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Unread 11-19-2009, 05:03 AM   #1
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How should I splice 10 Gauge Wire

I'm running a pair of 130 W lights on the front bumper and running 10 gauge wire back to the relay. I don't think I need to run two home runs of wire to the lights I was going to run one line to the farthest light and splice in the other light.

Is there a good way to do this? On 14 gauge stuff I trim back, wrap, solder and heat shrink but I'm not sure I can get 10 gauge hot enough to solder and not melt the insulation.

Thanks for any tips

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Unread 11-19-2009, 08:27 AM   #2
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I would mount the relay close to frt bumber and run home runs to lights from relay.
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Unread 11-19-2009, 09:02 AM   #3
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Even though more is better, 10 ga is overkill for just 2 lights.

Now with that being said, if you have one of those soldering guns that are about 100 to 140 watt, you should be fine. I typically strip back an inch on either side, slide my heat shrink on, then push the wires together end to end then heat and solder. Makes a good connection and doesn't get much thicker than the original strand of wire.
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You really only need 12G for those lights and even then, 12 is "extra"
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Unread 11-19-2009, 01:36 PM   #5
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Ok thanks for the input. I'll go back to 12 and make two home runs to the relay which I like up by the battery and fuse block all together.
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