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    Default Battery Tender installed

    I decided today I needed to get my Tender connections installed on my 21 RTL. I was surprised to find that the battery cable bolts were only finger tight, I could move the cable easily. I have seen others posting that they should have a star washer on them. They didn't but they do now and I tightened them nice and snug. I ran it out through the grommet by the positive post and through the zipper in the frunk. I had a extension cable about 4 foot that I attached so I could easily access it. Plugged it in and it immediately started charging while I reset my clock. After about 10 minutes I went ahead and started the bike and the tender switched to standby. I have just over 500 miles on it, I suggest every one especially if you have recently bought your Spyder Check your cables and make sure they are clean and tight. I also put on the foam grips which was much harder and took longer than the tender did.

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    You post needs to be read by every Spyder and MC owner. On the Spyder Facebook groups, it seem that daily, someone posts with problems caused simply be loose terminals. So I steer them over to this forum for some expert info.
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    Good advice above.

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    I will check mine, thanks for the heads up.

    Tip on the foam grips. Put hand sanitizer inside the foam, then get it started on the grip. Then I use an air compressor with nozzle and just circle between the grip and the foam grip. Glides right on. I have installed countless grips this way after learning about it. Too bad it took me 40 years to hear about it. :-)

    The hand sanitizer was a new trick for me this year. Maybe it became popular after it was everywhere.

    Tom
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    Depending on the brand will it dry out the foam grips ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saluda View Post
    Depending on the brand will it dry out the foam grips ?
    Good question, hope not.

    In the future, I might just use the air like I've always done. Just in case.

    Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by dusty1300 View Post
    I will check mine, thanks for the heads up.

    Tip on the foam grips. Put hand sanitizer inside the foam, then get it started on the grip. Then I use an air compressor with nozzle and just circle between the grip and the foam grip. Glides right on. I have installed countless grips this way after learning about it. Too bad it took me 40 years to hear about it. :-)

    The hand sanitizer was a new trick for me this year. Maybe it became popular after it was everywhere.

    Tom
    I was using hand sanitizer, and had to use the air too. I'm not as strong in the arms as I used to be, I put sanitizer in the foam grip and on the rubber grip, they would start on easy, but then it seemed to start drying really quick. Went for a ride after I got them on, and they feel really great.

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    I would recommend disconnecting the Battery Tender prior to starting your Spyder.
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    Stupid is as stupid does.

    I went to install some foam grips and didn't think I needed to take off the handlebar ends. Big mistake.

    It stretched out the foam too much with the air nozzle, it split.

    Guess I'll have a spare when I get more of them.... assuming I don't do it again.

    Tom

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