General electrical tip - not just our 'Wings...


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General electrical tip - not just our 'Wings...

Postby leakyroof58 » Wed Oct 05, 2016 4:15 pm



Back before I retired, I was a computer/electronics repair
guy. A significant part of my time was spent repairing/soldering
the crimped pins in what we called 'Molex' connectors, round
pins in plastic connectors which simply had the wires crimped
into them. We all quickly developed a saying - "the only good
crimp is a SOLDERED crimp", because time and moisture always
take their toll. Companies I worked for thought nothing of paying
$20-30 for a "pin pusher" of just ONE size. Typical method was
to remove the pin from the Molex connector, (with the company
supplied pin-pusher), solder the crimp, then put the pin back
in the connector. Fine at work, but what to do at home ??
I didn't want to go out and spend $20-30 each for all the different
size pins.
Then one day I was throwing out an old TV - and noticed the
rabbit-ears on it. AHA! Took the rabbit ears off and cut the
bottom off, and the top end. Now I had several very thin-wall
tubes, capable of being inserted into many different sized connectors,
and the cost was right. Slip the right size tube in, pull on the
wire a little, and shazaam - the pin slips right out. Don't have
the right size ? Go to a junkyard, garage sale, whatever. Chances
are you can pick up and old boom-box or radio for almost nothing,
and get some different sized tubes from it. Cost minimal.

Now, I realize our 'Wings use mostly flat-terminal connectors,
but if you encounter the round-pin types, these old antennas
have helped me greatly.....hope this helps someone, somewhere.



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Re: General electrical tip - not just our 'Wings...

Postby dingdong » Wed Oct 05, 2016 4:56 pm

Leakyroof. I have been building and repairing connectors for 40 years so I know of what you speak. However most here may not. What you recommend is good info. Perhaps some pictures would help. I made a tool for removing the flat spade pins that Honda uses in the older bikes and have replaced many on my 1000. Sometimes knowledge of how to replace even one burned pin is better than replacing the whole connector or direct soldering the wires. What say you?
Tom

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Re: General electrical tip - not just our 'Wings...

Postby leakyroof58 » Wed Oct 05, 2016 5:34 pm

Dingdong - sorry I don't have a flat-connector
solution like you, but my guess would be a group
of feeler-gauges cut down to fit the width of the
plastic connector in question.
But if the connector plastic is melted, that's a
whole new problem.Label all wires, pull all out,
and replace the whole connector.

As for pictures, just imagine a boom-box, TV, or
other radio with the telescopic antenna on it.
Cut it off, separate the tubes, and that's it.


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