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Old 02-09-2007, 11:27 PM
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Yup... That particular connection is typical of what the previous owner felt was quality wiring.

Every time I open something in this car I end up doing a lot of rewiring. At least now my left speaker will sound decent.
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Old 02-10-2007, 12:10 AM
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i guess im not following. is that wrong? i use a heavier guage wire, thread it through like that, and the solder it down.
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Old 02-10-2007, 12:15 AM
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i guess im not following. is that wrong? i use a heavier guage wire, thread it through like that, and the solder it down.
Sorry, the picture isn't very clear. It's missing that all-important solder step. No crimp connector either. The wire is simply looped through the hole in the connector.

There's no solid connection - any transfer of electrons is more or less incidental...
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Old 02-10-2007, 12:28 AM
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Yea, looks like he just squeezed it together with his fingers... what a shame.

Man, I hope that guy didnt do much work to the car!!!
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Yea, looks like he just squeezed it together with his fingers... what a shame.

Man, I hope that guy didnt do much work to the car!!!
Hehe... Naah, he was all over in the car. I had to fix the tach signal wire last night. I'm having to completely replace a big chunk of the wiring under the dash. The upshot is that I'm replacing all of the instrumentation and signal lights with LED versions. It'll either come out really nice, or really ghetto.
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HA! Good luck... I'm sure once your through it all, you'll be happy with the end result. Something about work that you've done yourself thats so very satisfying.

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HA! Good luck... I'm sure once your through it all, you'll be happy with the end result. Something about work that you've done yourself thats so very satisfying.

Thanks, we'll see. I've posted the first part of the install. Now to wait on the rest of the parts.
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i guess im not following. is that wrong? i use a heavier guage wire, thread it through like that, and the solder it down.
Solder it? Too permanent for me. Just solder a good spade connector onto the wire. Good connection, easy to remove.
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Old 02-11-2007, 10:31 AM
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Solder it? Too permanent for me. Just solder a good spade connector onto the wire. Good connection, easy to remove.
If you are going to solder the connector, why not just solder the way it is? It's not like your going to change it's oil every month.
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For stereo installs, I solder all speaker wires. The least bit of oxidation or free movement on a spade connector can really effect the sound. The more power you put through the spade, the quicker they build up corrosion (as they're always disimilar metal from the wire and speaker).
JMHO, YMMV
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Hehe... Naah, he was all over in the car. I had to fix the tach signal wire last night. I'm having to completely replace a big chunk of the wiring under the dash. The upshot is that I'm replacing all of the instrumentation and signal lights with LED versions. It'll either come out really nice, or really ghetto.
It looks really nice--like aircraft gauge illumination--I just did it yesterday.

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Old 02-11-2007, 04:44 PM
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Are those white or blue LEDs? I ordered LED replacements for every gauge light from SuperBrightLEDs but havent put them in yet.
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Are those white or blue LEDs? I ordered LED replacements for every gauge light from SuperBrightLEDs but havent put them in yet.
where did you order them from?
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http://www.superbrightleds.com/

Here's the list I used:

Code:
BULB/LOCATION				Color	GM Part#	Common Part#	LED Part #	Required
					
FRONT					
Parking Light/Front Turn Signal		Amber	9428902		1157		A24		2
Front Side Indicator Lights		Amber	9425542		168		WLED A5		2
					
INTERIOR					
Instrument Panel Gauge			White	9417863		1895		BA9s-W-WV	16
Turn signal Indicators			Green	9417863		1895		BA9s-G4		2
"Bright" (High Beam) Indicator		Blue	9417863		1895		BA9s-B4		1
Door Ajar/Headlights/Belts/BRAKE	Red	9417863		1895		BA9s-R4		4
Cigarette Lighter Light			White	274004		1445		BA9s-W-WV	1
Heater Control Switch Light		White	454626		1816		BA9s-x-WV	1
Front Courtesy Lights			White	193125		631		1156-W12	2
Rear Courtesy Light			White	142453		90		1142-W19	1
					
REAR					
License Plate Light			White	1547172		97		67W-15		1
Rear Side Indicator Lights		Red	9425542		168		WLED R5		2
Backup Lights				White			1156		1156 W24	2
Tail/Stop/Turn Signal			Red	9428902		1157		1157 R24	2
					
FLASHER					
Turn Signal Flasher				3909545				FL2-RED		2
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For stereo installs, I solder all speaker wires. The least bit of oxidation or free movement on a spade connector can really effect the sound. The more power you put through the spade, the quicker they build up corrosion (as they're always disimilar metal from the wire and speaker).
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For this application, I agree.
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If you are going to solder the connector, why not just solder the way it is? It's not like your going to change it's oil every month.
I like to make things removable. In every car I've owned, it seems like the speakers have needed to be removed now and then to get behind them.
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Originally Posted by 72rdstr View Post
For stereo installs, I solder all speaker wires. The least bit of oxidation or free movement on a spade connector can really effect the sound. The more power you put through the spade, the quicker they build up corrosion (as they're always disimilar metal from the wire and speaker).
JMHO, YMMV
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Gold plated spade terminals. I've never had one corrode or inspire corrosion on the opposite side. Maybe on the Vette I'll try leaving some excess wire and soldering the wires to the speakers. That's gonna be fun with the crossovers...
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