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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 10-23-2016, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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Battery location WORST setup ever created

First off this battery is the biggest pain in the ass to get out. I have 3 additional positive wires I'm trying to connect to the battery but the bolt is only long enough for 2. Is my only option at this point to pay ducati to sodder them into the fuse box? Ive had 3 previous Japanese bikes and was able to get 4 extra positive cables on the battery.
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post #2 of 44 (permalink) Old 10-23-2016, 03:32 PM
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Make a pigtail to go on the battery post, then connect your extra wires to it rather than the battery post.
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Make a pigtail to go on the battery post, then connect your extra wires to it rather than the battery post.
Exactly!

Why create a sodding problem when all you need is to be smarter than the machine.

An alternative is to crimp 2 wires per terminal.

Personally, I appreciate the fact that Ducati engineered the battery location below the CG. They could have taken the easy way and put it under the seat, above the CG.

BTW, you actually do not need to remove the battery to access the post. Just say to yourself, I'm smarter than this machine.....over and over until it sinks in.
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2 of my positives have fuses attached. Currently I can't even get the dust cover to bolt back on because there is no room. I can crimp 2 together but I really doubt they will all cramp under that cover. The fuses would need to go under the dust cover because both of them are too short to run outside. Despite the benefit of dropping COG lower, not worth the tiny space left to work on this bike
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Don't get all pissy with the machine or the designers when they are doing exactly what they wanted to do with the battery.


You, on the other hand my friend, are trying to shove 7 pounds of shit into a 5 pound bag. Whose fault would that be?

Step back and ask yourself, does this battery do what a battery does? Does my bike start when I press the go button? Do the lights work when asked? Then it is working exactly as designed.


Have you considered using a lug at the solenoid? The heavy battery cable comes down to the solenoid and there is a threaded post there. Have you considered not needing so much crap to enjoy the ride? Honestly, you sound like the type of person that overloads the sockets in your home with piggy back plugs for all your gadgets. Go to any auto parts store, or Tractor Supply, and you can buy a 6" or 12" or 14" cable with eyes on each end. Buy a 1/4"x20 bolt and nut, put one end on your battery and one end use the nut and bolt to huuk up your gadgets. Then insulate it from grounding.


Or leave it all at home and enjoy the ride.
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Spent the afternoon learning to sodder. Got it working and 3 leads is not something I would consider excessive. Mike you don't need to be a d about it, just trying to get my shit working like I have on previous bikes. I live in the northeast need a heated liner to ride through winter, live in a city so have anti theft and need a battery tender lead. Not all of use live in the suburbs with a garage/private parking
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I agree... battery location = HUGE fail. Guarantee it was the B or C choice when designing the bike. Oh well. We bought it, gotta live with it.

Which actually raises one hell of a question...

If we went with a lithium battery, could it be located under the seat? Hmmm....

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Spent the afternoon learning to sodder. Got it working and 3 leads is not something I would consider excessive. Mike you don't need to be a d about it, just trying to get my shit working like I have on previous bikes. I live in the northeast need a heated liner to ride through winter, live in a city so have anti theft and need a battery tender lead. Not all of use live in the suburbs with a garage/private parking
Seriously, if you are an adult and have never learned/needed to solder already, as opposed to sodding, you ought to consider handing the project over to someone who is proficient. You would be much happier.
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I agree... battery location = HUGE fail. Guarantee it was the B or C choice when designing the bike. Oh well. We bought it, gotta live with it.

Which actually raises one hell of a question...

If we went with a lithium battery, could it be located under the seat? Hmmm....
How can it be a fail if I am happy with it?
And, don't tell me to sod myself.
As for putting a lithium battery under the seat, Samsung has enough of them for a fire sale.
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If you sir are happy with the battery location, then you are a sadist. haha

Seriously though, if I could fit a lithium battery under there and simply extend and/ or re-route the battery cables to that location? Seems legit. Many of those batteries are quite small nowadays!
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