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Battery Orientation

Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by olympus, Apr 7, 2019.

  1. olympus

    olympus

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    Hi Guys
    Should the battery terminals be facing the oil tank .... or away from
    The "L" shaped support bar would indicate to me the terminals should face the oil tank .... but it just looks wrong as the terminals normally face out...
    But the L shaped top support bar will short them out (RGM supplied) if left unmodified??
     
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  2. concours

    concours VIP MEMBER

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    Away from the oil tank.
    The metal bar goes right by the terminals. :eek: Yeaaaahhh..... an engineering marvel:rolleyes:
     
  3. L.A.B.

    L.A.B. Moderator VIP MEMBER

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    From the Riders Manual:

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    "When refitting the terminals [face?] towards the centre of machine".
     
  4. concours

    concours VIP MEMBER

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    Oops.

    I searched it so many years ago. Couldn’t bring myself to put the terms next to the oil tank either. Just me being over cautious. Rubber pad glued on the oil tank too.
     
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2019
  5. olympus

    olympus

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    By modern day standards its just wrong placing the terminals inboard and against a metal tank, So there will definitely be a rubber pad against the oil tank just in case
     
  6. concours

    concours VIP MEMBER

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    I have new metal bar & straps free to a good home...
     
  7. jsnorton

    jsnorton

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    I have mine facing the side cover, been like that since I bought it in 78. Mine is a 73. I have styrofoam blocks holding the battery in place, terminals are covered up.
     
  8. Fast Eddie

    Fast Eddie VIP MEMBER

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    I use double sided Velcro straps to keep most of my batteries secured.

    Adjustable, simple, secure, no danger of shorting and cheap as chips!
     
  9. NPeteN

    NPeteN

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    PM sent
     
  10. Steves

    Steves

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    I ended up with a small battery from my KTM dirtbike, held in place by a harness made of tie wraps, seems to work. The original set up seemed a naff.
     
  11. concours

    concours VIP MEMBER

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    :cool:
     
  12. acadian

    acadian VIP MEMBER

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    This. I have two of these picture hanging thingy's mounted to the fore & aft of the battery tray with the long velcro strap looped between them and over the battery

    [​IMG]
     
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  13. marshg246

    marshg246 VIP MEMBER

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    I wanted to mount the horn and PODtronics on the back of the ham can and that left no room for the standard battery straps and bar. I don't like them anyway so I made this. There is a foam pad under and behind the battery and on the side of the bracket next to the battery. Next time I'll braze a bolt into the battery carrier so I can use a wing nut to release the battery but it's easy enough now with wrenches. The bracket is simply a piece of steel 1" wide 3/32" thick that I formed in a vice with some hammering and then powder coated.
    15 - Finishing 2.JPG
     
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