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Old 11-15-2012, 08:56 AM
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I've got a 1991 s10 that I've got the battery in the bed near tailgate. I'm about to run the 1 gauge cable from the battery to the front of the truck which I then need to split to 2 wires. Can I just take the 2 wires and soilder them to the end of the main cable and wrap it good, or should I get something like a distribution block and crimp on ring terminals and connect them that way?
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I would do a distribution block myself. It looks cleaner and you have the option of moving the wires around.
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Go with the distribution block, as stated above it looks cleaner. I also believe that you'll get a better connection... no matter how well you solder wires/ cable that large it's tough to get them to perfectly mesh up, unless you're able to properly weave them together.

I also think that the d-block will cut down on the heating up of the cable(s) under full load too. Heat and cables only combine so well, when they reach to the end of the tolerances it get real ugly, real fast

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I don't believe solder would hold up well on that large a cable.
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I agree a block then put ends on.
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In high current circuits like what the Hydro companies work with, they never solder. All high current connections are crimped/clamped as that has proven to create the lowest resistance which equates to the highest reliability and lowest heat.

Your battery circuit is a high current circuit. I highly recommend using a proper crimp or clamp style connector and a distribution block. Both of which should be the ones designed for that current application.
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