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Hello Everyone,

Just wanted to "test the waters" and see if there is any interest in a source for upgraded battery cables for the Benelli's. It seems that they too suffer from under sized cables, causing starting issues for some. I currently own a Zane era Laverda and they are too are notoriously prone to weak starter performance (slow turnover, half cranks, complete stopping mid-spin,) Many have attemped various "fixes", usually in regards to the starter, but even with a fresh one, the problems still exists. And while some have slightly improved starting, the usual procedure is still needed to start them. Multiple stabs at the button is the routine, otherwise overheating of the cables and connections occur resulting in melted and damaged components.....up to unable to start.
I recently started offering heavy gauge cables for the Laverdas on the "Zanelist", and the positive results have slowly been trickling in. I have them on my Laverda and no longer have the above problems also.
The cables are now 4 AWG marine grade tinned with heavy tinned lugs w/ adhesive lined shrink wrap. The connections are completely sealed from the elements for corrosion protection, have high strand count for high current flow, and are extremely flexable. Superior quality compared to OEM and much of what I see in the aftermarket. I've shipped them to the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, and Australia.
Shipping is appriox $7 (USD) 4-6 days delivery
Cost is .70 cents/per inch. (USD)
If there's any interset I would need the lengths of each cable- terminal hole center to terminal hole center

With thicker cables you can just lay on the starter button and let her spin. No worries, and no overheating.

Sorry for the "commercial".......just trying to offer some contribution to the Benelli family!;)
 
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Depends what size diameter the cable is.

The hole that Mr Benelli leaves for the leads down behind the battery is v small.
Standard wires are 8mm (I think) and Ive doubled up a the cables to share the load). There is only just enough room to squeeze two cables through ...and even thats pushing it.


even though this has made the starter spin quicker and sound as if it wants to start, on occasion, it does still overload and 'flid - out' resetting the clocks (although a damn site less frequently)


Anyone reading this can always check out Enginas page to see about how to so it themselves...not difficult, just takes time
 
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Hi Niquem,

even though this has made the starter spin quicker and sound as if it wants to start
I was interested to hear your comments Niquem as I couldn't say that I noticed any difference what so ever after I done the cable mod.
 
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Hi Laurence, Niquem,
in my view, the mod is probably not worth the effort. It did improve the crispness of the start, but the real problem is the battery. It just doesn't have the current capability required to spin the engine under worst case conditions.

That said, the second cables are still in place on my Tre. Now that they are installed, there's no advantage in taking them off!
 
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Has anyone heard of the "Westco" battery?
An AGM type, 175 CCA same dimensions as the Yuasa YT12B-BS
A few on Apriliaforum as well as many BMW dealers are using these, at least in the states....might be an option.

Here are the specs:

Westco Model# 12V12B-4
Voltage 12
Amp Hour 10
CCA 175
Length 6" (150mm)
Width 2 3/4" (69mm)
Height 5 1/8" (130mm)
Weight 9.5lbs.
MSRP $65.95 (USD)

Here's their web address:



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There's no listing for Benelli's, but the 12V12B-4 is the correct b
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Has anyone heard of the "Westco" battery?
An AGM type, 175 CCA same dimensions as the Yuasa YT12B-BS
A few on Apriliaforum as well as many BMW dealers are using this brand of battery, at least in the states....might be an option.

Here are the specs:

Westco Model# 12V12B-4
Voltage 12
Amp Hour 10
CCA 175
Length 6" (150mm)
Width 2 3/4" (69mm)
Height 5 1/8" (130mm)
Weight 9.5lbs.
MSRP $65.95 (USD)

Here's their web address:



There'snolistingforBenelli's,butthe12V12B-4isthecorrectb</a><!--EZCODELINKEND--">www.westcobattery.com<!--EZCODE LINK START-->[url="http://

There'snolistingforBenelli's,butthe12V12B-4isthecorrectb"]

There's no listing for Benelli's, but the 12V12B-4 is the correct b
<!--EZCODE LINK END--[/url]
 
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Re: What A Pain!

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I was interested to hear your comments Niquem as I couldn't say that I noticed any difference what so ever after I done the cable mod
Perhaps I heard it differently through wanting it to work :\
 
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Since I fitted the larger tri-rated cables on my TNT there has definitely been a lot less hot non starting times….. Also when I had the small cables on it was very easy to flatten the battery after just a couple of starting attempts (some of it due to the high resistance in the factory fitted wires), since fitting the new cables my battery has never gone flat.
 
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Okay, I'm a biff when it comes to mechancs, what cables and battery would I be looking for to stop the problem of bad starting?

My bike is now housed in a garage with no power, therefore I can only put it on trickle charge when I wheel it to the front of my house and plug it in there!
 
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solar power

solar powered trickle charger, any use, just whack the little panel on the roof of the garage...oh, hang on, your in the UK, sorry, my mistake :lol
 
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Re: solar power

Funny FCuker!

I'll have you know I live on the Costa Del Solent, where the weather is fine (Except for last Friday when we got hit with a torrential downpour when I was 10 miles out from home!)>:

Besides which, at least we aren't all getting burnt to death and suffering skin cancer!!!!!;)
 
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hee hee

true true, apparently due to a very cold winter over antartica this year the ozone hole has expanded significantly, we expect the hole this summer to extend over the entire southern half of Australia!!!

Damm my lily livered pale irish heritage skin..damm.damm damm :eek
 
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Re:solar panel

If any one wants a solar panel trickle charger Maplins are selling for £9.99 at the moment.......;)
 
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Re: Re:solar panel

Colin, can you give any more details on this, what ois the maplins website?

Andy
 
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Re: Re:solar panel

Maplins have stores all over G.B. there web site is...
www.maplin.co.uk
the charger is part L58bf
hope this helps, ps offer ends end of month !
I should get a job for Maplins !!
 
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Re: Re:solar panel

Thanks, guess I'll be popping into Southampton tomorrow then!

Andy
 
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Re: Re:solar panel

Just re-checked on this, unfortunately the unit is not waterproof, so I guess that is a non starter, shame, 'cause I thought I had found a cure to my problem, oh well not to worry!

Thanks Colin for your efforts!
 
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Re: Re:solar panel ANSWER

What about fitting on the inside of window ?,or put it in a clear plastic bag? I know this might sound silly, but I am a heating eng and we use 24 volt electric actuators which are not waterproof and the method the maker instructs is to use a plastic bag as supplied with them! (when using outside)
colin:rolleyes
 
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