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Crimping 4AWG connectors???

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by betz.steven, Dec 23, 2008.

  1. Dec 23, 2008 at 11:59 AM
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    betz.steven

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    What is the best way to crimp on 4awg ring terminals for wiring up an amplifier? also im going to need to be making some 8awg and 10 awg connections as well. the pliers i currently have only go up to 12 awg. i have looked around at lowes and home depot but have not found any for the larger gauge wire. Any suggestions would be a big help.
     
  2. Dec 23, 2008 at 12:09 PM
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    monoman

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    Kinda tough to do, but try using vice grips. That's how I made my crimps for my amp.....
     
  3. Dec 23, 2008 at 12:14 PM
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    thanks, vise grips are a good idea. Do you think tinning the wire and the connector before the crimp, and then heating the connection to melt the solder after its crimped would work for a good solid connection? first time dealing with large gauge wire....
     
  4. Dec 23, 2008 at 1:22 PM
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  5. Dec 23, 2008 at 2:10 PM
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    I built some 0 gauge cables for my Charger (battery was in trunk). Used the same method the Air Force did for the 400 amp cables used in the computer system I worked on there. I slip heat shrink over the cable, dip the cable end in flux, use a Berz-O-Matic torch and silver solder. When it's cool trim the little edge that forms on the insulation from the heat, slide the heat shrink up and shrink it with a heat gun. Never, ever, comes apart. Corrosion free too.
     
  7. Dec 23, 2008 at 2:30 PM
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    thanks for all the help, i think i'm gonna go with the hammer on one in the ebay link.
     
  8. Dec 24, 2008 at 9:34 AM
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    Chickenmunga

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    Might be easier to just use a regular vice. I can't remember what I used to do, been awhile...
     
  9. Dec 24, 2008 at 6:11 PM
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    I have always just hammered them. Might not be the prettiest connection, but that is why they put those little plastic sleeves on the connectors, right?!?
     
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