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    New style battery 'clam shell' - and the point is?...........

    Just took the batteries off my 2008 Rxt and 2012 Rxt X.

    2008 = 2 mins, no drama, no problem.

    2012 = 20 mins of fiddling with various length socket extenders (unlike the three bears, there wasn't one that was 'just' perfect, not too long or too small), struggling to remove bolts n washers without dropping them into the black hole. Finally parted clam shell (top and bottom) only to find that the now opened half is in the way to remove the battery. Another 5 mins later, minus a quantity of knuckle skin and a hand full of fiberglass splinters - whoa it's out.

    Seadoo....what was all that about? What were you thinking? The old rubber / metal overstrap was fine.

    Over engineered means over priced.

    At least make it a simple lift out shell with handle and quick connections, so you can walk away from the boat in seconds. Then take the clam shell off outside of the hull.

    Rant over......


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    I agree with everything you said, been there done that!


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    It will take you 2 minutes the next time

    When you go to put the battery back in, do not over tighten those bolts (like I did once). Stop when you feel it snug. Otherwise you're really going to have some fun. The nut side is in a plastic square and that square is surrounded by plastic. If you spin that nut in the square...well...just don't do it

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    "The nut side is in a plastic square and that square is surrounded by plastic."

    i can't stand those things...another genius BRP design.

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    Thanks for the tip against over tightening the bolts - tendency is to crank them to within an inch of their lives when you want to stop that monster of a battery flying around. Will resist the temptation.

    Quote Originally Posted by DinoMite View Post
    It will take you 2 minutes the next time

    When you go to put the battery back in, do not over tighten those bolts (like I did once). Stop when you feel it snug. Otherwise you're really going to have some fun. The nut side is in a plastic square and that square is surrounded by plastic. If you spin that nut in the square...well...just don't do it

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    This is how I run a jetski shop in the desert nmpeter's Avatar
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    straps were dumped after several broke and damaged mechanics toes, one guy got rid of the strap cause it was "ugly" then dropped the battery on his foot taking it out and sued the dealer for $15k medical costs and $28k for the repairs to his marble garage floor caused by the spilled battery acid.

    "the cage protects the battery in the event of a collision that can rupture the battery and cause a fire or explosion"

    Fitzgerald Vs. BRP/AllTexas Motorsports in District Court County of Jimcrow Texas September 31st 2009

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    Pics please?
    I don't see how the cloth strap would tear?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skoepp View Post
    Pics please?
    I don't see how the cloth strap would tear?
    It doesn't tear, the stitching comes undone. Mine is on my 05 rxt. I could post some pics but am headed out to the World Finals this week and wont be at my storage till I get back in town. If you remind me in a 2 weeks, I can try to get a pic.

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    RXTX still easy... you have easy access from the back.
    Go and check the 2012+ RXPX, you gonna sweat!

    But I agree, why make so difficult and that system required to use specific battery size!

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    It's easier the 2nd time.

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