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Old 04 Aug 2011, 04:45 pm
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So I've got a radar detector and an iPod in my car pretty much at all times. Sometimes we use our gps to. All these things want power. So I stuffed a 3x splitter with some usb ports under my radio and ran the wire out the little hole and into the 12v plug.

This was just to much in the way so I bought another socket. If you've ever pulled your center console out you know its a pain in the arse, the wires to your socket don't give you much play room and unhooking the socket requires some advanced yoga maneuvers.

I figured I'd try to make it easier on myself since I'd probably have to pull this all apart to fix something anyways. I bought what was a trailer harness. It was 2 mirror image plugs connected together with 2 wires. I cut that in half and that grafted half to the the wire going to the plug and grafted the other half to the existing plug and the extra one I was installing.

This is what it looks like.



Oh yeah and I got lunch to while I was out and about.
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Old 04 Aug 2011, 05:29 pm
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If the tape is only added insulation your good. But if thats all your securing the wires together with then it could cause a hot spot and melt wires.

Oh im going out on a limb here but im guessing your lunch was KFC?
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If the tape is only added insulation your good. But if thats all your securing the wires together with then it could cause a hot spot and melt wires.

Oh im going out on a limb here but im guessing your lunch was KFC?
im gonna challenge that guess and say, it was taco bell in a KFC bag.
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If the tape is only added insulation your good. But if thats all your securing the wires together with then it could cause a hot spot and melt wires.

Oh im going out on a limb here but im guessing your lunch was KFC?
The tape is all that is holding it together. I stripped the wires. Twsted them together and taped them up. What should I have used instead?

Your guess on my lunch was incorret.
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Old 06 Aug 2011, 07:33 am
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im gonna challenge that guess and say, it was taco bell in a KFC bag.
Keen lunch observation my man
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Old 06 Aug 2011, 09:52 am
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The tape is all that is holding it together. I stripped the wires. Twsted them together and taped them up. What should I have used instead?
The best method is soldering the wires then use shrink tubing over the areas. Depending on the current load, that wire can heatup where they are connected if its not secured tight. Tape will evently get loose over time and you then have a possiblity of the wire working loose. In a pinch, you can use a tie wrap over the tape to secure it more.

It should blow fuses before anything happens though.
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Old 06 Aug 2011, 10:14 am
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....and don't do what I've done 1000 times; forget to put the tubing on before soldering. Put the shrink tubing on one of the wire before soldering the two ends together. Then slide the tubing down over the soldered joint and shrink it.
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another alternative to soldering is the use of "butt connectors" and a good set of crimping pliers, THEN tape over everything

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Old 08 Aug 2011, 09:56 am
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Even better - they do make heat shrink butt connectors (butt connector w/ heat shrink on either end) - crimp both ends then use a heat gun (or in a pinch a lighter) and then shrink each end down. That way if you ever have to go back in there you can spare yourself the time of unwrapping all the electric tape and cleaning off the adhesive from the tape.
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Even better - they do make heat shrink butt connectors (butt connector w/ heat shrink on either end) - crimp both ends then use a heat gun (or in a pinch a lighter) and then shrink each end down. That way if you ever have to go back in there you can spare yourself the time of unwrapping all the electric tape and cleaning off the adhesive from the tape.
!!!!!!!!!DITTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Was just about to say to use a butt splice and Surf beat me to it!!!!!!!!

Personally, the only soldering I'm going to do on power wires is any wire 10 awg and larger. Anything smaller, crimp on butt splice works great! Personally, I use a plug kit instead of butt splice, but that's because almost everything I add in, I seem to take out later and using the plug is the same cost as a butt splice, and I actually believe it holds up to heat better.

These are the crimp bullet plugs I use, make sure you use the correct size for your wire gauge.


No heat shrink required!!!

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