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Howdy fellow riders,

I bought this lithium ion battery for another bike I had (not the Vulcan) but was curious as to if I can stick this in my 2008 Classic LT? I know this is a 14-BS type and the Vulcan is 12-BS, but would it still be ok?

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Sorry, not too familiar with the lithium batteries.

- Ryan
 

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Where do you live? Do you ride in a cold climate? Do you have a lot of electrical accessories on your bike? On my VN 900, I have the shorai lfx18a1 lithium battery. The battery, when in warm temps, starts the bike so quick and without a problem. In the cold winter months, the battery struggles slightly. The battery struggles because the lithium cells do not like cold temps.
 

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I live in Albuquerque, winters get cold where we linger in the low 20's F in the mornings and evenings. Is that too cold? Would it simply not start in these temps, or would it just take longer to start?
 

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If you already have it and it fits, install. Will not hurt anything and you will soon find out if it will not do the job.

Be careful when connecting cables. With the style of posts on these batteries, it would be easy to connect backwards and then you could have a disaster on your hands.
 

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I live in Albuquerque, winters get cold where we linger in the low 20's F in the mornings and evenings. Is that too cold? Would it simply not start in these temps, or would it just take longer to start?
It all depends on a few different questions. How long is your normal ride? For example, if you ride 30 mins to work and use electric accessories while on the ride, the battery will not be able to recover the full charge. I have driven my Vulcan for 20 min ride to work. Parked it outside of work at 8am and then started the bike up in the low to mid 20s after sitting outside for 9-10 hours and it started up fine. But my battery is also new when I installed it and also has a higher amp/hour rating then your battery.
 

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It all depends on a few different questions. How long is your normal ride? For example, if you ride 30 mins to work and use electric accessories while on the ride, the battery will not be able to recover the full charge. I have driven my Vulcan for 20 min ride to work. Parked it outside of work at 8am and then started the bike up in the low to mid 20s after sitting outside for 9-10 hours and it started up fine. But my battery is also new when I installed it and also has a higher amp/hour rating then your battery.
It would be ridden 4 times a day for about 15 minutes each. I would test it out myself but wouldn't want to be stranded at work after having it sit from noon to 6pm.
 

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If you have no extra electrical load on the bike and your charging system is working perfectly, then i dont see a problem with your setup. a good way for you to test it is to ride it for 15 mins then let the bike rest at night in an un heated garage or the outside and see if the bike starts up in the morning. If the bike starts up after the night then you are good to go.
 

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If you have no extra electrical load on the bike and your charging system is working perfectly, then i dont see a problem with your setup. a good way for you to test it is to ride it for 15 mins then let the bike rest at night in an un heated garage or the outside and see if the bike starts up in the morning. If the bike starts up after the night then you are good to go.
Thanks will do!

Has there been much discussion of using a lithium battery in a Vulcan? I just heard that they were great batteries and have longer life, so I thought having one would be neat.
 

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Looking at the link ryanbrooks94 posted, you'll be fine running that battery.
The lithium battery is almost 8 lbs lighter, so it'll make ya faster man! lol!
 
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