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Old 11-22-2006, 08:26 AM
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Battery Cable

I am using the small high torque starter in my T Bucket. I have heard that a smaller cable can be used to the starter, is this true? If so, what is recommended? It will be about a 6 foot run from battery to starter.
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Old 11-22-2006, 10:09 AM
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was that smaller as in gauge or smaller as in physical size?, i personally reccommend useing doubble Ott welding cable (00) it's rated at 600V and 500A, and it's more flexable then standard battery cable, O.E battery cables are what 1AWG arent they? now i lost where i was
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The best battery cable is marine grade cable, it is even more flexible than welding cable. I get mine from McMaster Carr. I would go no smaller than 1/0, and it can be had in black and red unlike welding cable. Stock number 6948K95 is 1/0 high flex in black or red.

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Search for battery cable then look at the high flex.

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Thanks 302 thats exactly what I was looking for.
Thnaks again
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Thanks 302 thats exactly what I was looking for.
Thnaks again
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No prob, your welcome. McMaster Carr is a great resource for rodders, they have almost everything and ship reallly fast.

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battery cable vs weldind cable

sorry to interupt people .with no disrespect but almost everybody makes the assumption that welding cable is good for battery cable.

1. welding cable will corrode inside and leaks current as the rubber cracks.
2.proper battery cable is coated & wrapped inside.
3.downfall is its 3x more expensive but well worth it.
4.the best battery cable on the planet is (thomas & betts )black 1/0 ga.part.#99790 cma awm vw-1 80 c 600v also can get red . hope this helps.


ps i order mine from bowman products.

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that's good to know, i'll keep that in mind when it's time to replace my battery cables, do dealerships handle the boat battery cable? (such as marinas or bass pro shops for example), thanks for the info
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Doc here,

You can also save yourself a BUNDLE of cash by going to the local home center and getting some 1/0 or 0/0 Copper Drop line to sub panel Cable..

This is the cable the power company uses to run power from the pole to your main sub panel..

It is double coated, weather resistant, Fade resistant, Composed of a few smaller copper cables inside the jacket, (instead of thousands like welding cable) For better "skin Effect" application, and is good to 600 amps continuous duty..

PLUS if you need connectors installed, buy there, or bring your own, and have them Nicopress them on (the proper tool for this size cable)usually for free..

The cost is a fraction of what you'll find elsewhere and will last forever, trouble free..

It is not too hard to bend, but does have some resistance to bending, it stays where you bend it) and to do a neat job ,borrow or rent an EMT conduit bender for clean "Arc's" where bent..you can do it by hand buy it doesn't look as neat.

BTW, The standard stock for battery cables is 4 ga.. 0/1 or 0/0 is much better.

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i work at a farm store, and the most we have is that 0/0 welding cable as well as the 1/0 welding wire... i wonder if an ACE hardware or a Lowes would have it.. good to know though
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Doc here,

Our local ACE does carry it..but chain stores vary store to store..depending on the local call for it..

If you have a Home depot, they will have it.

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i'll have to try that one, there is a home depo not 5 miles from here thanks doc
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