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    Default Battery Cables - upgrade

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    I just chopped the ends of the original cables and added some clamp on-style to use typical car batteries. Pretty sure my truck just died because of those.


    I bet money it didn't......

    what does the trick do?
    lights?
    did wires start smoking?
    what is the voltage?
    did you put the batt in backwards?

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    Hey Norm,

    I'm going to be replacing my entire battery with a larger one that actually has the cold cranking amps to start the truck in sub zero temps. I will be putting that battery in a marine battery case for protection and then you won't have to worry as much about your battery cable ends.

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    ok, sounded like an overnight problem

    clean the cable ends and use dielectric grease on the wire ends

    it will slow the corrosion

    the big wire is for starting
    the little one for everything else

    check the voltage
    across the batt ? V
    + to the truck chassis ? V
    - to the starter terminal ? V
    starter terminal to the chassis ? V

    any different values(lower Volt) will tell you which wire has high resistance clean the contact points and re test
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    Quote Originally Posted by chickendumpling View Post
    werase643 ... yes, I need to add more to the story. Been on here for 2 years and forget people don't just pay attention to what I'm doing at chickendumplingtalk.com.

    I 'Really' want to replace the stock cables completely with some aftermarket ones. All nice and properly closed off etc... Thought someone may have some recommended 'cable' that comes in different lengths (black red) etc and has the fancy protective caps etc.

    Now, to do it perfect ... I'd go like some and completely remove the tray and put in something that takes and protects a standard type truck battery.

    Its Xmas ... so I can route some gift ideas this way to support my mini-truck addiction
    Yup, that's what I'm doing. I'm gonna cut half the stock battery mount off and fasten that marine battery box on there instead. Should work pretty well, and protect the battery from getting all covered in mud/snow/whatever. I don't think you need to replace the entire cable though.

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    measure the length of the cables and go buy pretty red and black ones that are the same length
    going to have to either crimp or solder the wire to the little wire on the positive side

    you only need a car batt not a 1000 CCA truck battery
    i'm good with a high capacity lawnmower battery 375 CCA

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    I'm going to be using my winch a lot though since I'm going to be plowing with my truck (and probably getting stuck all over the place in the spring when I go off roading lol) so I don't want to stress the charging system too much... but you're right I don't need a truck battery; I'm sure a car battery will be just fine.

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    with those battery boxes make a couple holes in the very bottoms of it. RV'ers have had those fill up with water from driving through rain and condensations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuff99 View Post
    with those battery boxes make a couple holes in the very bottoms of it. RV'ers have had those fill up with water from driving through rain and condensations.
    Good to know! I know it's vented but I'm not sure what kinda venting it has...

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    Quote Originally Posted by chickendumpling View Post
    What do you mean no truck battery ... how are you going to jump start all those poor souls with low performing winter batteries And miss out on the feel of the starter whip that 3 cylinder into action with a nano second turn of the key ... darn near run the entire engine on the battery

    LOL...I don't care what battery is picked, but I like the ones that don't leave you stuck and frozen Yeah, I should be more diligent in maintenance ...

    I've seen some use spray paint on terminals to prevent corrosion ... yeah or neah ... don't know but the van is still doing well.

    Fishing for links, because all that I have found is some provided by farming equipment locations. Not to fancy IMO.
    I'll bet a 550cca battery will do just fine as it is

    I don't think the spraypaint is a good idea... you could use electrician's grease... that'd keep the contacts free of corrosion, but it's kinda nasty.

    I think you can get replacement battery cables at most parts stores... but they're the ones with the big honkin' lead ends.

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    Any car stereo shop can make you the fanciest of cables to whatever length you need. I would think a welding supply place could make a fine cable too, although not as fancy.

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    My favorite playground..the wrecking yard has a ton of good battery terminal covers to choose from...Hondas are rubber and wrap around the entire terminal..new beetles have an enclosed battery box/busbar/fuseblock that covers the whole battery...it's like Christmas at a wrecking yard all year long
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    Here's my solution:

    Battery box; $10.00 at local marine supply store.


    Cut off the sides of the stock box, re-bent the shelf and mounted the sucker...
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    Not sure how old this thread is I went to walmart with my box dimentions (subaru) picked one that fit put standard ends on cables but yes cable up grades are in plans bat hold down won't fit but battery can not move and cover is bolted in. If i remember right it is 550 crank amps. lol 9 years guarantee like i will have the reciept that long. Need the crank in -30 c weather. May sound dumb .... but check battery polarity I had one where a cell screwed up and it caused the battery to reverse polarity was funny drove it a week until i could get a new one with the terminals connected backwards
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