Bling Bling Battery
Ok...I know this upgrade seems simple to most people, but others
just might need to have a little instruction to get them motivated.
My reasons for this
upgrade were to correct a problem. My Positive Battery terminal was
close to destroyed and badly corroded. This in addition to the fact
that I have had some front end vibration lately, left me on the side
of the road reseating and cleaning my battery terminal a couple of
I went looking for
the exact battery cable at the local parts store and I found that
this was either a factory part or a home-made part. I just needed
terminals so I started there.
Looking at the
terminals at the store brought to my attention these bling bling
gold plated extra accessory terminals. I'm usually not
inclined to shiny objects for my Jeep, but the more I thought about
it, the more it made sense. I guess they are usually used to setup
car stereo systems so I figured they would work just as well for
off-road accessories such as lights, winches and radios.
These terminals had 4
inputs each (2 big and 2 small). Gold is an excellent conductor and
is resistant to corrosion. Also the extra inputs would be helpful
since I already have a rat's nest of wires daisy chained on my
positive battery terminal.
Anyway, here's how to
1) Remove your
battery cables and any other wires that are connected to your
battery. Both sides, positive and negative.
2) Get a box or something to protect the melting pieces of terminal
from falling on to wires or onto hoses and set it up around the
cable. This is how I did it. The best way is probably to remove the
cables all together but I was just to lazy and it all worked out.
Caution: If you use a box, it is
flammable so pay attention to what you are doing and don't light the
box on fire.
3) Melt the lead battery terminal off of the wires. I used a very
small butane torch. You may need hold it on the battery terminal for
a while. It's similar to solder, it takes a long time to heat up but
once it's there it goes quickly.
4) Determine how you want your wires to go. I decided to solder my
lights and CB leads together.
5) Hook all your cables up and put your new terminals on. Make sure
you tighten down all the input connectors super tight. Don't forget
to screw the input connectors down on the inputs you didn't use.
These could loosen up and fll out if you don't.