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Old 11-28-2012, 11:00 PM   #81 (permalink)
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Thanks for the input on the batteries and some new ideas.

Has anyone used the same tender (Deltran) as I? Experiences?
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:29 PM   #82 (permalink)
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Thought I would chime in.
2 years on a Shorai LFX14 , with the Shorai Tender , used in temps as low as 10*C with overnights as low as 2-3*C no problems turning over the big Speed .
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:00 AM   #83 (permalink)
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:05 AM   #84 (permalink)
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I just bought the Shorai charger this week from Jake Wilson... had a gift certificate, so it cost me $35.
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:04 AM   #85 (permalink)
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I bought my 2007 S3 and it has a Shorai 18A Lithium battery. Come late November here in Ontario Canada, we consitently get weather under 40 farenheit. I could not seem to figure out how to get it to start. Left lights on for 10 minutes once and it still only turned for a second and died. I can't believe they expect us to wait 5-10 minutes before starting our bike. When I want to ride, I want to ride. It was really frustrating to me and I'll be replacing it with a normal battery. At least for cold months.

I'll likely post a question, but can anyone let me know what stock battery I am looking or and where would be the best price. Places in the USA works too, as I have a freind in Detroit who will bring it to me.

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Old 12-13-2012, 12:55 PM   #86 (permalink)
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I'll likely post a question, but can anyone let me know what stock battery I am looking or and where would be the best price.
Stock battery is a "Yuasa YTX12-BS". Can't help on where to buy sorry!

I hear what you're saying about the Shorai. I've had more dramas than I care to mention with those batteries.
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:27 PM   #87 (permalink)
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I bought my 2007 S3 and it has a Shorai 18A Lithium battery. Come late November here in Ontario Canada, we consitently get weather under 40 farenheit. I could not seem to figure out how to get it to start. Left lights on for 10 minutes once and it still only turned for a second and died. I can't believe they expect us to wait 5-10 minutes before starting our bike. When I want to ride, I want to ride. It was really frustrating to me and I'll be replacing it with a normal battery. At least for cold months.


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We just had one of our coldest nights of the year...granted, that means it was only in the low 40's but hey, it's California...

Not sure what the temp was this morning, but it was cold enough half the florescent lights in my garage wouldn't come on.

Bike had been sitting, no charger, for a week or more since I last started it. (sad, yes, but it is what it is) I left the lights on for a couple minutes and tried it. Very slow crank, so I stopped and left if for another minute. Faster, but not fast enough. I stopped again. About 30 seconds more waiting and I tried it. Fast, almost, but not quite. Another 30 seconds waiting and it fired up.

Of course that whole routine is only after it's been sitting at least over night. It'll fire right up the rest of the day. And this bike ('06 S3) has always been hard to start even with a new agm battery.

if I lived somewhere that got much colder I might be inclined to ditch the Shorai as well, but over all I'm not worried about it. Sometimes it takes a little coaxing, but I've never had a no-start from it, while I have had several no-starts from my traditional batteries in this bike.
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:51 PM   #88 (permalink)
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Stock battery is a "Yuasa YTX12-BS". Can't help on where to buy sorry!

I hear what you're saying about the Shorai. I've had more dramas than I care to mention with those batteries.
Nice, same battery I have for my Honda Magna. I'll charge it up and test the cold start in the next couple of weeks.

Anyone ever try an ETX Line from East Penn. Not sure if any fit but I have a buddy that works there looking into it.

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Old 12-14-2012, 03:15 PM   #89 (permalink)
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Well crap, just yesterday I post about how my Shorai has never failed to start the bike. Then today....


Cold night last night; not sure how low it got but this morning I looked at two weather stations with one saying high 30's and the other low 40s about the time I went outside. Let's just call it 40 even. Went through my usual routine of turning on the lights while I wheel the bike out, a couple of test-start attempts with about 30 seconds between them, and it never got very strong. After about 5 minutes or so I gave up and pushed it back into the garage, hooked my charger to it and it started after perhaps 1 minute of charge time.

Grrrr....figures that as soon as I say it always starts it doesn't....

I do think it might have started a 'normal' bike, but I usually need a pretty long crank cycle for the first start of the day and it just couldn't keep the cranking speed up more than 3 or 4 seconds at a time. I usually need more like 10.
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Zel, have you done the starter wire upgrade yet?


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