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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 23rd, 2011, 3:27 pm Thread Starter
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Battery for the K1200GT

So, I posted a thread a while ago about needing to replace my battery. I went out and bought the Odyssey PC680. Costs me $163 (including tax). I couldn't find it cheaper in San Francisco.

I get it home and remove the cover and that is when I see the two little small screws that hold on the bracket that keeps the battery in place. So, I figure... no sweat, I have the tools under the seat. Well, there is the T-15 (the big one) and the T-25 (the smaller one). Apparently, the two screws need something smaller that the T-25.

It's Sunday so BMW won't be much help but the hardware store is open. But before I strolled on down there, I thought I would ask the members of this board. Which size wrench will remove those two screws?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 23rd, 2011, 3:30 pm
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Are you sure they're torx? Mine (a 2007 GT) are Phillips.
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Are you sure they're torx? Mine (a 2007 GT) are Phillips.

Yep, I am pretty certain.
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Ya, I figured you were, but had to ask. I think it's kind of strange that mine are phillips (maybe someone swapped them at at some point but they appear to be stock.)
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Ken;
I would have thought that the posts were a cross-point (Phillips), but you piqued my interest enough to pull the cover on my 08 and check. It is as "Smiller" indicated, that is, about a #3 or #4 cross-point headed bolt.
I just replaced my 26 month old battery with a stock BMW type because the Odessey only provides a 12 month warranty, whereas, BMW is 24 months. Next time I am going to consider the LiFePo type. By that time they should have solved the low temp cranking problem.
Good luck. Ride safe.
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....because the Odessey only provides a 12 month warranty, whereas, BMW is 24 months. Next time I am going to consider the LiFePo type. By that time they should have solved the low temp cranking problem.
Good luck. Ride safe.
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Correction.
The motorsport's application of the Odyssey is two years ( Link to Odyssey 2 year warranty ) and it will far outlast that by at least 2 years or better.

The stock BMW (#61212346800) battery at my dealer is now $179.99 as well as on the MAX BMW site which is pure stupid for their unpowered POS stocker. Amazon shows the Odyssey PC680MJ for $145.33 here and it can be found for less on searching Google.

I won't mention me replacing the stock BMW POS one after 7-8 only months for slow-crank issues, but dealer says "Hey, it still works. So what warranty?"


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I just checked
The bolts for the battery hold down bracket take the T-25 socket. The same as the screws
for the cover panel.
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Thanks everyone for the comments.

As you all know, I am one of the folks on this board who has had nothing but great times with the bike. Outside of regular wear and tear and the one accident I had, I've never been without it for more than a couple of days at a time.

I've had it since June 2007 and I have 67,800 miles on it. As much as the K1600 has piqued my interest, I won't be trading mine in. I'll be taking it for a test ride, but I doubt I'll drop the money for a new one.

My friend Brian (used to be a mechanic at Marin BMW) came by to help me out and we switched the battery with no problem. Brian started the bike and a new problem surfaced. There was a strange noise coming from the engine. Being the mechanic, Brian said it sounded like the timing chain tensioner. I'll be having it towed to the dealer on Tuesday.

I'll keep you all posted as to what is going on.

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Yikes, sounds like that battery had a little too much juice! Maybe slow cranking isn't always a bad thing.

Best wishes on a not-too-painful outcome.
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KJG, please keep us informed. Did the bike start and then disintegrate, or just sound bad upon start-up? Mine just sounds bad on start up, fingers crossed for us both.

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