GranPrix said:soder that looks like he crimps on then heats up. Anyone know where I can get this?
UndercoverVLS said:I used to do it like that as well until i realized it takes a crapload of time when you are doing a full install. How do you guys make your connections?
Living in upstate NY where they use lots of salt to control ice on the roads, I crimp, solder, and heatshrink the individual connections. Then anything that is outside the cab where there is even the remotest possiblity of road salt or moisture can reach the connections, everything gets coated with dielectric grease. I pay special attention to screw lug connections, blade connections, etc. Even the connections in the travel trailer plug are full of dielectric grease. When possible, almost everything is sheilded from moisture and salt with plastic work boxes. I have a couple of terminal strips under the hood of the truck, and they are inside plastic "project boxes". The wires entering the box are a tight fit through rubber grommets. They are pretty much resistant to almost anything up to total immersion.UndercoverVLS said:I used to do it like that as well until i realized it takes a crapload of time when you are doing a full install. How do you guys make your connections?
TritonBoulder47 said:I use just a basic hand-held wire crimper... Plus I have a ratcheting one for antenna coax... The hydraulic crimpers are usually for large guage sized like 2 ga. and larger...
EVModules said:What works the best for me is the Klein 1006 crimper. It's a non-insulating crimper that I use for insulated crimps. They make very solid crimps because of the narrow head and the "U" shaped crimping pattern which makes less effort to crimp than to use any other types. I've had numerous, and I mean NUMEROUS challenges by other installers who think their ratcheting and other types of crimpers make better, secure crimps to no avail. I always bet on lunch and to this day, never have lost. To do a challenge, a butt connector is used and we crimp our side to a wire which gets pulled apart until it gives. It's a lost art of crimping connectors by feel and I "know" when I've reached optimum pressure.
3M terminals are used for interior and dry locations. Solder and adhesive lined heat shrink gets used in wet environments if I can't avoid splices. I always use drip loops with the connections on top of the loop. Quick disconnect terminals are carefully located into dryer areas and dielectric grease is always used.
Bigredinstalls said:Whats yalls oppinions about those little blue clips you can use to connect wires?