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Scotch Locks

Discussion in 'Progress Threads' started by HornelZ3M, Jun 4, 2012.

  1. HornelZ3M

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    I have today used 4 scotch locks to connect my angel eyes to the sidelights. My question is why are so many different car sites saying bad things about them, one site showed a scotch lock fitted and the next photo was the outcome, a burned out car.

    Anyone know anything about them as Jonttt has them on his thread about his fitting of the projector lights. ;)
     

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  2. EnthuZiaZT

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    When I saw the this thread title, Paul. I thought that you had been caught drinking, piloting a canal barge up in the highlands!!! :))

    Sandy
     
  3. HornelZ3M

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  4. badman gee

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    i prefer screw terminal blocks or jelly crimps.

    :)
     
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    I think the problem with scotch locks is when they are not fitted properly and they can cause a short circuit.

    So long as they are fitted properly they are fine. They have been around for a least 20 years. Thats why I used them as they are ideal for connecting the angel eyes into the sidelights ie patching into an existing circuit.

    I think there are various styles readily available now.

    I am ultra paranoid when I use then that they are connected properly though.
     
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    Too bulky, as are block connectors. Solder and shrinkwrap every time.
     
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    Scotch Locks are things of the divil...[​IMG]

    They can so easy give a bad connection, also leaves an open ends for water to penetrate into

    best thing is to solder joint and heat shrink it, will take a long to do as putting scotch locks on.
     
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    I agree solder and shrink wrap is the best option but for quick fixes in hard to reach places (to get a soldering iron into) scotch locks have their place. I always wrap them in electrical tape as well.
     
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    Scotch Locks Nasty little things, the problem with them is they allow the wires to corrode which will eventually lead to a loss of connection or even worse a short. My advice dont use them for long term connections. Better to use these (see link) for repairs and Solder & Shrink tube for mods:

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/50-x-Mixed-He ... 3f184d681b
     
  10. badman gee

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    ok for a temp fix, but not permanent.

    i know a bit about cable terminations.

    ;)
     
  11. HornelZ3M

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    Thanks guys, i thought there would be different views on them, as i have seen on other froums, they are not very well supported.

    I have put them on with care and wrapped them in quality electrical black tape and look ok. I will keep an eye on them.

    Thanks Jontt for the thread on fitting them, made the job easier. :ymapplause:
     

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