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    Hey guys, I'm installing an amp in my car and i ordered a kit w/ all the wires to wire everything up. I was looking at the terminals and i wasn't sure if i had the right tools to crimp them on to the wires.

    I have a number of ring and spade terminals that seem similar to this



    Is this the right tool to crimp those to my wires?


    I have one of those and i did a test w/ some extra connectors on to some speaker wire. It seems mostly solid but i wanted to make sure i was doing it right.

    I just sorta squished the round end down flat on to the bare wire using the crimp tool above.

    Is that right?

    I know, this is a really stupid question.

    Thanks guys
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    Default Re: Is this the right tool

    That's what I use to crimp my butt connectors. I think you've got the right thing.
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    Default Re: Is this the right tool

    while it may work its not the ideal tool to use

    This one is better but there are better ones still.
    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=93977

    I like this style best
    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...2563000P?mv=rr
    There is a rounded tip that makes more pressure on the connection, but it needs to be in the underside part of the solderless connection (not the top part where the split is)

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    Default Re: Is this the right tool

    Make sure you use the right size thing to crimp them.
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    ah, I'll have to take a trip down to harbor freight and see if they have one of those in stock then. Maybe next pay check, Moneys tight.

    Thanks for the advice guys.

    Edit: Or go up to sears and get the second one you posted, Its not much more than the first and it looks like it has other functions like wire stripping.
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    12lb sledgehammer.

    Will crimp ANYTHING.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega View Post
    12lb sledgehammer.
    Will crimp ANYTHING.
    LOL just keep ur toes/fingers clear

    And luciusad2004, I like the sears one better too.
    (the screw cutter is kind of handy)

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    Default Re: Is this the right tool

    The tool you have will do a fine job. I do crimps all the time and have a crimp tool b/c size matters for me but you can just use those stripper ones they've worked in a bind. I would use a proper crimp tool if it was a professional job or where if it doesn't make a perfect connection it doesn't work properly but for an amp the tool you have will work fine you don't need a specific tool for your own car stereo.

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    Default Re: Is this the right tool

    The tool you posted will work fine for crimping that on a car. If the connector doesn't have a cover over it you could always solder it after you crimp it just to make sure. I've used a tool like that one for a ton of wiring on everything and as long as you have the right size connector for the wire you should be fine.

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    Default Re: Is this the right tool

    I've crimped similar connectors with a Leatherman in the past. I don't recommend it, but it works in a pinch.
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