Question about 1982 Honda GL 1100 Innerstate Gold Wing

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Battery Hey everybody, Last night I bought a new dry battery (Advance Auto / type 12A-A) for my bike. I added the electrolyte and was getting ready to charge on 2 amps for the recommended 7 hrs or so. Before charging, I checked the battery with my voltmeter just out of interest and it was at 12.8v already just from adding the acid. After about 40 minutes of charging I was getting 13.25v and was worried it was gettting too high and stopped. I'm affraid to charge it for 7hrs. and overcharge it. I understand that the first charge is very important to the life of a new battery. So, should I be worried about over charging? Should I keep checking it w/ the voltmeter while charging? and if so, what voltage reading is too high when a battery is charging? Lastly, it seems like the electrolyte level has expanded after filling and is above the upper line now. Maybe I filled it on an unlevel surface. Should I take some back out now that I've charged it a little?

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No, your fine. your trickle charger will progressively back off as the battery nears full charge. The acid is warming up and expanding. It should go back down on its own. Just watchthat it doesn't overflow onto your chrome. Yhe fill line on the bat case has been made compensating for expansion. As long as you didn't fill above that line, you'll be ok.

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Put it in and start it up, its fine.

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