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Old 09-02-2010, 05:32 PM   #1
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The RS2.5 Lucid Grounding kit The standard grounding kit is built with high grade 8ga wire. Includes standard ring terminals, color matched shrink tubing (except dark blue which uses black), color matched zip ties. Also comes with On-Line directions for the RS2.5, (have most engine styles). Also, all ring terminals are bolt sized matched, no one size fits all here.

The upgrade kit changes out all standard ring terminals with nice gold ends.

The super upgrade kit adds fully soldered ends to the kit, for super low resistance.

Standard kit $25
Upgrade kit $35
Super Upgrade Kit $55
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Old 09-02-2010, 06:24 PM   #2
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make your own
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Old 09-02-2010, 06:27 PM   #3
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Cheaper?
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Old 09-02-2010, 09:40 PM   #4
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I made my own with 10 gauge wire. IIRC, it was about $18 for all of the materials (wire, connectors, heat shrink). YMMV
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Old 09-02-2010, 10:03 PM   #5
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I went with the paranoid fab kit. it was easy and the instructions are on-line as well
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Old 09-02-2010, 11:15 PM   #6
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make your own
Totally Agree

.........If your handy and have a few hours and $25-30 make up a grounding kit it will help all over. and be far better than a pre-fabed one

I'd go with 8-10g wire...a Walmart amp install kit is the easiest and cheapest way to go for wire and connections

- Batt to frame ( headlight ground spot )
- Batt to Drivers side Intake Manifold bolt
- Drivers side Manifold bolt to rear Alternator bolt ( the wingy one )
- Alt bolt to Pass side Manifold bolt
- Pass side manifold to lower frame ( headlight ground spot )
- Alt bolt to fire wall where trany ground is
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Old 09-03-2010, 03:48 AM   #7
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As far as doing the big 3 which is a better upgrade grounding kit or big 3 I plan to both but which first?
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Old 09-03-2010, 11:32 AM   #8
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Nobody is going to be able to give you actual proof of "beterness" since I seriously doubt anyone has bought all the kits out there.

The reason many will say making your own is better is due to the ability to create lengths and mounting points that fit your own vehicles layout. Plus then you can go to the stock grounding points and include the stock grounds in the bolt down points.

.....in the end to each his own. . . . good luck & have fun w/e you use............
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Old 09-03-2010, 03:28 PM   #9
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I have a question are soldered ends honestly better then gold ring terminals, does it really allow or have lower resistance then the gold terminals?
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Old 09-03-2010, 03:55 PM   #10
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Any connection can deteriorate if not done correctly. There is nothing wrong with crimps if they are done with quality connectors and the right crimping tool, and regardless of the type of connection sealing it with heat shrink will help it last longer.
There are two contact points to be concerned about- where the terminal attaches to the wire, and where the terminal attaches to the vehicle engine/battery/frame. Plated terminals (gold or otherwise) will make better initial contact and resist corrosion more over time compared to non-plated ones.
You do not need huge heavy-gauge wires for grounding reinforcement as they aren't going to be carrying very much current, so those big fat ones in the commercial grounding kits are just for bling factor and to justify the prices they sell for.
Probably 95% of the improvement will be obtained from a single wire run from the battery negative to the intake manifold. That, plus cleaning and maybe upgrading the existing main grounds, is all you really need to do. The rest is more visual than functional.
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Old 09-03-2010, 08:27 PM   #11
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Thank you very much
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