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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-04-2007, 07:42 AM Thread Starter
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Rancher charging system

I have a 2002 rancher es 4x4 with 2025 miles. It gets minimal usage these days but is started at least once every two weeks. I go through a battery every year and was wondering if there is a part on the charging system that is "known to go bad". Over time the battery seems to loose strength and eventually will go dead and even a trickle charger won't bring it back. Thanks for your help.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-04-2007, 08:59 AM
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Get a battery tender jr, there are some good deals on ebay, and you can keep it plugged in all the time. It will help maintain the battery with the little usage you get out of it.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-04-2007, 10:26 AM
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This is from the other battery post..

Quote: "stock 03 battery and still works perfectly. I use a batter trickle charger from Wal mart called the Ever start. I think it is 1.5 amp trickle with auto shut off. it comes with the quick disconnect that you permanently bolt on to the battery posts. Works like a charm. i strongly suggest getting one for your Rinys and any other toys that sit for weeks at a time." End Quote.

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Have you checked the voltage at the battery terminals while the quad is running?

Check it at idle and the with the RPM raised say 3000 RPM..

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-05-2007, 10:45 PM
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I must have the same problem. I also posted a question on this site before and got the same answer "get a battery tender". All of my quads do exactly what you are reporting here. I have not had the time to get the Battery Tender set up yet, but I plan to very soon before I have 4 batts to buy.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-06-2007, 01:03 PM
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it seems like once the battery goes dead and sits for a while, they are toasted. If they don't hold a charge a cell or cells have gone bad. After replacing the batteries, get them all on some form of an auto shut off trickle charger. This also works well for autos that sit for weeks at a time.

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-18-2007, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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I think I found the problem! After inspecting all of the electrical components I found that the voltage regulator was corroded where it bolts to the frame. I replaced it as well as the battery and everything is working great. The local bike shop said that this is a common problem with the ranchers and the foreman models.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-05-2008, 05:55 PM
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I've got an '01 Rancher and was maintaining the battery with a conventional charger and found out after going thur a couple of batteries, that a conventional charger won't do the trick. I was told by a mechanic at a dealership that I need a charger for a gell battery. I guess that there is a difference. Don't know for sure!
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-05-2008, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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you could be right skipper but I haven't had any trouble in nearly a year

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