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03 owners: battery question

I've read that the battery should need replacing every 2-3 years, which is about that time now. Is this even if all charging systems are good? I figure that if all the charging components are ok, then the battery should last much longer.

Basically I'm trying to figure out if you 03 owners out there have replaced your battery.

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I have, it randomly died on me in the middle of driving.
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No problems here. I wouldn't worry about it until you find you are having troubles. Not all '03s have charging issues anyways.
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Going on 2.5 years with my '03, original battery. No problems whatsoever.
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Yep, 2.5 years here and over 15K miles. No problems at all.

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I bought my bike brand new in 03 and have the original battery with no problems.

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Batteries do eventually die but I don't think you need to replace them as a preventative maintenance item. Replace it when it dies or starts getting weak (even after charging).
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Batteries do eventually die but I don't think you need to replace them as a preventative maintenance item. Replace it when it dies or starts getting weak (even after charging).
1+ on that.
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I have a 03, no problems and I ride with the high beams on ALL THE TIME! I do hear some people saying they are having problems with the charging system on the 03..

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Oh, and to answer your question I bought and installed a new Yuasa battery today. The original seemed to be getting weaker. Even when it should've been charged it just didn't seem like it was all there. I can tell a big difference with the new battery.

I also got around to installing the quick connect cable to the new battery for my Battery Tender Jr. so I will be able to keep it charged when not in use.
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Thanks for all the quick replies and help. I stalled yesterday, of course on the strip at Redondo beach here in LA with 10 hot chicks watching, and the bike simply wouldn't start back up. I had to clutch start it.

I've had this problem before, but when the bike cooled down, it would fire back up with lots of battery power. I tested my battery and it has 12.34 Volts....I'm figuring this is good enough to charge back up, but for some reason it's having a problem charging with what they are using at Autozone.

I'm going to purchase a new battery tomorrow and then test the Stator and Regulator. Hopefully it was just the battery.
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If that battery isn't holding a charge then it's probably shot. They don't last forever even when taken care of so hopefully that's all it is.

After you get a new battery you might want to get a Battery Tender or Battery Tender Jr. (which I use, ~$33) and use it regularly to keep the battery fully charged. My Battery Tender Jr. came with a short cord that makes it easy to just plug in to the bike to keep the battery charged.
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I have never had a problem. I keep my battery on a tender while I'm not riding it to extend the life.

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Thanks for all the quick replies and help. I stalled yesterday, of course on the strip at Redondo beach here in LA with 10 hot chicks watching, and the bike simply wouldn't start back up. I had to clutch start it.

I've had this problem before, but when the bike cooled down, it would fire back up with lots of battery power. I tested my battery and it has 12.34 Volts....I'm figuring this is good enough to charge back up, but for some reason it's having a problem charging with what they are using at Autozone.

I'm going to purchase a new battery tomorrow and then test the Stator and Regulator. Hopefully it was just the battery.
If it's starting back up after it cools down then it's not the battery, it's your rectifier. This is a problem on some '03 bikes when they get too hot. See about getting the heat shield for it that the '04s have.

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I have a 03 and a 04 rectifier. Neither have a heat shield on them? The rectifier is just bolted to a aluminum plate that attaches to the frame.
Maybe in Canada they think we don't need it?
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I have a 03 and a 04 rectifier. Neither have a heat shield on them? The rectifier is just bolted to a aluminum plate that attaches to the frame.
Maybe in Canada they think we don't need it?
I'm not sure the shield is actually part of the rectifier, I think it's just an extra part that bolts up between the bracket and rectifier. I've seen them on the '04s but never taken a close up look for myself.

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The shield is a seperate part from the rectifier but the shield is also the bracket.

18 - 31600-MEE-872 RECTIFIER,REGULATOR
19 - 31605-MEE-870 STAY (i.e. bracket/shield)
22 - 91552-ZT1-000 COLLAR
3 - 31600-MEE-003 RECTIFIER,REGULATOR
4 - 31605-MEE-000 STAY

When I got my '05 rectifier off of e-bay I compared it to my '03 rectifier. The '05 is shaped slightly different as you can see in the picture but over it seemed to be the same size and it *appeared* that the updated shield would work with on '03 rectifier but I didn't actually try to bolt them together. You'll also need 2 collars (#22 in pic) as the '05 rectifier does not sit flush against the shield. Not using the collars would somewhat defeat the purpose of the shield as any heat from the shield would transfer directly to the rectifier.


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