1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

replace battery cables?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TacoTuesday1, Jan 31, 2021.

  1. Jan 31, 2021 at 11:20 AM
    #1
    TacoTuesday1

    TacoTuesday1 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2019
    Member:
    #296781
    Messages:
    1,166
    Gender:
    Male
    Sydney
    Anyone ever done it? How'd you do it?
    Specifically the end clamp.
    I've seen them at auto parts stores so many any will work.

    I'm guessing stock looks like this, but my right/negative end looks more like the left one, and on top of that, is so bent in at the tabs that the nut holding it can't be grabbed. For some reason it's 13mm and not 10mm. And basically to tighten it, the nut is so gouged into the metal on one side that I can't fit anything over top of it. Not a wrench or pliers.
    As a result, I can only get it so tight. And it's had a history of popping off while off roading.
    Not sure if the previous owner replaced it due to corrosion (unlikely given the truck is from a dry state) or that they changed it to fit the previous aftermarket garbage battery.

    Anyone else ever dealt with similar before?

    [​IMG]
     
  2. Jan 31, 2021 at 11:21 AM
    #2
    anthony250f

    anthony250f Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2012
    Member:
    #73066
    Messages:
    16,134
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Anthony
    San Diego, CA
    Vehicle:
    2008 dcsb trd offroad 4wd
    I put military terminals on
     
    06Tacooo likes this.
  3. Jan 31, 2021 at 11:34 AM
    #3
    Muddinfun

    Muddinfun Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2017
    Member:
    #216500
    Messages:
    7,509
    These things are junk. They say right on the package "emergency battery terminal". It absolutely floors me when I'm watching Mecum auto auction on TV and there's a $70K muscle car with 1 of these on it.


    battery.jpg
     
  4. Jan 31, 2021 at 11:36 AM
    #4
    outxider

    outxider Never stop exploring.

    Joined:
    May 9, 2010
    Member:
    #36858
    Messages:
    1,962
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Sang
    East Bay, CA
    Vehicle:
    06 DCSB 4x4
    A few mods here and there and counting....
  5. Jan 31, 2021 at 11:44 AM
    #5
    TacoTuesday1

    TacoTuesday1 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2019
    Member:
    #296781
    Messages:
    1,166
    Gender:
    Male
    Sydney
  6. Jan 31, 2021 at 2:06 PM
    #6
    Desert Dog

    Desert Dog Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2018
    Member:
    #276881
    Messages:
    321
    Gender:
    Male
    Los Gatos
    Vehicle:
    2007 DCSB
    Work in progress
    You can start here

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads...-box-battery-wire-replacement-upgrade.420450/

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/battery-terminal-wire-gauge-sizes.647694/

    But if you only want to replace the battery terminal you can go to Remy Battery website and get a Compression Lug battery terminal. If you plan to add accessories in future, then go for a Military style terminal and get a compression style lug or find someone with a lug crimper that can handle the larger size cables. Alternately get new cables made to length here or at any number of other places who will make cables with whatever type end you want.
    https://www.batterycablesusa.com/


     
    EDDO and TnShooter like this.
  7. Jan 31, 2021 at 2:59 PM
    #7
    anthony250f

    anthony250f Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2012
    Member:
    #73066
    Messages:
    16,134
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Anthony
    San Diego, CA
    Vehicle:
    2008 dcsb trd offroad 4wd
  8. Jan 31, 2021 at 3:55 PM
    #8
    maineah

    maineah Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2011
    Member:
    #53641
    Messages:
    5,256
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Tim
    Maine
    Vehicle:
    4X4 SR5 V6 6spd
    Not real good on lead.
     
  9. Jan 31, 2021 at 4:09 PM
    #9
    maineah

    maineah Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2011
    Member:
    #53641
    Messages:
    5,256
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Tim
    Maine
    Vehicle:
    4X4 SR5 V6 6spd
    Your option don't like the terminal replace the entire cable or use a terminal that's been around for decades getting trucks started world wide.
     
