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Old 01-17-2006, 10:57 AM   #1
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Default What supplies/tools are needed for the wiring?

I'm looking at picking up a salvage car for a swap and I want to make sure I have all the stuff I need for the wiring. Is there a particular soldering iron/gun people recommend mine is old and not so great. How many rolls of electrical tape, how wide a roll? Is there a particular solder people recommend? Any particular multimeter? What else I know I've left out things. I've been doing my homework and I haven't seen this discussed, just want to make sure I have it all ready to go.

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Old 01-17-2006, 11:49 AM   #2
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They aren't discussed because they really are that basic. Any soldering iron or gun will do. Any solder designed for smaller wires will do. We got ours at Ace Hardware. You can use heat shrink or electrical tape. We started with heat shrink, but it was taking so much extra time we just used the tape. 1/2" is what we got. Out of all the things involved in the swap, this is the least of your worries...
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Old 01-17-2006, 12:01 PM   #3
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Get a good pair of wire strippers. Mine were ~$20 from Lowels/ Home depot. Its worth it. Regular electrical tape, just get one of those packages of 4 rolls. I used the sodder from radio shack, the thinest I could find with the resin core. Silver if you want to, its not that much more. Go over all wiring diagrams and make sure you understand them before you start. I also got a good multimeter ~$50. I had a ~$20 cheap jobby, that crashed half way though the swap (broke apart). You dont need one with alot of weird functions, you will just be measuring ohms, and Volts. One that beeps with continuity is what I reccomend. Also having long leeds can help, but you can just tape extra wire to the end of the leads for this. If you're feelin' fancy, you can get one of those packages of wire labels so you remember which wire is what without having to retrace it everytime. I personally strongly reccomend soddering your connections. I have come across one swap where all the connections were butt connected. Very sad. As Matt did, I also soddered all my connections, and then wrapped with tape. I didnt have a heat gun (expensive), and so worried about having an open source of flame under the dash and melting other wires.

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Old 01-17-2006, 01:14 PM   #4
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i too have the $10 soddering iron .. of course i almost burned down my garage w/ it
+1 for heat shrink
+1 for multi meter
i also bought a package of cheep aligator clips and made wires with clips on both ends .. it enables you to clip one end to a know ground and only deal with the other lead got them for less than $2 at rat shack
+1 for small butane torch iron for heat shrink
+1 for thinnest sodder /w resin core
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Old 01-17-2006, 02:54 PM   #5
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Thanks for the input, I figured it was very basic but I wanted to be prepared. Once I start this swap I won't have easy transportation and so I want to get it all ahead of time.
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Old 01-17-2006, 02:57 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by yebokmj
Once I start this swap I won't have easy transportation
yikies ... that is like the first rule .. have other form of transporation to auto parts store or one with in walking distance
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Old 01-17-2006, 05:15 PM   #7
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No I will still have a car but my wife will often be at work with it so I would have to wait till she comes home.
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