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Old 08-11-2008, 09:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Battery Mod!

I like most of you on this forum saw this mod and wanted to try it myself. I followed what someone on here stated and did my bolts in stainless steal and they are 2" (inches) in length. I could not find stainless bolts so, I went with stainless wing nuts, which seem so far to work very well. I also did not use bolts but instead used cap screws. So here is how I did it;
I purchased 4 cap screws that are 3/8" X 2" that are course thread.
I also purchased 4 wing nuts that are 3/8" -16 that are course thread.
i also purchased 4 3/8" lock washers. All above are stainless!
I then disconnected both grounds then disconnected both positive wires.
I then took off all the extra plastic around the end of the connector that hooks up to the battery.(sorry no pic of that)
I then placed the wing nut all the way on the cap screw with the lock washer following it.
I then placed the battery cables on after the lock washer.
I then started to screw the cap screw onto the battery with everything above attached.
I fingered tightened the cap screw on.
I then tightened on the wing nut against the cable, lock washer, and against the battery, also finger tight with a litle extra grunt.
The vehicle know seems to start better, pictures to follow.
While I was working on the battery I went ahead and pulled out the snorkle out of the fendar and cleaned everything up!

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Old 08-11-2008, 09:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Another picture

Here is another picture, this one of the driver side of the truck!

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Old 08-12-2008, 10:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Excellent work! Looks even better than my setup!

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Old 08-12-2008, 10:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Sh!t if i did that id be welding batteries all the time.....

Whats this for? jumper calbes? or just staying tight?
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Old 08-12-2008, 11:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Me TOO!! I just get battery's that have old style post on top too, that give's me a place to hook up jumpers and other things, like kicken stereo.
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Old 08-13-2008, 01:05 AM   #6 (permalink)
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You really should shorten the posts, electrical short waiting to happen, (or slip some fuel line over the bolts) also the wire you have looks like its between the cable ends and the battery, if thats the case likely you will have a weak/poor connection to the starter, the bolts in my opinion really dont need to be stainless, just slather some di-electric grease or plain old wheel bearing grease over the terminals and they will not corrode again.
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I did the 2" and stainless because someone on here stated they wish they had, so I figured why not. I was a cheap mod/update/fix for my truck anyways. Before the fix I was at or below 12V on the dash guage, after it stayed right at 14V. i checked the batts and alt after the mod and both batts were at 12.39V with the truck off. With it on they were at 14.12V and alt was at 14.39V.
The wire that someone asked about goes to something, I was only home for a couple of days and did not have time to trace and fix. I also was on a very short and tight budget since it cost so much to fly home. When I return I will fix it and figure out what it goes to properly.
The individual with the idea about the fuel line cover, that is a good idea. I will try it, when I go home again! I am not to worried about a short. To cause a short the hood has to be opened, or something under the hood has to break. truck needs to be driven for both of those to happen!
Know that it is done I wish I would have gone with the shorter bolts, but the money has been spent and I am pleased with what I have.
Thanks for all the replys!

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I'm really interested in doing this battery mod, but I am concerned about using steel bolts (or cap screws). Most of the aftermarket side-terminal battery bolts are either copper or lead.

Are the steel bolts just as good for conducting electricity as copper or lead connectors?

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I'm really interested in doing this battery mod, but I am concerned about using steel bolts (or cap screws). Most of the aftermarket side-terminal battery bolts are either copper or lead.

Are the steel bolts just as good for conducting electricity as copper or lead connectors?

Jon
You are only using a short portion of the bolt. At any rate, the tightness is the most important. The bolt is tighter than the regular side battery terminal.
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I'm really interested in doing this battery mod, but I am concerned about using steel bolts (or cap screws). Most of the aftermarket side-terminal battery bolts are either copper or lead.

Are the steel bolts just as good for conducting electricity as copper or lead connectors?

Jon
The factory bolts look like steel or alloy? not anything special.

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