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anyone use a battery tender!
I think I might just have too get one!
Dont want a dead battery to destroy my motor!

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No idea. Might be better than nothing. Ideally, just get out and ride it but I understand!

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What are you talking about? Unless you have an older EFI model what does a dead battery have to do with the engine?

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thats what i was kinda wonderin....how is a dead battery gonna ruin ur engine??? and all that ur gonna have a battery for is the older EFI models, oe electric start, either of these wont ruin ur engine w/ dead battery

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A dead or low battery will destroy a older RXL. I used to use an aoutmatic tender in the winter to keep a good charge while on a trip or at home. I also buy a new battery every year - $30.00 insurance policy. But.... I just finished switching over to carbs. No more low battery meltdowns!
 

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thanks RXL!!! I think im goin with the tender JR $35 maintain a solid charge year round!!!
Why you ask!
The low amps in a bad battery make the electric fuel pump lag and not flow enough fuel! This will cause a lean burn condition and the motor will burn the pistons as fuel!!!
SLP makes a double fuel pump kit for the indy 650 EFI, The stock pump has problems keeping up with sustained reving in the 9000+rpm range! For $125 why not add the extra pertection!


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Low battery can also make the charging system have to work much harder than it is supposed to and although I don't know if that sled has generator, alternator or stator but I know from cars that alternators will burn diodes is the battery is too low and it has to 'overcharge' to compensate. I would think that a stator would get awfully hot in those same conditions reducing its life too.

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I knew why I want a good battery Bman I was confused as to its dammage to an engine directly. Thanks for the info.

Mnmark you might want to consider a gel-cel battery if it is criticle to have a well charged battery. Interstate batteries makes a Gel-cel. I used one in my jet ski with a total loss msd ignition it was durable and strong.


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Thanks
Ill keep the interstate in mind for next year. My friend said he just replaced it with its last spring service.
He said that the battery goes low with use and needs to be charged regularly.
I already ordered one tender JR and Im bidding on another on ebay!

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ic bout the low batter condition, i thot u meant just completey dead. Now i see where ur comin from...hhaha

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When I took apart the wiring harness to switch to carbs, my brown wire that travels from the stator had shown signs of overheating. The wire actually was melting the plastic around it. I'd look in to the auxillary fuel pump, but make sure that the stator can power it well. Everytime that I burned down, it was due to a low battery. Usually when I am on a trip and can not charge the battery (or forget to) and I still want to ride the next day. I figure that carbs, while not as easily adaptable to temp and elevation changes, will be better than having to fuss with the battery. There is a kit that will allow you to use the 14AA battery insted of the 9AA. I have the 14AA on both of my 500 EFI's and have no problems as of yet.
 

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i have a rxl same year and am wondering is there a way to tell if your battery is low. i have a hard time idling. it only idles at about 1000. but once it gets above 2000 it goes fine. is this a battey problem?? there is a brand new one in there from this summer. I also may have old gas in there. just wondering if there was a way or am i on the wrong track.
 

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Brodie, did you fire it up in summer when you replaced the battery? if you did, did you have to adjust the idle? perhaps its just colder now and the idle needs a little tweak?

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i don't believe i can tweak the idle. It is EFI. IS there a way to do that??? the gas has been in there since last year. The guy i got it from didn't really take care of it. That might be my problem.
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE id=quote><font size=1 face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id=quote>quote:<hr height=1 noshade id=quote>Originally posted by Brodie:

It is EFI. [/quote]

Uhhhhh....... oh yeah, uhhuuhuhuhuuuuuhhhhh. duh. Bman Sorry.


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Brodie - that is the problem that I had when the battery was low during a trip or duriing the season. Sometimes if it started with a low idle, and I did not "punch it" right away to kick up the idle, it would die. Then it was really hard to start again. I'd have to hold the throttle wide open while trying to start her just to get it started. Once it started, WOT again to keep it running. After about 5 min it was fine again. I am assuming that the battery was full enough to make it run ok. That was my main problem last year, then it finally melted during a 110 mph run across the lake in Wi. Now it is carbs, dial-a-jet, and EGT gauges all the way.
 

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On the battery tender thing, have any of you ever looked at the solar battery trickle chargers?
I was looking at one the other day that includes a battery conditioner. Keeps the plates in the battery clean and should make the battery last significantly longer if you used it regularly. I don't remember the manufacturer, but I saw it on eBay, theres probably more.
Theres also those trickle chargers that they use for cars. They won't charge a dead battery but will keep a charged battery good.
Maybe you could mount one on the side of the shed and route the cables inside or something. I like the idea of a set it and forget it kind of deal.
 

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Yea they sell them in JC whitney, and northern hydraulics.
If you get enough of them and enough batteries you could have an electric sled. Great for the envirement lousy for the rider.

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Well, if you have a low or otherwise dead battery, dont use the electric start. That would be the smart thing to do.

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