I know that the above mentioned are pricey, but after yesterday- ...... must do something. Below is Yesterday's tale of woe to explain.
I have a 2016 SS, with the larger battery. Wouldn't start on Sunday, so I put it on trickle charger for 24 hours. It tried to start, but not enough juice. No choice but to replace. Being reasonably non-mechanical, I got my trusty, (read useless), little owners manual out. Figured I would just remove the outer cover and jump the SS.
What I found- No way was my positive cable going to fit in the allotted space. So, I read the "Battery removal" instructions. Seems pretty straight-forward. Too bad they were apparently not written with my SS in mind. No battery retainer wedge- A MUCH nicer, over the battery on all 3 sides bracket. 1 bolt in front, and 2 under the sling- one so close to framing that ratchet socket won't fit. Peachy. Finally got it off. and bracket removed, and ground cable disconnect from frame. Next instruction was to remove battery so you can disconnect the positive cable. What little moron thought I had that much play in the cable???? In reality- about 2 inches- not even close to enough room to clear the rubber boot covering the terminal. Luckily, I have very thin hands and a flat ratcheting wrench set, so with 1 hand holding back and squishing the rubber boot, and the other, working blind with the wrench, I got the cable disconnected. (Note to self- when re-installing new battery, keep finger off terminal when tightening bolt and hitting frame with end of wrench.) Needless to say, by time I got the battery out, I had cursed very Polaris engineer, as well as the entire assembly crew. Off to Napa Auto Parts. Their credit card machine was not working, so it was cash only....... Off to Pep Boys. The selection was less than stellar. The battery I got was a Champion- exact same configuration on the posts as the old one. (Battery retailed for $151.99. Are you f'ing kidding me- for a 12 volt battery????? Store applied a 20% "coupon" bringing it down to $121.59.)
When I got home- I realized that this battery has actual nuts that the bolt attaches to, as opposed to some type of clips that my old battery had. Negative cable was a breeze to attach, but I had to slide the battery in to attach the positive....... 20 minutes, and innumerable tries- hooked up! Worked my REALLY NICE bracket back in place, and got the cover on. I spent roughly 2 hours, just on the removal and install, not even counting the "go buy a battery" time.
I know most people go with the remote terminals either behind the seat or on the ass-end of the Sling. I know it is far cheaper- as the Assault part is $119+. However, I really do not want to drill holes in panels, and like the looks of the Assault.
Any feedback is appreciated.