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Old 07-18-2011, 11:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Battery cable not reaching new battery?

I have a 2002 Sportster and had to replace the battery. I bought a replacement battery and went to install it, but did not notice the terminal posts are recessed in by 1/4" compared to the OEM battery that had the posts flush with the side. With the posts being recessed, the cables won't reach. I searched around here but did not see info on this.

Am I missing something? Do they make post extensions, should I find new cables that will reach?

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Old 07-18-2011, 11:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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There should be a pair of spacers in the hardware package that came with the new battery.
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:57 AM   #3 (permalink)
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hmm, I'll have to look again. I only saw two screws and two nuts. (No matter how I write that I can't help but laugh at all the jokes that pop into my head.)
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:59 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Did you buy the battery from HD, or from a parts house?

With an HD battery, there should be any need for spacers.

With an aftermarket battery, their "Universal" fit, isn't always universal.

Screws should be metric thread. Using small spacers and longr screws, you should be able to mount the cable with little to no effort.
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we always send the new guy to the tool box for the "cable stretcher" and wait for the inevitable...
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we always send the new guy to the tool box for the "cable stretcher" and wait for the inevitable...
That is usually found between the bucket of blue steam and lightbulb grease lol
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That is usually found between the bucket of blue steam and lightbulb grease lol

Except they make light bulb grease....

A packet comes with every bulb you buy at AutoZone.



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Old 07-18-2011, 01:35 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Yeah, the light bulb grease is much easier to find than the headlight fluid.

I bought the battery at the local auto store. I'll go back tonight to find the 'universal' spacer.
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the real trick is trying to find a set of muffler bearings.
They have them in submarines for noise control. Don't know the part number thou.
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