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Hi all, when I first restored my 1966 A65 Lightning I changed the frame, due to the original being a bit butchered sometime in its past. I believe the current frame is a 1968 frame.

I also made up my own battery carrier and although it did the job it was improvised and non standard.

During my current rebuild I have purchased new battery carrier components from Burton Bike Bits. These are a 68-4595 carrier, a 68-4578 strap retainer, a 04-2608 hook and a 68-4577 strap. I also bought the rubber base from BBB and rubber mountings from Draganfly. The Draganfly rubber mountings look pretty pathetic and the bottom one is just a short piece of reinforced rubber hose about half an inch long and cut off without even making sure the ends are square. It look like a piece of scrap and I can’t believe they get away with selling bits like this at the price they charged for it.

Anyway that’s digressing from what I would like your help with.

How do I assemble these components because after having a quick go at it I just can’t figure out how it works.

I’ve attached photographs of the components and if anyone can enlighten me as to how they all fit together I’d much appreciate it, as I cannot find anything about this anywhere that I’ve already searched on.

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Kev E

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Looks like the order of installation is frame -> large bracket, notch facing forward -> tray. Strap goes rear (right) of large bracket, around top of battery, to hook.

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Thanks Marc, that photo has made it a lot clearer for me.

Have you any idea what the other hole is for in the strap retainer? It’s not that important but I always wonder why people drill holes in things when there appears to be no specific function for them. I get that the big hole is what locates the retainer on the peg at the bottom of the battery carrier but I can’t see a reason for the other hole?

I see you mounted a regulator underneath, might just copy that idea.

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I'd have to go look to be sure, but I don't think my (OE) lower strap retainer has that extra hole in it.


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Here's the battery strap retainer for my 1970 Firebird project. I bought it as 'NOS', but can't say for sure.

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Thanks for all your replies and help guys.

I’m all sorted now and it’s all fitted to the bike.

The additional hole in the strap retainer remains a mystery. It serves no purpose at all on my bike and as such may as well not be there. It may have been utilised for something else on another model?

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Here's what my 66 battery carrier is like. Thought it was correct but who knows.


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Thanks for the photos Beach, that’s the early type that should be fitted to my particular bike

It looks spot on.

I’ve fitted the later type that uses the rubber strap to retain the battery rather than the removable top bracket like yours. I hope at some point in the future I can find the parts like you have as I think it’s a more substantial method of holding onto the battery than the rubber strap.

Cheers,

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Originally Posted by Beach
Here's what my 66 battery carrier is like. Thought it was correct but who knows.

Nice setup Beach, but definitely not stock, in any year.

BTW Kev, I've found that a strip of tractor-trailer inner tube is stronger and lasts longer than the straps they sell for this purpose.


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Originally Posted by Mark Z
Originally Posted by Beach
Here's what my 66 battery carrier is like. Thought it was correct but who knows.

Nice setup Beach, but definitely not stock, in any year.

BTW Kev, I've found that a strip of tractor-trailer inner tube is stronger and lasts longer than the straps they sell for this purpose.
Definitely is stock! All nos parts.


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[Sigh]... Owning A65s for 45 years and still learning.

BTW, my lower strap retainer DOES have the extra "mystery" hole.


Mark Z

'65(lower)/'66(upper, wheels, front end, controls)/'67(seat, exhaust, fuel tank, headlamp)/'70(frame) A65 Bitsa.

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