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Old 04-01-2007, 07:09 PM
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Good quality Wire

Where can I purchase good quality flexible wire like meter leads or automotive harness wires are made of. I dont want the plastic coated crap you can get at autozone.
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I usually get my wire from Radio Shack, but I also use Jameco Electronics. (www.Jameco.com) Hope this helps.
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You can purchase bulk GXL grade wire from Painless Wiring, American Auto Wire, and Ron Francis. You can also get quality wire from mail order outlets like Mouser Electronics, and DiGiKey Electronics. I have zero faith in wire purchased from local Auto parts stores and Rat Shak. You want to stay away from wire that is PVC insulated, it usually has a very low heat tolerance.

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Doc here,

Aircraft grade Teflon insulated wire..at your local avionics shop at the local FBO, It DOES have two drawbacks..

It is very hard to strip, (even with the BEST of auto strippers) AND it is very EXPENSIVE per foot.

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You can purchase bulk GXL grade wire from Painless Wiring, American Auto Wire, and Ron Francis. You can also get quality wire from mail order outlets like Mouser Electronics, and DiGiKey Electronics. I have zero faith in wire purchased from local Auto parts stores and Rat Shak. You want to stay away from wire that is PVC insulated, it usually has a very low heat tolerance.

Vince
Is the GXL grade the type with the soft flexible insulation like they use on quality meter leads

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It's about time I contribute something here...I'm surprised no one mentioned these. I have used all of them, as I'm in the process of wiring my A-100 van from scratch.

http://www.delcity.net/ - pro - cheap prices cons - only SXL (very thick insulation) and limited color choice.
http://www.terminalsupplyco.com - pro - cheap price, good selection cons - no online prices, have to write to get a quote.
http://www.waytekwire.com - pro - good selection con - min quantity - 250'
http://www.kayjayco.com/ - pro - can buy as little as 20' con - they used to have really cheap prices, but they doubled them, so no longer cost effective
Painless Performance - pro - have some dual color wires, can order through Autozone and not pay for shipping, choice between 25' and 50' cons - expensive, only TXL wires.

Initially I got my stuff from KayJayCO and Painless through Autozone (just give them the Painless part numbers and decline paying extra for fast shipping - mine were in the store in 2 days), but later I got some SXL from DelCity and GXL from Terminal Supply Co. Ask for a free catalog from all of these guys, you'd find lots of neat stuff.
I advise that you stick with GXL and limit TXL to interior. TXL also causes problems with shrink tube size - a lot of time you need to add some shrink tube just to build up girth (hey, no dirty jokes), and then add the one that goes over the terminal.

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I was gonna suggest Kayjayco. But could not remember exactly the name.

Price of copper almost doubled the price though.

18 colors in ga. 14-16-18
12 Colors in 12 (I think)
And not sure how many in 8, 10

I bought a bunch of this a few years ago when doing the 59.

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