  10. Jan 31, 2021 at 4:58 PM
    #10
    Waasheem

    Waasheem The catholic radio bear

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2019
    Member:
    #297494
    Messages:
    698
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Waasheem
    Vehicle:
    2007 xrunner
    I'm in agreement with this opinion. I never use them, when I see them, I always advise they're not good and are prone to failure. Most, the 2 bolt metal tab is bent and the cable is in but loose.

    Those sdhq things are nice. I use a hammer indent crimper most of the time. Sometimes getting the end on a surface to hammer is too much trouble, then I use a theraded crimper. Same as the hammer one except you tighten a big stud to smash the terminal.

    My el camino had #4 cables, what a joke. When I did the starter I swapped it all to #0000, and special ordered crimp on terminals.

    Whatever option you decide to go with, brush your posts and new terminals with a battery brush. It's also a good idea to spray protector. In the past, I used motorcycle chain lube. It's oily and very sticky. There's differing opinions on this. Some insist using nothing is best. Some cover everything with grease. Some use the round felt pads...
     
  11. Feb 1, 2021 at 2:39 AM
    #11
    6 gearT444E

    6 gearT444E CEO & CFO @BPF

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2018
    Member:
    #243372
    Messages:
    3,215
    Deep South
    Herculiner Hootus
    Desert Dog, Muddinfun and Naveronski like this.
  12. Feb 1, 2021 at 12:34 PM
    #12
    rphillips

    rphillips Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2016
    Member:
    #197271
    Messages:
    990
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Rick
    Norene TN.
    Vehicle:
    2013 Reg. cab 4x4
    none
    WWWHHHHHAAAATTTT the heck is all that stuff? I thought we were talking battery terminals.
     
  13. Feb 1, 2021 at 3:24 PM
    #13
    6 gearT444E

    6 gearT444E CEO & CFO @BPF

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2018
    Member:
    #243372
    Messages:
    3,215
    Deep South
    Herculiner Hootus
    the question was on battery cables, namely the connectors. The terminals are part of the battery itself and are standard designs whether top or side.
     
    TnShooter likes this.
  14. Feb 1, 2021 at 3:34 PM
    #14
    bagleboy

    bagleboy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2017
    Member:
    #226018
    Messages:
    4,339
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Scott
    Norcal, Santa Rosa
    Vehicle:
    2014 5-lug AC 2.7L VVTI
    Snug top Rebel, Thule tracks, ditch tracks, Bagged rear suspension, F/R anytime camera, intermittent wiper switch...
    I cut the hoop for the - battery terminal off and ground the raised lip down until what was left was just a lug terminal with the bolt hole. Then mounted an exscorpion 3-position terminal clamp and used one of the spots for the reshaped ground lug.
     
    Key-Rei likes this.
  15. Feb 1, 2021 at 6:48 PM
    #15
    Waasheem

    Waasheem The catholic radio bear

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2019
    Member:
    #297494
    Messages:
    698
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Waasheem
    Vehicle:
    2007 xrunner
    I had to double take that pic too. First I was thinking I’ve never seen a single battery with 4 posts. Then you can see it’s 2 yellow tops. It’s gotta be for something other than cranking.
     
  16. Feb 1, 2021 at 8:34 PM
    #16
    rphillips

    rphillips Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2016
    Member:
    #197271
    Messages:
    990
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Rick
    Norene TN.
    Vehicle:
    2013 Reg. cab 4x4
    none
    No doubt it's very professional looking. Maybe part 12V & part 24V. The black motor looking thing looks like it has a pos. from each individual batt. connected to separate lugs.... For me very interesting, and looks like a really nice job, congrats.
     
  17. Feb 1, 2021 at 8:39 PM
    #17
    vtdog

    vtdog Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2009
    Member:
    #15767
    Messages:
    522
    Gender:
    Male
    NH
    I have to say I don't understand this. I have been working on my own cars since 1970 and have never, ever replaced the battery wiring/terminals except one time when the neg ground started to fray at the frame connection.
     
