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Old 08-26-2005, 11:30 AM   #1
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Default want to shorten servo wires, but need some help finding tools.

Does anyone know where I can get a servo connector crimping tool? A link or something??

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Old 08-26-2005, 11:58 AM   #2
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Radio Shack Part number 276-1595 D-sub pin crimper
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How bout hte actual metal pins?? Does radioshack have those?
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You should be able to get those at your LHS
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Your LHS should have them, most likely Custom Electronics brand. Not sure if RS has them, they should.
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It is so much cheaper and easier to just open the servo case, unsolder the leads and cut to the desired length, then re-solder. It takes just about ten minutes of your time and a steady hand.

If I can do it, anyone can....
Trick is to make sure where each wire goes and that no solder is connected to any of the solder tabs.
After that your squared away and your wire is perfect length.
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Old 08-26-2005, 06:40 PM   #7
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It is so much cheaper and easier to just open the servo case, unsolder the leads and cut to the desired length, then re-solder. It takes just about ten minutes of your time and a steady hand.

If I can do it, anyone can....
Trick is to make sure where each wire goes and that no solder is connected to any of the solder tabs.
After that your squared away and your wire is perfect length.
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Agreed, with emphasis on the steady hand part. I was looking to shorten the rx lead for my gtx and found parts at the link below. They have just about everything under the sun servo-wise. Good luck.

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Just be careful soldering. I am fairly sure i toasted a servo, speedo and reciever due to the lack of a steady hand part!
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I do not own a pencil type iron, that is my main concern here. its already amazing i managed to solder everything else on my car w/o making a big mess, but i guess in this case, I will give it a shot and find a cheap 60W iron somewhere. Is 60W enuf?
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I do shorten or make new connection frequently,
I dont use crimping tools, solder give better conductivity over crimping..
I'll take the pics for you...

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Does anyone know where I can get a servo connector crimping tool? A link or something??

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Old 08-27-2005, 12:21 AM   #11
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I do shorten or make new connection frequently,
I dont use crimping tools, solder give better conductivity over crimping..
I'll take the pics for you...
That's not true. It's repeated a lot, but it's not true.

A good crimp is better than a solder joint, hands down. In the world of high-end motorsports and aerospace wiring (where I visit for brief periods just to gawk), soldering is done only in rare cases as a quick repair or to bodge/hack/"MacGuyver" wires to where they weren't intended to go.

All the good stuff is crimped. Aside from circuit boards, every connection in your car and in every race car in the world is crimped. Same for the Space Shuttle, military vehicles and sattelites.
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true,a good connection between 2 wires/connectors is far better than a soldered joint..solder is very bad at conducting electric..quite high resistance.

one example is when people tell you to use minimal solder on your batts...
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I agree that a perfect crimp job is better than the best solder joint. But it doesn't hurt to learn to "MacGuyver" properly.

I am interested in seeing your solder technique. Turbo Joe, Please post the pics if you do not mind.

Thanks all for the feed back.
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I don't solder unless I have to...I do wiring harnesses for off-road race trucks and buggies.

For some terminals (that I might not have the perfect crimper for), I'll crimp them , then dab some solder on the connection afterwards, just to be sure it's not going anywhere. Getting the exact crimper for each type of terminal can be expensive. Good (professional) crimping tools are 200-400 dollars apiece.

Solder is better than a bad crimp. It's just that a good crimp is the best of all alternatives.
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Ok, up here in west Canada, there is no sub-d crimper avaliable.

SO yes, tell me about the soldering please!
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