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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Dec 29th, 08, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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AAW Crimping Question

I've been trying to finish installing my AAW update kit in my 67, I have everything ran and taped up now I just need to crimp all the ends on can someone give me step by step instructions on how to do this. Also what type of crimpers/plyers do I need. I'm planning on heat shrinking after crimping does that sound right?????

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Heat shrink is a great help here is the tool I bought I think it was $30.
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The crimper you need with have jaws specifically made for the type of connector you're crimping. Crimps are fine, although I'd recommend getting a ratcheting crimper. The handles have much greater leverage (kind of like bolt cutters) and will make a secure crimp every time. The crimper won't let go until the crimp is properly smashed..

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Re: AAW Crimping Question

That's the same tool I used for mine , but I also soldered all of the connectors after I crimped them ( probably overkill , but I'm sure nothings going to come loose ) and then I shrink wrapped them .

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Thomas & Betts TB200 Crimper. Alittle expensive, but will last a lifetime.

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That's the same tool I used for mine , but I also soldered all of the connectors after I crimped them ( probably overkill , but I'm sure nothings going to come loose ) and then I shrink wrapped them .
Exactly what I am planning on doing with my AAW harness.

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Re: AAW Crimping Question

I have the multimaster from AAW. Strip a small section of insulation from the wire, rrlease the ratcheting lever, put the 56 or 59 series connector in the die, move the wire hold down clip up, slip the wire into the connector, release the hold down to hold the wire, then squeeze.

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Crimp, solder, then heat shrink. Best way to go.
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I used to solder all my connections - partly because I didn't have a proper crimping tool. Once a got a decent pair of ratcheting crimpers I stopped soldering. I read somewhere that in high vibration conditions (like a car) that solder can crack. Ever since then I stopped soldering. I can't imagine how a well crimped and soldered joint could crack, but I've learned to trust the crimp and saved myself the soldering time.

One thing that is good for electrical connections in a potentially wet environment is dielectric grease. It's a semi clear silicon grease. It looks like silocon caulk, but it doesn't harden. If you dope the ends of the wires before you crimp, it will keep the water frome wicking up into the wires. Heat shrink alone can create a cavety that will hold moisture in. If you're going to heat shrink, I'd definately recommend dielectric grease. DE grease is also good for the metal terminal ends. But like most silicon substances, it'll creap out, so a little dab will do. If you get too much, you'll notice the grease leaking out over time and collecting dust on all your wire ends.

Oh and don't forget to pack the back side of your firewall connector with black urethane to keep road grime and moisture out of it.

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Thank you guys I really appreciate the help as I am a definite ROOKIE! Does someone happen to have a picture of one of those ratcheting chrimpers? I want to make sure I get the correct ones and I'm guessing I can get them at and Electrical Supple store?
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Thank you guys I really appreciate the help as I am a definite ROOKIE! Does someone happen to have a picture of one of those ratcheting chrimpers? I want to make sure I get the correct ones and I'm guessing I can get them at and Electrical Supple store?
The link I gave you will pull up ratcheting crimpers but me personaly dont think you need them for $150 unless your wife has a stronger grip than you...lol...Also do a yahoo search on weather pack conectors and this will bring up different crimpers as well.Plus if you have some under hood or underside of car conections the weather pack conectors are great..JMO..

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Re: AAW Crimping Question

I used just solder also. They sell pellets that go in the connector. Heat up the connector and push in the wire. Clean all the copper first and they'll never come apart. At least mine won't.

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Here you go.

I do agree with David C about how expensive you need to go. I tend to prefer tools that are a little more spendy cause I have decided I don't want to find out 10 years after using a cheaper tool that a more expensive tool had a better or easier method that made it easier on me. With that said, there are many tools that cheaper is just fine, like a hammer or beating block or a tool like a sander you know you are going to use the crap out of for a few weeks when painting your car. Then you just use it until it breaks and return it for a new one. When I painted my car I used four of the $39.99 Harbor Frieght sanders and return all but the last one in a two week period. For whatever reason, their motors and triggers are weak. (sorry cheap). By the way, once you look at the link below, wondering if anyone has used the battery cable crimper?

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