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Old 03-04-2012, 09:15 AM
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I have another question about my 2009 XTZ. I have a few sets of offroad lights im running plus a radio . When night riding the lights dim obviously with the amount of power draw. I have been thinking about installing a 2nd battery in the underhood storage compartment but am wondering if the alternator can hold up to charging a 2nd battery. I was just going to use another atv battery. Has anyone done this? If so, what type of battery do you use and did you run into any problems?
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Old 03-04-2012, 12:36 PM
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on my quad I have the rear box I bought a marine grade deep cycle battery to run my radio and winch off of so it leaves the bike battery for the bike keep it on a battery tender and have not had issues since. last fall I had some issues when I was using the winch a lot to clean up downed trees that it was draining the bike battery
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Old 03-04-2012, 03:04 PM
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So you just left the spare battery unhooked from the quad and recharged it every time you parked it?
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Old 03-04-2012, 03:31 PM
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the way I have it set up is I have a battery tender on my quad and another plug that plugs into it if I am using the winch both batterys give the power to the winch I also ran a seperate plug back for plugging in the radio to just the marine battery as the radio dont use much of a drain. so as much as possible I leave it hooked up seperatly and keep the marine battery on a battery tender to keep it charged up before riding and if need be I can plug in the spare battery to the battery tender as a "jump start"
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Old 03-04-2012, 03:32 PM
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Gotcha. Thanks.
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