connecting wire to speakers

Casserole
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I need to wire my speakers in my door. I know just twisting it around isnt a good idea since the door is opened/closed so often. I dont have a soldering iron, and i'm not willing to buy one & learn how to solder just to wire speakers, so it's out of the question.

I heard from a local shop that electrical tape is a no-no because it doesnt let heat out. they said they had seen it start a fire because of people using electrical tape for connecting two wires together. is that BS?

are there any other options?

P.S. i tried to do a search but it always came up with a "page cannot be displayed"

thanks!

 

pavengmike6
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go to radio shack or even walmart and buy the connectors that plug onto your speaker. They selll as pack that has many different sizes. I have NEVER seen Elec tape cause a fire, and I have been doing stereo installs for over 20 years.

 

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just make sure to crimp those speaker connectors on to the speaker terminals really tight or they will fall off.

Soldering is really the best and soldering irons start at $5 at radio shack.... just sayin //content.invisioncic.com/y282845/emoticons/smile.gif.1ebc41e1811405b213edfc4622c41e27.gif

 
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wow $5 i had no idea they were that low. if i do solder the wires to the speaker is there a steep learning curve? is it possible to permanetly damage the speakers?(provided i'm not a complete moron) is there any way to disconnect the wires once they have been soldered? when i end up selling my car (way in the future) i dont want to leave the speakers in the car.

 

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Here you go... http://www.radioshack.com/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=CTLG&category%5Fname=CTLG%5F011%5F009%5F007%5F001&product%5Fid=64%2D2802 iron, stand, and solder in a kit for $7.99 with instructions.

The iron in that kit would be almost too small for some things you will be soldering, so this might be a better choice http://www.radioshack.com/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=CTLG&category%5Fname=CTLG%5F011%5F009%5F007%5F003&product%5Fid=64%2D2071 ($8.99) and the solder http://www.radioshack.com/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=CTLG&category%5Fname=CTLG%5F011%5F009%5F007%5F001&product%5Fid=64%2D001 is $1.50.

For speakers I usually solder about a foot or a little less of speaker wire onto the speaker, and then solder that to the factory wiring. That way you can leave the factory speaker connector attached and make it easy to put the factory speakers back in.

Here's a pretty good tutorial http://www.audiodiycentral.com/nt_soldering.shtml

 

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dang! I bought one from radioshack that was 6.50 one like a month ago (cause I thought it'd be nice to have) and never used it! oh well. another 7 dollars down the drain so I can buy the $9 dollar one. Also...I didn't know you had to buy solder - I thought you just plug it in and the stuff comes out the tip.

 
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