Busted wire and a little red box


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Busted wire and a little red box

Post by Mag » Sun Oct 07, 2012 4:48 pm



So, I was busy putting my bike together, the NFL playing on my radio in the background.

On the left side, under the pocket is the left amber marker light. While I was putting the vent ducts back in the bike, I saw this little red box (maybe a 1/2 inch long) drop to the garage floor. Well, there is a hole on either side....and what I can tell is that it is for putting two wires together. It was connected between the light harness and the marker light.

So....I checked the OEM parts catalog to see what it is, and I can not find it in there.

My questions....
- does anyone know about this little red box
- I will have to repair the wire (it is the brown/white wire going to the marker), I am assuming just solder, wrap, and go, yes?

I have never done electrical repair before, so I am embarking on new ground....ONCE AGAIN!



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Re: Busted wire and a little red box

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Oct 07, 2012 7:57 pm

Those little red boxes are used by amateur "home wiring" people to connect wires because they lack the skills (or are just too lazy) to properly solder and insulate their wiring connections. And as you have discovered, they are less than reliable. I HATE those connectors, as well as other similar "vampire clip" connectors used by previous owners, because it's not a matter of if they will fail, it's WHEN they will fail.

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Re: Busted wire and a little red box

Post by Mag » Sun Oct 07, 2012 9:01 pm

Ok, so I am going to learn to solder and shrink tube it....right??

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Post by WingAdmin » Sun Oct 07, 2012 10:23 pm

Mag wrote:Ok, so I am going to learn to solder and shrink tube it....right??
You sure are! There's lots of us electronic folk on here who can help you out. :)

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Re: Busted wire and a little red box

Post by Sempai » Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:46 am

Mag wrote:Ok, so I am going to learn to solder and shrink tube it....right??
I have just decided to make a video. Will post in here in an hour or so.
Keep the rubber side down.

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Re: Busted wire and a little red box

Post by Sempai » Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:11 am

Sempai wrote:...Will post in here in an hour or so.
Well, I've just decided that ACTUALLY doing the soldering AND videoing it myself (with my cellphone) isn't too awful easy. I have decided to wait until I can have someone else shoot the video while I do it. Sorry for the delay.
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Re: Busted wire and a little red box

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:58 am

Sempai wrote:Well, I've just decided that ACTUALLY doing the soldering AND videoing it myself (with my cellphone) isn't too awful easy. I have decided to wait until I can have someone else shoot the video while I do it. Sorry for the delay.
Ah, you've discovered the main reason my "How To" articles mainly feature pictures, and not videos. :)

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Re: Busted wire and a little red box

Post by Sempai » Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:06 am

WingAdmin wrote:Ah, you've discovered the main reason my "How To" articles mainly feature pictures, and not videos. :)
I knew this early on. Fact of this particular matter is, you can take pics of the process, and explain it all away, but WATCHING it happen is super enlightening. So, I intend to set up a collection of wires, in different circumstances, and show how to properly solder this to that, or this to those, or repair a light socket, etc....various uses and techniques to help a novice use soldering equipment.
Keep the rubber side down.

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Re: Busted wire and a little red box

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:41 am

Sempai wrote:I knew this early on. Fact of this particular matter is, you can take pics of the process, and explain it all away, but WATCHING it happen is super enlightening. So, I intend to set up a collection of wires, in different circumstances, and show how to properly solder this to that, or this to those, or repair a light socket, etc....various uses and techniques to help a novice use soldering equipment.
I do take videos from time to time, when what I'm trying to explain just can't be done in pictures. But it's a lot tougher than pictures - plus, I have to turn off my music in my garage to do it, or else everyone would know what I'm listening to! :)

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Re: Busted wire and a little red box

Post by Mag » Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:46 pm

Cool! Do appreciate the help, I was going to practice this weekend so I get enough confidence. I am sure others along with me would appreciate the instruction.



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