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Old 15 September 2009, 10:27   #1
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Decent electrical bullet type connections

Guys, I've made the decision to rip out a load of rubbish corroded wiring from my searider and replace with good decent wiring with nice connectors, a bit like like the decent rubbery plastic type bullet connectors and sleeves you find under most engine cowlings, the only sort i've managed to find seem to go for a fair bit of money on ebay or the shitty cheap ones you crimp on and the wire just falls out the back or you severe it completly - does anyone know of any good quality connector suppliers similar to image below? thanks in advance

also for inspiration I really like to see any of rib wiring photos you may have
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Old 15 September 2009, 10:52   #2
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THE CRIMP TOOL IS VERY IMPORTANT AND YOU REALLY NEED A RATCHET TOOL TO STOP THE CONNECTORS FROM FALLING OFF
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You must use the correct crimp for the cable size. the sizes are colour coded, red, blue and yellow, same code as the blade connectors.

The RS website carries cable size information and, yes, use a ratchet crimp tool.
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Try these people http://www.easternbeaver.com/ I've used them a couple of times, and found them to be good value and speedy, even though it comes from the far east. They supply the various connectors you regularly see under the cowling on Suzuki outboards etc. Strongly reccomend you use tinned marine cable as well. A true fit and forget installation. And although pricey, nothing beats a decent crimp tool. Not a B&Q version, but Teng or Snap-On. My Teng was about 50, but when I broke it, they replaced it under the lifetime warranty. I was crimping something a little oversized a the time!
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I don't like them - my Suzuki ones took ages to settle down - ahh engine won't start must be that bullet again - pull it apart a fraction and it starts - not ideal...........

I took all the ones off the ignition switch and soldered them on using heatshrink - never any trouble since!!!
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I use these people all the time. They are located in the midlands just north of Derby and what they don't know about electrickery things ain't worth knowing.
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dont use them

If you want a long lasting reliable connection then dont use bullet connectors.

IMHO the best thing you could use would be heat shrinkable crimp butt connectors that have hot glue inside them like the bullet connectors they come in different sizes. In all the times I have used them over the last 5 years on many boats I have not had a single one fail, on the other hand I have lost count of the times an electrical fault was traced to a bullet connector.

here is a link to powerstore who I buy them from.

http://www.power-store.com/?id=281

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thanks all some really good info here - appreciated
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If you want a long lasting reliable connection then dont use bullet connectors.

IMHO the best thing you could use would be heat shrinkable crimp butt connectors that have hot glue inside them like the bullet connectors they come in different sizes. In all the times I have used them over the last 5 years on many boats I have not had a single one fail, on the other hand I have lost count of the times an electrical fault was traced to a bullet connector.

here is a link to powerstore who I buy them from.

http://www.power-store.com/?id=281

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The best advice on this thread! Any wiring we put in a boat is all marine grade wire with heat shrink and glue crimp connectors, the heat shrink with the glue inside seals the end of the cable and the connectors themselves are of a much better quality.

Avoid any car / vehicle stuff - they don't have to cope with salty water!

ps Wurth also sell that stuff and we get our cable from Merlin
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If you want a long lasting reliable connection then dont use bullet connectors.

IMHO the best thing you could use would be heat shrinkable crimp butt connectors that have hot glue inside them like the bullet connectors they come in different sizes. In all the times I have used them over the last 5 years on many boats I have not had a single one fail, on the other hand I have lost count of the times an electrical fault was traced to a bullet connector.

here is a link to powerstore who I buy them from.

http://www.power-store.com/?id=281

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Bit cheaper at Farnell;

Tyco Raychem at Farnell

The coalescing heatshrink is also good on rope if you want a lazy way of tidying ends up.
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