2003 XLH 1200 battery cover

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by oichigui, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. oichigui

    oichigui New Member

    I am trying to get the battery cover off, to charge the battery, but I don't seem to be able to get it off
    Can anyone help?
  2. jonny oz

    jonny oz Member

    there should be a bolt under the battery tray that secures the metal strap that holds the cover on top of the battery. remove the nut/bolt (can't remember exactly) in order to release that strap - after the strap is released, you can move it and get the cover off.
  3. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    the easiest way to get to the battery strap nut is to remove the ignition module cover then you will have easy acess to the nut on the end of the battery strap
    once you remove the nut and lift that end of the strap you can then ease out the front fitting its hook shaped and fits in a slot on the front of the battery tray
    once the strap is off you will find that the top cover just lifts off, if there is a full battery cover the lower part can then be eased off (can be a bit tight)
    youll find at that stage that the cables are a bit shorter than youd like them to be for acess to undo the bolts (esier if the seat is removed)
    this is best done with assistance as another pair of hands to hold the battery half out of the tray while you try to undo the cable bolts prevents a lot of bad language

  4. oichigui

    oichigui New Member

    Thanks for the tips guys :):s