Types of Motorcycle Battery Terminals

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Types of Motorcycle Battery Terminals
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When buying a replacement battery for your motorcycle, be sure to get one of the correct size and type. One important consideration when buying a motorcycle battery is the terminal. The three basic types of terminals on motorcycle batteries are the top screw-down, the P-style and the AP-style.

Screw-down Terminal

This type of terminal is a female receiver that is threaded down into the top of the battery. The motorcycle's battery cables are secured to the top of the battery by a bolt that passes through the cable end and is tightened, making a secure connection.

P-Style Terminal

The P-style terminal has flat pieces of aluminium sticking out of the top of the battery to which the battery cables are connected. These posts are drilled with a hole that contain threads. The bolt is inserted through the cable into the threads and tightened. The posts face so that the holes for cable connection are from the left side to the right side of the battery for easy attachment.

AP-Style Terminal

The AP-style terminals are attached to the cables from the front of the battery. Like P-style terminals, they come out of the top of the battery. The terminal is of a more solid design as it has to be thick enough to reach the front of battery. The post is usually 1 inch thick with a drilled and threaded hole.

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