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Old 01-09-2015, 06:22 AM   #21
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To answer the original question, there are ones like this from the car audio world.

But you'll note they usually have an input of (for example) 0 or 1 gauge, and an output of 4/8 gauge. There's a good electrical reason for that. The current capacity of two 8-gauge wires would clearly exceed the capacity of one 8-gauge wire, so the 'source' wire or the wire that's going to be carrying more current should be larger.
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Old 01-09-2015, 07:09 AM   #22
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Lots of good advice here, and I would add, liquid insulation can be helpful, then wrap with good electrical tape. Also, heat shrink material can be purchased as a tape for those situations where one cannot access the end of a wire,i.e., something in situ.

I like to use AWG 8, for a main feed line, then wrap AWG 14 around this and solder, for my connections. This results in a mechanically strong connection. Also, when running feeder lines, pull a foot of slack and make certain this relieves any stress on the feed lines. Nothing worse than having taught electrical wires.

I learned long ago, on vehicles subject to the rigors of road and off road bumps and bruises, heavy wiring, sturdy connections are essential for reliability. And, most of us do not want a failure on the road.
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Old 01-09-2015, 07:32 AM   #23
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Marine grade connections....

Just what I do.....

I've learned over the years that for small gauge wiring exposed to the elements it's best to use 'marine grade shrink wrap connectors' then covering it entirely shrink tubing. I do not solder these because I've found that the stiff soldered connection can fatigue over time.

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Just what I do.....

I've learned over the years that for small gauge wiring exposed to the elements it's best to use 'marine grade shrink wrap connectors' then covering it entirely shrink tubing. I do not solder these because I've found that the stiff soldered connection can fatigue over time.

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I agree with Bob, in this case. The shrink/glue sealed terminals are great...and if you try and solder these, the excess head ruins the heat shrink material.
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