Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Skippack, PA, USA
More about connections on batteries. Light sanding of the wire terminals and battery terminals, to remove oxides and crud, is a must. Where possible, use ring terminals of the correct size (the ring's ID should match the battery terminal bolt size) and gauge (no point in putting 18 AWG wire in a 12 AWG terminal or vice versa), crimped with a good wire crimper (no crushing the terminal with pliers!!!). I know some folks swear that the wire ends should be tinned but I disagree - it creates a hard spot to encourage wire failure due to vibration, and it creates a strong chance for electrolytic corrosion. Go with a good crimp and call it a day. Once everything is bolted together, a healthy spraying of Boeshield all over the terminals will seal the connection with a thin but effective Teflon grease barrier. I use this procedure for the battery wiring on my boat (two banks of Trojan T105's), which goes offshore (Bahamas). The connections stay tight and clean even in a strong salt air environment.
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Red Flash - '03 K1200RS, lightly farkled