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  • Grease Monkey
    Grease Monkey
    5 months
    Thanks, I was happy with it.
  • Grease Monkey
    Grease Monkey
    5 months
    Did a couple of hundred k's today, really happy with how its running, maybe I'll stop messing with it for awhile, the 263 cams longer legs just suits my use the gears and revs riding style better than the shorter variety, people might say horseshit but the bike feels happier to me now and I guess that's all that matters.
    Hope you all got a ride in fella's, life's short, we are a long time dead.
  • Grease Monkey
    Grease Monkey
    1 month
    The SSB battery is stuffed, how long ago did I put that in? A year? Load tested it dropped to 6 volts, goes back to 12.7 no load, I don't leave it on the tender, maybe I should? Bloody crap these days, they used to last for years without tenders, maybe I'm better off going back to the old 65989-97C? 
    What you blokes think? 
    Shops are shut, no riding for me tomorrow, should of looked at it before, felt it was getting tired and ignored it cause I was busy with work.
  • Krash Kinkade
    Krash Kinkade
    1 month
    Quoting Grease Monkey on 25 Jan 2021 08:11 AM

    The SSB battery is stuffed, how long ago did I put that in? A year? Load tested it dropped to 6 volts, goes back to 12.7 no load, I don't leave it on the tender, maybe I should? Bloody crap these days, they used to last for years without tenders, maybe I'm better off going back to the old 65989-97C? 

    What you blokes think? 
    Shops are shut, no riding for me tomorrow, should of looked at it before, felt it was getting tired and ignored it cause I was busy with work.

    No good to read this GM!!
    Always a bugger when that happens!! I had trouble with a 450cca SSB few year back the positive terminal broke off ( first time ever for me ) But bought a new 450cca SSB so far no trouble, always keep on Battery tender when bike parked in shed. Get another one!!
  • Benno
    Benno
    1 month
    It’s time GM, you need a spare. Bike that is, sell it to the chief as a project. 
  • Grease Monkey
    Grease Monkey
    1 month
    Krash this one was the 400cca, they didn't have the 450 when I got it but did say they had a better run out the 400's from their store, bad batch on 450's or some shit, will see on Wednesday what they have.
    Benno, second bike, been thinking an FXR?
  • Benno
    Benno
    1 month
    Great choice, FXR,  “A Riders Bike”, they are still out there mate, just have to dig a bit. I am thoroughly enjoying working on and riding my Evo lowrider. 
  • speedzter
    speedzter
    1 month
    The SSB 450 I bought lasted less than 12 months. 
    Had high hopes for it too !.
    Put the 4 year old HD battery back in !
    It still measures 300cca .
    I won't buy another SSB.
    Maybe ok for a stock-ish bike.

  • Soapbox2627
    Soapbox2627
    1 month
    with all the 300cca to 450cca, will the alternator provide enough charge to maintain it
    would an upgrade charge system be required?
  • Krash Kinkade
    Krash Kinkade
    1 month
    Quoting speedzter on 25 Jan 2021 10:50 PM

    The SSB 450 I bought lasted less than 12 months. 

    Had high hopes for it too !.
    Put the 4 year old HD battery back in !
    It still measures 300cca .
    I won't buy another SSB.
    Maybe ok for a stock-ish bike.

    no good to read, you prob have more cranking pressure?
    I have very high cranking pressure on my sporty with Axtell Barrels JE flat tops, when I used the HD 300cca it was very slow to crank over, then got the SSB 450cca it spun it up & fired quick ( carb ) then as I posted had positive terminal break off. Bought another one & that was before the virus  ( but not positive how long now, but this one seems ok never let me down yet ( touch wood )
  • Krash Kinkade
    Krash Kinkade
    1 month
    Quoting Soapbox2627 on 25 Jan 2021 11:17 PM

    with all the 300cca to 450cca, will the alternator provide enough charge to maintain it
    would an upgrade charge system be required?

