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      We found a deal on the connectors, but the slots didn't line up with the tabs on the MS3, so I used a Dremel to cut new slots. I'll go back later and straighten this up - just wanted to make sure they'll work right now. The slots and tabs key each connector to a specific socket, so they can't be mixed up.
      There are 5 different AMPSEAL polarization options identified by plug body color and part number suffix: AMPSEAL plugs.

      The most common is the -1 variant (which is out of stock at the above vendor) but it looks like you need the -2 variant, anyway (gray body).

      For cimping the pins on just a few connectors the most economical/sensible option is to use a manual "W" or "pretzel" crimper; e.g. - Molex # 63811-1000. Or do it ghetto style and mash the crimping wings onto the wire with needlenose pliers then solder (all but guaranteeing the wire will break later on if subjected to vibration - as is the case on a motorized vehicle - so this is not recommended).
       
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      There are 5 different AMPSEAL polarization options identified by plug body color and part number suffix: AMPSEAL plugs.

      The most common is the -1 variant (which is out of stock at the above vendor) but it looks like you need the -2 variant, anyway (gray body)...
      Hey! Yup, we figured that out. We actually could have just ordered the right ones with the MS3, but Curt and Nic like shopping for deals so we gave it a shot. Personally, I prefer to just pay (a reasonable price) and get what I really want.

      They fit and work perfectly, and I'll clean up the new slots later. If we ever decide to order the right connectors, we can de-pin these and pop them in the new ones... :rolleyes:




      ...For cimping the pins on just a few connectors the most economical/sensible option is to use a manual "W" or "pretzel" crimper; e.g. - Molex # 63811-1000. Or do it ghetto style and mash the crimping wings onto the wire with needlenose pliers then solder (all but guaranteeing the wire will break later on if subjected to vibration - as is the case on a motorized vehicle - so this is not recommended).
      Curt has a drawer full of crimpers. He did his research and found which of his many were supposed to work on these pins. He crimped one, we "stress" tested it, and the (Mil-Spec) wire failed; away from the crimp. He's pretty thorough, and will cut the crimp itself in half to be certain he's getting a good connection - why I bought so many pins, for testing, mistakes, and future revisions.

      No soldering here, just good crimps. All Mil-Spec wiring. A ridiculous amount of research, design, and planning. Always listening and learning though, so I appreciate the watchful eyes - let us know if you catch us f'n something up. :eek::D
       

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