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post #1 of 11 Old 07-27-2013, 08:54 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for a perfect ground

I know how important a good ground is. I'm looking for the perfect method to ground many different items (after-market gauges, accessory lights, stereo, CB, etc.) at one grounding point, but I want to do it very cleanly. I'm not really interested in stacking a bunch of ring terminals on a bolt to the tub or frame, but I may end up doing that. There has to be a better way.

At first I thought I could buy a termination block (like in the picture) and run everything to it and ground it to the ( - ) side of the battery.

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But a termination block has independent terminals (or paired ones like the one above) and I would have to run 4 wires to the block and 4 wires going to the battery. I'd like to run n wires to a grounding point and one wire to the ( - ) side of the battery.

Anyone have any ideas on how to create a common grounding point for a "many-to-one" situation? I'm looking to do something like this:

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Any ideas greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 11 Old 07-27-2013, 09:08 AM
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I use them on mine. One main wire with a running to the neg terminal of the battery.
You can get metal "jumpers" to connect the terminals on the block together.
Or Just make your own terminal block. A strip of steel, drill and tap some holes in it.

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post #3 of 11 Old 07-27-2013, 09:15 AM
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How about a chevy grounding bus bar?.....pictures a la Kieth.


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post #4 of 11 Old 07-27-2013, 09:25 AM
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How about a chevy grounding bus bar?.....pictures a la Kieth.
X2

That's what I used as well

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post #5 of 11 Old 07-27-2013, 09:30 AM
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I got mine at West Marine. All the terminals are common. One wire to the battery, and the rest of the terminals are used as grounding connections. Each wire leaves the terminal, and goes out to whatever it is that I want to ground.

Mounted it on the right fender, above the jack mount.
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post #6 of 11 Old 07-27-2013, 09:31 AM
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How about a chevy grounding bus bar?.....pictures a la Kieth.
I used one like this even in the same spot but it didn't have all the plastic on it, it was just a bar with threaded pieces sticking out of it bolted to the tub. Super quick and easy to find a ground for anything.
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post #7 of 11 Old 07-27-2013, 09:37 AM
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You can snag them out of early 90's GMC / Chevy trucks from the junk yard for cheap.

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post #8 of 11 Old 07-27-2013, 09:52 AM
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I'm using these on my build. From racerpartswholesale.com. One under hood, one under dash and one in tail section. Anything that would normally ground to a body panel or frame is grounded here and then back to the battery.
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post #9 of 11 Old 07-27-2013, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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I'm using these on my build. From racerpartswholesale.com. One under hood, one under dash and one in tail section. Anything that would normally ground to a body panel or frame is grounded here and then back to the battery.
Now that is the way you do it!

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post #10 of 11 Old 07-27-2013, 04:54 PM
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Thats some clean wiring nice job..

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post #11 of 11 Old 07-27-2013, 09:57 PM
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