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I'm adding an alarm system and power locks/trunk release to my truck (and eventually electric windows).
The only wires I'll be extending are for the power locks and the trunk release (all other wires are accessible with the stock looms that came with the alarm).

What gauge wire would you recommend for extending to the power locks?
What gauge will be safe without being over the top?

Also what connectors would you recommend I use? Or should I solder and shrink wrap/tape instead? Baring in mind I will be cutting into some of the bigger wires (ignition 12V supply, starter motor feed etc).
If connectors; then what are the best most reliable kind that won't shake apart or come loose and short with vibration??
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Depending on how good you are at soldering, it's the most reliable, however if you're skills are like mine (can do it but it ain't pretty) then some heat shrinkable butt connectors with a proper crimping tool is the best bet. If you want to be able to disconnect it (not sure why you would) but then I'd recommend Bullet connectors, spades aren't as good I've found.

Stick with the same guage wire that you'll be connecting into, but aside from the battery/atl supply I believe the largest guage we have is 14ga, someone correct me if I'm wrong though; most of the wiring is all 22ga through out the truck.
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Depending on how good you are at soldering, it's the most reliable, however if you're skills are like mine (can do it but it ain't pretty) then some heat shrinkable butt connectors with a proper crimping tool is the best bet. If you want to be able to disconnect it (not sure why you would) but then I'd recommend Bullet connectors, spades aren't as good I've found.

Stick with the same guage wire that you'll be connecting into, but aside from the battery/atl supply I believe the largest guage we have is 14ga, someone correct me if I'm wrong though; most of the wiring is all 22ga through out the truck.
Thanks cdn, and yea I can solder but it ain't pretty lol
Ok, I looked them up and know what butt connectors are now lol

Do you know what gauge butt connectors I'd need for the ignition loom wires?

And yep, I shouldn't have to disconnect them at any time and if I do I'd rather have to cut a re fix than risk them slipping, shorting and burning my truck down lol

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Wish I could help ya out on that one Diesel, but I have no idea. Maybe Randy can pitch in when he gets a chance.
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18 gauge wire is what is generally used for the door lock actuators. Soldering and heat shrink are the best way to go. Soldering is easy. Just remember you're using the iron to heat the components to be soldered, not the solder itself. I usually put the iron under the wires to be soldered and when the wires are hot enough, dab the solder on from the top. After a couple of tries, you'll get the hang of it.
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That's the same way I do mine Randy, doesn't mean I'm any good at it, lol.
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Wish I could help ya out on that one Diesel, but I have no idea. Maybe Randy can pitch in when he gets a chance.
No worries, I appreciate your help, cdn.
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18 gauge wire is what is generally used for the door lock actuators. Soldering and heat shrink are the best way to go. Soldering is easy. Just remember you're using the iron to heat the components to be soldered, not the solder itself. I usually put the iron under the wires to be soldered and when the wires are hot enough, dab the solder on from the top. After a couple of tries, you'll get the hang of it.
My concern with the heatshrinks is burning something up under the dash while I'm under there lol Any advice (other than 'dont burn anything' lol). What do you use to shrink? The iron itself? or a mini burner?
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A plain old Bic lighter works well.
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A plain old Bic lighter works well.
Ahhh always the simplest things. Thanks for the tip.
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