Changing the battery in a Harley-Davidson Softail is a relatively simple matter of removing the seat and disconnecting the battery terminals. It should take no more than 30 to 45 minutes to complete the process.
Things You'll Need
- Phillips-tip screwdriver
- SAE hex wrench set
- 10-mm open-end wrench
Remove the Seat
Turn off the ignition. Unscrew the seat fastener located on the top of the rear fender with a Phillips-tip screwdriver.
Loosen and remove the two large bolts located on the lower left and right undersides of the seat with a large SAE hex wrench.
Slide the seat toward the rear of the bike while lifting it up and away.
Change the Battery
Unbolt the negative battery cable with a 10-mm open-ended wrench. Do the same with the positive terminal.
Disconnect the rubber battery strap. Lift the battery out of its tray.
Install a new battery in reverse order.
Tips & Warnings
- Apply axle grease to the battery terminals to prevent corrosion.
- "Softail Service Manual"; Harley-Davidson; 1997
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