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    How to install battery in '98 Suzuki Savage?

    I had a "friend" take it out to winterize and now that i want to put it back in I can't figure it out (and I am not talking to that "friend" anymore). I have the seat off but don't see any wires that would attach to the battery terrminals. Nor do I know how the battery sits in the space. My manual is in teh hands of my mechanic right now, so I was hoping someone could tell me how to do this. I'll get the manual back in a couple days but till then......

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    Any chance you could post pictures?
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    Flirting With The Redline 4000 Posts! Logan's Avatar
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    Here's the manual:

    If you can get a gel/AGM battery to fit in there definitely go for that
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    It comes out the side, where the little storage box is. A real pita
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    Yep, it comes out the same as the 2002 and later version.
    Going from memory, after the seat comes off (and handy to have a 10mm ratchet, much easier that way)

    Then remove the side air cover
    Remove the tool kit holder from side of the battery entirely
    unscrew the battery leads in proper order
    push the battery from left side towards the right
    lift out
    change battery
    return it in reverse order.

    Now, do it in the cold winter while snow is on the ground and you're parked outside, on the streets in NYC.

    Yes, that's right!

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