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Re: Good mail order place for battery cables?
Are you certain the cables themselves are bad and not just the connections to the starter or neg bus? Corrosion can be between the connector and terminal, while it looks visually clean from above. I've cleaned these all up and applied dielectric grease and often noticed a dramatic improvement.
If you do need cables, its the perfect excuse to buy the tool. Even if you exactly measure what you have, you'll undoubtedly find that a small re-route or another inch or two could make all the difference in your install when you get down to it. The manufacturer would have been looking for the least expensive build, but for a few more inches on DIY cables, you might really improve serviceability. It would be nice to be able to do that on the fly.
Also, I've replaced batteries over the years, with lugs in slightly difference places or even different sizes. So far, I've managed to stretch or scrunch the old cables to work or even used terminal adapters. A few times, it would have been really nice to just make a new cable, but I could not justify buying the crimper just to make one jumper.
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