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Re: do you have to take off the seat to get to the...
Hi, It opens with your key on the right side as looking from the front
of the bike. Keep the key turned and pull straight up on the back of
the seat. There is a tab on the front right behind the tank, so when
you are putting it back make sure that tab goes into the slot first.
Wow, when you get the seat off you will also find your emergency tool
bag! Good Luck!
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It sounds as though the seat pan might be coming into contact with the battery and thus causing the seat to heat up and drain the battery all at once. My question would be if the battery was recently replaced and an incorrect sized battery was used. If battery isn't under the seat pan itself, check for wires that might have insulation damage that could cause a short and draining the battery. Also some people have installed heated grips on their bikes, maybe the switch for that isn't off when not in use and causing a drain.
taking the seat of a vmax is really easy. open the seat like your gonna full the gas tank, on both sides is a plastic piece coming from the seat. on nut on each side comes out and the seat lifts back and up. if your talking about just starting with a battery cable you can just reach the battery cables with the seat off. if your talking about jump starting by forward motioin and using the clutch its best to find a hill and get it going and put the bike in 2nd gear and let the clutch out. WARNING. If the bike don`t start you probably won`t be able to push it up hills, it weighs 650 lbs. but you can not jump start the bike without taking off the seat. suggestion, buy a battery tender terminal hookup for $5 and screw the two wires onto your batter and let if hang out the side of the seat, it has a cap over to keep it dry in the rain and if you buy a battery tender you will be able to jump the bike or charge the battery without taking of the seat every time. the battery tender cost from $20 to $40 it s worth the money. if your not going to ride you bike in the winter hook up the battery tender and leave the battery out of the bike for the winter in a garage or basement hooked to the battery tender. cost pennys a month and save the battery life. hope this helps
Remove the bolt at the back of the passenger seat, lift the back of the seat, and pull it off. Remove the bolt at the back of the driver seat, lift the back of the seat, and pull it toward the back of the seat. Remove the bolts on the battery cover, the battery cable bolts, and lift the battery straight up out of the battery box.
To get to the battery, look under the operator's seat (either side) 1"-2" behind the back of the fuel tank; you'll see a nut holding a threaded shaft into tabs protruding from the frame. Loosen and remove the nuts on both sides, lift the seat up until the threaded shafts are completely free of the tabs, then move the seat straight forward. That will free a catch, molded into the underside of the seat, from a loop in the frame that holds the back of the seat down and keeps the seat from moving side-to-side. The seat may then moved out of the way.
Now you will see the battery in the frame; disconnect the battery terminal with a red insulated boot over it, then the opposite battery terminal. The battery may then be lifted upward and out of the frame. Install the new battery in the same orientation, and connect the terminals
Reinstallation of the seat is the in reverse order of its' removal (above): there is a specification for the nuts - 5 ft.-lbs. (7 nm) - but it's usually sufficient to tighten the nuts snugly on both sides
UNDER SEAT The battery is located in the battery box below the seat.
Open the seat Remove the screw then remove the battery cover Disconnect the negative terminal lead from the battery first then disconnect the positive ( ) terminal
lead Pull the battery ( ) out of the battery
There are two seat bolts under the seat that must be removed. Obviously, if the underside of the fender is covered in mud, you'll have to clean it first. A metric socket works best to remove the bolts.
After removal of the seat bolts, lift the back of the seat, then pull straight back; a plastic flange on the front of the seat hooks under the tank, and so you have to pull it backwards to remove it.
With the seat off, removing the battery is pretty easy. A rubber strap holds the battery down; unhook and remove it. Unscrew the lead wires and unhook them (negative first), then pull the battery out.
Install a replacement battery by reversing these steps. Yamaha recommends charging a new battery before installing it.
from what i remember on mine, it did have to come off and what a bear it was to get the seat bolts to align properly during reinstallation.
remove the seat, remove the battery, install the new battery (but install a battery tender pigtail and route it down the side), install the seat (lightly tape the hex bolts to the hex wrench so you can stick them in the blind hole) and secure the pigtail to the frame. now when the battery gets low, the seat doesn't have to be removed to top charge it.