I'm not sure the service manual says FTX14-BS and shows filling the electrolyte and I thought it was a maintenance free OE.Buffalo said:OEM battery is an AGM.
Some AGM batteries are shipped without electrolyte. The current battery in my 650 came that way and it is an AGM.MJR said:I'm not sure the service manual says FTX14-BS and shows filling the electrolyte and I thought it was a maintenance free OE.Buffalo said:OEM battery is an AGM.
Interesting I've never heard of a AGM battery that you had to fill but found this on Yuasa's web site. Interesting cause my the ones I use in the Jeep (Odyssey Battery) come ready to use out of the box and didn't think they would have such a thing but since motorcycles are stored for long periods in a warehouse before they are sold it makes sense. Thanks.Buffalo said:Some AGM batteries are shipped without electrolyte. The current battery in my 650 came that way and it is an AGM.
But what Buffalo is saying is that even though acid is added when the bike is assembled at the dealer it's still a AGM and that the electrolyte soaks into the glass mat after being added at the dealer. See here.herbeckg said:AGM batteries differ from flooded lead acid batteries in that the electrolyte is held in the glass mats, as opposed to freely flooding the plates. Very thin glass fibers are woven into a mat to increase surface area enough to hold sufficient electrolyte on the cells for their lifetime. The fibers that compose the fine glass mat do not absorb nor are affected by the acidic electrolyte. These mats are wrung out 2–5% after being soaked in acids, prior to manufacture completion and sealing.
Yuasa said:Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM)Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) Technology is an advanced battery design that eliminates water loss. Once it's filled with acid, you'll never need to fill it with water or check the acid level.
Because of its lead calcium design, the AGM battery will hold its specific gravity more than three times longer than conventional lead antimony types. This means much longer periods between charges when the battery is used in a standby mode, like winter storage.
And to remain factory-fresh the AGM battery is shipped dry along with its own pack of high-gravity acid that's added at the time of installation.
Once filled with acid from its special packs, the AGM battery is virtually maintenance free. All of the acid is absorbed in the special plates and separators, so there is no need to worry about acid leaks on the valuable vehicle parts and accessories.
Get a Yuasa AGM battery and then forget it - they're the best. Oh yes! :thumbup:herbeckg said:I am thinking of buying a new battery. Should I buy an AGM or a maintenace free battery? Both are $69.95 each.
It would not have worked. Both terminals are positive and only one of them is hot all the time. The other is only hot while the starter button is being pushed.wilder days said:With the screws on the top, it looks like it is designed to be able to connect accessories to it.
I never have. I have my shark stereo unit connected directly to the battery