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Mechanics 101 Can't get it to run right? Find a trick to add HP?
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Old 03-07-2012, 03:40 AM   #11
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id try it but not at 160 bucks , thats 3 battery's worth
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:06 AM   #12
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I've got one in the Sprint. The Sprints are notoriously hard to start sometimes. No issues with the Shorai.
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Old 03-07-2012, 10:13 AM   #13
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I will be replacing every battery as I need with them.

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Old 03-07-2012, 10:42 AM   #14
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Can't wait to tryout the Shorai Jim has waiting for me.
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:07 PM   #15
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After doing some more extensive research including compairing specs, reading reviews, watching youtube videos, etc., I decided against the Shorai and instead purchased the Ballistic EVO2. http://www.ballisticparts.com/

Today I received a new Ballistic 12 Cell LiFePO4 EVO2 Battery. This battery is about a third smaller and only weighs 2lb 5oz. It's a 20AH battery with 410 Cold Cranking Amps. (the 8 cell works for the Katanas and has 275 CCA)








I filled the empty space with the black foam that supported the battery in the box.

What a difference! When starting the bike, the engine springs to life and spins so much faster than when it was on the AGM battery that it replaced. These batteries are pricey but now I feel confident that the bike will start every time. They come with a 3 year warranty.

I considered the Shorai Lithium Iron battery but it cost even more and had less cold cranking amps.
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:34 PM   #16
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Do you have a pic of it next to a stock battery for better size comparison?
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:52 PM   #17
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Do you have a pic of it next to a stock battery for better size comparison?
I was going to take that pic, and it slipped my mind. I can give you the dimensions however:

Stock battery:

(W) 5 7/8" X (D) 3 3/8" X (H) 4 1/8"

Weight: 7lb 7.5oz


Ballistic EVO2

(W) 4 3/8 X (D) 3 3/8" X (H) 4"

Weight: 2lb 5oz


Of course the Katana stock and Ballistic batteries will be smaller.

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Old 03-30-2012, 10:09 PM   #18
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I would shove a piece of foam next to it in the bast box to keep it from moving when cornering. Just a thought.
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:24 PM   #19
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I would shove a piece of foam next to it in the bast box to keep it from moving when cornering. Just a thought.
Yup, I mention that is what I did in my original post about the battery.
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Old 04-28-2012, 11:54 PM   #20
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I'll second KatanaGSX92's comments.

Man I installed the 12 cell Ballistics battery in my bike too and was amazed how quick the motor cranked.

Check this short video for reference.

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