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Has anyone found good battery terminals/

My battery terminals are not clamping well. Has anyone found good replacements?

There are nice $300 complete sets of cables but that price seems excessive especially because my cables are good without significant voltage drop. I'd like to simply replace the cable ends.

Here's a link to the $300 cable sets. https://www.custombatterycables.com/...-5-9l-cummins/


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NAPA sells those same ends.

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I bought those "military" battery terminals and made my own cables. The cable ends needed to be crimped on so I bought a cheap hydraulic crimper from Amaz0n, along with waterproof heatshrink, etc. It still cost a few bucks, but cheaper than the custombatterycables.

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IMO it is hard to beat the robust and versatile "mil-spec" (i.e. meets US military specifications) terminals sold by Mcmaster Carr at about $5 each.

https://www.mcmaster.com/7738k2
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I made the jump to group 31 batteries with 3/8 ring terminals a long time ago.

I had a D5 come close to burning down when a loose clamp terminal caught fire while restarting the machine after a lunchbreak. After that I won't have clamp terminals on my trucks or equipment.

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Group 31 stud terminals are definitely where it's at, haven't used anything else for years.

However, when finds a spare pack, can't let them pretty brass screw on posts go to waste, and hence the military clamp add on; sure makes covered uni directional routing of the cables a lot neater.

No need to disturb the short bolts that fix the clamps to the posts; think of the clamps as part of the battery after the initial installation.

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Military terminals like in pic above. Lugs on cable. Got mine from Battery Bill's in Sacramento, a commercial battery shop. Half the price for cable, or better than Napa and other parts stores.

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Go this route and never look back. Where my other battery was I have a tender mounted.
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I went with the Napa ones about 10 years ago. Had to torch solder them, kept my old wires... all good. 1996 model. I’m on a budget and conservative, don’t mind dropping $$$ if I have to, but didn’t have to in this case.

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I bought different size ends in bulk, and shrink tubing in proper colors, from the custombatterycables.com for cheap and modified my factory cables. I just cut the battery terminals off and crimped and soldered the eyes on and put shrink tubing over them. Turned out nice. Even if you keep top post batteries you can use various ends to adapt them to your cables with eyelets. I'm trying brass terminals on my 2006 now.
I bought the hydraulic crimper off Ebay for about 50 bucks. That expense was worth it because I have used it on two trucks, and counting.
First pic shows the 2006 switchover with a temp battery terminal while I waited for the brass ones to come in, and the second is the adaptation of the brass terminals since I had more cables than the little bolts that came with the terminals could handle.

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