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    Best way to splice into a wire....

    When you guys are splicing wires into the existing harness while the harness is already on the bike, what are you using?

    Going all the way and cutting and soldering things together and then the heat wrap?

    Just using those scotch locks?

    What are the best connectors if you aren't wanting to cut/solder things together?

    Thanks!
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    I use an open barel crimp as shown below. THis is pretty much what the factory uses. I don;t solder anything, other than occasionally to tin the ends of very small wires.
    splice-terminals_1779.jpg

    available from Eastern Beaver http://www.easternbeaver.com/Main/El...en_barrel.html or Digi-Key or similar.

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    So strip the wire all the way down, don't cut it, strip the connecting wire and wrap it and crimp it with those, then heatwrap those?

    I'm always scared of cutting a wire and not getting a solid crimp on it and it loosing connectivity in small bursts that are unnoticeable
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    I don;t wrap anything. Just lay the wire parellel. Usually strip off about 1/2" of insulation in the middle of the wire (razor blade). You need an open barrel crimp tool for those. As "factory" as you can get.

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    thanks. will have to check around for that then.
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    I use an open barel crimp as shown below. THis is pretty much what the factory uses. I don;t solder anything, other than occasionally to tin the ends of very small wires.
    I don't mean this as I'm questioning the way you do things from a right or wrong point of view, but curious why you don't solder anything, is there a technical or practical reason, or just preference? I'm always looking for better ways to do things, that's all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeP View Post
    I don't mean this as I'm questioning the way you do things from a right or wrong point of view, but curious why you don't solder anything, is there a technical or practical reason, or just preference? I'm always looking for better ways to do things, that's all.
    I don'r do it because the solder wicks up teh wire, and makes abotu a half inch (or more) of the wire very rigid. Vibration and movement can make it more subject to cracking.
    I've never realy have any issues with crimped connections. I'm not talking "reguler" squeezed on connections, I'm talking nice, OEM style crimps.

    Like this:
    http://images.pennnet.com/articles/c...crimp%2001.gif

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    +1

    a great crimp with quality connectors and tool is hard to beat.
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    thats it....I am doing my harness this off season...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1fasgsxr View Post
    thats it....I am doing my harness this off season...
    http://1320bikes.com/showthread.php?...nector-Sources

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