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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Dec 11th, 06, 06:19 AM Thread Starter
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Crimper for Wiring

Anybody know if a sears 19.99 crimper/stripper will do the job with the American Autowire classic update wiring kit? I plan on sodering too.. but just hope this crimper works..

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IMHO no...well maybe. I use a set of ratcheting crimpers. They crimp tighter and neater than the cheap crimpers. The downside is they cost $50 to $80.

The cheep crimpers will work if you put some muscle into them. Be sure to give em a tug before you put them in place to make sure the wire doesn't come out.

There are some short-jaw crimpers that look like a set of snub nodes pliers with long handles. Those work pretty well, but they may be for non-insulated terminals. They aren't too expensive either. I like using the non-insulated terminals. They are much more slender and when combined with a piece of heat shrink they look more professional IMHO.

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Re: Crimper for Wiring

Hey thanks Dave, I will try these out and if they dont work will look for the needle nose ones..

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I have been using the $20 crimpers for years. I am old school and also solder. Never had a solder connection go bad. One thing, don't crush the snot out of a crimp. Just enough to get a grip, then solder. I also like the plain crimp connectors. Easier to solder and apply shrink tube.

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I am 75% complete with my AAW Update install, and I can tell you that I wish I'd have gotten better crimpers. The cheapies work well with terminals found at Home Depot, but don't seem to work very well with the OE style terminals AAW uses. I found my self having to crimp a little, then shift the terminal in the jaws to get a good complete crimp.

If I had not been soldering too, I would be worried about my crimps.

AAW has some great folks to talk to. You can get Ray or Don on the phone to give advice, but given that they list good crimpers on their site, I can bet what the answer will be. I should have bought one of these...

http://www.americanautowire.com/prod..._the_trade.cfm

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Combine the 2 posts above and u have your answer

If u use the general philosphy
If u buy the correct gear and do it yourself, u end up with a well stocked workshop, a professional job and still save money...
U may not use the crimpers again for a couple yrs, but when the next time comes up...u know it is right.

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Re: Crimper for Wiring

This is what I use. They can be used on insulated and non-insulated terminals and they're inexpensive. Home Depot sells them. Not sure about Lowes.
http://www.channellock.com/acb/store...e7fd083e15456c

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I agree with Steptoe

Do some looking around. There are crimpers available, like those from AAW, with interchangeble jaws. Want to make your own spark plug wires with professional crimps? Can do. Proper crimps without soldering? Yep. They are worth every penny.


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One more thing. The last thing to look at when it comes to tools is 'price'.

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IMHO no...well maybe. I use a set of ratcheting crimpers. They crimp tighter and neater than the cheap crimpers. The downside is they cost $50 to $80.

The cheep crimpers will work if you put some muscle into them. Be sure to give em a tug before you put them in place to make sure the wire doesn't come out.

There are some short-jaw crimpers that look like a set of snub nodes pliers with long handles. Those work pretty well, but they may be for non-insulated terminals. They aren't too expensive either. I like using the non-insulated terminals. They are much more slender and when combined with a piece of heat shrink they look more professional IMHO.
The wire coming out is my chief problem with this. I've always bought the only crimper strippers available in normal parts stores which are about 19.99.

I want something that is going to make these connections as reliable as if I were going to fly this thing.

What tool do you recommend and where do I get one?
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Oh sorry, I just saw the other posts.
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You can make good or bad connections with an inexpensive crimper. The trick is using the proper crimp (most are labled) for the connector you are using. Too much pressure, more than one crimp and using the wrong part of the tool, a bare or insulated crimp with the opposite type of connector is going to cause bad connections...

As some have said there are better tools that are more versatile and cost more but guess what? If you don't use them properly just like the inexpensive tools you'll get bad connections too...

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If you don't use them properly just like the inexpensive tools you'll get bad connections too...
I always solder and use shrink.
OH and the shrink works good on water hoses (full length) and the ends of SS braided

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