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Well fitting a new battery & hard to get at terminals to put bolts in.
any tricks to make this job easier?
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When I built. New cables I made my replacements just a little bit longer than factory. That helped.
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Stock cables tend to be taunt and can fracture with miles. Heavier gage and extra length,(as mentioned earlier), will help all the way around.
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I've found that the easiest way was to get the negative started with the battery sideways, then slide it in the carrier and do the positive.
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I pull my battery every year and it's a pain.
A longer plus cable would help a lot.
Longer ground would help so you could tip the battery a little.
What probably happened was the MoCo thought it would be great to save a couple pennies per bike to shorten the lines an inch.
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Thank you all!!!

I was thinking the cables are short. I'll fit the new battery as is , but I'll look to get longer cables.
Another problem that has shown up ( might be the battery brand? ) but after 13,000k (8,000 mile ) the positive (+) terminal on my SSB brand AGM type battery broke off. I've been riding Harley's since the late 1970's & first time this has happened. anyone else had this happen? I'm in Australia so not sure if you get SSB in USA but it has 450cca so starts my 88" easy ( until the (+) broke off )
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Make your new cables from #2 gauge welder's cable, about 2 cm. longer than the stock cables. Much more flexible, will transmit less vibration & will put less stress on the terminals.
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Make your new cables from #2 gauge welder's cable, about 2 cm. longer than the stock cables. Much more flexible, will transmit less vibration & will put less stress on the terminals.
Thanks BKB!! sounds like a positive move!!
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Yep - It's a pain...

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