  18. Feb 1, 2021 at 9:01 PM
    #18
    6 gearT444E

    6 gearT444E CEO & CFO @BPF

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2018
    Member:
    #243372
    Messages:
    3,215
    Deep South
    Herculiner Hootus
    well, newer cars skimp on copper as it’s one of the easier ways to get away with saving a fair amount of coin. Batteries are cheaper, wiring is as thin of gauge as they can make it, no margin built into the design for adding aftermarket electrical accessories, and the cheapest connections are used only enough to get them through the warranty stage. Times have changed for the worse unfortunately.
     
  19. Feb 2, 2021 at 12:37 AM
    #19
    bagleboy

    bagleboy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2017
    Member:
    #226018
    Messages:
    4,339
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Scott
    Norcal, Santa Rosa
    Vehicle:
    2014 5-lug AC 2.7L VVTI
    Snug top Rebel, Thule tracks, ditch tracks, Bagged rear suspension, F/R anytime camera, intermittent wiper switch...
    Big 3 wiring upgrade is the first mod listed in second gen tips and tricks. If you go beyond stock you need to look at what limits the stock equipment. It not a necessity for most since the stock cables are adequate but that’s all they are.
     
    6 gearT444E likes this.
  20. Feb 2, 2021 at 1:32 AM
    #20
    Xmplry808

    Xmplry808 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 23, 2018
    Member:
    #254333
    Messages:
    62
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2015 BRM Tacoma xrunner
    Engine: -Doug thorely long tube headers -URD dual O2 simulator -Dual 2.5 QTP cut outs -Rads true dual piping -TRD supercharger -K&N cold air intake -URD 2.7 supercharger pulley -URD fuel pump/Aeromotive 340 upgrade -URD extension harness -URD maf calibrator w/map sensor -URD 170 thermostat -URD speed unlimiter -Cusco oil catch can -URD fuel rail tap -FPR mod -COUPE oil pan spacer w/baffle -NX wet nitrous kit 50 shot -NX 10 lb bottle -NX purge kit -ZEX rapid fire module -Greddy oil filter adapter/oil cooler -HKS big 3 wire upgrade Drivetrain: -B&M short shifter -Detroit tru trac lsd -Competition Clutch stage 4/6 puck clutch kit -Competition Clutch lighten flywheel -URD throw out bearing/sleeve kit -Sprint booster V3 Suspension: -Djm front A arms -Djm welded in frame notch -4" Custom Taco drop blocks -XII front coilovers -XII front and rear sway bars -Air Lift air bags -Air compressor -Camber kit -Cam tab gussets Wheels/tires: -HRE wheels 540 step lip Front 20x10 255/40/20 Rear 20x11 285/35/20 Brakes: -Performance Brake Unlimited bbk -4 piston Tundra calipers -360mm ISF drilled brembo rotors -Stop tech stainless steel brake hoses -Brembo brake pads -SOS rear disc brake conversion Exterior: -35% ceramic front window tint -Hood spacers 1" -Cut front grill -Cut hood scoop -Strictly Street RACE spec spoiler -Race front and rear tow hooks -Diode Dynamic SS3 yellow pro fogs -Lighting dark LED 6000k Interior: -Lotek dual gauge pillar pods -Ultra gauge Mx 1.3 -TRD shift knob -JunctionProduce pillow cushions (4) -Bellezza leather neck pads (2) -Innovation gauge dual wide band -Innovation boost gauge w/shift light -Air lift dual air pressure gauge -TRD racing pedals -LED lighting Sounds: -Sony XAV-AX8000 -JLaudio (2)13w6v2 subwoofer in isobaric ported box -JLaudio 1000/1 mono amp -JLaudio Evo C3 6.5 (4)components -JLaudio 300/4 4 ch. amp
    892AC8CC-F733-4A4D-8DC3-EF83B6169491.jpg 1692ED3B-7346-4E0C-8C0E-69A6B0D4225C.jpgI have these kicker battery terminals on the negative side it works well. The factory positive is easy to add more wires. If I ever need to replace it I would replace it with another kicker terminal.
     
    deanosaurus likes this.

Products Discussed in

To Top