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dagr8tim
06-04-2008, 10:06 PM
I'm looking at installing battery posts that will allow me to use top terminal style clamps.
http://www.autozone.com/R,NONAPP2751/store,761/initialAction,accessoryProductDetail/shopping/accessoryProductDetail.htm

I'm wondering if anyone has installed these and if they had any issues with cleance between any body parts and the positive terminal.

These are the style of clamps I want to use:
http://www.autozone.com/R,NONAPP2748/store,761/initialAction,accessoryProductDetail/shopping/accessoryProductDetail.htm

86euro
06-04-2008, 11:56 PM
If you're going to use those terminals, why not use a top-post battery? There would be much more clearance.

Also, why?

dagr8tim
06-05-2008, 12:03 AM
If you're going to use those terminals, why not use a top-post battery? There would be much more clearance.

Also, why?

The car has a new battery, so I see no point in investing in a new battery.

Plus, I've never really liked side terminal batteries ever since I had one pull out of the battery on a Sunfire and drip acid on the headlight wiring bundle. That was fun to rewire the headlights.

Not to mention, top style clamps are easier to add additional electrical wires for accessories.

turbokinetic
06-05-2008, 02:28 AM
Bad; and Worse. Bad; the adpater post shown above is not intended to be a permanent installation. In fact most stores sell them as "charging and testing adapters." They do not stay tight in the battery threads. After they work loose, the therads arc and erode until the adapter falls out. All the while causing many and varied electrical gremlins ranging from flickering headlights, intermittent no-cranks, to ECM, alternator and radio failures. You are left with a battery lacking the threads to hold any sort of terminal in place.

Worse; the cable clamps shown are a temporary get-by repair item. They clamp copper wire to lead with a steel clamp. The galvanic corrosion due to dissimilar metals is profound. The first hint of acid vapors or water, and the whole thing is a green and corroded mess. Furthermore, the clamping action provided by this type of cable end does not EVER make a solid connection to multi-stranded wire such as that used on battery cables. The cable will fray back and half the strands of wire will not be clamped or in contact with the terminal.

I've made these cable ends work OK by soldering the wire in place to ensure a good connection. That's really a lot of work to do instead of just getting a new cable with a molded-on cable end installed at the factory.

To make best use of your new side-terminal battery, in my opinion; you need is a set of copper lug terminals, crimped and soldered in place; and side-post terminal bolts. See below.

http://www.autozone.com/selectedZip,35475/initialAction,accessoryProductDetail/initialR,NONAPP3228/shopping/selectZip.htm

and

http://www.autozone.com/R,NONAPP3006/store,391/initialAction,accessoryProductDetail/shopping/accessoryProductDetail.htm

This will be a permanent repair without risk of making gremlins! Don't forget to put the dielectric gel on the bolts and terminals, too! :) Hope this helps, I've had to repair many a car and truck with these sorry temporary cable ends on them. They NEVER last and I hate to see anyone fall victim to this.

Thanks,
David

dcjredline
06-05-2008, 04:10 AM
I cant say as I could have put it any better than turbo did!!! I would listen to him

dagr8tim
06-05-2008, 11:30 AM
I cant say as I could have put it any better than turbo did!!! I would listen to him

Cool, thanks. Those look good and I'll have to pickup a set when I do my parts run tomorrow.

a1veedubber
06-05-2008, 02:57 PM
I cant say as I could have put it any better than turbo did!!! I would listen to him

I totally agree also. I used a gold plated terminal on my Celeb's battery that is intended for audio amplifier installations. Very heavy duty and it even has provisions for running power off of it.


Something like this would probably work good for you:

http://www.crutchfield.com/App/Product/Item/Main.aspx?g=713&i=211BASML&tp=2681

or this:

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Tsunami-GM-Small-Side-Post-Battery-Terminal-BT806S/sem/rpsm/oid/71675/catOid/-13121/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do

dagr8tim
06-05-2008, 03:45 PM
I totally agree also. I used a gold plated terminal on my Celeb's battery that is intended for audio amplifier installations. Very heavy duty and it even has provisions for running power off of it.


Something like this would probably work good for you:

http://www.crutchfield.com/App/Product/Item/Main.aspx?g=713&i=211BASML&tp=2681

or this:

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Tsunami-GM-Small-Side-Post-Battery-Terminal-BT806S/sem/rpsm/oid/71675/catOid/-13121/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do

Man, those are totally perfect. Thanks for the heads up.