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Old 06-30-2010, 05:16 PM
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well girlfriend jacked my jeep while i was at work. and took it to the shop for me apparently. i had a list of things that i had to buy for it. but she said it would be an early birthday gift. i had my 2 row all metal radiator. power steering pump. battery. and battery cables. and trunk struts.. along with jack stands and blah blah blah.. so i guess the shop will be installing my 2 row... my pump and doing a full check over. but my question is where can i get a battery cable. because im not letting them nickle and dime us for that petty s&*t that i can do in my own garage.. and what is a good battery for 4-8 fog lights? red top? yellow?
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I recommend going down to your local welding shop and picking some 2/0 welding cable and some crimp ends. Best upgrade i did and since it was "scrap" i didnt get charged for any of it.

I hear alot of good things about yellow tops but i dont run one personally
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I recommend going down to your local welding shop and picking some 2/0 welding cable and some crimp ends. Best upgrade i did and since it was "scrap" i didnt get charged for any of it.

I hear alot of good things about yellow tops but i dont run one personally
oh. ive also heard about 0 gauge wire and some special order terminals. would that work? but my crimp ends. is there a more common name? autozone doesnt pick that up
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the optimas are now manufactured in mexico and have had quality issues...go with a high cranking interstate battery. check your cables and see if the core is oxidizing (copper turning green), then you'll know how bad they are! good electrical current is a must for all vehicles - specially jeeps.
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the optimas are now manufactured in mexico and have had quality issues...go with a high cranking interstate battery. check you cables and see if the core is oxidizing (copper turning green), then you'll know how bad they are! good electrical current is a must for all vehicles - specially jeeps.
these bad boys are corroding. i thought i had a loose ground once. but it turned out i needed to wire brush the corrosion off of the positive. and interstate? i know has green top. but would that run 8 fogs decently?
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I use a Red Top. Forget the made in Mexico mess. Buy one from a reputable dealer and if anything goes wrong with it. They will take care of you. I've been using them for a long time. Zero issues. You might want to consider the Yellow top though. I believe the blue one is Marine (don't quote me on that one).
As for battery terminals. Go to a boat shop. They sell brass battery terminals. I've been chattin with Jon Kelley aka 5-90. His battery wires and terminals are priced well and the quality is out standing!!!
http://www.kelleyswip.com/
Yes you can do this kinda work yourself if you know what the heck your doing.
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Crimp ends are available at the welding shop too. 0 gauge or 2/0 (which is bigger and pronounced two-op) would be plenty of enough cable.

And crimp ends are the copper ends that go on the end of the battery cable. no part store is going to carry crimp ends to fit 0 gauge let along 2/0....
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I got all my cables and grounds from tractor supply /2 gauge.
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Originally Posted by 96_xj View Post
Crimp ends are available at the welding shop too. 0 gauge or 2/0 (which is bigger and pronounced two-op) would be plenty of enough cable.

And crimp ends are the copper ends that go on the end of the battery cable. no part store is going to carry crimp ends to fit 0 gauge let along 2/0....
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OP, it doesn't really sound like you have any ridiculous power setup. Anything bigger than 1awg is pretty overkill. If you're just running a basic setup with your stock alternator, you'd be fine with 4awg.

Save yourself a few bucks, because thick wire gets expensive along with the copper lugs you will need.
Tractor supply should have 1,2,4awg welding cable to use, along with the copper lugs you can solder on.
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Any major welding supply will have scrap which is free(normally).

So no matter what gauge you should so decide check with them first. Normal price(around here) for the copper ends is a dollar a piece. But I have never heard of anyone actually having to pay for them when they get their welding cable.
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Im running a red top battery out of a 1999 F150... it was a little big but works great!!! I can run my 100watt fogs, radio, amp, and heater on full blast and my voltage gauge stays right at 13
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so i have some 0 gauge (about 20 feet long) i pulled out of a wrecked eclipse at the jy would that work as battery cable? dont think so but thought i would ask.
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I dont see why you couldnt. cut it to length and put the ends on it.

I bet it was for an amp. It would work fine! as long as it is bigger than 2 ga.
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I went through 2 yellow tops her ein vegas in less than a year. i was able to get the first one replaced but when the second went out, i went with another battery. Maybe 2 bad seeds, but ill never go optima again :/
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Originally Posted by spittinimage View Post
so i have some 0 gauge (about 20 feet long) i pulled out of a wrecked eclipse at the jy would that work as battery cable? dont think so but thought i would ask.
it will definitely work, why wouldn't it ???
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