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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-18-2017, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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2015+ 650 battery terminal bolt replacement

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Purchased a Yuasa 1 amp battery tender and am looking to install the leads directly to the battery on my 2016 650. Unfortunately the bolts that hold the battery terminal leads only engage for less than 1/2 a turn before being fully screwed down, which is making installing these leads extremely difficult. Is there a trick or do they need to be replaced with longer bolts? It seems odd Kawasaki would preclude adding any connections directly to the battery, I must be doing it wrong.

While on the topic of the battery and chargers - can I also get confirmation our bikes are negatively grounded, and the positive terminal should be hooked up first?
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Tried using the forum search function and came up empty so apologies if this has been covered.

Purchased a Yuasa 1 amp battery tender and am looking to install the leads directly to the battery on my 2016 650. Unfortunately the bolts that hold the battery terminal leads only engage for less than 1/2 a turn before being fully screwed down, which is making installing these leads extremely difficult. Is there a trick or do they need to be replaced with longer bolts? It seems odd Kawasaki would preclude adding any connections directly to the battery, I must be doing it wrong.
Easy to do ... if needed, replace with slightly longer bolts.
Note: I have direct connections on mine (2015 650) for heated clothing, etc. but do not remember needing to replace these battery fasteners.

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While on the topic of the battery and chargers - can I also get confirmation our bikes are negatively grounded, and the positive terminal should be hooked up first?
Yes our bikes are negatively grounded. It is preferable to hook up the positive first when installing. When removing the connections, remove the negative one first.

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I always take my battery bolt to Ace hardware and get several longer sizes in a Stainless Steel Allen Head Bolts. Heres a couple of spares below....

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I hook a few goodies to my battery like a set of Powerlet Motorsports Jumper Cables, Stebel Nautilus Horn, C-tek power lead for a battery tender or 12v outlet, a second 12V outlet lead on the opposite side of the bike and probably a few things i forgot.....

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I had the battery bolt problem as well when installing wiring for an auxiliary fuse block. It took some effort but I managed to get three ring terminals on each post using the original battery bolts: the bike's original battery leads, a lead for my trickle charger pigtail, and leads for the relay that provides power to the auxiliary fuse block. The next time I dive into that area, I plan to install some longer battery bolts to make it easier the next time I have to disconnect the leads.

The auxiliary fuse block is switched and allows me to add up to 6 circuits for electrical goodies that need to be switched (installation how-to HERE). Right now I only have one added circuit hooked to the switched fuse block and that is for my Gerbing heated clothing. Gonna be adding more circuits down the road for things such as a voltmeter, radar detector, etc.

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If you add longer bolts (which I too did), be careful not to get TOO LONG a bolt. you'll drive the bolt threads right into the battery casing and you'll be buying a new battery.

Ask me how I know about this, I'll happily tell you a tell of woe and not-sufficient-attention-being-paid-to-the-task-at-hand...
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Thanks for the feedback everyone, found 6mmx16mm (10mm head) bolts at Lowes, added a washer + locking washer + the leads for the charger and it worked out fine.
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