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Old April 25th, 2013, 12:09 PM
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Do any of you Colorado guys have a big crimper for battery terminals? I need to do another battery box redux in the new truck but I'm thinking about crimping this time instead of soldering. I'm not certain but it seems like crimping might be a stronger attachment. I might even try sweating some solder into the terminal after it's crimped.

I'd like to borrow a big, badass crimper if anyone has one:

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Old April 25th, 2013, 12:18 PM
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Some of the boat supply places like West Marine sometimes have battery cable end crimpers on site that they'll let you borrow as I recall.

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Old April 25th, 2013, 12:24 PM
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Some electrical contractors have them.
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Old April 25th, 2013, 12:25 PM
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Prolly not worth the expense/trouble. I have excellent results with the hammer crimper sold by genuinedealz.com. Works on any size lug and it gives you a very good solid crimp without distortion. Plus, you can toss it in the bottom of the tool box. Works great. I also recommend their heavy wall Mil-spec adhesive lined shrink tube to cover the crimped lugs. Red and Black available. If you know the lengths, they will make you cables for an extra dollar labor per crimp. That's the cheapest and easiest way to go.
Do not solder, it can advance failure of the connector. Search for the "electrickery" thread...
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Old April 25th, 2013, 12:30 PM
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Thanks, guys. Bill, I'm glad to hear a good report on the hammer crimper. I wasn't sure if they would do the job.

I like that shrink tube. The stuff I used on the D90 was the regular electronics store stuff and the sharp edges had eaten through it in a couple of spots.
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Old April 25th, 2013, 01:01 PM
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Chris I have a hammer crimper if you want to borrow it. You can check out the quality of the crimps first, if you want. It works surprisingly well.
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Old April 25th, 2013, 01:03 PM
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Just a thought Chris...find someone with a set of big bolt cutters, and put two flat steel pieces on either side and use them to crimp. I gave Galpin an extra pair I had - he is planning on grinding the sharp "blades" flat to use for this exact purpose.
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Old April 25th, 2013, 01:15 PM
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Chris I have a hammer crimper if you want to borrow it. You can check out the quality of the crimps first, if you want. It works surprisingly well.
I will take you up on that. Especially since you live two blocks from me.
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Old April 25th, 2013, 02:08 PM
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In all the battery set ups that I have done, granted its only been about 6, Ive always used solder slugs so I wouldnt have to distort the piece with a crimper. Drop the slug in, heat the connector until the slug melts, push the cable in, and youre done. Heat shrink is the last step. Check out Del City Electrical. Great prices and a great selection.
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Old April 25th, 2013, 02:45 PM
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In all the battery set ups that I have done, granted its only been about 6, Ive always used solder slugs so I wouldnt have to distort the piece with a crimper. Drop the slug in, heat the connector until the slug melts, push the cable in, and youre done. Heat shrink is the last step. Check out Del City Electrical. Great prices and a great selection.
Jarrod,

That's how I used to do it (see battery box redux thread). I never had any problems with it but I figure better safe than sorry. I know that most of the commercial guys are crimping.
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Old April 25th, 2013, 04:22 PM
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Jarrod,

That's how I used to do it (see battery box redux thread). I never had any problems with it but I figure better safe than sorry. I know that most of the commercial guys are crimping.
Makes sense. Wasnt too sure if you had heard of them. Good luck.
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Old April 25th, 2013, 04:26 PM
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I'm all good. I picked up a new Odyssey battery at a local dealer today and they have some big industrial crimper and offered to crimp my cables if I bring them by.
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