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Unread 03-23-2009, 10:52 AM   #11
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Yes. Cable is sized by "gauge" your stock cables were 6ga. An upgrade to 6ga. welding cable is recommended with upgrade motors etc. and anytime you install new batteries you should put new cables on....
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Unread 03-23-2009, 12:24 PM   #12
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Marine cable has less strands but is more corrosion resistant than welding cable and will probably do the job. I'm guessing anything 4ga and heavier should be OK. If you're doing one cable, why not consider replacing all of them at the same time.
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Unread 03-23-2009, 01:42 PM   #13
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Marine cable has less strands but is more corrosion resistant than welding cable and will probably do the job. I'm guessing anything 4ga and heavier should be OK. If you're doing one cable, why not consider replacing all of them at the same time.
ditto for me.
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Unread 03-23-2009, 02:42 PM   #14
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Yes. Cable is sized by "gauge" your stock cables were 6ga. An upgrade to 6ga. welding cable is recommended with upgrade motors etc. and anytime you install new batteries you should put new cables on....
I think scotty meant to say 4ga here.
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Unread 03-23-2009, 03:48 PM   #15
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The marine grade has 420 strand 30 gauge 100% copper with tin coated copper ends. Any idea strand count of welding cable?
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Unread 03-23-2009, 08:27 PM   #16
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4g Welding cable has 420+, but not much more. The Marine cable will work fine.
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Unread 03-23-2009, 08:58 PM   #17
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Ok - you all have convinced me to change the cables. I will do this one first since it is really bad and then start the other cables as time permits. I guess this is how someone becomes a member of this forum - buy a cart and then start messing with it...which leads to messing with it more and more. Sounds like a fun but expensive hobby.

Perhaps a stupid question, but one I must ask - Can I just disconnect this cable for about a day while I work on a replacement or do I have to disconnect any other cables as well (like the negative)? Again the cable I will be replacing is the one from the last battery to the solenoid. Also is there a problem with the battery cables (battery to battery) being 6 guage and the +/- to the solenoid and controller being 4 guage?
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Unread 03-23-2009, 09:12 PM   #18
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No problem disconnecting the bad cable temporarily to replace. Also disconnect the other cable on the same battery (which should be negative) as well. Also Ok if this is the only 4ga. But I would replace all others ASAP. Sounds like you have a handle on the project:
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Unread 03-23-2009, 09:19 PM   #19
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Thanks for all the feedback!!!!
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Unread 03-31-2009, 04:20 PM   #20
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Just a follow-up.....

You guys were right - it was the cable. When I took the old one off, it was completely corroded inside. I changed the cable and that fixed the problem. In fact, I used the cart this whole weekend at a local seafood festival and it ran great - no more overheating of the cables.

Thanks for the advice. You guys ROCK!
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