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Battery Cables

I'm looking at upgrading/replacing my battery cables.
To facilitate easier connection of aftermarket gadgets and allowing for me to get the benefit of the massive 2 GA. jumper cables I built (tow truck style with a permanent connection to the batteries and a heavy Anderson PowerPole quick connection plug)

I have GOOGLEd high and BINGed low, but can't find a mention of the specs on the silly factory cables. I have found the measurements for the 87 - 99 F250/F350 and the 99 - 03 F250/F350 cables, but not the 03 - 07 stuff.


Does anyone out there in PSD land know off top their head if the cable lengths are the same as the 99 -03 cables or if not, just what they really are.


I'm being partly lazy, and partly cheap, don't want to pull the cables off mine till I get the custom large GA set and would rather save the cash instead of buying a set of factory cables just to measure the silly things.


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they are not the same length.

I converted my cables and terminals to an aluminum bussbar type setup. Worked great.

I used 00 gauge wire for mine, and marine terminals at each battery. bought it off of Ebay. Unless you plan on routing the cables the exact same way, then length isn't important.

there arent any pictures cuz photobucket sucks, but here's the thread

Battery cable to Buss bar conversion

If youre interested i can post a pic here.


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Thanks, guess I'll have to do some digging in the engine bay tomorrow when I'm chasing down my starting gremlins. I am looking to go with 00 gauge for most of it and am tempted to get 000 to the starter. I have the military style terminals already, makes adding or subtracting aux cables a LOT easier.

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Thanks, guess I'll have to do some digging in the engine bay tomorrow when I'm chasing down my starting gremlins. I am looking to go with 00 gauge for most of it and am tempted to get 000 to the starter. I have the military style terminals already, makes adding or subtracting aux cables a LOT easier.
I just replaced my factory cables with a new set from Ford. I kept my old ones in a box in the attic. I will get it down and measure the length for you. It came off of my '04.


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I just replaced my factory cables with a new set from Ford. I kept my old ones in a box in the attic. I will get it down and measure the length for you. It came off of my '04.
Thanks, be a great starting point to finally making headway on THAT project :-)
Of course now I have a new unexpected & unwanted project to work. Chasing down the gremlin that's causing my dear PSD from starting :-/ cranks great, just doesn't want to fire.


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Im in the process of doing the same thing. Replacing everything with thicker more heavy duty wires and connectors. just waiting for the last of the parts/wires to show.

I took general measurements of my system and when i get everything off. i can get final measurements.

The only thing im keeping is the 0/3 starter wire (because well its already thick as hell and doesn't seem to have show any corrosion but ill cut back a couple inches to verify) and im gonna just connect a one foot piece and put my connector on the end of that.

Im also going to piggyback the factory alternator wiring too.

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they are not the same length.

I converted my cables and terminals to an aluminum bussbar type setup. Worked great.

I used 00 gauge wire for mine, and marine terminals at each battery. bought it off of Ebay. Unless you plan on routing the cables the exact same way, then length isn't important.

there arent any pictures cuz photobucket sucks, but here's the thread

Battery cable to Buss bar conversion

If youre interested i can post a pic here.
Please post up current pictures, as I can't seem to picture what you are describing. Thanks in advance.
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Please post up current pictures, as I can't seem to picture what you are describing. Thanks in advance.

here is a link to the post with a few pics

Battery cable to Buss bar conversion


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here is a link to the post with a few pics

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Thank you VERY much! That is great, although I would probably feel better with SOMETHING to insulate it. I am really talented at dropping wrenches and such.
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Yea, that setup looks a little raw to me. One dropped wrench or a misplaced part and the battery will turn into a IED.
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