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Old 03-29-2009, 08:22 PM   #16
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I shorten leads pretty often.I use a product from Custom Electronics that looks just like the factory terminals & connectors & their crimpers made specificly for their product.I dont think they have a web site but most any hobby shop that is heavy into planes & helis will know of them,I got mine at a hobby town.CE addy is 934 east houston ave Gilbert AZ 85234 (888)584-6285.When your done it looks factory but limits where you can use the servo.

LOL I live in Gilbert Arizona!! Who wants some
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Old 03-29-2009, 10:10 PM   #17
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Ohh, I thought you might have an inkling where that place was.Wondered if you get a locals discount?
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Old 03-29-2009, 11:12 PM   #18
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Ohh, I thought you might have an inkling where that place was.Wondered if you get a locals discount?
Probably not, but I can step out my front door and throw a rock and hit their building! Damn its close..I never even heard of it I'll go get one tommorrow, hope they sell to the public..Thanks Butch..My ex girlfriend who is now a free prostitute lives in the house next to you...
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How/would this affect the performance of the servo?
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Old 03-30-2009, 11:05 AM   #20
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Hey Jazz, I have done this out of necessity.
Servo got caught up in spur gear. I cut off the bad wire and soldered and used heat shrink to repair all 3 wires. 1 year later and that servo is still in use with very short wires. It will not not make any difference as far as performance or excess wear on the servo. Just make sure you do a clean solder job with no sharp points of solder that can break through the heat shrink.
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Old 03-30-2009, 11:24 AM   #21
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How/would this affect the performance of the servo?
That was my concearn also. It seems SCWROD has been kind enough to answer it for us

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Hey Jazz, I have done this out of necessity.
Servo got caught up in spur gear. I cut off the bad wire and soldered and used heat shrink to repair all 3 wires. 1 year later and that servo is still in use with very short wires. It will not not make any difference as far as performance or excess wear on the servo. Just make sure you do a clean solder job with no sharp points of solder that can break through the heat shrink.
Thanks bud, that was the straight forward answer I was looking for..
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Old 03-30-2009, 11:26 AM   #22
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I am now wondering if the solder is even needed, just a good twisted splice and some heat shrink tube would have probably done the trick..

I did it yesterday, but have not run it yet..The servo seems to be working just fine
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That would be fine, most likely...if you weren't putting the servo in an offroad vehicle. Gotta remember how much of a beating you're putting that RC through. With all the jostling around, it would likely pull your non soldered joints apart. My .02
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I would take the time to fix it so that I did not have to do it again down the road.... say right before the mains
As long as you know it is spliced you can keep an eye on it and if you have trouble with that servo, you know where to check first.
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I've shortened servo leads hundreds of times when building RC aircraft. Never had an issue. I mostly cut, shortened, soldered and shrink wrapped, but sometimes I also crimped new connectors on shortened wires. It's much easier to get it right by cutting and re-soldering. You won't have any problems at all.
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it should be ok just like putting a new wire in the receiver when it rips out. ive done it with a transponder as well. it might be better to just re solder them to the leads in the servo. that is if you trust your self and have a good enough iron
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What I want to do is just cut out 6 inches and then splice the wires back together with a dab of solder and some heat shrink tubing...Will the splice draw the same current? Is it ok to do it this way?
Jaz my man, if your solder is not a dry joint then the mA that the servo draws will not be altered, myself though I would solder a new lead onto the servo but you will need a pencil tip iron.
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Old 03-30-2009, 01:43 PM   #28
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My Iron has 5 different tips. I was able to just splice, with a dab of solder and covered with heat tube, and it seems fine, I guess only time will tell..Thank you all for the input. I had this strange feeling that the length of the wire had something to due with the proper current to the servos...
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Jaz I should have mentioned if you solder you might want to offset the joints,like one here next 5mm down & next 5mm farther down.I had a problem when I was a kid,all joints next to each other all individually shrink wraped & then all 3 wraped into one tube,they rubbed through & shorted in a couple months.
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Jaz I should have mentioned if you solder you might want to offset the joints,like one here next 5mm down & next 5mm farther down.I had a problem when I was a kid,all joints next to each other all individually shrink wraped & then all 3 wraped into one tube,they rubbed through & shorted in a couple months.

Thanks Butch, its done already..... just like that
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