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Username Post: spark plug wire stripping / crimping        (Topic#105294)
salazar44 
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Loc: los angeles, ca
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06-28-05 09:59 AM - Post#728735    

I was wondering what is a good method of stripping and crimping spark plug wires. I cannot find any strippers or crimpers at my local auto parts stores.

I was also wondering if it is okay to use 7.5mm accel wires for HEI?

my last question... what is better Ford or Chevy?

Thanks,

Vic
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Robert_May 
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Loc: San Marcos, CA USA
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Re: spark plug wire stripping / crimping
06-28-05 10:56 AM - Post#728736    
    In response to salazar44

I've always used a knife to do the stripping, Depending upon the particular plug wire, I either strip back enough to bring the center conductor around to the side of the wire and bend it over for almost the full length of the crimping area.
Put the terminal on so that the wire is on the center area furthest from the opening of the crimp and then use pliers (channellocks are best) and crimp the sides of the crimpong area over. There are crimpers for some of the terminals that will roll the edges of the crimp over so that the ends of the crimp dig into the wire and that is the best.
You also want to make the crimp so that it is pretty much round for best effect.
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hotwheels57 
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Reg: 11-20-02
Re: spark plug wire stripping / crimping
06-28-05 11:35 AM - Post#728737    
    In response to salazar44

If you need another excuse for a neat tool, look no further than SUMMIT RACING. They have their in house brand as well as a MSD brand crimping tool. It strips the insulator in one part of the die, then crimps the metal connector to the wire with the correct tension for a factory type crimp. One is slightly cheaper than the other. It's one of those tools that you wonder how you ever did without it.


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Brand: Summit
Product Line: Summit Wire Crimping Tools
Maximum Spark Plug Wire Diameter (mm): 8.5
Handheld: Yes
Vise Mount: No
Ratcheting Type: Yes
Crimps Wire: Yes
Crimps Spark Plug Wires: Yes
Cuts Wire: No
Crimping Tool Material: Steel
Crimping Tool Finish: Black oxide
Crimping Tool Handle Material: Plastic
Crimping Tool Handle Color: Blue
Quantity: Sold individually.

Wire Crimping Tool, Steel, Cushion Handle, Adjustable Ratchet Mechanism,Removable Crimping/Stripping Jaws,Each

The perfect tool for crimping.
These Summit wire crimping tools are designed for spark plug wires and custom wiring applications. They give you perfect crimps every time, and include the crimping/stripping jaws for spark plug terminals. Other interchangeable dies are available separately.
The SUMMIT brand tool is $39.95 and the MSD version is $51.95. Or you can use a sharp edge, cut the insulator and crimp the connectors on with a pair of pliers. I can almost guarantee you'll ruin several connector or they'll fall off.


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RickWI 
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Re: spark plug wire stripping / crimping
06-28-05 12:50 PM - Post#728738    
    In response to hotwheels57

Get the pliers, it will save you a sheet load of hassle.
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Brian McC 
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Loc: Salida, CA
Reg: 06-29-04
Re: spark plug wire stripping / crimping
06-28-05 01:48 PM - Post#728739    
    In response to RickWI

These are what I bought.

MSD Pro Crimp Tools


Worth every penny.

 
hotwheels57 
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Reg: 11-20-02
Re: spark plug wire stripping / crimping
06-28-05 02:51 PM - Post#728740    
    In response to Brian McC

Brian, you bought a good tool, but I suspect that MSD manufactures them for SUMMIT RACING and changes the grip color so they can sell them for less. Either way, it's a great tool. My regular insulated electrical connector crimpers are the same design and I would never go back to the old style that bends with age.
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Brian McC 
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Loc: Salida, CA
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Re: spark plug wire stripping / crimping
06-29-05 02:50 AM - Post#728741    
    In response to hotwheels57

JW, your probably right, but without being able to hold them both in my hands I wasn't going to take the chance. I had already seen a pair of the MSD's and really liked them.

Brian

 
Vaughn 
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Re: spark plug wire stripping / crimping
06-29-05 06:22 AM - Post#728742    
    In response to Brian McC

I have a pair of the MSD crimpers with the replaceable dies, and I really like them. I have had to do a lot of electronics work in the past, and the cheapo tools give you nothing but grief. Electronics supply stores have lots of specialized tools for crimping different connections, and by comparison the MSD tool is very cheap. Some of the electronics tools can cost $200-$300 dollars, and don't come with extra dies available. When the dies are available, they are $50 and up. You are really getting a very good tool with the MSD, the tool and the dies are high quality and relatively low cost.

Am I saying you can't get by with the cheapo tools? Absolutely not. I have done it myself during the lean times, but I never want to do it again. As you get older you have less tolerance for cheap tools, especially if you use them a lot. You just want things to work properly so that you have less frustration in your life.

 
70sTrucker 
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Loc: Tehachapi, CA
Reg: 06-18-04
Re: spark plug wire stripping / crimping
06-29-05 07:54 PM - Post#728743    
    In response to Vaughn

I just saw the same crimpers (MSD) but with yellow handles with replacement dies for $24.99 at Autozone.... Go figure
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hotwheels57 
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hotwheels57
Reg: 11-20-02
Re: spark plug wire stripping / crimping
06-30-05 05:39 AM - Post#728744    
    In response to 70sTrucker

Those are the same design as the MSD, but possibly made offshore, hence the lower cost. They could also be the insulated terminal crimper rather than a spark plug terminal crimper...that's where I got my insulated terminal crimper with yellow handle.
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