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I want remove the battery before winter. how do i get at it?

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Remove the seat , when you take it out . If it has cell check plugs for each cell ? take a look in each cell , fluid should be about 3/4 to 1 in from the top . If everything looks good leave your cell
plugs out . Put it on a slow charge for about an hour . Now put your plugs back in . Clean both terminals with steelwool and take some terminal spray and spray both terminals . You can get
this spray at the auto parts store . Also clean wire terminals on your bike , make them shine
and wipe down your battery box , and everything else under the seat . Take your battery and store
it where the temp stays about the same all day all night Like a closet . You can put it in a box
or plastic bag . Good Luck .

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