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Putting a new spark plug terminal on an ignition wire

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  1. kneedeepinsaws

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    I tried once and seemed to fail, putting on a new spark plug terminal for a new coil i got.

    its for a chainsaw in which the terminal literally pierces the ignition cable in the center to make contact with the inner wire.

    I used a pick and tried to pierce the centre pf the wire to make a new hole, but ended up severing some of the outer strands of the wire... I ended up soldering it on, but I dont trust the bond that I made.

    is there some trick or tool to pierce the wire to make a hole for the terminal?
    I have enough cable left to make one more attempt, after that its gonna be too short.
    Thanks for the help
     
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    I just use the end of the terminal wire to pierce it. Just twist it back and forth with steady pressure.
     
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    ok thanks i will give it another go
     
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    I use a sharp pick over a wood block to pierce a pilot hole for the terminal wire. It's just easier to control and less likely to stab yourself.
     
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    The terminal spring should be cut at an angle to make easier to insert. They should come that way.
     
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    Husky makes a pair of pliers to do this.if ya wanna spend 40.00

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    Hey, I also wrap the terminal with a short piece of stainless stranded picture wire, like a safety wire, make it tight as possible, then install rubber boot, then a small zip tie over the rubber boot.
     
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    I electrical tape the terminal tight and spray lube the inside of the boot. This is another one of them "I cant believe we still do it this way" things.
     
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    It is one reason I dread working on my MS-6660 clone, they took a bad plug wire design and made it worse.

    On mine, I will probably put an automotive type boot on it using the spark plug wire tool compressor/crimper I received inside my MSD generic spark plug wire kit. Basically you take the lead, fold it over, crimp a metal (not spring) connector on and then slide the boot down the plug wire over it.
     
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