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Offline JW113

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What's the big secret with battery cable length?
« on: August 06, 2016, 07:44:53 PM »
So I'm trying to wire up my Ironhead, and am at the point of needing to put all the battery cables on before locking down the oil tank and battery tray. I'm blown away at the time I've wasted trying to find out how long the three stock battery cables are. + to solenoid, solenoid to starter, and - to frame. No specs anywhere that I can find. Terry components, Sumax, All Balls, all have them in any length I want. Queston is, what length do I want? Stock! Where is that written down somewhere????

Amazed...

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Offline garyajaz

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Re: What's the big secret with battery cable length?
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2016, 06:38:32 PM »
mock it up with string and measure string.

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Re: What's the big secret with battery cable length?
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2016, 07:33:11 PM »
No...I can't do it with string...But coat hanger is one of my Specialties....

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Re: What's the big secret with battery cable length?
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2016, 08:24:19 PM »
LOL
I also use coat hangers.
for welding up triumph and bultaco frames.

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Re: What's the big secret with battery cable length?
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2016, 08:40:23 PM »
LOL
I also use coat hangers.
for welding up triumph and bultaco frames.


No...No! Not the new coat hangers anyway...ya gotta use the old ones for welding anything...much better metalurgy!!!

And I still use them [I have a "stash"] for Sheet metal!!!!

Offline JW113

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Re: What's the big secret with battery cable length?
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2016, 02:34:26 PM »
No...No! Not the new coat hangers anyway...ya gotta use the old ones for welding anything...much better metalurgy!!!

And I still use them [I have a "stash"] for Sheet metal!!!!

Let me guess.... crappy Chinese steel in the new ones?
 :SM:

-JW
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1945 Indian Chief   1978 XL Bobber

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Re: What's the big secret with battery cable length?
« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2016, 08:34:19 AM »
No...No! Not the new coat hangers anyway...ya gotta use the old ones for welding anything...much better metalurgy!!!

And I still use them [I have a "stash"] for Sheet metal!!!!

Let me guess.... crappy Chinese steel in the new ones?
 :SM:


-JW

Honestly...IDK, I just know ya can't hardly weld with the Cheapies anymore...
Very disappointing...

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Re: What's the big secret with battery cable length?
« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2016, 08:45:13 AM »
 :agree:
    I don't know where there from but their made out lot smaller wire, barely strong enough
to hold a t-shir.
   Packrat56t 
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