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Old 04-30-2018, 08:01 PM
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Default Garmin pin crimper question ?

Just got my LRU components for G3x suite. I am not familiar with the little connector pins. What crimper tool do I need to complete this suite install with highly reliable results ?
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Old 04-30-2018, 08:07 PM
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You can get an inexpensive crumpet for those fromSteinair:
https://www.steinair.com/product/4-way-indent-crimper/

Or buy the DMC AFM8:
https://www.steinair.com/product/dan...m8-m225202-01/

The AFM8 can be found on eBay for less money. Buy the positioners from Stein.
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Old 04-30-2018, 08:22 PM
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The G3X has both standard density and a lot of high density pins too so you need the high density insert as well for the crimper from Stein. Works great.
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Old 04-30-2018, 08:52 PM
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Larry,
I think you would be better off getting the Daniels AFM8 on eBay with the three positioners that you need (K41, K42 and K13-1). A target price would be around $100 for the crimper. You'll need the AFM8 for the high density pins anyway, so you might as well get it and its positioner for the standard density pins, the K13-1. If you were just dealing with the standard density pins, the $38 crimper from Stein would suffice, but the majority of your crimping will be the high density pins. There are no high density sockets, but you might want to crimp some on to short segments of 22AWG wire for testing continuity at some point in the project. If you are troubleshooting for continuity it's handy to be able to insert a wire/socket on to the pins in the connectors for your ohmmeter testing.

If you're really on a budget, you can get by with the $38 crimper with a $10 positioner for the high denisty pins on Stein's web site.
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Old 04-30-2018, 08:57 PM
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Just got my LRU components for G3x suite. I am not familiar with the little connector pins. What crimper tool do I need to complete this suite install with highly reliable results ?
Hello Larry,

As others have said, you should have good results with either the low cost crimper that SteinAir sells or from a new or used Daniels AFM-8 crimper.

If you decide to go with the Daniels AFM-8 crimper, you only need the K13-1 (standard density male/female pins) and K42 (high density male pins) positioners.

You can precisely crimp every pin in an entire G3X Touch system with GNS/GTN navigator with these 3 items.



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Old 04-30-2018, 08:57 PM
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The best price I found for the positioners is directly from Daniels Manufacturing.
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Old 04-30-2018, 09:16 PM
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How about the AF8 with the TH-163 Turret? I know it?s really for large AWG (12-24), but I think it would come in really handy in other areas of the build.
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Old 04-30-2018, 09:27 PM
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How about the AF8 with the TH-163 Turret? I know it?s really for large AWG (12-24), but I think it would come in really handy in other areas of the build.
As mentioned above, the AFM8 is perfect for all the low-current/signal wiring.

However, I used a number of Deutsch connector for high power connections, and found that the big boy AF8 with turret was perfect for the DT and DTM sized machined contacts.
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Old 04-30-2018, 09:32 PM
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As mentioned above, the AFM8 is perfect for all the low-current/signal wiring.

However, I used a number of Deutsch connector for high power connections, and found that the big boy AF8 with turret was perfect for the DT and DTM sized machined contacts.
My thoughts exactly!
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I will try an analogy here. Using the cheap pin crimper kind of works okay. It's like using a Harbor Freight air hammer to drive rivets. Using the Daniels AFM8 is like using a fine-tuned Sioux rivet gun with a feathering trigger to drive rivets. So you have zero doubt about the quality of the crimp with the Daniels. Just like the good feel of the Sioux. It's a zen-like thing. The size of the AFM8 mini tool is perfect. The larger turret crimpers can be unwieldy (I have both). As for the mentioned Deutsche connectors. I use the cheaper tool kits available on eBay for those and save my Daniels for actual avionics work. I really like Deutsche connectors, by the way.

Life is short. Get the right tools and get great results while still saving money over ordering custom harnesses. Feel the zen. Lots of fun too.

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