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Old 07-15-2011, 03:14 AM
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batt cables buy factory or make my own ?????

i got an 88 drove it home ran like new to be honest ..started a time or two an now it wont start i was told the positive battery cables are bad an im looking for a more cost effective replacement other than the local dealer telling me 130 bucs an a 2 week wait has anyone made their own or is factory the best option to go with ...i had a guy tell me to use monster cable the largest i could get an it would work fine ..i just dont wanna throw away money right now seeing it's pretty darn tight at the moment ...looking for opinions an solutions
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I replaced mine on my 86 with the biggest cables I could buy from Tractor supply. I measured the old cables and got the closest I could get off the shelf. The longest one they had just did barely make it from one positive side to the other. Their working fine for me. A little smaller than original but better than old corroded cables.

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Old 07-17-2011, 01:41 PM
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then i guess im gonna take a trip to TS an see what they got thanks
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Also clean all the ground cables where ever they attach. Don't trust that "they look good"!
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got the factory cables an cleaned the contact spots on the grounds an she runs great now ....so now its to look into all the things i wanna try an do with it lots of ideas now its just making it happen
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Glad to hear you got it running. So did you end up ordering new stock cables from the dealer or what did you do?


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Welding wire is the way to go with those. Best wire out there. I have a roll of it been meaning to do it as an upgrade just havent had the time.
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i got a friend who got me factory cables for free as sort of an early birthday gift really saved me a few bucks
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