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Discussion in 'Stock 1995 - 2001 Explorers' started by wagonmaster69, December 7, 2018.

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  1. wagonmaster69

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    I have a 1999 explorer 4x4 4.0 ohv.
    I need to get new battery cables for it.
    Where would I need to go to get some made cause of the positive has two leads and I don't like the stock replacement terminal posts.
    What type of shop would I need to go to?
    I was thinking an car audio shop.
     
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    Mbrooks420 High Voltage. Elite Explorer EF Vendor

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    A car audio shop will simply take some high dollar cable and out a distribution style terminal end in it, most likely.

    I’d probably just get some wire from the auto store and a better quality lead clamp. If you don’t want a set of regular lead clamps, I’d get something like this:
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    That's what I'm using on my 99 Eddie

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    Do you need to solder those?
     
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    No I cut the old ends off and stripped enough off the end to stuff in each hole. Then it closes down with a Allen key. Has 4 openings for different gauge wires.
     
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    Thanks.
    Also what gauge wire should I use for the positive and negative cable?
     
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    Stock I think is 6? gauge for the main POS and neg and then 8 gauge for neg to frame. I upgraded my neg to frame to 4 guage because it pretty much was green oxidized all the way through and is very skimpy and left the rest of the stock wires.

    If your redoing the whole thing I would do 4 guage all around except the wire to the alternator unless your upgrading it only because it will only fit 6? Guage terminal on the alternator POS wire itself I think unless you shave it down.
     
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    I'm probably overdue to do this myself, where did you get those or what did you search for to find them.
     
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    I would think it’s higher than 6. I’d run AT least 4, and probably go to 2awg.
     
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    Keep in mind that the originals lasted 20 years?

    Put Mbrooks420's pic into google image search and it gives these links:

    https://www.amazon.com/InstallGear-Positive-Negative-Battery-Terminal-x/dp/B00NQ7U982

    InstallGear 2/4/8/10 Gauge AWG Positive Negative Battery Terminal Clamp... New | eBay
     






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