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Unread 11-17-2008, 05:25 PM   #1
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Default Cable Length - Do-It-Yourself Cables

I am looking at picking up some 4 or 2 gauge welding wire and mocking up my own cables. I'm sure people here have done this before, but I couldn't find a post here with an estimate on how much cable is needed. My cart is kept at a weekend house... otherwise I'd measure myself.

Anyone have any estimates on how many feet it would take to make a set of cables for teh batteries and the motor/controller?

Thanks in advance.
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Unread 11-17-2008, 06:03 PM   #2
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Hawgs,

It's your lucky day!!! I just finished measuring all the cables for my 1996 DS.. I came up with 29' of cable.. This is all of the battery cables, and the motor/controller cables..

I found a place online that has pretty good prices on 4 ga. cable..

Weldingsupply.com
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Unread 11-17-2008, 06:13 PM   #3
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wich one should I order, wich one is 2 or 4 ga?

thanks
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Unread 11-17-2008, 11:39 PM   #4
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i have some 4 guage welding cable layin around ,if interested $1.00/ft + $10 for shipping.
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Unread 11-18-2008, 12:02 AM   #5
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#4 is good for all but the most extreeme builds.......and $1 ft is a great price on welding cable these days....Runs as high as $2.60. Don't forget to shop around for some copper ends and solder.
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Unread 11-18-2008, 09:17 AM   #6
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Hawgs,

It's your lucky day!!! I just finished measuring all the cables for my 1996 DS.. I came up with 29' of cable.. This is all of the battery cables, and the motor/controller cables..

I found a place online that has pretty good prices on 4 ga. cable..

Weldingsupply.com
Awesome! Thanks for the info John.

]DR[puff5 - I will be sending you a Private Message re: that cable.

scottyb - Know of any good places online for good copper ends?


Stupid question... what size are the terminals?
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Unread 11-18-2008, 09:34 AM   #7
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Glad to help!!

You'll need lugs to fit 5/16"(batteries,controller), 3/8"(solenoid, F&R switch), 1/4"(F&R switch).. West Marine will have the tinned copper cable lugs..

I'm fixin' to place an order for the cable next week, will hit West Marine for the lugs and shrink wrap.. I have a crimpace for making up the cable ends, drop me a PM if ya want to come by to use it..

Catch ya later..
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Thanks for the offer, I might just take you up on that John.
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Unread 11-18-2008, 06:01 PM   #9
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Thanks for the offer, I might just take you up on that John.
No problem!!

It'll have to be after Thanksgiving.. My work schedule is gonna be insane thru Tuesday of next week, then we're leaving Tuesday evening, driving to NE Kansas to spend Thanksgiving with family..

Drop me a PM and we'll swap phone #'s...
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No problem!!

It'll have to be after Thanksgiving.. My work schedule is gonna be insane thru Tuesday of next week, then we're leaving Tuesday evening, driving to NE Kansas to spend Thanksgiving with family..

Drop me a PM and we'll swap phone #'s...
Yeah, I wasn't planning on doing it before Thanksgiving... too busy. I'm not in a huge hurry to do it.
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