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LoModYJ's battery bit the big one over the weekend...picked up a Red Top and all new cables for it...gonna put the Jeep on the side terminals and the winch and aux power block on the top posts...

The ground cable that I got to run from the side posts to the engine block has an additional 10 or 12 gauge lead ~5 inches long off the side terminal end...is this a good time to add a wire to the frame, or better to the body?
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Re: battery cable ???\'s

Yup, there's no time like the present.

I'd ground
[BEGIN LEVE LIST]
1.) each fender to the grill,
2.) the grill to the battery,
3.) the frame to the battery,
4.) the tub (firewall is OK) to the battery,
5.) a starter mounting bolt to the block,
6.) then finally the head(s) and block to the battery.
[/END LEVE LIST]

You may be surprised at what starts working/works better! It sounds like a lot of work but it's pretty simple, takes about 1 hour for the whole setup.
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From someone who isn't in the know, what is the reason for this? [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]
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Re: battery cable ???\'s

I'm sure all this has been covered before, but, for the newbies. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

How about a cable from neg post on battery to a distribution block on the frame then cables to tub, grill, block, head and fenders? Would this serve the same purpose?
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Re: battery cable ???\'s

bad grounds are the root of ~%80 of electrical problems on Jeeps.
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Re: battery cable ???\'s

I have always heard that connecting the regular cables to the side terminals is a big no no. I talked to a friend of mine that has a battery business (all he does is sells batteries) and he said the same thing. He said to run the accessories such as a winch, lights, etc. to the side terminals and the regualr cables to the top. I dont remember the reason for it but he was very insistant that it shouldnt be done. Anyone else heard this before?
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I have always heard that connecting the regular cables to the side terminals is a big no no.

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I'd say [img]images/graemlins/bs.gif[/img] because then every GM product from who knows when till now must be wrong from the factory. All they use is side post batteries, the reason they started making dual post batteries is so they could cut down on the number of different batteries they had to make because the only difference was top or side post. So now they just kill 2 birds with 1 stone so to say.

Maybe there are some batteries that the side post are just for accessories but I've never seen one.
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Re: battery cable ???\'s

here is something for grounding..

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Re: battery cable ???\'s

Thanks Pat, that sure answers the question.

What I have read, but can't find the articles right now, is that, since the starter needs the battery for only a few seconds and the ignition requires so little from the battery (if your alt is working) that you should put these on the side posts. That all the accessorys that require long term heavy loads from the battery (radio/amp, winch, high watt lights...) should be put on the top posts.

The reasoning that I've heard on this is that there is only a small strip of connector from the top post to the side post, not nearly as large as the leads to the top post...
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have always heard that connecting the regular cables to the side terminals is a big no no. I talked to a friend of mine that has a battery business (all he does is sells batteries) and he said the same thing. He said to run the accessories such as a winch, lights, etc. to the side terminals and the regualr cables to the top. I dont remember the reason for it but he was very insistant that it shouldnt be done. Anyone else heard this before?


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Your friend has obviously never hooked a winch up to the side posts and watched them melt off before. Those connectors are not meant to handle the 400+ amp draw of a winch motor.

Aside from that, a distribution block on the frame is OK as well.
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