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2003 Savage - just bought and replaced the battery, which has plenty of juice - problem 1 - drainage tube is on the left side, which meant I had to wrap it around the battery to come back over to the right, and now the plate that secures the 'lockbox' on the outside right doesn't sit properly- screwed the bottom two screws in, and wired the top together for a temporary work around.... (it fits only one way in the battery compartment - so is this the wrong battery? Took the old one to Auto Zone when I bought it...) Problem 2- bike fires up, but when I try to put it in gear, it shuts down immediately - and, I have one wire with a connector coming from a fuse on the pos side that I have no idea where this goes... is that the problem, and do I need to connect it and where? No manual as I bought this used..... thanks to anyone who can answer this for me! Rachel

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  • ram5233 Apr 10, 2011

    I called Autozone and they are going to let me return the battery and get the correct one -so that's one problem solved... as far as the mystery wire, I didn't even notice it until AFTER I finally managed to get the screws out of the battery terminals, and it was a "where the h.... did that come from?" I reattached it to the pos. terminal (the people who build these things must have the tiniest fingers on the planet -I'm 5'3", 128, and I can barely get my fingers in there... and here's a helpful hint to hold that damn nut in place while you try to align the screw and washer from above - spray it with adhesive (the kind you use to affix paper, pictures, etc.) and
    maneuver it into place with the needle nose pliers... it stuck long enough to get the job done...

    But, I still have the issue of the bike will start, but it croaks the moment I put it into gear....
    NO idea what's happening there....

  • ram5233 Apr 11, 2011

    Battery will be replaced with the right one, but I still have this problem - bike starts up but if I try to put it in gear, it shuts off. Never had this issue before, and have NO idea why it's happening... as far as the mystery wire (which is coming from a fuse that's connected to the POS side) I tried connecting it to the POS terminal -thought it might have something to do with the bike shutting down, but it made no difference. I found some microfiche pictures on-line of all the bike components, and it's not showing up.

  • ram5233 Apr 11, 2011

    Super-tech, thanks! You did indeed solve the problem. I figured there was some kind of kill switch somewhere, but the kick stand was not on my radar; and it was down (somebody must have done something stupid way back when and sued someone). AutoZone knows they sold me the wrong battery (I called them earlier) and are going to make that right.
    When I take the bike in for inspection, I'm going to find out exactly what that extra wire is for!
    Thanks so much for all your help!

    And, for the rest of you having one hell of a time getting the battery re-connected - (because the nut won't stay in place) - try spray adhesive, and use your needle nose pliers to position it. SO much better than watching it slide off into places unknown.

  • ram5233 Apr 11, 2011

    Super-tech 11 figured it out... and thanks to both contributors today, I learned more about my bike (and recognized the need to download the manual ASAP) Great job everyone!

  • ram5233 Apr 11, 2011

    I found out what that loose wire was for - there is a connector for a battery charger, and that wire WAS supposed to be hooked to the NEG terminal - I stopped by the motorcycle shop today to replace some of the screws that disappeared, and they looked at it. There is another one with a red marking that's behind and hooked to the POS terminal, which I couldn't see until he pointed it out.
    So, another mystery solved.
    Thanks again for all your help! (although I do feel like I need a dope slap regarding the kick stand. DUH!?)

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I think we have the answer to all your issues here.
If the drain tube is on the wrong side, you got the wrong battery...most places will exchange it for you if you have your receipt and state that you brought the old battery in when you asked for the replacement to ensure you got the right one.

If the engine dies the moment you go to put it in gear, you need to check your side stand safety switch.
Either you aren't putting the side stand up first, the switch is defective, or that loose wire goes to the side stand safety switch.
The bike is designed to kill the engine if you take it out of neutral with the side stand down as a safety feature.

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    Norman Skinner Apr 11, 2011

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    Thanks so much!
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    Norman Skinner Apr 11, 2011

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    Norman Skinner Apr 11, 2011

    Don't feel bad...when I got my Kawasaki 750 Spectre, I had never encountered a bike that had to have the clutch pulled to start it.
    That one took me about 2 days to figure out.
    It didn't have the side stand safety though, and I'll tell ya, I've driven off with it down due to distractions at least once or twice...would have been a nice feature to have!
    HERE is a link to the rebuild of that bike.
    I bought it for $1 because the engine was just mashed inside!
    I got a couple years out of it before I had to sell it for financial reasons.

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    Norman Skinner Apr 11, 2011

    Note near the end of the rebuild that I was also given a wrong battery! LOL

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You have the wrong battery and yes I have had this very same problem with my Suzuki when I purchased a battery from Autozone, I told them it was wrong and all they could say was this "that's what the parts book says" and I quote. Order the correct battery from the dealer or from this Motorcylce parts suplier that I use http://www.denniskirk.com/jsp/common/Frontpage.jsp

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