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a few questions:

1. I watched Lutro0's sleeving videos and I can't figure out how to sleeve my molex cables without snipping off the ends.
I'd like to keep the cable intact as it is in case I ever need to keep more molex for future extensions.

This picture kinda illustrates what I mean https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/112587812506610154435/albums/5703436565820864177

2. I have a pin removal tool for the 6pin PCIE cable; but I can't figure out how to get the pin out; I've tried slotting the tool in
many times but there is no noticeable click that I can hear nor can I pull the cable out; any ideas on how to do it?

thanks
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Sleeving is simple, stick your removal tool in the plug and wiggle, some require you to push the removal tool but general giving it a wiggle while pulling the cable does the job

I remove molex's with a stanley knife real easy

once you got your plug off just pass the sleeving across and heatshrink the ends

Done :-D

Be proud lol

good luck
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Sleeving is simple, stick your removal tool in the plug and wiggle, some require you to push the removal tool but general giving it a wiggle while pulling the cable does the job
I remove molex's with a stanley knife real easy
once you got your plug off just pass the sleeving across and heatshrink the ends
Done :-D
Be proud lol
good luck

molex removal was easy; the 6 pin is giving me a giant headache

I managed to pull two wires out of 1 end after pulling really really really hard
then i managed to snap the two pins on the tool while pulling really hard and the tool went flying :/

any ideas on how to remove my 6pin's now?
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Originally Posted by Mr.Pie View Post

a few questions:
1. I watched Lutro0's sleeving videos and I can't figure out how to sleeve my molex cables without snipping off the ends.
I'd like to keep the cable intact as it is in case I ever need to keep more molex for future extensions.
This picture kinda illustrates what I mean https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/112587812506610154435/albums/5703436565820864177
2. I have a pin removal tool for the 6pin PCIE cable; but I can't figure out how to get the pin out; I've tried slotting the tool in
many times but there is no noticeable click that I can hear nor can I pull the cable out; any ideas on how to do it?
thanks

1. For the 4-pin molex, I assume you mean to ask how to sleeve double-wires? It's probably easiest to sleeve and heatshrink both wires up to the join, then put a third piece of heatshrink over the other shrink.

2. Buy a better removal tool. I would link to MDPC but Nils is sick (edit: so the website isn't showing the Molex tool) frown.gif
Edited by WiSK - 1/31/12 at 4:08am
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1. For the 4-pin molex, I assume you mean to ask how to sleeve double-wires? It's probably easiest to sleeve and heatshrink both wires up to the join, then put a third piece of heatshrink over the other shrink.
2. Buy a better removal tool. I would link to MDPC but Nils is sick (edit: so the website isn't showing the Molex tool) frown.gif

:/
well i think i figured out sleeving for molex using this guide (older but still applicable)
http://www.overclock.net/t/2691/psu-sleeving-guide/0_30

as for doing the 6pin removal; I used this method http://www.overclock.net/t/926689/how-to-cable-sleeve-to-perfection/0_30

quick question; does the ATX pins (24pin mobo ones) have the same locking mechanism as the 6pin?
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Yes, the 24 pin ATX and the 4/8 pin EPS are the same as the PCIe cables. The fact is that depinning is ridiculously easy if the following three things are true: the crimps are made by Molex, the housing is made by Molex, and the depinning tool is made by Molex. You have control only over the last one, because all PSU manufacterers choose cheap clone pins and housings and so us poor modders have to spend hours before even starting on the actual sleeving. The practice of crimping 2 wires into 1 pin doesn't help either.

It does get better with practice however. Some tips:
  • To make sure the side-arms of the pin are unlocked, the removal tool needs to be inserted at the right length. What is the right length? Push the tool in and when you feel any resistance, that's it. Pushing the tool in further means you are cutting up the insides of the nylon connector.
  • If you are pulling hard on the wire, then consider that you are now maybe forcing the side-arms into the nylon connector, that will only make it harder to remove. So push the wire and pin back in to loosen up the pin.
  • If you're getting frustrated with 1 pin, leave it be and move on to the next one. Hopefully this way you get your practice on the easier pins, and then you'll have more experience for the tougher ones.
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Yes, the 24 pin ATX and the 4/8 pin EPS are the same as the PCIe cables. The fact is that depinning is ridiculously easy if the following three things are true: the crimps are made by Molex, the housing is made by Molex, and the depinning tool is made by Molex. You have control only over the last one, because all PSU manufacterers choose cheap clone pins and housings and so us poor modders have to spend hours before even starting on the actual sleeving. The practice of crimping 2 wires into 1 pin doesn't help either.
It does get better with practice however. Some tips:
  • To make sure the side-arms of the pin are unlocked, the removal tool needs to be inserted at the right length. What is the right length? Push the tool in and when you feel any resistance, that's it. Pushing the tool in further means you are cutting up the insides of the nylon connector.
  • If you are pulling hard on the wire, then consider that you are now maybe forcing the side-arms into the nylon connector, that will only make it harder to remove. So push the wire and pin back in to loosen up the pin.
  • If you're getting frustrated with 1 pin, leave it be and move on to the next one. Hopefully this way you get your practice on the easier pins, and then you'll have more experience for the tougher ones.

:/
I just tore one of my PCIE 6 pin wire apart......now I guess i"ll have to buy a new nylon connector+crimper+pin cause the pin's stuck in the old nylon connector
goddamit sozo.gif


and since Nils is sick I'll just have to find some crappy tools to use for now frown.gif

edit: does FTWPC's pin remover a Molex brand as you said above? http://ftwpc.com/cables-and-sleeving/sleeving-tools/sleeving-tools/the-original-molex-mini-fit-jr-pin-extraction-tool.html
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and since Nils is sick I'll just have to find some crappy tools to use for now frown.gif
edit: does FTWPC's pin remover a Molex brand as you said above? http://ftwpc.com/cables-and-sleeving/sleeving-tools/sleeving-tools/the-original-molex-mini-fit-jr-pin-extraction-tool.html

That does indeed look very much like a real Molex pin remover biggrin.gif
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