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Skeeter Battery Access= BAD #13875343 02/05/21 07:13 PM
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Don't get me wrong-I love my new-to-me Skeeter ZX225 and I don't intend to start a Skeeter bashing thread. However, I am dreading having to change out the batteries. The rear compartment design is HORRIBLE. I don't see how I will be able to fit the batteries through either of the side panel openings and even then, I have a power pole pump and battery charger to contend with. My 2002 ZX was only other boat I've had and it was super easy access to rear compartment. 4 batteries to replace when it's time. Any tips out there on making the swap out less difficult?

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Re: Skeeter Battery Access= BAD [Re: rkd] #13875346 02/05/21 07:16 PM
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They improved that issue on the new FXR and ZXR platforms.

Its a pain for sure in some of the older models. Might be easier with a helper.

Re: Skeeter Battery Access= BAD [Re: rkd] #13875347 02/05/21 07:16 PM
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Only thing I know ow would be to go lithium.
I just did 4 group 31 AGM and you need to tip and turn, no pumps or other obstacles.
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Re: Skeeter Battery Access= BAD [Re: rkd] #13875390 02/05/21 07:43 PM
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There are hidden screws on each rear corner panel(floor), that, once removed, makes battery changing quite easy. My Skeeter is easier to access batteries than 95% of the cars on the road.


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Re: Skeeter Battery Access= BAD [Re: rkd] #13875395 02/05/21 07:45 PM
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My 2004 ZX225 has two large doors that open all the way across the back deck. I believe they have finally gone back to this in the newest models. Now if they will go back to the two center doors on the front deck my boat has they will get it right.



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Re: Skeeter Battery Access= BAD [Re: rkd] #13875400 02/05/21 07:47 PM
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Steez is there just one screw per small corner panel or more? Thanks

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Mine has 4 per corner. They are little torx head screws.


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Re: Skeeter Battery Access= BAD [Re: mcb] #13875406 02/05/21 07:49 PM
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Originally Posted by mcb
Steez is there just one screw per small corner panel or more? Thanks

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Re: Skeeter Battery Access= BAD [Re: rkd] #13875412 02/05/21 07:52 PM
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Originally Posted by rkd
Don't get me wrong-I love my new-to-me Skeeter ZX225 and I don't intend to start a Skeeter bashing thread. However, I am dreading having to change out the batteries. The rear compartment design is HORRIBLE. I don't see how I will be able to fit the batteries through either of the side panel openings and even then, I have a power pole pump and battery charger to contend with. My 2002 ZX was only other boat I've had and it was super easy access to rear compartment. 4 batteries to replace when it's time. Any tips out there on making the swap out less difficult?



Yes. If you buy your batteries from Batteries Plus, they will take 'em out to your boat and install for free. At least the store on 1171 in Lewisville will...


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Re: Skeeter Battery Access= BAD [Re: SteezMacQueen] #13875427 02/05/21 07:58 PM
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Originally Posted by SteezMacQueen
There are hidden screws on each rear corner panel(floor), that, once removed, makes battery changing quite easy. My Skeeter is easier to access batteries than 95% of the cars on the road.


I have a 2017. You can't fit a battery through that opening anyways. Doesn't make it much easier. If you have to change a battery furthest to the outside you have to remove others. Still a pain.

Re: Skeeter Battery Access= BAD [Re: SteezMacQueen] #13875462 02/05/21 08:18 PM
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Originally Posted by SteezMacQueen
There are hidden screws on each rear corner panel(floor), that, once removed, makes battery changing quite easy. My Skeeter is easier to access batteries than 95% of the cars on the road.


This! Only take about 1 minute per side to take panel off.

Re: Skeeter Battery Access= BAD [Re: rkd] #13875498 02/05/21 08:39 PM
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The two rear corner panels are easy to remove with a torx screwdriver. (4 screws per panel) The trouble I mentioned starts AFTER those are removed. My ZX is a 2017. There are tiny openings to work with once those quarter panels are removed. Okie-I'm liking the idea of having Batteries Plus do the work but I would worry they won't know how to reattach the mass of wiring I have back there.

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Here's a picture of the opening I have to work with. Screwdriver for comparison. You can see one of the batteries back up under the rear deck.

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Re: Skeeter Battery Access= BAD [Re: rkd] #13875514 02/05/21 08:47 PM
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Originally Posted by rkd
Here's a picture of the opening I have to work with. Screwdriver for comparison. You can see one of the batteries back up under the rear deck.

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Re: Skeeter Battery Access= BAD [Re: rkd] #13875520 02/05/21 08:51 PM
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Chainsaw will make access much easier...retail value, MUCH less. nuts


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