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Old May 24th, 2013, 09:51 PM   #1
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without soldering what do you think is the best process to connect wires or splice into wires in a car?

curious as to what all the old timers use
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Old May 24th, 2013, 10:09 PM   #2
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I use non-insulated(bare metal) terminals and adhesive lined shrink tube most of the time. I will use fully insulated terminals on positive wires with disconnects, like spade or bullet terminals.
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Old May 24th, 2013, 10:13 PM   #3
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Old May 24th, 2013, 10:13 PM   #4
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without soldering what do you think is the best process to connect wires or splice into wires in a car?

curious as to what all the old timers use
Soldering and heat shrink is the best, end of story.
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Old May 24th, 2013, 10:42 PM   #5
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I like to use the butt connectors that heat shrink and solder when heated.
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Old May 24th, 2013, 10:43 PM   #6
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My old man uses butt connectors packed with grease.
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I use the 3m connectors with the shrink tube already on the connector. With some final shrink wrap on top for interior and solder with shrink wrap for outside.
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Old May 24th, 2013, 11:49 PM   #8
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I know soldier is best, but sometimes that's not a option, what if you want to be able ton remove the component
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Old May 25th, 2013, 05:52 AM   #9
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weatherpak or metripak connector.
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Old May 25th, 2013, 06:51 AM   #10
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I know soldier is best, but sometimes that's not a option, what if you want to be able ton remove the component
Side cutters.
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Old May 25th, 2013, 03:07 PM   #11
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Dikes.

But yeah the point of making an electrical connection is so that its a secure connection. If you are using some sort of crimp on connector it should be crimped to the point where you are cutting some wire to remove it. If not you did a shitty job crimping it on or chose the wrong size connector. If you want something that is temporary and easy to undo maybe then twisting and tape or wire nuts is the way to go.

Personally I like to solder stuff, but when I get lazy and want to just be done I use the crimp ons.
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Old May 25th, 2013, 03:09 PM   #12
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Dikes.

But yeah the point of making an electrical connection is so that its a secure connection. If you are using some sort of crimp on connector it should be crimped to the point where you are cutting some wire to remove it. If not you did a shitty job crimping it on or chose the wrong size connector. If you want something that is temporary and easy to undo maybe then twisting and tape or wire nuts is the way to go.

Personally I like to solder stuff, but when I get lazy and want to just be done I use the crimp ons.
Or a proper plug.
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Old May 25th, 2013, 05:41 PM   #13
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Twist, bend, solder, shrink. Only if you need to.
Replacing the entire wire connection to connection for best results and less drop is the right way with minimal cost.
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Scotch locks FTW!!!!










I use a crimp on connector with shrink tube when ever I can.
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Old May 25th, 2013, 06:03 PM   #15
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The crimping tool is just as important as using quality connectors. Invest in a quality tool such as a set of these:



The ones you get at most autoparts stores are complete shit
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Old May 26th, 2013, 08:58 AM   #16
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if you want to be able to unplug something buy some weatherpack connectors. they come in 1-6 wire configurations. http://www.electerm.com/index.html these guys are in royal oak and they sell what you are looking for.
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Old May 26th, 2013, 09:02 AM   #17
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The ones you get at most autoparts stores are complete shit
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Old May 26th, 2013, 07:37 PM   #18
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I solder and heat shrink everything I do. If the component needs to be removed, bullet connectors can be used.
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I used to use solder all the time but it is not the best for all connections. Soldering makes the wire brittle, and if you flex the wire it will break the soldered strands making your "best" choice a problem. They make such good weather pack connectors and similer connectors I rarely solder anything any more.
I did a lot of reasearch when I was building all new cables to mount my winch solonoid pack under my hood. Most every thing I read pointed towards a quality crimp with good tools being better then solder unless you are a pro, with the perfect wire, solder, and technic.
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