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    Electrical box mounting

    Good Afternoon All

    I have a 1996 SLT700. I am not crazy about having the electrical box on top of the battery. I am always afarid of hitting a wave and shorting out the battery. I was just on ebay and saw a 1997 SLT700 for sale and the box is mounted off to the side with nothing on top of the battery. Is this a bracket that I can buy/fabricate. I went on a couple of Polaris parts sites and really could not find anything. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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    There should be a plastic cap that covers the battery top, and prevents the electrical box from touching any part of the top of the battery.

    Looks something like the photo below.

    If you need a replacement, contact one of the guys parting out old Polaris here in the Classifieds. I will bet there are lots of these covers available. Why anyone would not re-install them is beyond me.

    If the battery positive post was to short to the metal shell of the electrical box, you could fry the black wire to the stator (my current understanding of the risk), not to mention potentially being dead in the water.
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    You just need 1 of these
    part number 1 from a 95 sl750
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    I have one of those. I would just like if it the box was not on top of the battery. Thanks for the help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dyemondav View Post
    I have one of those.
    I would just like if it the box was not on top of the battery...
    And you have the rubber straps that hold it all down properly?

    You just want to mount the electrical box away from the battery, to make it more convenient for access?

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    I have a friend that has a 94 SL750. His ski caught fire in the ocean. The battery cover wore down right over the poitive terminal. He hit a wave and smoked the electrical system. Took us a little while to rewire. Was just looking to possibly avoid that. I figured maybe it happened alot if Polaris changed the mount.

    Thanks for the help!!

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    Arrow Protecting against the battery positive post shorting to the electrical box case

    Quote Originally Posted by dyemondav View Post
    ...battery cover wore down right over the positive terminal...looking to possibly avoid that.
    I figured maybe it happened a lot if Polaris changed the mount...
    I could not comment on why Polaris changed the mount.

    I am thinking the battery cover wear through should not have happened if everything was tightly strapped down. Wear requires motion over time. A friend with a 1992 SL650 still has the original battery cover in place. It certainly doesn't look new any more, but I don't recall it looking worn down at the posts either.

    In any case, what I have done is install Deka AGM batteries. They come with a 20mm plastic spacer plate, intended to sit under the AGM battery and fill in the gap between the slightly shorter AGM battery and the stock battery mounts.

    I put the Deka spacer on top of the battery, trimmed to allow access to the battery posts. This means the Polaris OEM cover is now not touching the top of the battery posts.

    No worries about shorting, and the Deka AGM battery is an excellent watercraft battery.
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    Thanks for the info. Come to think of it he had an AGM battery in his but no spacer. Could you tell me what the part number is on the Deka. I have a local supplier that I can get one through.

    Thanks Again

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    Quote Originally Posted by dyemondav View Post
    ... Could you tell me what the part number is on the Deka?
    I have a local supplier that I can get one through...
    Deka AGM battery ETX16L

    Top of the battery is visible in the second photo of my previous post

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    Another thing you could do easily is take a piece of 1/4" rubber mat and cut it to fit inside the battery cover. Ive found used truck bed liners and cut up the rubber for all kinds of stuff....something like that would work perfect for doing this.

    It would give alot more protection from rubbing and would also make the straps hold it just a smudge tighter.

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