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Old 04-05-2013, 09:39 AM   #427
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2011 WRX Limited 4dr


Originally Posted by SVXdc View Post
The wire twist looks OK. But you need to think ahead on how the heat shrink will work. (hint -- you'll want to pre-position the HS tube so that you can slide it over the junction after you've soldered it.

So in your picture, the tube at the bottom won't work.

You want a tube around the two wires at the upper-left. Or change the tube at the bottom to include the wire going off to the right.

Slide the HS far enough away so that it doesn't start shrinking while you're soldering.

Here's a good guide I found on how to twist and solder wires together:
To join more than 2, start with the first two as shown there, and then spiral each additional wire around the initial junction, ending up with all wires parallel. Remember to slide heat shrink over all of the wires on one side before you start. Then solder the whole set together at one time.
Thanks for the tips--very helpful. I did my best to do it the way you describe. I started with the large ground from the pioneer harness and twisted it parallel with the black ground from your harness. I then weaved the other 3 wires into place around that connection. It was kind of hard to not have smalls stands separate by the time I got to the 5th wire though.

The wire that looks like it will make the heatshrink not work is not in its final position in this picture--I just moved it there to better show the 5-way connection. It is the ground from the solid state bypass and it's going to move up to the left so that it's parallel with the rest of the wires (some of the insulated wire will be in the heatshrink...I hope that's not an issue). I chose a larger tube size for this junction and I think I will be able to get it over the connection after soldering. There is also more room to the bottom right to slide the tube out of the way. I'll take more pictures after i start soldering.
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