Dissection of the crimper and wire stripers
There are many
different types and styles of crimper/wire stripers on the
market. If you have a cheap pair of crimpers you will get a
cheap install. That simple.
suggesting that you go out and get a $35-$50 dollars pair of
crimpers, in fact you can pick up a decent pair of
crimpers/wire stripers for about $15 to $20 dollars at your
local home supply store.
We happen to
prefer the type used above. It's not an advertisement for a
company, in fact, it can be any company you desire, as long
as it is a good quality and has a few very important
features we will discuss here:
For the type of
crimping you will be using in most automotive electronics
installation applications, you do NOT want to use the
squared crimp head, as it will give an inferior crimp,
allowing the wire to back out of the terminal and create an
open circuit .
accessory applications, a round crimp
head will give the maximum hold to the most commonly used
terminals and connectors.
A multi gauge - wire
striper located on the crimpers will increase efficiency of
the install, as you only have to manage one tool as opposed
to having a separate striper and separate
installing any device in a vehicle, you want to have
the least amount of tools in the vehicle at any time.
increase the "moving around " space and reduce the
chance of a lost tool.
Trust us on
this one when we say that some vehicles have a magical
place where expensive tools simply vanish into thin air
and go visit and live where all your socks and underwear
go! We here at mobile labs like to call it, Sockland, or
(sock-land) not to be confused with Ireland). See Ref-3.
This is an
important one. Your crimper/wire stripers should have a wire
cutter in the very front, not in the middle where the multi-
gauge wire striper is at.
This is important
in many cases where you will not have ample room to access a
wire in the dash by maneuvering the cutters in the middle of