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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-16-2003, 02:05 PM Thread Starter
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Battery cable clamp

I have to replace the clamp on my pos. battery cable. The stores only have clamps for one wire. I have two that goes into the clamp. What to do? I also saw that the stores carry several diff. clamps. I kinda liked one with a lever that squeezes/loosens to allow install/removal. Do these really work or should I save a buck and stay with the old style bolt and nut?
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Re: Battery cable clamp

1. Spend the money,
2. Stay with the bolt and nut clamp style...
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Re: Battery cable clamp

Look in the phone book for truck equipment and parts. They will have bigger cable ends that will accomidate multiple wires or a truck stop will sometimes have them.I agree with Leve keep it simple just a nut and bolt. Bob !
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Re: Battery cable clamp

This is no reason to go out and buy a battery, but I personally love the Optima Gelcell. Top post for the starter and side post for accessories.
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Re: Battery cable clamp

If you are referring to the clamps that are made of thin steel and wrap around the post with a screw for clamping them to the posts themselves, they work great. They don't come loose with age as do the old style lead clamps with the nut and bolt that can corrode and rot off. I also like the gold plated ones with the stud and wingnut so you can attach several things at once (marine type).
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Re: Battery cable clamp

I was down at Auto Zone a couple weeks ago and bought those clamps you're talking about by accident thinking I had bought the old style. I like 'em so far but I'm waiting to see how they hold out and if they are gonna be a PIA when they start corroding. I run electric fans and have an inline ciruit breaker for them between the battery and the relays and run the accesories off that, they reset automatically.
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Re: Battery cable clamp

If you're talking about the steel ones, they get very little corrosion. They've been putting them in several vehicles from the factory for the last few years. The ex's minivan has them and I've been very impressed. The marine type corrode very little either and are a breeze to work with....makes disconnecting cables much easier.
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Re: Battery cable clamp

Just to be different:

I recommend the Marine Style terminals. You can snip off your existing "ends" and replace them with quality copper/tinned lugs then put them on the marine terminals.

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Re: Battery cable clamp

I use these military style clamps from Wrangler NW Power for my CJ; similar to the marine ones but they do not have the wing nut sticking up; also very easy to add additional wiring in, witht he use of the proper size lug (eyelet) connector. I also make my own cables out of 2/0 welding cable.
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