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Old July 28th, 2020, 17:43
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Best battery clamps w accessory studs

What are you guys using for connecting cables to the battery along with an ever growing list of accessories?

Just have winch and a few light harnesses, but it seems like I'm already out of room.

I'm using off the shelf shitty clamps. The real pisser is the cables are always corroding or somehow loosening themselves. I swear I take them apart and and clean everything and retighten at least every 6 months.

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Old July 28th, 2020, 18:17
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Re: Best battery clamps w accessory studs

What I'm running.

Winch and headlight harness is hooked to it.

https://www.autozone.com/batteries-s...nal/374187_0_0
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Old July 28th, 2020, 19:30
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What I'm running.

Winch and headlight harness is hooked to it.

https://www.autozone.com/batteries-s...nal/374187_0_0



No thank you.


BTDT.


Scope Creep came with one of those. Junk. They are a cheap alloy and they collect moisture in the recesses for the grub screws which then works its way down into the wires.



Here is the solution: https://naxja.org/forum/showthread.php?t=1108471


Get solid lead military terminals and cover boots to go along with them. Lots of potential for adding on with ring terminals and lugs.


ETA: I just put The Varmints to work doing this very thing to the ZJ I recently picked up: https://naxja.org/forum/showthread.php?t=1159228
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Old July 28th, 2020, 20:02
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Re: Best battery clamps w accessory studs

I bought the fastronics mil specs off Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...d-b31d6b1bfbee
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Old July 28th, 2020, 20:59
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military terminals are great, i run those plus a + busbar.
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Old July 29th, 2020, 06:40
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I've used these types:
https://www.grainger.com/product/25K...!1102900019466!

There are other makers. A NAPA by me carries them. They also come with dual 'ports'. ??
I use one of the cheap Import compressors. They do work with a bit of use. I've made 2-3 battery cable harnesses. The MEGA fuse is in my plans, too.

https://marinehowto.com/making-your-own-battery-cables/

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Old July 29th, 2020, 07:07
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For the corrosion, use the treated felt washers you can get at any parts store. I also use DeOx on the connectors before assembly and then use the spray can of the terminal cleaner that coats with a reddish film when dry.
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Old July 29th, 2020, 07:29
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I bought the fastronics mil specs off Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...d-b31d6b1bfbee
Same here. Excellent connectors and have worked perfectly through a couple of batteries.

Don't forget like I did that the negative terminal is smaller than the positive. Took me a bit wondering WTF was going on...
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Old July 29th, 2020, 07:52
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Re: Best battery clamps w accessory studs

PartsExpress.com is a good supplier with tons of options. They also have great distribution boxes and fuse setups.
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Old July 29th, 2020, 09:07
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For the corrosion, use the treated felt washers you can get at any parts store. I also use DeOx on the connectors before assembly and then use the spray can of the terminal cleaner that coats with a reddish film when dry.
Felt washers: treated with what?

how do those silly things work anyway?

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Old July 29th, 2020, 10:03
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anybody soldering connections?

bought the amazon mil-spec kit. Thx John.
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I soldered copper welding wire lugs to the bare cable ends.
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You should if you have the ability to do it right and also use good heat shrink.
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anybody soldering connections?

bought the amazon mil-spec kit. Thx John.
I've done it both ways. I do shrink wrap over the wire and the connector. I didn't like welding cable as I remember it. I think the best was the boat wire or marine grade. It was tin coated before hand.
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anybody soldering connections?

bought the amazon mil-spec kit. Thx John.
I bought new cables from mean lemons a couple years back so I didn't need to do any of that.
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