Battery cable


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Battery cable

Postby larrycole » Sat Feb 02, 2013 11:37 am



After about 12 years of service, my second starter solenoid fried a contact. While replacing it I noticed the red cable from the battery has corrosion inside the insulation. Does anyone know of a source for these for a 1976? It's about 4" long with L shaped copper connectors. As fallback I'll buy a short auto battery cable, cut it and try to find the right size connectors, but would rather not try to cleanly cut 2 gauge wire. I've been riding Ol' Yeller regularly since I bought it in 1984, so this isn't a project bike from a barn. BTW, a 7v regulator I got via this site cured my long-standing gauge problem and installed easily.

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Re: Battery cable

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Feb 03, 2013 10:34 pm

Glad to hear the 7 volt regulator fixed you up.

I kind of doubt you'll find much "new" in the way of wires that will fit, although there could always be a car cable or something that might fit. Other than that, I'd probably just make my own. Once the connectors are crimped on, you might want to solder them to prevent oxidation.

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Re: Battery cable

Postby Placerville » Mon Feb 04, 2013 2:48 am

Honda doesn't offer that part anymore but, try this list on eBay. Several to choose from.
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Re: Battery cable

Postby wjnfirearms » Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:32 am

Using an automotive cable is a good alternative. The advice from WA about soldering the lugs is very sound. I'd be hesitant to use used cable, if that's what you end up trying, as the corrosion could be as bad, if not worse, than your current cable.

Also, there's nothing wrong with going with a heavier gauge cable than the one you are using now. Heavier cable means less resistance and this can be a good thing. I had to replace the main ground cable on my 750 LTD and I used a heavier gauge braided cable and soldered the lugs before installing. The bike has a factory voltmeter and it showed better charging and steadier voltage than before. The Kaw didn't have any charging issues before the new cable, but I did notice the improvement and I attribute that more to the better grade cable than just replacing it.
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Re: Battery cable

Postby larrycole » Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:01 am

What got me started on this wiring search was the bike has been just dying now and then when the temps got hot - once at 104 degrees in the Arizona desert. I cleaned connectors, replaced the coils - everything except the Dyna S. I now think it was the battery cable connection at the solenoid, under the rubber where it connects to the rest of the harness. Since my voltmeter was connected to the positive terminal of the battery itself, it never registered any interruption in power. Guess I'll make my own cable, the eBay ones look nasty. Thanks for the info.

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Re: Battery cable

Postby vtxcandyred » Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:07 am

I replaced the positive cable on my 93SE with one from the local auto parts store. It was a tad bit longer but it worked fine.

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Re: Battery cable

Postby hotwire » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:14 pm

Hey friend, if you know a good electrician, he may have a set of cable cutters that will cleanly cut your battery cable if you have to make another one, and he may even have, or have access to a crimping tool for the ends, and if not, your local electrical supply store may help you out for a couple of bucks, or maybe as a good Samaritan for free, hope this helps. God bless.

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Re: Battery cable

Postby cbx4evr » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:39 am

If the cable is the same on a 79 I've got one you can have.
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Re: Battery cable

Postby larrycole » Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:43 am

I cut away the fossilized insulation and found the wire inside was OK. After soaking it in baking soda solution I put some new shrink tubing on it, cleaned the copper connectors and reinstalled it with the new solenoid. Works fine. Hopefully I've solved the intermittent cut out problem too, but won't know for sure until the snow melts here in the Colorado Rockies around May. Thanks to those who posted.

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