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The consensus experience here on the Cafe is that $50 batteries are not a good choice. Their lifespan is very short and too high a fraction of them are DOA.

Many here really like the Yuasa brand of batteries but you are likely to pay in the $100-$150 range for one.
 

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Many here really like the Yuasa brand of batteries but you are likely to pay in the $100-$150 range for one.
But worth it!!!!!!
 

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The consensus experience here on the Cafe is that $50 batteries are not a good choice. Their lifespan is very short and too high a fraction of them are DOA.

Many here really like the Yuasa brand of batteries but you are likely to pay in the $100-$150 range for one.
I went ahead and purchased a Yuasa. It was exactly $100.
Thanks for the recommendation.
 

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You made a good choice. Hope it helps address your bike problems.
 

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Do you have a recommendation for a new battery?
My $.02, get the Yuasa and have peace of mind. Back in 2016, I was still on the original battery and decided it was just time to change it out. I put in a cheaper Bike Master battery. It lasted 7 or 8 weeks. It was maintained with a battery tender just as the old one was. Wanted to go to a local car/bike show that Fri. eve, backed her out, turned the key, nothing. Learned my lesson and immediately the next day bought a Yuasa, and haven't had another battery issue since. It's your money. Do as you want. But you were advised.
 

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My $.02, get the Yuasa and have peace of mind. Back in 2016, I was still on the original battery and decided it was just time to change it out. I put in a cheaper Bike Master battery. It lasted 7 or 8 weeks. It was maintained with a battery tender just as the old one was. Wanted to go to a local car/bike show that Fri. eve, backed her out, turned the key, nothing. Learned my lesson and immediately the next day bought a Yuasa, and haven't had another battery issue since. It's your money. Do as you want. But you were advised.
This is exactly what happened to me. The window to return it has passed on the 7th of July. I will have the Yuasa with me in just a couple of days.
 

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Anybody here has the cover of the stock air box? Mine was neglected for years and is all scratched. It's an eye sore.
If you have what I am looking for, please let me know.
 

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Anybody here has the cover of the stock air box? Mine was neglected for years and is all scratched. It's an eye sore.
If you have what I am looking for, please let me know.
Try some chrome polish and a buffer or buffing wheel on a bench grinder. It may not take out all the scratches but the smaller ones it should. BTW, the airbox covers, if still available, should not be too expensive. I have a 'SPyKER' mod airbox cover, and when he modified mine, I gave him my old one and bought a brand new one from him. At that time they were less than $50. After he modded mine, with a custom grille cutout and blue LED backlight, it was only a tad over $100. Unfortunately he ran into a job/ lifechange/ move across country, and never resumed this side venture.
 

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I have had the main 30 Amps fuse blow up several times. I figured that the cause is the Bluetooth sound system. I simply removed the ground connection for this sound system. I want to troubleshoot it. However, I have no clue how it was put together. Anybody knows what the wiring for the Tsuyaku Bluetooth sound system is?
 

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Are the air filters for the vtx 1300 and vtx 1800 interchangeable? They looked the same to me in pictures.
Same airbox cover, so yes.
 

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I read somewhere in this forum that I needed to use Gasket Maker to have a tight seal between the aftermarket air box and the carb. I did. The bike now runs better than ever.
I also just sold my C50 to a nice gentleman that wanted a midsize cruiser with zero issues.
The vtx 1300 is not a fast or quick bike. However, it has tons of power for 2-up riding.
 

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I read somewhere in this forum that I needed to use Gasket Maker to have a tight seal between the aftermarket air box and the carb. I did. The bike now runs better than ever.
I also just sold my C50 to a nice gentleman that wanted a midsize cruiser with zero issues.
The vtx 1300 is not a fast or quick bike. However, it has tons of power for 2-up riding.
Yes, they are torque monsters, not speed burners. If you need speed, get a CBR or a Busa.
 

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Or a Goldwing :)
 
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