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 Post subject: Re: ATV Battery Gel v. regular
PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 12:44 pm 
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A solar trickle charger would help maintain a good battery, but might take a long time and a lot of sunshine to charge a nearly dead one. I carry jumper cables but that means you need a buddy with a good battery.

I think the theory is this: You try to electric start the ATV but there is not enough juice. There won't be enough power to enable the starter, but there should still be enough to run the fuel pump. You can then pull start it. Then at the earliest opportunity you can replace the battery. At least that is one idea I have heard.

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 Post subject: Re: ATV Battery Gel v. regular
PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 4:50 pm 
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I believe the circuit requires a battery in it, even if it's low or dead. I know of a few systems that use a battery to just smooth the DC wave in an AC converter. For EFI, I'd guess its important, but does the owners manual have any info on pull starting with a completely dead battery? I'll lhave to dig mine out....

Apparently if EFI gets less than 9v, forget it. The pull start is just to bypass a bad starter.

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 Post subject: Re: ATV Battery Gel v. regular
PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 5:59 pm 
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Nuge wrote:
I believe the circuit requires a battery in it, even if it's low or dead.


Apparently that's not true of mine since I pull started it successfully after removing the battery. Of course you'd never ride like that. You'd at least have a dead battery in place to hold the cables together at the terminals so the winch would work. At least I know that even with a totally Kaput battery, I can start my machine and get out of BFN (that's Bum F*&k Nevada). :Miner:

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 Post subject: Re: ATV Battery Gel v. regular
PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:14 pm 
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The Vinson is definitely old school, like how we used to test if an alternator was ok on a car by removing a battery terminal when the engine was running. Those days are now gone! Probabley the only "brain" in the Suzuki Vinson wiring is the electronic ignition.

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 Post subject: Re: ATV Battery Gel v. regular
PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:12 pm 
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I've made a lightweight jumper with about six feet of wire with male cigarette lighter type connectors on both ends. You can plug into another ATV and instantly get enough juice to fire up the electronics. Then you are able to pull start it. I've also been able to charge the battery up enough to use the starter but it took about an hour of charging off of an idling ATV. Not the best solution but workable.

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 Post subject: Re: ATV Battery Gel v. regular
PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:20 pm 
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Lizard wrote:
I've made a lightweight jumper with about six feet of wire with male cigarette lighter type connectors on both ends. You can plug into another ATV and instantly get enough juice to fire up the electronics. Then you are able to pull start it. I've also been able to charge the battery up enough to use the starter but it took about an hour of charging off of an idling ATV. Not the best solution but workable.

P.S. Quick tip. Don't leave your grip heaters on over night.


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