    Can't tell you that, but my bike still has all original electrics 03 year 60,000km (21,000km when I bough from original lady owner )
  • magnum54
    magnum54
    1 month
    My SSB HVT-1 shat itself about a month ago, a bit over two years old. No sign of going out, went from turning the motor over like a champ to click,click click.
    Thought it might be a faulty cell or connection.
    Checked all the connections on the bike and they are ok, positive terminal on the battery has a bit of movement.
    Thought I could resurrect the battery and have had it back to full charge and it starts ok a couple of times then click,click,click , no gradual loss of cranking power.
    Last couple of trips out, I have taken jumper leads and needed them to get home.
    A search here indicates these batteries are less reliable than they should be with a lot of similar problems.
    Zero response from the manufacturers.
  • T4
    T4
    1 month
    I have one of these jump start thingys in the saddlebags (can for size comparison). Never had to use it myself but it starts any bike I've tried it on, even 6cyl Falcons and 4cyl turbo diesels. You can almost put the damn thing in yer pocket.

    Cheers, Will
  • magnum54
    magnum54
    1 month
    Quoting T4 on 27 Jan 2021 09:23 AMedited: 27 Jan 2021 09:24 AM

    I have one of these jump start thingys in the saddlebags (can for size comparison). Never had to use it myself but it starts any bike I've tried it on, even 6cyl Falcons and 4cyl turbo diesels. You can almost put the damn thing in yer pocket.

    Cheers, Will

    Got one of them on the way
    Not bad value when you think about how much trouble they could save you if your battery is suspect
  • Wideglider
    Wideglider
    1 month
    Quoting T4 on 27 Jan 2021 09:23 AMedited: 27 Jan 2021 09:24 AM

    I have one of these jump start thingys in the saddlebags (can for size comparison). Never had to use it myself but it starts any bike I've tried it on, even 6cyl Falcons and 4cyl turbo diesels. You can almost put the damn thing in yer pocket.

    Cheers, Will

    Have got a Lithium-Ion battery jump-starter unit, cheap insurance. 
    That 6.9% Mercury Hard Cider can in a saddlebag also would certainly give you a jump-start. 
  • T4
    T4
    29 days ago
    That 6.9% Mercury Hard Cider can in a saddlebag also would certainly give you a jump-start.

    :)
  • Grease Monkey
    Grease Monkey
    27 days ago
    Must get one of them jump starter packs, be handy for work or rides away, wonder how much juice it would need to start the 5 cyl diesel in the Ranger?
    Anyway ended up with another SSB, also got a new charger as my old one ays cat and mouse with the settings button, think I got it in 2005 so I guess it's had a good innings, so new battery as of 30-1-21....now I'll be able to look it up haha.
    Pics of what I got......
  • Grease Monkey
    Grease Monkey
    27 days ago
    Probably should of read all the replies before I went shopping.....
  • Krash Kinkade
    Krash Kinkade
    27 days ago
    Quoting Grease Monkey on 30 Jan 2021 08:36 AM

    Must get one of them jump starter packs, be handy for work or rides away, wonder how much juice it would need to start the 5 cyl diesel in the Ranger?

    Anyway ended up with another SSB, also got a new charger as my old one ays cat and mouse with the settings button, think I got it in 2005 so I guess it's had a good innings, so new battery as of 30-1-21....now I'll be able to look it up haha.
    Pics of what I got......

    The SSB good!!  I know I had trouble with first one I got, but it cranked my motor over Quick, the AGM Harley battery was having a hernia trying to do that. I thought I might need a stronger starter, but bought the SSB AGM with 450cca and it spun the motor fired up quick ( I got very high cranking pressure, no decomp . then as I posted once battery positive terminal broke off, don't know how bike was running good day before got home turned off. then I get bike out a day or so after and nothing no power at all, look down and see positive terminal broke off bolt still tight all wires still hooked up but terminal not on battery. got a second one and had it for longer than first and works great. you'll be right GM!!
  • Humbug
    Humbug
    26 days ago
    Those little jump starters are great. You can charge your phone and computer stuff from them as well.
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