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rammer60




PostSubject: Battery Tender pigtail installation   Fri Nov 02, 2012 2:15 pm


Hello, this is my first post on this forum. Early this Spring, I bought a lightly used, 2008, WR250x. It had 1700 miles on it, and a few modifications. I've learned a lot about the WR's from this site, so it's time to pay back.

I have 2 other motorcycles, an '09 Kawasaki ZX-14, and an '06 Yamaha FJR. On both of the other bikes I've installed leads for my Battery Tender Jr. There was no pigtail on the WR, so this morning I decided to put one on.



The first step was to grab a few simple hand tools.
A 10mm socket on a short extension
A 5mm Allen wrench.
A phillips screwdriver
And a utility knife


Remove the seat by taking out the 2 small bolts underneath it. Use a 10mm socket. The seat lifts up a little and you pull it to the rear of the the bike until it unhooks from the fuel tank.


Then use a 5mm allen wrench to remove the bolt at the bottom of the left side plastic.


Don't just yank the side cover off. The cover is held to the bike in 2 more places. On the top/front of the cover, it pushes on and pulls off. Gently pull the front portion out from the bike.
The rear is attached by a lillte molded in clip. Remove the side cover by Gently pulling the side cover forward and down.

The left side cover front...


The left side cover rear clip and what it attaches to...



With the cover off, you should be looking at the battery.


I know it's basic, but there are several owners that don't have a lot of wrenching skills or motorcycle experience..
The Black covered post is Negative (-) and the Red covered post is Positive (+)
You'll be connecting the Battery Tender lead to the battery and matching Black to Black and Red to Red.

Push the little plastic covers up and use the screwdriver to remove the little battery bolts.
If you're not skilled, it's best to remove the Black (-) wire from the battery first. Then remove the Red (+).

The lead for the Battery Tender has rings attached, but the holes are kind of big. I used a small washer under the head of the bolts, then put the lead on, then re-installed the wires.

A battery bolt with a small washer, the washer for the other bolt, and one wire from the lead.


I also made a small slit on the Red (+) plastic that covers the battery post. The wire from the Battery Tender lead sticks out through the slit.


Before I finished, I did the same for the Black (-) lead too.

Here's the installed Battery Tender lead...


I zip-tied the lead to the passenger peg guard .
I know it looks like it's close the the chain, but there's plenty of room and I never carry a passenger. I think it will be fine there


Bring on Winter!











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ramz




PostSubject: Re: Battery Tender pigtail installation   Fri Nov 02, 2012 8:37 pm

Excellent except for the last step:
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I zip-tied the lead to the passenger peg guard .

You couldn't have picked a worse spot.

Road debris and winter ice/snow/water/de-icer will destroy the SAE plug and expose the wires and they will touch and short the battery.
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zestymac

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PostSubject: Re: Battery Tender pigtail installation   Fri Nov 02, 2012 10:11 pm

I run mine above the tool kit and tuck it underneath the rear plastic when not in use. No zippy; nice and protected... thumb
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rammer60




PostSubject: Re: Battery Tender pigtail installation   Fri Nov 02, 2012 11:51 pm





I park the bikes for the winter. Once the snow starts to fall, they go into hibernation.

I'll move the lead up and tuck it pack under the plastic in the spring when I no longer need it.
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PostSubject: Re: Battery Tender pigtail installation   Mon Nov 05, 2012 10:15 am

Good first post. Welcome.

The black arrow shows the location of my Battery Tender plug:




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dmmcd

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PostSubject: Re: Battery Tender pigtail installation   Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:12 am

I ran mine over the airbox to the right side, just below the fuel tank and in front of the side panel. I use the pigtail to power my heated vest also.
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Daamud

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PostSubject: Re: Battery Tender pigtail installation   Mon Nov 05, 2012 10:24 pm

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DragonNester

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PostSubject: Re: Battery Tender pigtail installation   Tue Nov 06, 2012 7:31 am

Good write up rammer60. I terminated mine where the AIS unit used to be. It's main job is to power my gpsmap 60CSx.
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Ben10281




PostSubject: Re: Battery Tender pigtail installation   Fri May 24, 2013 11:45 am

I am looking to use this setup to keep my phone charged, and have a quick question. I have a battery tender cable, but it doesn't have the inline fuse. I also have the female cigarette lighter to battery tender connector cable. My cigarette lighter phone charger cable has a small fuse in it, will that be enough, or do i need the additional inline fuse as well?
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Fuzzy Wrench

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PostSubject: Re: Battery Tender pigtail installation   Fri May 24, 2013 11:03 pm

Ben10281: anything you wire straight on the battery should be fused...your charger cable has a fuse but not your tender cable...if your battery tender cable shorts, it could start a fire...install an inline fuse on your tender cable, as close to the battery as you can..
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Ben10281




PostSubject: Re: Battery Tender pigtail installation   Mon May 27, 2013 8:23 pm

Thanks for the info Fuzzy, I will make sure that I add the inline fuse to my setup.
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