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There are various methods of joining wires either together, to the body for an earth or to the piece of equipment itself. I’ve listed a few methods below, although there are many more ways to do this these are the more common ones that you will find on your Land Rover.

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<<< The Scotchlok is a tried and tested connector. Not my personal favourite as its quite crude although effective. It works by simply placing the wires through it to be joined and squeezing the metal tab down which cuts through the insulation and makes contact with the metal inner.

>>> Crimp connectors are popular and are quick and inexpensive to use. You place the relevant wire end with some of the insulation stripped off into the connector and using your crimping tool squash the connector to make a permanent join. You may find that there are coloured dots on your crimper that relate to the colour of the connector being used to ensure a proper ‘crimp’.

<<< Un insulated connectors require a bit more work but I use these the most. The type shown require the wire to be either crimped or soldered into place. I prefer to solder these and then use a short length of shrink tubing to tidy up and help protect the joint. Ring connectors such as these are ideal for adding or replacing earth connections. Soldering is a bit of an art but has many benefits over the crimped joint. It tends to be stronger, have better conductive properties and

will withstand the weather better. I prefer to solder all my connections where ever they are on the vehicle. To explain soldering better I have added a couple of ‘You Tube’ clips although I must point out that it isn’t me in the clips.

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