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74 DT175 battery needed?

14 Jun 2019 12:14
chhst30
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74 DT175 battery needed? #1
I noticed the battery in my bike was leaking acid and making a mess of everything under the seat. I pulled it out and am wondering if I ever need to put it back? The bike has no horn or turn signals. Head light and tail/brake light run directly off the stator. I'm concerned that I might do damage to the the electrical system if there is no load from the battery to act as ballast when the bike is running? Thank you for your help with this.....now off to scrub out acid corrosion with some baking soda water.....

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14 Jun 2019 15:26
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74 DT175 battery needed? #2
Clean your car battery terminals while you're at it! :lol:

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14 Jun 2019 16:23
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74 DT175 battery needed? #3
Not having the battery-powered accessories might have contributed to the battery overcharging and boiling over...

You're correct that you "need" the battery... but only if you still want the head and tail light. Without the battery load the headlight will almost certainly burn out.

With a good AC voltage regulator added to the headlight circuit (OEM Yamaha or DEET's scooter version) you would probably be okay without a battery.

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