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Old 09-25-2011, 03:41 PM   #1
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Husky battery went kamikaze

So a couple of weeks ago I was riding and the bike just stalled out of nowhere. The bike was still on but when I press the starter button absolutely nothing happened. Took me a minute or two of trying and it finally fired up. Took it home and noticed the battery jumped out of it's holder and was laying on the air filter. Had torn a 1/2" hole all the way through the air filter.

Was running fine after I fixed it and it happened again yesterday. Bike would stall when going up a curb or up stairs almost like you had to give it more gas than normal to keep it from stalling. Again it took a minute to get it going. Took it home and battery had jumped out again and tore filter this time it was about a 3/4" hole.

I am wondering what made it stall and what kept it from starting? Starved for air because the battery was blocking the filter, ran too hot, battery terminal becoming loose when bouncing up the stairs. If it was from overheating I'm wondering what damage could have been done. Bike starts and runs fine now but is there anything I should check? Also because there was a small tear in the filter I'm wondering if I should tear it down to see if dirt got in there. I was riding in the dirt for about 30 minutes but it wasn't too dusty. I removed the filter and there was no dirt in the airbox on the other side of the filter. If there is even a small tear wouldn't a lot of air be sucked through there since it's the path of least resistance. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 09-25-2011, 03:47 PM   #2
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dammit man!!! Hope u get this biyatch sorted out....Maybe u need to glue that battery down or strap it......

Glad u didn't find any dirt...I don't think it was too dusty out there yesterday.



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Old 09-25-2011, 03:57 PM   #3
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dammit man!!! Hope u get this biyatch sorted out....Maybe u need to glue that battery down or strap it......

Glad u didn't find any dirt...I don't think it was too dusty out there yesterday.



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I now have it strapped down, glued down, and zip tied down. LOL. Don't have another air filter though so it won't be here until Thursday. I am nervous that dirt got in there even though there wasn't any visible in the air box. May have been sucked straight through. I really don't want to start getting in there to see but I may just have to.

The mount sucked and the video is so shaky it makes you nauseous when you watch it.
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It should be fine dude. Take the air filter out and wipe any dirt out that's in the intake. Not much you can do if some already got in there. I do have a bore scope if ya really want to peak inside. But all should be well. You can sew the air filter back up fir the time being till ya get another one. I'm betting it was just a loose terminal or the hot side grounded out somewhere.
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I wouldn't worry about the small amount of dust that could have been sucked into the intake. . .secure that battery and get back to your regularly scheduled hooliganism!
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Old 09-25-2011, 06:42 PM   #6
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I wouldn't worry about the small amount of dust that could have been sucked into the intake. . .secure that battery and get back to your regularly scheduled hooliganism!
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Well that makes me feel a little better. This Husky makes me nervous sometimes. It's like being married to a golddigging supermodel. If you up, half of your money is gone before you know it.
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So is the stock battery latch/strap/box not sufficient? That battery shouldnt be moving at all
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So is the stock battery latch/strap/box not sufficient? That battery shouldnt be moving at all
The strap stretches out quickly and the holder is too small. Did some research and I get it is common for this year. I am going to get a smaller battery but for now I zip tied it to the subframe. Stuck a shim in there so the strap is tighter and used the adhesive foam strips to stick it to the holder. That should do until I get a smaller battery.
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You wouldn't be asking this question if you actually came on one of these rides. oh ya forget. It's like MNM.
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You wouldn't be asking this question if you actually came on one of these rides. oh ya forget. It's like MNM.
I was just thinking I need to go on a Tuesday night hooligan ride with the group, its not a motard but the DR350 is up to the challenge. I will be coming to MNM SOON as well......maybe
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Dooooo it. Got my buddy to come on my ktm 2-smoke 2 weeks ago. It wasn't exactly street legal haha. Robbed the plate off my RC51. Your DR will be fine.
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I was just thinking I need to go on a Tuesday night hooligan ride with the group, its not a motard but the DR350 is up to the challenge. I will be coming to MNM SOON as well......maybe
That bike would be fine. A lot of the ride is just some slow dirt trails and spots to play around at. Never really speed as we aren't on the freeway for more than 5 minutes and we usually check to see what the max speed on the freeway should be because some people's bikes are geared for not much over 55-60mph.
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yeah my 55 tooth rear sprocket keeps me at about 70, but I'm about to go back to a 49. The bike isnt fully legal, but that hasnt stopped me yet. I'll try and get in on one of these rides soon, I've been tearing up dual sport terrain around the city for 10 years and have never rode with a group of them, seems like it would be a blast and I know some secret spots
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