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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 06-16-2013, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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So when a friend had a dead battery on his softail at work a few weeks ago and were not successful in push starting it , I found a extension cord and made jumper cables out of it to jump it from my bike. This got me thinking and today I made some cables that will work in a pinch. Basically I wanted to be able to hook up to my battery tender lead w/o having to remove the seat to get to the battery. I got some 2 conductor wire from Napa and installed 2 connectors like those on my tender lead, one to connect to my bike and one to connect to the dead bike. I also made a short lead with clips that can be connected to the longer lead if the dead bike doesn't have tender lead. Wire is 14 ga., a little light for the application, but it worked a few weeks ago and I'm sure it'll work again.
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I have jumpers that plug into the battery tender plug. Always take them on trips.
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awesome idea, I'll be making a set for myself


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Been thinking about doing this for a while. But I had thought about an on and off switch in the middle.

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I tried this very same set-up a year or so ago. The jumper wires began to smoke and melt big time. And yes, they were connected properly. Somebody told me that too many amps were going through the thin jumpers. If it worked for you, that's great.

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I bought a set of jumper cables from Autozone...very compact, 10 gauge....10' long I think..$15 or so. Have not tried to jump start from tender...will that work?

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Tender will not jump it, I only used the tender connections. Provided the dead bikes starts easily current draw can be minimal and prevent melting shit.

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I started the bike I was jumping from and revved it while starting teh bike with the dead batter. The other way is to plug the tender connector into the bike that has a dead battery and use the clips on teh starter of the other bike. The bike was a softail the bike used to jump was touring. A touring battery is bigger so not sure on vice a versa.
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Exclamation Bad idea

We tried that with my friends bike, the wires heat up fast and produced smoke. And we didn't even jump start the other bike.

The tender wires are too thin for jump starting. Don't waste your time.

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