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    Soldering Wires

    OK I am one of those type o guys that is decent with a soldering wires but not great. I have my wires all connected great but they are not the cleanest in the world. On my to do list is to clean up the wires (speakers and remote turn on). Usually I just use duct tape or electrical tape, but this being a project i want to do right... I want to ask...what do you all use. Do you use that shrink wrap like stuff and seal it off? Wirenuts?

    Just curious...

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    heat shrink and solder is the way to go.

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    What i do is tho solder every connection and use shrink tubing instead of tape. To have a clean solder, put the wires ends touching each other on a mirror or similar surface. Tape each wiere down so no movement will exists. Preheat the gun then place it on the middle where the wires meet in order to heat them. Then, place the solder onto the wires, not the gun. The solder should melt right into the wires creating the connection.

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    A "Helping Hands" device is a boon for soldering wires.
    It has two adustable alligator clips and a magnifying glass to help you see your work closer. They have a heavy base, as well which prevents the weight of a wire from dragging it around.


    They are dirt cheap (about $10) at any electronics or hardware store.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DracoPCGuy View Post
    Do you use that shrink wrap like stuff and seal it off? Wirenuts?
    don't use wirenuts in a car. they are ok for home AC wiring, but are no good in a vibrating car enviroment (besides, they take up alot of space and look awful).

    soldering will give you the best electrical connection, and heat shrink will give a much cleaner look than electrical tape. (duct tape is about as 'ghetto' as it gets.. lol )

    this is how I hook up my wires:



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    Heat shrink and solder is the best, just make sure you slide the heat shrink onto the wire BEFORE you solder them. Slide it back far enough that the heat from making the joint won't shrink it, then slide it over.

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    My tips:

    - Use a narrow pointy-type of soldering iron tip, not a chissel-tip.

    - Make sure your heatshrink



    Here's a pic of the HElping Hands I was talking about:
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    I usually crimp my wiring. I find it very fast, and it works very well. I know it's not ideal, but it does provide a strong connection that won't come loose with vibration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackcobra487 View Post
    I usually crimp my wiring. I find it very fast, and it works very well. I know it's not ideal, but it does provide a strong connection that won't come loose with vibration.
    I agree, I use those small red connectors that you crimp on each end to make a solid connection. On anything I know will not be seen, i use electrical tape. All the techniques on top are correct, infact its all the same so obviously its the way to go.
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    So I will update all my posts since i haven't done anything with my carputer these days. I have taken a break because of other projects. I have not taken the time to redo my wire joints yet. Still duct taped...but I am setting some time after my vacation next week to do it. I have done some more projects and made a couple changes to my MP3 Zune install. MostlY I am waiting to buy a monitor...saveing cash for it and will do it all at once.

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