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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-27-2017, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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adding battery charge connector

Short story on adding an Optimate charging connector to your battery, battery removal is featured in owner’s manual, thought I’d add some extra images.
Right side plastic cover is pulled off, then loosen Allen key (in yellow line drawing), with that remove saddle.
Remove red data connector from battery cover by pulling up little tab at yellow arrow with fingernail and sliding it off its yellow lip. Lift other connectors up from their blue tab on the battery cover, no need to separate the connector. Pull the thick cable from under its tab on the cover.
Remove the two fasteners in green circles in the correct way, these work a charm but you have to read in the manual exactly how they work. There is no force involved!
Pull up the cover a little at the back, and slide out backwards the two tabs in green at the front.
Remove the battery cover, and you’ll find a tiny battery.
Now you have access to the battery terminals. I added the charger cables to the terminals, fed the + one with its fuse case around the back of the battery, and slid out the connector under the upper frame tube by pulling back the right side plastic battery case a little.
All fiddling around at your own risk please!
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Awesome, maybe our first write up on this forum? This is definitely useful info!
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Well done. Do you think we need an Electrical sub forum for stuff like this?
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01-7700, Electrical sub might be a good idea, because as customization seems to be promoted, and the bike is supposedly targeted at a young urban crowd (?) , they might be more interested in max alternator capacity to feed a 27in see through curved dash/windscreen and double Pokémon radar, then adding a roots type blower to the cuddly vintage dinosaur fuel propulsion drive.
Seriously, I was looking for a moment where to put this little write up.
Electrical system detailing is an often overlooked part of customization, and can really give you headaches.
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01-7700, Electrical sub might be a good idea, because as customization seems to be promoted, and the bike is supposedly targeted at a young urban crowd (?) , they might be more interested in max alternator capacity to feed a 27in see through curved dash/windscreen and double Pokémon radar, then adding a roots type blower to the cuddly vintage dinosaur fuel propulsion drive.
Seriously, I was looking for a moment where to put this little write up.
Electrical system detailing is an often overlooked part of customization, and can really give you headaches.
I'll see what I can do - thanks

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01-7700, Electrical sub might be a good idea, because as customization seems to be promoted, and the bike is supposedly targeted at a young urban crowd (?) , they might be more interested in max alternator capacity to feed a 27in see through curved dash/windscreen and double Pokémon radar, then adding a roots type blower to the cuddly vintage dinosaur fuel propulsion drive.
Seriously, I was looking for a moment where to put this little write up.
Electrical system detailing is an often overlooked part of customization, and can really give you headaches.
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Short story on adding an Optimate charging connector to your battery, battery removal is featured in owner’s manual, thought I’d add some extra images.
Right side plastic cover is pulled off, then loosen Allen key (in yellow line drawing), with that remove saddle.
Remove red data connector from battery cover by pulling up little tab at yellow arrow with fingernail and sliding it off its yellow lip. Lift other connectors up from their blue tab on the battery cover, no need to separate the connector. Pull the thick cable from under its tab on the cover.
Remove the two fasteners in green circles in the correct way, these work a charm but you have to read in the manual exactly how they work. There is no force involved!
Pull up the cover a little at the back, and slide out backwards the two tabs in green at the front.
Remove the battery cover, and you’ll find a tiny battery.
Now you have access to the battery terminals. I added the charger cables to the terminals, fed the + one with its fuse case around the back of the battery, and slid out the connector under the upper frame tube by pulling back the right side plastic battery case a little.
All fiddling around at your own risk please!
Thanks man, this helped me setup my battery tender quick connect for the winter months. Took only 10 mins!
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Guys,

It is a good idea to put some wax or a dab of grease on the posts on the cover before sliding the cover back into place. Listen for a click as the posts seat themselves.

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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-10-2018, 05:47 PM
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That's one tight fit! The battery cover was a bitch to manipulate out of there. And, the pin-clip located under the thick electrical wire was tough to get to. Matter of fact, I just left it off, rather than trying to reinstall it. Anyway, I was able to get my tender quick connect cable installed and everything back together.

Doesn't it seem like a bit much? I know they wanted places to hide basic tools (things I'll never use / I carry my own set), but it seems like a simple strap would have done the trick to keep the battery in place.
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I put a tender connector on my cmx500 the other day and agree with Ryan the push pin on the data cable side was a bear to get to and I left it off as well. I wish the dealers would just put this on to begin with it... its like a $5 part from Deltran .
At least now I can trickle charge and check my voltage without taking off the seat!
My main reason for having this connection is for the tire inflator that goes in my fork bag in case I catch a nail.. now I can just plug it in using this connector.
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