Where's the best place 2 run positive cable for Dual battery

Where's the best place 2 run positive cable for Dual battery

Postby webcat [OP] » October 16th 2011, 2:30pm

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Re: Where's the best place 2 run positive cable for Dual bat

Postby Lumpy » October 16th 2011, 3:30pm

Where's your battery(s)?
What's your setup?

Just a tiny bit more information?


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Re: Where's the best place 2 run positive cable for Dual bat

Postby webcat [OP] » October 16th 2011, 4:24pm

I have two 6 volt golf cart batterys wired in series to make a 12 volt battery , the batterys set in a vented box at the very rear of the van on the drivers side ,, my starting battery is under the hood but is on the passenger side because i have a Express van ,,, i was wondering how you guys route your positive cable through the engine compartment , once you get past the engine compartment it seems pretty easy to find a good place to run the cable the rest of the way back but there doesn't seem to be any where good to run it in the engine compartment
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Re: Where's the best place 2 run positive cable for Dual bat

Postby Phantom » October 16th 2011, 8:27pm

Here is a pic of the GM factory auxiliary battery cable ,,item number 4 positive cable and is 149 inches long item number 14 is ground cable and is 18 inches long

item number 4 positive cable and is 149 inches long
part number is ,,I believe
GM 12157149

You may already have it and not know it , or you can add it :D
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Re: Where's the best place 2 run positive cable for Dual bat

Postby Jasen » October 16th 2011, 10:06pm

That's my thinking, either run it along the back of the cross member or take it all the way up and run it along the bottom of the rad core support.
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Re: Where's the best place 2 run positive cable for Dual bat

Postby webcat [OP] » October 17th 2011, 1:00am

Wow , that's a nice picture Phantom , Thanks
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Re: Where's the best place 2 run positive cable for Dual bat

Postby Lumpy » October 17th 2011, 2:39pm

I'm not familiar with what it looks like under an Express Van hood. But in my 89 Astro,
there's a convenient couple of pipes/hoses running from the passenger side eng compartment,
down and across the back of the engine, above the transmission, that are the supply and
return lines to the rear heater core. I have disconnected my rear heater but the lines are
still in place. I have more than one set of cables and wires for various things zip tied to
those pipes to get from rear to front of the van.

But it seems like getting out of the eng compartment is the simplest part of the journey.
Perhaps Express vans are more cluttered in that area than Astros.

Got pics, Webcat?


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Re: Where's the best place 2 run positive cable for Dual bat

Postby JaxSPL » October 20th 2011, 3:38am

I ran my 4/0 down to the frame, somewhat like #4 at the top of that picture Phantom linked. It runs to just in front of the wheel well where I drilled a hole. I used a electrical box conduit connector to pass the 4/0 through the floorboard of the van. This allows me to place my battery bank anywhere in the rear of the van, from the wheel well to the rear doors.

When I start on my new build, the subwoofer wall will actually enclose the battery bank, and vent to the rear of the van. This will help keep the van level and provide a clean look.
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Re: Where's the best place 2 run positive cable for Dual bat

Postby webcat [OP] » October 21st 2011, 6:50am

Lumpy wrote:I'm not familiar with what it looks like under an Express Van hood. But in my 89 Astro,
there's a convenient couple of pipes/hoses running from the passenger side eng compartment,
down and across the back of the engine, above the transmission, that are the supply and
return lines to the rear heater core. I have disconnected my rear heater but the lines are
still in place. I have more than one set of cables and wires for various things zip tied to
those pipes to get from rear to front of the van.

But it seems like getting out of the eng compartment is the simplest part of the journey.
Perhaps Express vans are more cluttered in that area than Astros.

Got pics, Webcat?


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When you first mentioned this i had a thought in my head that you ran it inside the hose which would be really cool , i think i'm gonna try to run mine like yours and tie it to the heater hose , Iv'e been meaning to post pictures but i have to take some , I'll put it on my to do list LOL
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Re: Where's the best place 2 run positive cable for Dual bat

Postby webcat [OP] » October 24th 2011, 5:33am

Lumpy , i put the pictures in my Gallery ( folder titled battery box

Its still under construction ,The LED light wiring is a little bit of a mess because I'm currently working on them , i need to clean up my wiring , all the black wood is going to be covered with Formica ,,
bottom battery switch is going to be replaced with a remote controlled switch.
All of my electronics except my alarm get there poewer from between them 2 battery switches , if top switch is closed the electronics get power from rear battery , i normally leave the top switch closed and then close the bottom switch whenever i want to charge rear batterys
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Re: Where's the best place 2 run positive cable for Dual bat

Postby Lumpy » October 24th 2011, 2:40pm

webcat wrote:
Lumpy , i put the pictures in my Gallery...



I sure don't see them.
How about simply post them here in the forum? I'd bet lots of
people would like to see 'em.


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Re: Where's the best place 2 run positive cable for Dual bat

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Re: Where's the best place 2 run positive cable for Dual bat

Postby T.Neff » October 25th 2011, 4:01pm

I measured the length and how wide a normal battery is and found(believe it or don't) that you can fit two batteries in the original location by building a battery tray to hold them length wise front to back of the van and by tucking the outside battery slightly under the fender.They fit and that makes wiring them much easier.Most battery trays are rotted out anyways,so while replacing them might as well do this conversion welding some angle iron for trays.
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Re: Where's the best place 2 run positive cable for Dual bat

Postby Bread Van » October 27th 2011, 8:42pm

T.Neff is this two batteries under the hood setup something you did in an Astro? or an Express van (the OP's vehicle)

I'd like to install a house battery at some point but would prefer to have both under the hood, if possible.

I've also thought about buying the biggest damn battery I can fit in the stock location and just putting a protector/alarm on it so I know when I'm running near the minimum voltage to start. I'm not familiar w/ these, but pretty sure I read about them somewhere.
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