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Old 08-18-2019, 01:54 PM   #1
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I am looking for ideas on how to secure a small 12v battery in a horseshoe oil tank.


I have seen quite a few ugly ideas of shit stuffed around the battery; rags, foam, lumber(even nice examples), yoga mats.


Lets see what you guys have
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Old 08-18-2019, 02:44 PM   #2
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yeah ...I went the ugly route ,I cut a rubber mat to fit under and over the battery...then I cut foam pipe insulation to fit around the battery to hold it in place . fold the mat over the battery when installing the seat to protect the terminals ….good since 2011 ...6000 miles
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You could try the harder type of foam from band equipment road cases, not the softer stuff. That's what i use...
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Old 08-18-2019, 03:07 PM   #4
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if u have the pogo seat and want the original look ...cut the top off an old 6 volt battery ,, clean it out ….stuff it with 2 small 12volt batteries wired in parallel and connected to the original 6 V terminals on the inside . glue the top back on and you got a 12 volt in a 6 volt case !
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Old 08-18-2019, 05:52 PM   #5
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There is a box you can buy
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I welded a flat plate to the bottom of the 'shoe on one of mine, then drilled two holes in the plate.

I then placed the battery in it, and made a cross bar for the top with two holes. I lined it all up, bolted and nutted the battery in place, welded the nuts to the plate, and then powdered the whole mess.

Still holding up just fine five years later.
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Old 08-18-2019, 09:29 PM   #7
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if u have the pogo seat and want the original look ...cut the top off an old 6 volt battery ,, clean it out .stuff it with 2 small 12volt batteries wired in parallel and connected to the original 6 V terminals on the inside . glue the top back on and you got a 12 volt in a 6 volt case !
My mentorbro has done that for decades with both 6 and 12v replacements.. Works great but do it outdoors because of the dust! Battery acid doesn't eat wood (hence wood plating tanks before plastic was an option) which is also an excellent insulator so if you want a custom insert that's an option.
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Old 08-20-2019, 12:56 AM   #8
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V-Twin Mfg. makes a support box for a 12N5.5A-3B battery that fits in the horseshoe tank. That and a kit with fake 6V battery top on page 695 of the 2019 catalog
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This(I made mine from old batt but no storage space)
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I just did this.

Welded in a new floor, drilled a couple of holes and welded nuts on the under side for the threaded rod to thread into, then a plate to secure the battery. Alos amde a removable rear plate that has the fuse holder mounted to it.

Works perfect and it aint going anywhere.




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NZT100, that is a slick set up. Upper hangers negate the batt tray.


The idea of multiple connections with the Bates fake battery has me saying no.


I did cut some slots into batt tray for softail rubber strap but when it was said and done I didnt have room to get the loops to hook. Doh !



I think I'm going with Govmule on this one.
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I can snap photos tonight if you need, let me know.
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If you're not locked into the idea of running one of those 12N5.5 batteries with a lifter block, I've run a YTX9 gel/agm (either) battery sideways in my stock horseshoe tank for years and years and years.

Pros:
- commonly avail in ANY place powersports batteries are sold in case fails on the road or on the weekend
- no acid leakage
- more tolerant of modern charging systems with higher output

Cons:
- despite how I care for them, I get about 2-3 year out of them. This is OK by me.
- your headlights and ignition system need to support "sideways electrons" to work properly

;-0

To put it more succinctly: fuck those little 12V mini size lead acid batteries.

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Old 08-21-2019, 08:56 PM   #14
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Lowbrow sells a batt. holder for a 12 v.lithium batt. The holder mounts on the bottom and the complete unit is about 5" long by 2" wide. Battery and holder are about $175. Lithium batteries are good for people that don't ride much when it is cold. They stay charged for months.
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Old 08-22-2019, 12:56 PM   #15
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I've used closed cell black foam on all my horseshoes . No problems. Use on sides and bottom than a piece on top. Holds very firm does not move but allows obsorbsortion of vibration . Use on all my bikes for as long as I can remember. Can get in different thicknesses. Remember Closed cell foam , the other is too soft.
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I've used closed cell black foam on all my horseshoes . No problems. Use on sides and bottom than a piece on top. Holds very firm does not move but allows obsorbsortion of vibration . Use on all my bikes for as long as I can remember. Can get in different thicknesses. Remember Closed cell foam , the other is too soft.
Me too. All four sides and bottom. You can put some foil tape (the kind you use for heat ducting) on the foam and keep the battery cooler too.

I still use the stock style cap on top with the rods to hold it in place.

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