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  1. #1
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    best battery for a C50

    I'm looking for a new battery for my '06 Boulevard C50. I saw a Westco for about $80 with a 1yr warrenty. Any ideas on price and longevity? I want a good battery for the best price as anyone would in these economic times. I'm unemployed. Thanks
    Stanley

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    Check Gman Industries. Gary out of Washington is fellow rider a member of VolusiaRiders.com and of
    Suzuki Owners Club of North America.

    He developed lots of products for the C50, C90 and C109. I use his shift bushing on my 05C50SE.

    And he enjoys helping fellow riders out with advise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stanley View Post
    I want a good battery for the best price as anyone would in these economic times. I'm unemployed.
    I usually recommend AGM type batteries because under "normal" conditions they seem to last twice as long or more than a conventional wet-cell model.

    They do cost about twice as much though, and if you figure the total cost over something like 10 years, the actual price advantage of the AGM is very little.....if you change them yourself.

    In your present situation, I'd recommend a conventional battery from a "name brand" company, from a discount dealer. Should be able to get one for about $40, I think. If it lasts 3 years, which should be no problem if cared for properly, you will hopefully be in a better financial position by then.

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    Yeah, go to G-Man Industries.com and order you a G-Bat. it is an Odyssey dry cell battery modified (with Odyssey's permission so ti does not void the warranty) to slip right into your bike. They area a bit pricy at $120, but that is way cheaper than most places for an Odyssey, and the battery will probably last longer than your bike. We even used an Intruder 800 that had a G-bat in it to jump start Tammy's Ford F-150. I have them in two of my bikes, and will put them in the other three when the OEM batteries go out.

    I have had acceptable service from a J&P Cycles wet cell el-cheapo battery for $30, but you will need to check the water and if you do not keep it on a trickle charger all the time it will not last long. The more often you ride your bike the longer a cheap battery will last- in a bike riden every day I got 3 years out of a $30 battery, but in a bike that sits in the winter it only lasted one season and was worthless in the spring.
    Last edited by DrBob; 12-30-2010 at 09:27 AM.
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    thanks dr. bob, there's a lot of truth in that.

    Gel cell batteries, although expensive (about 2 to 3 times the price of a regular battery) tend to allow for being put away after driven hard and need only occassional charging over winter.

    Looking to put a fancy gel cell battery in a truck I don't drive much.

    If you want to use a regular battery, you need to keep an eye on water levels in each of the 6 cells check the "water level" about every 2 weeks.



    Couldn't put "fail" across Lolo's picture, but she did come in 4th in the 100 m hurdles - still one heck of an effort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by omegajim View Post
    Looking to put a fancy gel cell battery in a truck I don't drive much.
    Why would you pick that instead of an AGM or the "dry cell" that DrBob was recommending ??

    My impression is that gel cells don't have any particular advantage in a normal automotive application.

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    I use the phrase "gel cell" and agm sometimes interchangeably.

    Meant to buy (will buy) a(n) agm battery for the truck - run about $150.



    Couldn't put "fail" across Lolo's picture, but she did come in 4th in the 100 m hurdles - still one heck of an effort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by omegajim View Post
    I use the phrase "gel cell" and agm sometimes interchangeably.
    They are quite different, actually.

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    Thanks guys.....a conventional battery from a "name brand" company might be what'll do me right now. Any names to give me a start?
    Stanley

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    I bought a agm battery from walmart almost a year ago and so far so good 55 bucks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stanley View Post
    Thanks guys.....a conventional battery from a "name brand" company might be what'll do me right now. Any names to give me a start?
    Any local store that has a good warranty; even Walmart maybe.
    Autozone, NAPA, Batteries Plus, etc. too.
    Yuasa batteries are usually good.

    Be sure it's fully charged before installation.

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    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stanley View Post
    Thanks again!
    My pleasure.
    Should add that the best way to keep a battery healthy is to NOT let it run down......and for a conventional wet-cell, don't let it go dry.

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    After replacing the battery, should I ride the old gas out before filling up? Or should I top off the tank since that gas has been sitting for awhile? I'm trying to bring the bike back to life the best way.
    Stanley

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stanley View Post
    should I ride the old gas out before filling up? Or should I top off the tank since that gas has been sitting for awhile?
    Depends......on how long " a while" and how it is running.

    Either way, it would probably be a good idea to give it a shot of carb cleaner along with filling up the tank.

    If it's been YEARS, then the old gas should be drained out first.


 
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