I had just started the Air Conditioning & Heat duct
removal process on the CK5.com Blazer when Vince from
CustomBatteryCables.com contacted me about the super beefy custom cables
that he makes. Because I wanted to reroute much of the existing cables
during this project I decided it would be a good time to also relocate the
battery back toward the rear of the Blazer.
The first step was to remove all the AC parts, this was
actually kind of fun to do, I can actually get to that last spark plug
without any problems now. A trip to the local Home Depot produced a small
sheet of metal and a pair of tin snips, the metal was the perfect size and
can be found in the hardware isle. Simply cut out around the body seams
etc. and it's ready to be attached to the firewall with some small sheet
metal screws, also from Home Depot.
| AC removed
out with tin snips
With all the AC and heat out of the way it was time to
order the cables from CustomBatteryCables.com. I ordered 4 cables in all,
a negative cable to connect from the battery to the chassis, a positive
cable to connect the battery to a 3/8 junction block mounted on the
firewall, a short cable that will connect the remote solenoid to the junction block
and the last cable that connects the remote solenoid down to the starter.
I couldn't have ben more happier when I received the cables,
they made my old stock cables look like a piece of string in comparison. The cables
are very high quality and can be ordered with any combination of ends to
satisfy any project.
The cables are custom made to your specified length out of 2/0 cable.
Copper ends don't melt when they get very hot like the cheap lead ones.
Sealed with thick wall, adhesive lined, heat shrink tubing.
The heat shrink is similar to hot
glue, it insulates and protects cable from corrosion.
Heavy cable and soldered ends reduce resistance and voltage drop, providing more power to the starter.
|Stock VS 2/0
||Beefy 2/0 cables
I ended up moving the battery to the passenger side of the
bed mounted in a plastic battery box that I purchased from Walmart for
around 6 dollars. The positive cable runs from the junction box (firewall)
on top of the frame rail and up through the bottom of the rear seat floor
bracket. Running it on top of the frame rail turned out really easy
because there were holes there already from the factory, I simply ran zip
ties through them to hold the cable down. I drilled out the bottom of the rear seat mounting
bracket and installed 4 pieces of plastic door edge around the sharp edges
and ran the cable up to the battery, the negative cable was bolted
to the frame.
I ended up running the positive battery cable to a
junction box lower on the firewall because I needed a lower spot to
connect the somewhat short positive winch cable to, and I didn't want the
remote solenoid down by the exhaust and the elements.
This small project also gave me a reason to clean up
other miscellaneous wires on the firewall, I now have room to work in the
engine bay if I have to. Thanks to CustomBatteryCables.com I received
exactly what I needed and that was a quality product built to my specs in
a short period of time. - Steve