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    JIMK23
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    R1200RT Battery Replacement

    My 2006 R1200RT original battery has one dead cell and won't crank the bike. Being Monday, all BMW Motorcycle shops are closed. What should I expect to pay for a new battery? I recall reading on the forums that if your bike is under warrenty, you have to have a BMW replacement battery or they will not honor your factory warrenty. Is this correct or not?
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    If your bike is still under waranty then you need to use only BMW parts, including the battery.
    Mo Shaffer
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    JIMK23
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    That's what I thought. Now, I wonder what dealer cost is?

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    bob1100rtc
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    Isn't the battery still under warranty?

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    JIMK23
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    I'll have to wait and call them tomorrow. Maybe it is or at least pro-rated.
    Thanks for the query.

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    My BMW dealer said the factory battery does not matter as far as the warrenty is concerned. So, he sold me an Odyssey PC680 that was $50 less and he said it was a better battery than the factory one. It also has a 3 year warrenty. The factory battery is good for only a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moshaffer View Post
    If your bike is still under waranty then you need to use only BMW parts, including the battery.
    Not exactly. Parts used must meet BMW specifications, but if the manufacturer requires, as a condition of the warranty, that you to use only their specific parts then they must furnish those parts free of charge. Federal law - Magnusson-Moss.

    BUT: first it is difficult to determine whether an aftermarket part meets BMW specs. Second, for most mechanical parts there really aren't aftermarket parts out there anyway. Starters from Valeo and some Bosch parts are an exception to this comment.

    Battery. I can't see a warranty issue arising from a battery which fit properly, had essentially the same or similar amp-hour capacity, and of course was a 12 volt battery.
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    The Odyssey PC680 is BMW approved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moshaffer View Post
    If your bike is still under waranty then you need to use only BMW parts, including the battery.
    Mo - where did you hear this?

    You have to use parts that meet the specifications BMW has for their parts - but if you had to use BMW parts only - then BMW would have to provide the parts for you at no cost (Magnusson-Moss Act).

    Sounds like someone is passing about bad info.. I do use BMW parts - materials - while under warranty - but that's just to prove to BMW that (1) I did the service (2) The parts I used meet their specifications.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob1100RTC View Post
    Isn't the battery still under warranty?
    The bike has a 3 year/36,000 mile warranty (from "IN-Service Date").. the battery is covered by a seperate 2 year (no mileage limit) warranty. Replacement parts purchased from BMW are normally covered by a 2 year no mileage limit warranty - and AFAIK - that includes a replacement battery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1200RT View Post
    The Odyssey PC680 is BMW approved.
    Can you tell us where you saw that or where we can find that approval?
    Don Eilenberger http://www.eilenberger.net
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1200RT View Post
    My BMW dealer said the factory battery does not matter as far as the warrenty is concerned. So, he sold me an Odyssey PC680 that was $50 less and he said it was a better battery than the factory one. It also has a 3 year warrenty. The factory battery is good for only a year.
    Ummm... according to Oddessy - it has a 2 year warranty. http://www.odysseybatteries.com/battery/pc680.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by deilenberger View Post
    Can you tell us where you saw that or where we can find that approval?
    I also note in Odyssey's application chart that they don't list the R1200RT, and for the R1200GS they state, "no direct replacement".
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    I believe the RT uses the same battery as the R12R. The usual one used is the PC-535 which is I believe closest in size to the factory battery. To fit an Odessey PC-535 into the R12R requires a small modification of the battery (cutting some ribs away) and modification (flattening out some bends) of the mounting bracket on the bike.

    http://www.odysseybatteries.com/battery/pc535.htm

    Have to measure my factory battery next time I have my seat off..
    Don Eilenberger http://www.eilenberger.net
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