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    Default Install battery tender harness

    Hello SL Family!
    Although I don't really want to think of it, I do live in New England, and realistically, there isn't a whole lot left of a ryding season. I'd like to install a Battery Tender quick connect terminal,under the seat of my 2016 RTS Special Series, just like I had on my 2010 RT-AC, so the battery will stay charged over winter.
    I tried the search feature, but had no luck. Does anyone have a quick how to? TIA!
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    I think most of the Tender leads terminate in the frunk. somewhere not too far from the battery. Under seat is a whole
    different can of worms, and it probably starts with a Tupperware peel down. Good luck.
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    My plug in for my battery tender comes out of the liner in the frunk. I can put the cap on the plug, stick it in behind the liner and zip the liner shut. You would never know it was there. Open the frunk right before I turn the key off and plug it in till the next ride. Easy peasy.
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    Same here
    There is a hole with a plug in it near battery
    I leave tender wire out with zipper tight up against wire

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    Exactly the same here.
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    Open Frunk. Unzip liner. You will see two #30 torx screws. Get your toolkit from under the seat. Remove the torx screws. Lift battery cover panel out to expose battery. Connect red wire of battery tender pigtail to positive terminal. Connect black wire to negative terminal. To the right of the battery is a round rubber plug. Remove plug. Cut from 3 o'clock position to the center with sissors. Pass battery tender wire thru hole, placing rubber cover over wire. Insert in hole. Replace battery cover and torx screws. Bring zipper up to wire on each side, trapping the connection. Close Frunk. To use, open Frunk, plug into bike, plug into wall outlet. Done. Need help? Call! Joe
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    I use the cigarette lighter adapter (Wal-Mart sells them online) and plug it into the 12 Volt outlet in the rear storage compartment, which is always hot since I moved the fuse for it. Couldn't be easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smurfette View Post
    ...I'd like to install a Battery Tender quick connect terminal,under the seat of my 2016 RTS Special Series, just like I had on my 2010 RT-AC, so the battery will stay charged over winter.
    Yes on your 2016 the battery is in the frunk. On your 2010 the battery was under the seat. Much easier to install on your 2016 and others have indicated how.
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    [QUOTE=oldguyinCT;1183424]I use the cigarette lighter adapter (Wal-Mart sells them online) and plug it into the 12 Volt outlet in the rear storage compartment, which is always hot since I moved the fuse for it. Couldn't be easier.

    I live in Pennsylvania and yes, we can have very cold Winters here. I am new to the Can-Am Spyder world and purchased a 2015 RT-S just this past June. I was wondering, the Black & Decker trickle charger I purchased, comes with everything including a 12-volt adapter to use in the rear trunk of the RT. Do I just plug it in and it will automatically work? Or do I have to move some fuses around like you mentioned in your above post? If the power to the 12 volt access only works with the key on, then obviously this will not work and I will have to attach the leads to the battery in the frunk, correct?
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    Take a look at your owners manual. I forget what fuse needs to be switched. The numbers 6 & 7 I think have something to do with it.
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    Shortcake, What Steve said, if your '15 Spyder's trunk 12v socket is only (currently) ignition hot, then you should find a fuse in the front right side (left as you're looking into the frunk) fuse box position 6 and nothing in 7, move the fuse from 6 to 7 and the trunk 12v socket should be always hot. Then Batt Tender works always without ignition switch on.
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    [QUOTE=ShortCake;1184205]
    Quote Originally Posted by oldguyinCT View Post
    I was wondering, the Black & Decker trickle charger I purchased
    You should be using a battery maintainer. They have the capability to sense when the battery is fully charged and stop charging. A pure trickle charger will constantly send current to the battery which can cause problems.


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    To my knowledge BRP states on the manual not to connet anything on that terminal under the seat ( why do they put it there then?) open the frunk and under the black cover on the left side of the bike you'll see a positive and a negative terminal use those! that's how i installed mine! whatever works for you!

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    Hi does anyone have any suggestions or documentation on how to wire up a 2016 F3 S? I would like to plug in and use the battery tender and if possible just leave connector so I can plug and go. Not to familiar with working on the bike yet. First winter with it,

    Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cptjam View Post
    Open Frunk. Unzip liner. You will see two #30 torx screws. Get your toolkit from under the seat. Remove the torx screws. Lift battery cover panel out to expose battery. Connect red wire of battery tender pigtail to positive terminal. Connect black wire to negative terminal. To the right of the battery is a round rubber plug. Remove plug. Cut from 3 o'clock position to the center with sissors. Pass battery tender wire thru hole, placing rubber cover over wire. Insert in hole. Replace battery cover and torx screws. Bring zipper up to wire on each side, trapping the connection. Close Frunk. To use, open Frunk, plug into bike, plug into wall outlet. Done. Need help? Call! Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldguyinCT View Post
    I use the cigarette lighter adapter (Wal-Mart sells them online) and plug it into the 12 Volt outlet in the rear storage compartment, which is always hot since I moved the fuse for it. Couldn't be easier.
    I'd be concerned about using the outlet in the rear trunk. Some battery tenders are going to exceed the amperage limit of that connector and then you've got a potentially dangerous situation. The connection to the battery in the frunk is much safer and doesn't require messing around with fuse placement (which could lead to battery trickling OUT of the battery leaving you with a dead battery under some circumstances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UtahPete View Post
    I'd be concerned about using the outlet in the rear trunk. Some battery tenders are going to exceed the amperage limit of that connector and then you've got a potentially dangerous situation. The connection to the battery in the frunk is much safer and doesn't require messing around with fuse placement (which could lead to battery trickling OUT of the battery leaving you with a dead battery under some circumstances.
    Moving the fuse from switched to hot for the rear power outlet cannot cause battery drain if nothing is plugged into the outlet. A fuse doesn't drain the battery.


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    2011 rt limited how do you connect a battery tender to this one

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