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Old 26 April 2015, 16:51   #1
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Heatshrink crimps-silly question

Ok, so I'm starting to do a bit of prep work ready for rigging the new BP & I'm using heatshrink crimps for the first time. I'm using "proper" ratchet crimping pliers for insulated terminals, the ones with the red, blue & yellow dies. Here's the thing, if I crimp before heatshrinking the insulation, the crimp doesn't fit into the die & the crimp is crooked. If I shrink, then crimp, the insulation is damaged, where am I going wrong?
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Old 26 April 2015, 16:59   #2
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you have the correct dies in the ratchet? I have a kit that came with multiple dies which are similar but different.

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Old 26 April 2015, 17:19   #4
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you have the correct dies in the ratchet? I have a kit that came with multiple dies which are similar but different.

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I'm not sure, according to the supplier's website, you use regular crimping pliers. I'll give them a call tomorrow.
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Heatshrink or glue lined heatshrink?

Glue lined is much much better.You can carefully do them using a cheap Halfrauds crimper. It'll damage the insulation in a small, neat square at the actual pressure point of main crimp if you're not very very careful,but it doesn't matter-the glue will come up through the hole and re-make the insulation.

Got a pic of the exact terminals you're using?
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Heatshrink or glue lined heatshrink?

Glue lined is much much better.You can carefully do them using a cheap Halfrauds crimper. It'll damage the insulation in a small, neat square at the actual pressure point of main crimp if you're not very very careful,but it doesn't matter-the glue will come up through the hole and re-make the insulation.

Got a pic of the exact terminals you're using?
These are the ones Nos, I'd thought about the old style el cheapo pliers. The problem seems to be the narrow "Waist" that the piers have to fit in. My pliers are too wide & damage the un-shrunk insulation.
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Dude, if you want perfection go for the Glue lined heat shrink ones, ask Daniel on here who did the electrics on the Macrib, he has a box marked "the expensive ones" for special jobs

Well worth it if your are rigging your new ride
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These are the ones Nos, I'd thought about the old style el cheapo pliers. The problem seems to be the narrow "Waist" that the piers have to fit in. My pliers are too wide & damage the un-shrunk insulation.
Are your pliers "sided" ? One side of the die is a pair of flats with a curve between and the other pair are smooth curves with no flats? The part with the "flats" is intended for the "fatter" side of the crimp and the curves go on the narrow side.
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They're the same as these I think, and the same as the ones I did the Ballistic with.

Get a pair of el cheapos-I use these:-

Silverline PL52 Crimping & Stripping Pliers - 230mm Electrical Crimpers | eBay

and experiment with the non-insulated crimping part. It's not quick, but it does produce decent results.
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Dude, if you want perfection go for the Glue lined heat shrink ones, ask Daniel on here who did the electrics on the Macrib, he has a box marked "the expensive ones" for special jobs

Well worth it if your are rigging your new ride
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