Yep, been doing it for years on a couple older bikes. Add acid to the upper fill line, charge it overnight, top off the cells (if needed, some will evaporate) then cap 'em and plug it in. Be super careful not to spill it.
After using it for a while (months), inspect the fluid levels and top off with DISTILLED WATER ONLY, do not add more acid.
Bevel450, I didn't think the battery tray on older bikes would fit the newer sealed batteries, or rather the other way around. Otherwise yes, I would switch to a sealed gel on my '95 SS. Please tell me I am wrong.
Bella749, my Harleys had gel batteries and I never had to fill or even charge a new one, it came ready to go.
95 Ducati 900SS/CR Red (SOLD!)
04 Ducati ST3 Silver (On The Auction Block, Buy It --> Here
76 Kawasaki KE100 Rust Brown
71 Kawasaki H1 (SOLD!)
71 Honda CL175 Maroon
74 Yamaha RS100 Yamaha Racing Green (SOLD!)
93 H-D Sportster 883 (R.I.P)
If your using a glass matt battery (which is what most of the superbikes and newer ducatis use)...the acid goes into the matt fibers and the battery can not leak once it sets up....then you push that tab strip down over the cells and you got a maint free battery. The bennefit of this battery vs some of the "gel" types is weight. The glass matt battery is pretty light compared to those. Just use a good battery charger and charge per the instruction & make sure you get the correct voltage reading at full charge.
I replaced a batt in my 999 a few months back...and the simple answer is it is as simple as that. Insert the acid pack, let drain, cap off , then charge. Think mine was a Yuasa YT12B-BS or somthing like that, it was easy.
Originally Posted by gotime242
Hello all, i need to install a new battery in my bike. Ive got the batt, and ive got a box of acid. I just want to make sure i follow the right procedures charging it the first time.
Is it as simple as adding acid and putting on a trickle charge, or is there more to is? Thanks!
2005 999S. Termi slip-on, race ECU, DP exhaust carbon guard and sprocket cover, Carbon-Trader carbon rear hugger, Shift Tech carbon clutch cover and carbon air runner covers.
2007 GT 1000 Black & Cream. SOLD JUNE 2011.
I just purchased this battery several weeks ago. I didn't realize they still made these types of batteries and the description never said anything about adding battery acid.
I still don't know if I'm going to put it it my bike. I'm concerned that the acid will leak out in the event of a crash ruining a host of other components.
If your Yuasa battery is anything like the one I bought for my ST4s about 3 years ago, the process is foolproof. The acid is in separate, sealed, plastic, syringe-like containers. The instructions tell you to simply put the acid containers into the holes on the top of the battery. Once aligned, you push down and the seals break, allowing the acid to flow in. The acid containers are opaque, so you can watch the acid flow into the battery from each container. When all the containers are empty, you carefully remove them and seal the battery with the provided strip. You then put the battery on a charger for 24 hours.