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    Why are ATV batteries so expensive? Where is the best place to buy them and who makes the best ATV battery? Why the heck do they not come with a stud sticking out of them you can put a connection on them and tighten it down with a nut. Putting that little threaded piece in the darn little hole and trying to make contact with the bolt that is now to short because of the wires is a royal pain in the butt! Who has a easier way?

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    Go to batteries plus and buy there sealed atv battery. Those batterys have the post not that bull**** nut and no adding acid /water. Well worth the extra few dollars IMO.

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    I've heard grood things about Bikemaster Trugel batteries. 2 year warranty also.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbear400 View Post
    Go to batteries plus and buy there sealed atv battery. Those batterys have the post not that bull**** nut and no adding acid /water. Well worth the extra few dollars IMO.
    I've also had good luck with these folks for snow machine batteries and 4-wheeler batteries. Seems like a good outfit.

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    The only reason I would think ATV batteries are more expensed is the number of batteries sold versus car batteries.

    The problem I have with the small battery is the bolt is two short for adding more than one cable. If you go to Polar wire they have quick disconnect to make replacing a battery or adding more wires a lot easier or you could just add a 6 inch jumper from the battery to the wires so you have only one cable per post to deal with.

    Make sure you protect everything from corrosion.

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    I modified the battery box in my Ranger to make room for an Odyssey 925. It works unbelievably well. The Sportsman battery location isn't big enough for any Odyssey I've found. I used an AGM replacement battery from Batteries Plus and it works better than stock but still not up to par with the bigger Odyssey. The AGM battery is guaranteed for a year and isn't much more expensive than the flooded equivalent. My battery problems in the Sportsman have usually started with bad cable connections and poor charging. Of course you don't know that's happening until it's too late. I figure bad connections (corrosion and loose bolts) are my own fault.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Pid View Post
    I modified the battery box in my Ranger to make room for an Odyssey 925. It works unbelievably well. The Sportsman battery location isn't big enough for any Odyssey I've found. I used an AGM replacement battery from Batteries Plus and it works better than stock but still not up to par with the bigger Odyssey. The AGM battery is guaranteed for a year and isn't much more expensive than the flooded equivalent. My battery problems in the Sportsman have usually started with bad cable connections and poor charging. Of course you don't know that's happening until it's too late. I figure bad connections (corrosion and loose bolts) are my own fault.

    yup.. what he said. The Metal Jacketed (MJ) is very handy for an atv. Sometimes we spend time laying on the side or at extreme angles.

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    The last battery that I got for one of our four wheelers was from 'Batteries Plus'. I switched the wifes to an AGM type and have little issues with it. BUT one needs to remember that these type of batteries need to be charged differently than lead-acid. I also purchased a charger from 'Batteries Plus' that can charge all different types of batteries.
    As for the bolt being too short, I just purchased some metric ones that were a little longer. Problem solved.

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    Lots of good info. Thanks guys!

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    Atv batteries are more expensive because like someone else said, they are not as common as cAr batteries. The only crappy thing is their warranties are generally only a year or so. The more you use a battery, the longer it will last you. Most atv batteries do not see too much use, and most people do not maintain their battery in the off season. If possible, it really is worth upgrading to an agm battery as opposed to liquid acid. They have more power and last longer. And don't worry about charging them, they are 12 volts and that's all that matters. Just be careful about leaving themOn too long if it's not a fully automatic charger. Some chargers have "agm" settings, but they just charge it a little longer before shutting off, so any 12 volt charger will work fine.I also have seen people mentioning odyssey batteries. These truly are the way to go but they are pricey and for some reason odyssey didn't make the most common models.I know battery specialists and batteries plus carry the agm and odyssey batteries and prices are very comparable.My opinions here are based off working at battery specialists for like 8 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Pid View Post
    I modified the battery box in my Ranger to make room for an Odyssey 925. It works unbelievably well. The Sportsman battery location isn't big enough for any Odyssey I've found. I used an AGM replacement battery from Batteries Plus and it works better than stock but still not up to par with the bigger Odyssey. The AGM battery is guaranteed for a year and isn't much more expensive than the flooded equivalent. My battery problems in the Sportsman have usually started with bad cable connections and poor charging. Of course you don't know that's happening until it's too late. I figure bad connections (corrosion and loose bolts) are my own fault.
    update: I got tired of my Sportsman 6x6 battery dying so I took a sawzall to the battery box cutting the front two corners to bend the front lip down flat and cut the rear-facing side lip of the battery tray completely off. An Odyssey 925 now sits in my Sportsman and my battery woes are solved. Remember, Odyssey batteries do no have to sit with their terminals on top. In the Sportsman the battery is sitting on edge with the terminals on the side facing out. The starter spins like a dream and the winch has plenty of juice.

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