Originally Posted by sabahtom
I've got some free time coming up so hope to get the EV done. I don't want to pay shipping from Australia to get connectors from evworks there, since I'm going to Perth anyway in August.
If I use the braid that I've got now and change the lugs for crimped copper tubing, solder it up, how long will they be good for? If they'll last 3 months I'll probably do it this way.
If you're talking about reusing the braids from these:
Once you remove the crappy steel ends, I think the braid will be too short for application of a proper copper end made from tube.
I have made custom braided connectors from braided strap and copper tube. It came out pretty good, but not near the quality of a pro factory product. I had the braid fill the entire length of the 3/4" piece of tube. Flattened it in a hand press. Then sweated in solder with a torch. Then drilled it. Then filed the surfaces flat.
I didn't tin or plate the bare copper surface on the end tabs. It isn't necessary for function, but desirable to prevent corrosion, but that takes a while.
You'll have trouble reusing those straps, but WTF, you got 'em and got the time. Good luck.