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Old 05-27-2009, 10:42 AM
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Originally Posted by heyjude076
I am not a "pro" builder but I have always preferred solder and heat shrink over crimping. The only time I ever crimp is when splicing into a circuit and space won't allow solder and shrink tubing. Solder and copper wire won't rust so no worries there. Most of the connectors are (I believe) zinc coated and hold up well. The only concern I have ever had with rust is when connecting a ground to frame, engine, etc. Then I use a star washer for better contact.

PS: I really want to follow your build and would request that you start a seperate thread (different than a journal) with your progress. That way we won't have to sort through all the comments this thread generates.

I used to be a solder and shrink tube freak, but I found(in a trophy truck) the soldered connection was brittle, this caused the wire to break. The shrink tube stretched enough for it to separate the soldered connection, and wire.

I have since found a supplier that sells crimp connector's, with water, and corrosion sealer, inside of the shrink tube ends. These are not cheap, by any means, but damage to my reputation is more costly.

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