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    I wanna run my CB and exterior lights from the side posts on my yellow top Optima. Any problems with this? They don't pull power like a winch or starter so I was thinking I should be alright.

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    You'll be fine. Just make sure you've got the necessary fuses/relays in line between the battery and the thing you're powering.

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    No problem. I run only the starter and winch from the top posts.

    I have everything else running from the side's. Found some cool brass tabs, that fit the side lugs, and have tabs for push on electrical connectors. Makes it really easy to run accessories.

    I'll look for a pic.


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    Not the best pic, but you can kind of see the tabs, you can see where the connectors are.

    As Jeff said, make sure each line is properly fused, and you should be good.


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    You shouldn't have a problem. Like Jeff said, just be sure to fuse them. I run my winch and ARB compressor directly off my battery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColoFreeJeeper View Post
    You shouldn't have a problem. Like Jeff said, just be sure to fuse them. I run my winch and ARB compressor directly off my battery.
    You're not running your winch off the side posts though are you? I have heard/read LOTS of bads things about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Green View Post
    You're not running your winch off the side posts though are you? I have heard/read LOTS of bads things about that.
    I don't have an Optima. My factory battery cable ends for the top posts are studded and it allows extra wires to be used.

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    As others have said, no problem running lights and CB off the side posts if they are wired correctly with fuzes and relays. Thats EXACTLY what the side posts are for.

    Just do not run high amp draw applications to the side posts.
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    Any idea what the max I could pull from those posts would be? Or how to figure it up?

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