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So my biggest problem with sleeving is when I'm doing custom cable lengths. For the most part, my wires look fairly even, but every once in a while I get a wire which i thought was even with others, but ends up being a good +/- 1cm than the previous wire i was checking and it ruins the cable.

So what are your tips in keeping equal lengths across all your wires?
post #2 of 7
hello,
When I do this What I do is get a estimate of the length I want , cut the wires and then line them all up together and make 1 cut , this always helped me with keeping them even ! , HOPE THIS HELPED!


-ROG
post #3 of 7
I use a template wire which I then use to measure all the others. In order to stop the insulation stretching on the template wire when measuring and resulting in incorrect lengths I spend a bit of time stretching the wire to get the elasticity out of the insulation before cutting to exact size. I also use a modified Knipex 12 62 180 automatic wire stripper which strips a consistent 3mm of insulation from the wire.
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I use a template wire which I then use to measure all the others. In order to stop the insulation stretching on the template wire when measuring and resulting in incorrect lengths I spend a bit of time stretching the wire to get the elasticity out of the insulation before cutting to exact size. I also use a modified Knipex 12 62 180 automatic wire stripper which strips a consistent 3mm of insulation from the wire.

Thank you for those tips. I do pretty much exactly that, but I should take the time to stretch out the cable a bit since that seems to be my biggest problem.

Would you recommend me terminating one side of the wire and fitting the cables into the connector, and then taking the time to make sure each length is correct and fitting to the second connector before finalizing the crimp? I've been doing template wires and crimping both sides before even looking at the connector, but i ensured each cable was the same with the template wire.
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Would you recommend me terminating one side of the wire and fitting the cables into the connector, and then taking the time to make sure each length is correct and fitting to the second connector before finalizing the crimp? I've been doing template wires and crimping both sides before even looking at the connector, but i ensured each cable was the same with the template wire.

Yes, it's worth remeasuring to check the lengths before crimping the pin on the other side. I tend not to do it myself but I know Lutro0 does.
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post #6 of 7
Id love to see a video on creating a custom cable length, as well as how to get rid of all those molex bundles in the back.. I have so many molex connections in the back its ridiculous I would love to cut them all and put them into a clean connector or something.

does anyone know a video like this?
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Yes, it's worth remeasuring to check the lengths before crimping the pin on the other side. I tend not to do it myself but I know Lutro0 does.

Yup been doing them like that for years now, it takes a long time but if you have ocd it helps lol
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Id love to see a video on creating a custom cable length, as well as how to get rid of all those molex bundles in the back.. I have so many molex connections in the back its ridiculous I would love to cut them all and put them into a clean connector or something.

does anyone know a video like this?

I plan on making a video but if you ever watch out livestream (on each day) you will see me making the wires. We also answer questions and such.

But yes a video does need to be made, with quakecon and pax I have been slammed but I will come out with a new video here soon and this sounds like a good topic to hit.
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