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And I doubt you'd need more than 60ft. Should only be 18' max each run to the rear wall of a truck, 4ft for your big 3 and 2ft to earth the battery bank.
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i want 2 colors ..and will probably have 2 grounds to the frame from the bank..it will be 6 batteries and have 4 2100w amp pulling off them.never hurts to have some extra cable laying around.
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Ok so I got some Wire coming. Next questions for all:

Where to buy a 10-20 0ga ring terminals. Not looking for flashy just something that will transfer Power with minimal resistance. FYI, I solder all my connections, so crimpable terminals are not needed.
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Ok so I got some wire coming. Next questions for all:

Where to buy a 10-20 0ga ring terminals. Not looking for flashy just something that will transfer Power with minimal resistance. FYI, I solder all my connections, so crimpable terminals are not needed.
I only use delcity.net for lugs now. Sooo easy and they are a reliable company.

I would order a cable cutter too. I will provide links.

Copper Lugs - Automotive & Marine

Obviously use the 1/4" stud for best connection but some things you need to go larger.

Cable Cutter

I can cut my 3/0 with that guy... its a little tough but definitely a nice tool.

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obviously the hydraulic is eaiser to use but the hammer one used with a vice works wonders.

EDIT: once you go real crimp.. you don't go back lol. I can link a massive thread that basically states crimping > solder... but if you prefer it then its up to you man.
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.... with minimal resistance. FYI, I solder all my connections....
You pretty much just contradicted yourself right there. Soldering increases the resistance.
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I get mine in bulk from a welding supply store. But I go there anyways being that I weld for a living. Plus there solid copper.
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I get mine in bulk from a welding supply store. But I go there anyways being that I weld for a living. Plus there solid copper.
yeah if you know where to look I think you can get welding wire for cheap locally in a lot of cases
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You pretty much just contradicted yourself right there. Soldering increases the resistance.
yup.

if you're going to solder crimp first. nothing beats a cold weld
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yup.

if you're going to solder crimp first. nothing beats a cold weld
What about a hot weld?

Use lasers. Sharks with frickin' lasers....
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You guys think crimp plus solder is the best option?
I'v only soldered in the past because it gives a clean finished look.
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You guys think crimp plus solder is the best option?
I'v only soldered in the past because it gives a clean finished look.
Crimp plus solder if the wires aren't restrained, otherwise just crimp for the least resistance.
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i crimp the put heat shrink on to make it look good...copper lugs on ebay are cheap.i drilled some from 5/16 to 3/8 and they were solid copper.
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You guys think crimp plus solder is the best option?
I'v only soldered in the past because it gives a clean finished look.
a hydraulic crimp is the best option. Did you see my mega post???
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I only use delcity.net for lugs now. Sooo easy and they are a reliable company.

I would order a cable cutter too. I will provide links.

Copper Lugs - Automotive & Marine

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Cable Cutter

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Either get this...

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obviously the hydraulic is eaiser to use but the hammer one used with a vice works wonders.

EDIT: once you go real crimp.. you don't go back lol. I can link a massive thread that basically states crimping > solder... but if you prefer it then its up to you man.

Thanks Guys, All this info has been really helpful. My back ground of SQ+I, has caused me to overlook things like adding resistance by soldering all my connections. I have order all the necessary wire, lugs and a crimping tool. Hope to have the voltage up a couple volts soon.
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