So I finally got fed up with my M1100 not starting and upgraded the battery and cables. I made my own cables for around $40 using components I bought at mcmaster.com. I borrowed a crimper from a buddy which made it nice. If making battery cables isn't for you, then motolectric.com
makes some high quality badass kits that you just bolt on.
* Factory cables are 6 ga-ish.
* I installed 4ga cables which have almost 2x the area.
* Choose a cable with an abrasion resistant exterior.
* Choose a cable that is rated to handle the heat.
* Choose a cable with UV and weather resistant jacket.
* Copper cables good.
* The more copper strands the cable has, the more flexible it is. Flex is good.
* Adhesive lined heat shrink is what you want.
* Factory lugs have a .25" (1/4") hole
Parts from mcmaster.com
part # 6948K92
(red or black)
Adhesive lined heat shrink:
Basically your bike has three cables
1. Positive terminal to starter solenoid. (about 6" long)
2. Starter solenoid to starter. (about 39" long")
3. Negative battery cable. (about 17" long)
For a battery
I chose the Ballistic Evo2 8 cell. It is a lithium-iron, 15AH and has a 3 year warranty. No need for a battery tender with lithium batteries. Weighs about 1.8 lb for a weight reduction of around 8 lb. Shorai would work as well, so would an AGM with 14+AH.
1. Lug crimper
2. Cable cutter
3. Heat gun
4. Allen wrenches
5. 8mm & 10mm sockets and wrenches
6. Diagonal cutters
7. needle nose pliers
8. Zip ties
1. Take off rear tank bolt first. If you can't get it off you are screwed so start there.
2. Take off seat.
3. Take off side panels.
4. Take out tool tray.
5. Unbolt tank and prop up.
6. Undo battery cables from battery.
7. Remove battery.
8. Remove cables.
9. Unbolt plastic cable cover on left side down by the case.
10. Install new battery
11. Install new cables
12. Reassemble and enjoy.
Things to note
- If you use a smaller battery you will have to shim it in the battery box somehow. You will also have to modify your hold down. (I used the plastic foam that came with my battery as shim material.)
- Hardest wire to replace is the wire to the starter. Fishing it into place can be a PITA.
-I have done this mod on both the 696 and 1100. They are identical.
-If you buy lugs with a bigger center hole, use a flat washer to get a tight clamp.
-Reuse the terminal covers
2009 Ducati monster 1100 hard start issue - YouTube
2009 Ducati Monster 1100 with upgraded battery and cables - YouTube