Originally Posted by Bill M.
Could some one point me to the proper connectors for brake wires. I am looking at heat shrink marine grade connectors on Amazon. Does one brand stand out? Does it take 2 connectors and an intermediate wire to connect the fairly heavy trailer wire to the very skinny brake wire?
I had to reconnect the wires for 3 brakes while on the road this summer. I just used regular butt splice connectors from ACE. I wish to re do it in a way that will stay connected now that I am at home.
Well Bill, I'll tell you this......I have a 19 serenity and I had a broken wire inside of 3 months of ownership on the return trip from Ohio to Rhode Island. I ASKED the tech when I was there about the wire loops being "to far out" and he said that they were ok. The wire broke on the ride home....
When I took it apart the wires were already corroded!
People can boo all they like, but I used these from Harbor Freight:
The 30 pack is also sold in individuals also. These work fine and will stand the test of time.
I ended up using the blue which creates a difficult time for the frame side wire as it is at the max diameter of the butt connector, but I managed to do all 8 and tugged them all and they are rock solid.
The point > Each connector is butt spliced and THEN heat shrunk down (hence the "flared" ends).....those have the glue inside and you can see it literally seal up the connection after crimping it and using a proper heat gun......don't try flame or hair dryers, you need a focused heat gun which are relatively cheap.
I then for double protection heat shrunk each wire and tie wrapped them together with the marine heat shrink which also has the glue inside.......those connectors are now truly watertight.
I also looped the wires BEHIND the wheel hubs so that any splash water is not directly hitting those repaired lines.
I talked with JC Service about this and they said this is how THEY repair the lines and still can't figure out why they are not doing this on the factory line.....they are using the worse connector crimp in the world and using ordinary non marine heatshrink. This allows water, dirt and grim to get into the connector and cause this issue as well as corrosion.
LOOK at that connector, out of 8, 6 looked that bad......this is a class action suit in the making for safety reasons.
Took me 8 hours because I didn't rush and took my time to get it right.
There is no way in hell this is acceptable.
Hope this helps.