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How do i remove the battery from my 1996 sportster?

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Take the rear seat off ( one screw at the rear of the seat ) the screws holding the drivers seat. It may not have two seats depending on the model. with the seat off the battery is in the middle of the oil tank and has one crossbar holding it down with a screw in one end. lift up ( after the screw is out) and it'll unhook. Remove the negative battery cable first and put it on last as you put the cables on the new battery.. put everything back and tighten good as these bikes shake alot and nothing should be loose. if the battery doesn't fit tightly ( wrong one ) It'll be shaken to death quickly and the new battery will fail. A small piece of wood may be made to shore up any looseness, wood isn't attacked by batteries. ( the orginal batteries were made of wood in the oldest days of batteries.) Good and tight and your good to go make sure that you put the battery cables in such a way as to not let them rub on anything as they'll wear though later and you'll have a major problem ( get the right battery ) Everybody and their brother will try to sell you the wrong one and say it'll work ( not in the long run ) get one that fits and the terminals are on the correct ends they make the batteries both ways and a whole lot that look like their it but theyre wrong.

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