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Cheapest weather pack kit for engine wiring

Post by 6 cylinder puller » Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:06 pm

Where is the best place to buy a good all around weather pack kit ?

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Post by user-30257 » Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:08 pm

6 cylinder puller wrote:
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:06 pm
Where is the best place to buy a good all around weather pack kit ?
Figure what connectors you need, how many 2 wire, 3 wire, awg. .etc imo you should buy what you need vs a kit. Kits may contain stuff you don't need.

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Re: Cheapest weather pack kit for engine wiring

Post by NewbVetteGuy » Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:40 pm

Amazon.

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Re: Cheapest weather pack kit for engine wiring

Post by FC-Pilot » Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:31 pm

Years ago I bought a bunch from summit as they sold them under their name. You could get packs of six of each number of connections and so I put my own kit together. Yes I bought more than I would need, but I still have some and have used many over the years after the first project was done. I also used more on that project that I originally planned on. I do like the amazon idea. I also might surf ebay too.

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Re: Cheapest weather pack kit for engine wiring

Post by Schurkey » Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:19 pm

I've bought two or three Summit-branded "kits". What I bought (a long time ago) is either this kit, or one similar to it.
https://www.summitracing.com/parts/sum-900404

I also bought a "Casper's" kit from Summit. The Casper kit was a bit bigger. Mine is similar to this one
https://www.summitracing.com/parts/cei-103005 The Caspers kit includes a larger-variety of connectors. The Caspers kit also includes a connector release tool, for pulling the metal connector out of the plastic body. BE CAREFUL, the tool is fragile. (I keep two, so that when one gets damaged, I still have another to keep working with.)

I just took a look at the Summit site. They do have several brands of connector kits, including
https://www.summitracing.com/parts/apt-9476/overview/ and
https://www.summitracing.com/parts/qcr-50-380/overview/

Any of these kits make a good "starter" assortment. Along the way, I've bought an additional size of the metal connectors, (18--20 gauge, and 14--16 gauge are common, I bought some for 12-gauge) at least one more size of seals, (12 gauge, and I think 20--22 gauge) some plugs for cavities that don't have wires in them (two wires and one plug in a three-cavity connector, or four plugs in a four-cavity connector making a "dummy" connector to protect a disconnected connector. The plugs keep contamination out.
https://www.summitracing.com/parts/aaf- ... /overview/
In short, I bought a pre-packaged assortment, then added extra stuff to suit whatever special project I'm working on. Summit has a good assortment of individual items from several brand names. As I use up the plastic bodies and the metal terminals and seals, I reorder what I've used so as to keep the "kits" restocked.

The Summit site uses several keywords for these products--Weatherpack, Weather Pack, Weather-Tite, Weatherproof, etc.

I bought my crimping tool from Mac decades ago. Summit sells a similar tool.
https://www.summitracing.com/parts/sum-900401/overview/

My Mac version works fine, but is not the best-possible solution. When I did this professionally, the company supplied really-expensive ratcheting tools that made the "W" crimp on the conductor, but a circular crimp on the insulator/seal. The tool I linked to makes "W" crimps on both.

I have no doubt that Jegs or Amazon can supply all this stuff, too.
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Re: Cheapest weather pack kit for engine wiring

Post by Kenova » Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:31 pm

I buy most of my electrical parts here: https://www.delcity.net/

https://www.waytekwire.com/wps/portal/en/products is another place but seems to be more oriented to volume sales.

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Re: Cheapest weather pack kit for engine wiring

Post by paulzig » Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:09 pm

Waytek, Mouser electronics, delcity all good...

Waytek is the cheapest for bulk lots they have price breaks as amounts go up same as mouser, but you can still buy less...

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Re: Cheapest weather pack kit for engine wiring

Post by BigBlocksOnTop2 » Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:43 am

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Re: Cheapest weather pack kit for engine wiring

Post by 6 cylinder puller » Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:11 am

okay what is the best brand crimping tool ?

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Re: Cheapest weather pack kit for engine wiring

Post by Schurkey » Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:33 pm

6 cylinder puller wrote:
Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:11 am
okay what is the best brand crimping tool ?
"Best" at what price?

The production-grade crimping tools are hugely expensive. Professional Repair grade tools are expensive. Some folks cry about the price of consumer-grade tools. I'm sure Hazzard Fraught sells some Chinese junk that can get the job done if you have all day to do it.

When it was my money, I bought a Mac TCT1028, $42 list price--although I got mine a LONG time ago. Far as I know, the Summit version would work just as well--but I've never held one in my hand. I'm sure there are knockoffs that are of Hazzard Fraught quality.
https://www.mactools.com/en-us/Pliers/W ... Crimp-Tool

https://www.summitracing.com/parts/sum-900401/overview/

At this point, I might make different choices. There's a huge variety of wire-crimping tools.

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Re: Cheapest weather pack kit for engine wiring

Post by Krooser » Mon Jun 25, 2018 3:05 pm

Junkyard.... Two big handfulls for $5...
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