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fitting a battery in a D1 toolbox
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d3dan
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April 15, 2021 - 11:50 am
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Hi all im sure this question has been asked many a time,but could not find it,but i was going to fit a battery into a single screw type toolbox,has anyone else tried this and would someone know a good rechargeable battery that would fit snuggly into it.I did it on my d3 long ago and would like to do the same on this d1,it was to run the side light and back light,when the bike is not started.any advice would be great

many thanks dan.

Currently running a BSA Bantam 1956 D3 and also have a 1964 D7 Super awaiting restoration.

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Hi Dan.
       I know of another member that fitted a battery in the toolbox of a D1. He said that he bought it from tool station. His initial idea was to use it as a battery for a brake light. It worked very well, he just charged it once in a while.
Then he wanted battery lighting, so I wired in a rectifier/regulator and used the generator to charge it.
This battery has worked well in both configurations. See link below. Just check the dimensions to make sure that it will fit.
He used some high density foam to hold it in position.
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Single screw toolboxes have a bar across the opening that make fitting a battery awkward. It’s not an insurmountable problem, but given the prices these things fetch today I’d think twice about modifying a good one or drilling holes for cables. Also, be aware, that a battery will vent when charging, and this will promote corrosion inside your sealed toolbox.  

I decided to use a capacitor hidden under the tank rather than cut/drill my toolbox for a battery.

Maybe an idea to pick up a cheap Indian pattern toolbox to modify if you’re set on the idea?

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d3dan
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Hi thankyou for your replies,most helpfull,that battery looks perfect for the job,ordering it now.it will nice to get the lighting working on this beast.

regards dan...

Currently running a BSA Bantam 1956 D3 and also have a 1964 D7 Super awaiting restoration.

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Bit late now, but this is mine - battery is a 4 A/h SLA jobbie from RS Components ** Please log in to view **

Need to get creative with bits of wood and rubber to stop it rattling about.

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d3dan
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April 19, 2021 - 2:29 pm
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Thats a good job and the same as i was hoping to do,it looks to be the same size battery as the toolstation one,a good job.

many thanks dan.

Currently running a BSA Bantam 1956 D3 and also have a 1964 D7 Super awaiting restoration.

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The hole isn't too invasive I don't think, being at the bottom. Originally there were going to be more holes than this! freaked-out_gif

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