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post #1 of 8 Old 22nd August 2012, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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Splicing wires

I received a few eMails asking me questions on what my recommendations are after I posted on this thread about how crappy those T- Tap splices are (post number 20).

Unfortunately folks, I am not aware of any T-Tap splices that are worth using. Everything that I have tried out there I cannot recommend anyone using on their vehicles as you are bound to have electrical connection problems later if you use those T tap splices.

All you need to do is Google it and I cant find anyone that recommends those T tap splices:

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I can only recommend either soldering your wires or using high quality butt splices from makers like Tyco for a solid connection.

When using butt splices - Key is using a good butt splice crimper for a solid reliable connection.

Anyone that needs more info on what I personally use can post here so that others will benefit from the same information too.

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Found this great video on YouTube.

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Dan, I have been splicing wire most of my adult life. That website you referenced had a simple, but genius, illustration of how to strip the wire, spread open the wire, insert the new wire in between, then solder and wrap. I have never seen this method for splicing into a wire without having to cut it, just goes to show you that there is always something new to learn, even something as elegant and simple as this! The information regarding Butt splices is great also and a new path for me to follow when appropriate.

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You got it Mark. No one knows everything and we always learn something new everyday.

I saw that too and I thought it was genius! That's why I thought I'd post and re-share.

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Dan, I like that crimping tool in the video i was wondering what you used and where to find it to buy. thanks in advance for your advice. Also a good striping tool.


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Here you go, here is what I can recommend.

(The ones I use are aircraft grade and are way too expensive if bought brand new.
I buy mine at the surplus store or I find them in eBay once in a while.)

But the ones below are great for the price and I have recommended them to my friends and family and they are all very happy with it.


1) Wire stripper: Automatic, nice clean insulation cut and will not nick the wires. (Almost aircraft grade)

Amazon.com: Klein Tools 11063 8-22 AWG Katapult Wire Stripper: Home Improvement



2) Butt splice crimper: Automatic, perfect crimp all the time, will not damage the insulation nor the splice.
This will also crimp terminals and lugs.

Amazon.com: Ratcheting Crimp Tool For Insulated Terminals: Electronics

NOTE: I have no affiliation to Amazon.

Hope that helps.

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Dan, I like that crimping tool in the video i was wondering what you used and where to find it to buy. thanks in advance for your advice. Also a good striping tool.

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More horror stories on crappy Tap Splices:

Why Tap Splices Should be Illegal - Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums

My message is simple: Do not use Tap Splices. They are no good and will give you electrical problems later.

Nothing worse than trying to troubleshoot a system that works intermittently, and try to find the root cause of a bad connection somewhere.

And if you are taking your car to a shop to have some electronics installed - tell them NO TAP SPLICES.
Either solder the wires together or use high quality butt splices. And make sure the butt splices are crimped properly. There is also such a thing as bad crimp.

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Dan, Thanks for the info. I just ordered both tools. Also i will no longer be using those tap splices.


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