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Ratcheting Spark plug wire crimpers

I just bought a set of MSD 8.5 Super Conductor universal plug wires and and Summit Ratcheting wire crimper. The crimper makes crimps on wires up to 8.5 and comes with the spark plug wire die. It doesn't come with any instructions, but it has sprocket with a + and - on it. I'm assuming this is to adjust the amount of crimp for different size wires. Anyone use this type of crimper before? Where do you set if for 8.5mm wires?

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Re: Ratcheting Spark plug wire crimpers

You just place the wire and wire end in the jaws and squeeze the handle. The ratchet is there in case you stop half way through, it won't open all the way, unless you release the lever. There is no adjustment for wire size. When the crimp is done properly, the wire end is going to role over and actually dig into the silicone jacket. You have to be careful though because they make 2 different types of wire ends. There are single and double crimps. The single style is the kind that the center of the wire gets folded back on the silicone jacket and crimped as one piece. The dual crimp style crimps the silicone jacket and the center portion as 2 individual crimps. They are distinguished by whether or not the wire end has the larger ears that get bent over and also much smaller ears toward the front of the end near where it attaches to the plug or cap terminal.

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Re: Ratcheting Spark plug wire crimpers

The star wheel + - that you are seeing is an adjustment for the amount of tension (Crush) of the crimpers. Too much crimp pressure and it can crush and distort the terminal. Too little and the connector can pull loose.

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Re: Ratcheting Spark plug wire crimpers

I would start on the lightest setting and then pull the wire gently out of the terminal and then adjust till it is firmly crimped. Once you get the first one set then the others will be easy.

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Re: Ratcheting Spark plug wire crimpers

I have the Accel pliers and they don't use an adjustment. I have made several sets of wires with them, both 8mm and 8.8mm and they have crimped perfectly. A proper crimp actually makes the wire end pierce the silicone jacket of the wire.

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Re: Ratcheting Spark plug wire crimpers

I just checked the accel website and they said the +/- wheel is to adjust the amount of crimp. This was the only website I didn't check. Thanks for the help.

ACCEL Knowledgebase Question:
Hi, just purchased your ratcheting wire crimping tool and do you have any directions to go along with the tool?


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There are no instructions included with this tool. The only thing that may need to be clarified with the operation of the ACCEL 300+ Crimp Professional HD Tool p/n 170036 is how to adjust the termination crimp height. By removing the small Phillips head set screw and moving the selector wheel you can adjust the crimp height of the termination for different sizes of ignition wires including; 7mm, 8mm and 8.8mm. By setting the selector wheel toward the "+" you have the lower crimp height, which would be used with 7mm wire. Setting the selector in the middle of the range would be for 8mm wire and setting the selector toward the "-" would be for oversized wire such as 8.8mm. Once you have the crimp height selector set at the desired setting, simple re-install the set screw. The interchangeable jaws are as held in plane by set screws. Simple remove the set screw, slide out the ignition wire crimp jaws and install either the non insulated primary wire or pre-insulated primary wire terminal jaws that are required to do the job and re-install the set screws. The crimp height adjustment works the same way with both of least crimping jaws as well. Set the selector wheel toward "+" for smaller gauge wire or pre-insulated terminals and toward the "-" for larger gauge wire or pre-insulated terminals. Thank you for your support of the ACCEL Performance Product line.

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