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like it says has anyone used these things they seem ingenious

but basically the tap pierces the hot wire with a needle and then you insert the stripped leads into the other end and a connection is made through the tap piece

heres a flash-demo of them
heres the website

i would like to try these out for the upcoming mods i plan on doing that require tapping
-Gauge Overlays
-Brake Light Mod
-Side Markers as Signals

my big question is the tap is made for certain gauges of wires and i don't know what gauges the wires that I'm going to be tapping into are...w/o that knowledge i can't make the purchase to experiment

Does anyone know the gauge wire that I'll be needing to tap into for any of the above 3 mods?

Also what methods work best for tapping, How did you guys do it?.......... the aforementioned seems the most n00b friendly but as you can see with this link here that they aren't exactly the most cost efficient


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bump...noones ever tapped a wire before?...besides me that is


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I use these:



They&#39;re roughly $5-$6 for a pack of 20-25 and you can pick them up at any auto parts store in the electrical section.

You can&#39;t really splice more than 1 wire onto another though. So if you need to splice on 2,3,4 wires onto one lead, you&#39;d want something else.
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They&#39;re roughly $5-$6 for a pack of 20-25 and you can pick them up at any auto parts store in the electrical section.

You can&#39;t really splice more than 1 wire onto another though. So if you need to splice on 2,3,4 wires onto one lead, you&#39;d want something else.[/b]
what are they called?


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what are they called?[/b]
Quick Splices. Mine are Conduct Tite brand, but they are pretty generic so any brand should be ok.
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I used Radio Shack tap-in squeeze connectors for my break light mod. The wire is 20 guage I think. They look just like those blue ones. They work great for one wire taps, not multi wires.

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I used Radio Shack tap-in squeeze connectors for my break light mod. The wire is 20 guage I think. They look just like those blue ones. They work great for one wire taps, not multi wires.[/b]
the BLM requires two leads to be run correct???


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I was an MECP First Class installer for about 18 years and I have to say that wire taps are the WORST thing you can use for attaching to wires.
It cuts the wire is the worst part, its an unsecure connections as the wires can be easily pulled out, they&#39;re messy and bulky.
If you have ever looked under the dash of a car that has an auto start in it and seen a MESS of wires and wire taps then you know what I am talking about.
I really dont know the best way to describe how to do this... but...
SOLDER your wires and the connections.
Any connection that pierces, breaks or cuts the wire that is bieng tapped is a really bad idea.
I am especially suprised that members of this site, who all seem to be so proud of thier cars would actually do this.
Strip a small ".5" inch section of wire (the target wire) then strip the end of the wire your attaching, about .5 inch up the end. Then wrap the stipped end around the .5 inch section of wire. Solder then tape up with GOOD electrical tape.

This is a clean and very secure and safe connection.
If you have any experience with soldering then this doesn&#39;t take any more time than a scotch lock or T-Tap as they are called.
If you have any questions on this or anything else that has to do with Alarms, Autostarts, Mobile video or sound systems, let me know.

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those t taps above do not damage the stock wiring, that is the purpose of using them so if we want to return to stock we can and have no wires all cut up....

i have used these t taps several times with no problems...


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