shorai crapped out in less than a year. Their prorated warranty pissed me off. They would only offer a reconditioned unit as a replacement. No more of my money will go to that company.

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which Shorai? which KTM and how is the bike used at what temps?
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:17 PM   #12
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I still use the chinee batteries. Replace them every couple years. I've been burned too many times by these specialty batteries.
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Old 09-30-2013, 12:24 PM   #13
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990 Adventure- the Shorai required minimal shimming to fit- not sure of the model. Used in Colorado for 3 season riding. Old BMW charger that came with my '92 GS and was approved for use in charging the POS Shorai

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Old 10-16-2013, 10:34 AM   #14
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Odyssey PC 310 deal

Hi Guys
Been years since I posted.....
Just replaced a battery on my 950, and found a deal for the Odyssey on www.apexbattery.com that seems pretty good. It's 120.00 right now and if you use the coupon code "th5" you can get an extra 5% off of that. Also, the shipping is pretty cheap and the service (so far) was great.
Just thought you might like to know.....

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Old 10-16-2013, 11:04 PM   #15
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$235 here. Again we get raped !

Contacted Apex but they wont ship to OZ.
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