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Every winter I have an issue taking the battery out of an 03 sportster (xlh). Seat comes off fine, get the terminals unattached ok, but cant lift the darn thing up! The manual makes it look like an easy lift up and out, What am I doing wrong, any suggestions that may make this easier?

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Usually, if you tip the top of the battery forward you can lift the bottom of the battery up and over the lip of the battery box. But, some batteries are a bit taller than others by just a fraction of an inch or a few millimeters. This can sometimes cause difficulty.

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