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Old 10-02-2009, 03:45 PM   #1
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Anyone have any recommendations on a soldering iron. Planning on starting my COP build and leaning towards a MS
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if I were just doing those projects then a $7 45 watt one from radio shack....
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I bought a Weller WES51 for my MS project. It works great. I mainly used the tip that came with the kit, but there are a few areas which require a smaller tip. The best price I found at the time was from Amazon.com.
It was about 85.00.

Probably overkill, but that's how I roll.
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if I were just doing those projects then a $7 45 watt one from radio shack....
Werd . Your run of the mill radioshack iron will serve you just fine for those projects.
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My radioshack iron has made it through 2 megasquirts and 2 tips in the process. At this point, I cannot replace the tips anymroe. The set screw seized and broke off.

I think at this point i'm going to upgrade. I'm doing lots of soldering these days.

Edit, something nice about this little iron is the ease at which I can solder things in tight areas like under the dash.
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Serious? That was always a big hick up for me wen thinking about a MS build. I've soldered before and I'd be cursing my soldering iron half the time. Maybe a better question would be what kind of solder everyone uses.
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Serious? That was always a big hick up for me wen thinking about a MS build. I've soldered before and I'd be cursing my soldering iron half the time. Maybe a better question would be what kind of solder everyone uses.
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My radioshack iron has made it through 2 megasquirts and 2 tips in the process.

Mine has lasted over 50 MS builds. lolz.
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Mine has lasted over 50 MS builds. lolz.
Alright, i'll just buy another radio shack iron to replace the broken one i have now. You've convinced me
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Thanks everyone. Low cost is bueno

I'm threadjacking my own thread if that's possible.

What gauge wire is everyone using when building their COP harness?
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im not saying it's great by any means. I used good ones. Im just too cheap to buy a real one. It serves it's purpose.
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Mine has lasted over 50 MS builds. lolz.
It's honestly hard to believe that unit running my car was one of 50 made with a cheap iron.

I was just out there starting my COPS harness as well...and nearly put the iron into the wall pointy end first. Good grief I hate soldering.

If I could make solders like Scott I'd be seriously happy...and there wouldn't be so many damn crimp connectors on my car.
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I go through a **** ton of tips however and try my best to keep them clean. I pretty much just learned how to solder by doing it. I have no idea if I'm doing it good, let alone correctly.
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I really dont know how you guys get so frustrated by soldering. It's like zen for me.
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I go through a **** ton of tips however and try my best to keep them clean. I pretty much just learned how to solder by doing it. I have no idea if I'm doing it good, let alone correctly.
They look like shiny dabs of syrup of an electronic pancake.

To me that's good.
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I really dont know how you guys get so frustrated by soldering. It's like zen for me.
Thing is...I used to be really good at it. Back when I did car audio, I was young and didn't care...and soldered EVERYTHING and it was beautiful.

I don't know what happened, but I can't do it anymore. I did get married in the meantime...I'm sure that's got something to do with it. Now every time I'm out in the garage I live in constant fear that the door is about to open and I'm gonna get to hear some more nagging.

I wish soldering was Zen for me.



I also used to have a really high quality iron that was handed down to me. It would wick up the perfect sized dab of solder and spread it like butter.
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Someone mentioned solder, what is everyone having the best luck with? I have some right now and I am going to blame it for my bad soldering.
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It's honestly hard to believe that unit running my car was one of 50 made with a cheap iron.

I was just out there starting my COPS harness as well...and nearly put the iron into the wall pointy end first. Good grief I hate soldering.

If I could make solders like Scott I'd be seriously happy...and there wouldn't be so many damn crimp connectors on my car.
I'm going to attempt a pnp setup with a spare ignitor. However, I think it will be very easy to convince myself that I will never go back to stock and just splice int to the existing ignitor.
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Someone mentioned solder, what is everyone having the best luck with? I have some right now and I am going to blame it for my bad soldering.

I use .032" 60/40 Rosin-core solder.
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if I were just doing those projects then a $7 45 watt one from radio shack....
Yea but the chicks really dig my expensive soldering iron.
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