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PostPosted: March 17, 2017, 7:33 am 
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horchoha wrote:
Can't disagree with anything here. All good advice.
Yeah, the Smart Kids beat us to it... Again... :mrgreen:

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GonzoRacer wrote:
horchoha wrote:
Can't disagree with anything here. All good advice.
Yeah, the Smart Kids beat us to it... Again... :mrgreen:

Hey, watch who you're calling smart. My hat's getting a bit tight. Probably just because I need a haircut, and you didn't mean me at all, but still.
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Could fill up the gaps in the wire/lug interface with some hot solder, or at least seal it up with some paint or silicone?

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I make all my own battery cable and have polarized plugs fed by 0 and 00 (pronounced ought and double ought) wire run to the back
of all my work trucks to operate my hydraulic winches and cable reel lifters. I use a hammer driven V-wedge vise to attach the connection pins and any other type of crimp on terminal. This vise ( http://www.ebay.com/itm/Cable-Hammer-Cr ... 2074169267) makes for a very tight crimp, much better than the hexagonal crimps they use in the electrical industry. The bad news about this type is that you need a heavy plate or anvil to set it on and not move away from the hammer blow. I use a 5"x5"xx2" hunk of flat plate.

I also use industrial grade heat shrink ( the 4-to-1 shrink ratio, not the 2-to-1) that has the hot-melt glue on the inside. So when you heat the sucker on, it is on like white on rice. Seals the terminal from battery juice getting on the fine copper wires of the cable if you run the cable to the battery.

All my cables go to the hot leg of the starter solenoid ( to stay away from the crowded battery terminals) and are encased in 3/4" non-metallic flex to keep the welding cable, that has a realatively soft rubber sheath from being abraded by sharp edges or moving parts like springe. I attach the flex conduit with 3/8" wide stainless steel straps that we use in my industry.

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GonzoRacer wrote:
Hi Lonnie-
I kinda got here late... Sorry... :oops:

Looky here:
https://www.summitracing.com/search/part-type/battery-cables?sortby=Default&sortorder=Ascending&keyword=battery%20cables&kr=battery%20cables Looks like the cables they sell at Summit are mostly 1, 1/0 and 2. Mostly... Those size wires should work for you, based on that reference.

. . . <snip>

JDK


Hey, JD, thanks for that tip. They have what they call a "Premium Battery Relocation Kit" part# G1231-K that proved to be a really good deal. The best price I could get on welding cable was about $90 just for the positive side, but didn't include anything else. The Summit kit includes positive (20') and negative (3') cable plus a NHRA-approved battery box, box breather, hold down hardware, rubber sealing grommets, battery-end and firewall terminals, etc., and the whole shebang cost about $167 with free shipping. It's 1/0 cable and should be fine. The battery box will take a Optima battery considerably larger then my donor's size, so I should be good even if it turns out I need a larger battery for the starter torque.

It should be good for anything I need, and I don't have to shop around for all the other parts. It will ship from Sparks (Reno), Nevada and I should have it in two days. There's not much to complain about there!

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turbo_bird wrote:
GonzoRacer wrote:
Yeah, the Smart Kids beat us to it... Again... :mrgreen:
Hey, watch who you're calling smart. My hat's getting a bit tight. Probably just because I need a haircut, and you didn't mean me at all, but still.
Go get a haircut, Kid! And get off my lawn!
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GonzoRacer wrote:
turbo_bird wrote:
Hey, watch who you're calling smart. My hat's getting a bit tight. Probably just because I need a haircut, and you didn't mean me at all, but still.
Go get a haircut, Kid! And get off my lawn!
:rofl:

Done, almost lost my hat now. As far as getting off your lawn, I'm bringing a tarp and the whole family, and staying until it warms up at home. Hopefully this global warming the experts keep promising will kick in soon.
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