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Old 02-08-2011, 05:13 PM   #11
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fairlane, can you tell me what color green you used on the a-arm's if you did that yourself.
Spray bomb green from Lowe's. Valspar Garden Green.
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Old 02-08-2011, 05:14 PM   #12
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Wrong. It'll charge at 14 volts nominal all day long. It'll last longer, run headlights and a winch without flickering, and have endless cranking power...and I just have the $60 off-the-shelf 600 amp cheapo battery. I don't have body panels, so mine sits on a custom fabbed mount plate right under my rear rack. I forgot to mention that it's maintenance-free.

It will charge at 14volts and how many amps, five????? Not many. So your charge isn't what you think it is.

ATV's are NOT designed to charge car batteries, as far as I know they don't even have alternators and use the magneto to create charging power and thats based on rpm's, so you would have to be running at max rpms to create max. charging power to the batt.

Don't run a car battery.
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Old 02-08-2011, 05:34 PM   #13
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It will charge at 14volts and how many amps, five????? Not many. So your charge isn't what you think it is.

ATV's are NOT designed to charge car batteries, as far as I know they don't even have alternators and use the magneto to create charging power and thats based on rpm's, so you would have to be running at max rpms to create max. charging power to the batt.

Don't run a car battery.

Great...a know-it-all. I think I know my ATV better than you do, and it runs a car battery just fine. It charges at the same rate that it would as if it had a NEW motorcycle/ATV battery, only the car battery doesn't weaken over time like an ATV battery does, nor does it have the parasitic draw that motorcycle/ATV batteries develop over time. 12 volts is 12 volts, and an amp is an amp no matter what.
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Old 02-08-2011, 07:48 PM   #14
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Hey Fairlane...sorry man, not saying I know it all, but you really have to think about it.

IF.....you could charge a car battery via an ATV, then why wouldn't car manf. use the same system???

If it works for you, thats great....just not something I would not do based on my logic. Not saying I'm right on, but something to think about.

Thats what its all about here....voice your opinion and lets talk about it.

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Old 02-08-2011, 08:19 PM   #15
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I run a series 29(?) auto battery.. I modified a rear bumper and welded a "battery box" on it.. I've never had a problem with the ac 400 at 16 amps charging system, charging the 500 CCA(could be more...I'd have to Look) battery I use for plowing, starting, HID's and hand warmers... I always wanted to run a deep cycle but haven't had the ambition to swap out the battery.... nor the cash.... The added weight of the battery over the rear axle helps much with plowing....

keep in mind with just plowing, running no lights or warmers, the charging system should handle it.... your not gonna run the wnich continuios only sporaticly.... so your not taxing the charging system at full load for any duration....

the charging system doesn't care if it's a 100 CCA Power wheels battery or a 1000 CCA Super Deep Cycle Marine battery... it'll charge it...

at any rate, I do periodically check the full load draw of the battery, and test the max output of the charging system at least twice a year... no problem thus far.. been 4 seasons of plowing....
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while were on subjext of the battery, anyone know some good lights, i want REALLY bright lights.
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while were on subjext of the battery, anyone know some good lights, i want REALLY bright lights.

HIDS are the way to go. 880/881 bulb size.
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Old 02-09-2011, 11:24 AM   #18
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Hey Fairlane...sorry man, not saying I know it all, but you really have to think about it.

IF.....you could charge a car battery via an ATV, then why wouldn't car manf. use the same system???

If it works for you, thats great....just not something I would not do based on my logic. Not saying I'm right on, but something to think about.

Thats what its all about here....voice your opinion and lets talk about it.
Space constraints. Remember that the AC 700 Diesel uses a real alternator. Automotive electrical systems work as a "surface charge" system. An alternator that charges at 20-30 amps isn't going to fully recharge a battery, it'll put what's called a surface charge on it that acts as a buffer for the rest of the system so that any new loads (like turning on the headlights) don't drain the battery's capacity. The bigger the battery, the bigger the buffer. Another thing to remember is to look at most shelf battery chargers. They all have different settings to charge at, but they all have a "trickle" setting that charges at 2 amps or less. The slower a battery is recharged, the deeper the charge, and the longer it lasts. If an ATV's charging system is rated at a 5 amp recharge rate, which it isn't, it puts a deeper charge on the battery. Also, motorcycle/ATV charging systems aren't that much different from an automotive system. The internals of an alternator have the same parts as the charging system on an ATV, they're just all encased in one part. ATV systems still have to convert AC power to DC, and they still have to regulate the voltage just like cars and trucks do.

...and I've jump started my truck with my Cat before, it didn't even flutter.
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I have it mounted on my rear rack. It is handy when plowing. I do hook up a charger once a week or so just to "top it off". Been working like this for 3 years.
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...and I've jump started my truck with my Cat before, it didn't even flutter.[/QUOTE]

Forgive me if I''m wrong, but I swear I read on here in the past that if you try to jump start a car with your ATV running you'll fry your CDI box unless you unhook the battery. Maybe I'm confused, just verifying. Not looking to start a pissing contest as there's been plenty of them on here lately.
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