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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:30 pm 
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i've got a jeep xj that i need to make a ground cable for and my rock crawler project i need a dual battery set up with lots of custom cables to make. so i'm looking a crimping kit with ends and such. i'm wanting high quality really good connections that isn't too hard to figure out.

so my question is, what kit should i buy?

any info would be great, trying to get an old project up and moving again.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:48 am 
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What kits are you talking about?

https://www.waytekwire.com/ is your friend. Good quality components. Only drawback is some of their MOQ's are too high.

I build all of my own cables also since nothing is "factory". For the heavier terminal ends I prefer solder to crimping. Easy to do and doesn't require a special tool (so long as you have a propane torch). Put the terminal in a vice, heat the barrel and run solder into it till it's 2/3 full, shove the stripped wire in immediately.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:42 pm 
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do you remember what gauge wire you used for your starter and winch?

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:13 am 
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I'll have to check the starter but I was able to use the cable that the came with the winch 4 gauge I think. It depends on how long the cable is also.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:07 pm 
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Dave,
I worked with a guy from NAXJA.com to build a set for my TJ. He's got the XJs down pat but, I took all of the measurements to build one for TJs. He was quite good and to the point. I'm running #1 gauge wire and while there isn't any solder involved, I really like the set up. I guess, I'm not helping you any in a good crimping kit solution. If, you want, I can ask Blaine Johnson, aka "Mr Blaine" from Jeep.com. I know that I've seen extensive discussions on the topic.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:29 am 
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I went a 10 ton hydraulic crimper with the hex crimps. Between the Jeep the Fj and my camper I've got dozens of ends to make and this seemed like the best option for me. I think I over did it but I'll be using 2/0 wire. I'll post some picks when I make a few

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:24 pm 
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Wire came in. The 2/0 wire will great for the winch but wow it's so overkill for what I needed. Lol that said it feels to be back in the garage

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:47 pm 
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Yeah, 2/0 is huge. I think that is the size of the starter cable on my Cummins. :WTF:

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:30 pm 
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I'm thinking 2g was what I wanted lol

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I used a hammer crimper and 2 ga. wire redoing some cables on my truck. Seems to work well.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:42 am 
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Dave, I'm still waiting to see pic's of this crimper that you used.

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