Replacement Battery Info Needed


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Replacement Battery Info Needed

Postby BikerNewsman » Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:26 am



I just purchased a 1985 GL1200 LTD Edition and need to replace the battery. The owners manual only says it should have a 12V-20AH battery. Nothing about CCA (cold cranking amps) is mentioned anywhere I can find, and the parts store computer is showing a very wide range of CCAs. Is there only 1 "acceptable" CCA for this bike (if so what is it), or can I choose between a range of CCAs? If I can choose between a range, what is that range? I know I could just replace the dead batt with the exact same type batt that's already there, but since the manual doesn't specify I'm not sure it is the correct battery.


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Re: Replacement Battery Info Needed

Postby trike lady » Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:38 am

Hello and welcome to the forum.
I prefer a maintenance free battery for my 1500.
On this website they have batteries for Vintage or Classic Wings.
http://wingstuff.com/shop/gold_wing_vintage-maintenance
Cold Cranking Amps is a rating used in the battery industry to define a battery's ability to start an engine in cold temperatures. The more CCA's the better for starting.
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Re: Replacement Battery Info Needed

Postby detdrbuzzard » Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:00 am

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Re: Replacement Battery Info Needed

Postby BikerNewsman » Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:27 am

Thanks trike lady and detdrbuzzard. I'll check out both of these options.
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Re: Replacement Battery Info Needed

Postby cbx4evr » Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:32 am

I've bought a couple of Asian made AGM batteries off of eBay for my other bikes that have been very good performers.
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Re: Replacement Battery Info Needed

Postby Dan1985 » Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:22 am

Get the Big Crank off Ebay for $89.95 with free shipping. This battery is made in the USA and has a CCA of 340 amps, 1 yr waranty. This is an AGM, just type in Big Crank in ebay. It is a EXT-18L by Power sport, you can see it fits your LTD.
Resoan I recommend this, I have two Goldwings, 1985 GL1200 LTD, same as yours, and a 1998 GL1500 SE. I bought the battery above for the 1998, it worked great, motor spon right over and started right now, lots of reserve CCA. Bike is down and battery moved to the 85. Will be ordering another Big Crank in next couple of days to put back in the 1998. I am retired and not a salesman for Power Sports, Ha. The battery is a great price as well. I had a second LTD, and sold it last fall, the new owner, so he said, found a similar battery local for about the same price. May be the same, not sure. Both the GL1200 & GL1500 need a lot of CCA to turn the motor, remember the bike is also drawing current for all you lights at the same time. Lots of CCA is your answer.
I used to use the standard lead battery, in fact Sears Diehard ($100+) for the 1985, it only lasted 2yrs and lost its cranking power, had to recharge it to get started in the cold mornings, even in the garage.
No longer, I now am convinced on the Big Crank. Your will love this battery, it fits perfectly and has a more positive terminal connection.
How is your charging system working, should put out around 14volts on dash meter when running down the road. If not check your connectors where they come off your stator, down by your left anckle, also at the voltage regulator, by your left knee. Honda had a problem with the connectors, especially at the stator with corrosion from road spray. I upgraded the wire to next size between the Stator and regulator and soldered the connections. Charging Problem eliminated. Found on the Goldwing forum, a long time Goldwing tech, seldom found a truly bad stator, just bad connections. Fixed most of the charging problems with eliminating the connectors. I fixed both of the LTD with resoldering the connectors. Also the AGM is a glass mat battery, no acid to excape and mess up your muffler finish.
Hope this helps.

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Re: Replacement Battery Info Needed

Postby BikerNewsman » Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:59 pm

Thanks to everyone for their input. I'll certainly look into all these options. :) The volmeter is showing 14.1 volts... which leads to another question. There's a keyhole in the voltmeter body. Unless I missed it somewhere the manual doesn't address this. Anybody know what this is supposed to do? I thought maybe it was a way to remove the voltmeter body, or to cause it to change display types or something, but inserting and turning the key doesn't seem to do anything.
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Re: Replacement Battery Info Needed

Postby Dan1985 » Thu Feb 09, 2012 1:35 am

The key hole in the voltmeter is used to release the factory radio, With the key, you can unlock the tongs that secure the radio in place, security purpose. Hope you have a key, or have a good locksmith
make you one. It should be the ignition key if it one or the other has not been changed. Turn the key and pull on the radio with you handlebars centered, radio pulls right out.
Note. You need to find the 1985 LTD or even a 1986 SEi owners operator manual on Ebay. Alse get the service manuals, one for the 1985 and an supplement one for the 1985 LTD. The supplement will cover the extra systems for the LTD.
Buy the way, the radio and if you have a factory CB install and not working, Sierra Electronics in Ohio will repair them for around $110 with return shipping. Parts included in price. Not sure about the LCD screens though. think not.
Hopes this helps

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Re: Replacement Battery Info Needed

Postby BikerNewsman » Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:55 pm

Thanks Dan. :) I appreciate the info. Everything is original except the windshield. The previous owner replaced it with a *slightly* larger one with a vent. I checked out the key and the release works both properly and smoothly. No problems re-installing the radio either. Also, I will be getting the service manuals you recommended. I have the original owners manual. I somehow overlooked the tiny article about the radio removal and the cover plate for while it's out.


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