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February 28, 2021, 06:12:35 PM

Quality wire for buggy build

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this user is offline Roman

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on: February 20, 2021, 02:10:25 PM
I am also starting to build a wiring loom. Thank you to all those who have posted such useful information here. I do have a question about the quality of wire to purchase? (Not a loom as I am happy to build my own).
I have seen RS components detail the specs of their thin wall auto wire which really helps, however they are more expensive than kit car solutions etc. I would rather pay for quality. Anyone have trusted supplies they would recommend?
Many thanks, Roman

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Reply #1 on: February 20, 2021, 02:17:54 PM

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Reply #2 on: February 20, 2021, 02:24:59 PM
I usually strip down lengths of 7 core trailer cable for most circuits on a buggy. ;-)up

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Reply #3 on: February 20, 2021, 02:25:52 PM
I have often found RS to be overpriced - sure, quality is generally good, but you will be paying top dollar for the RS association.

For general wiring stuff that we do here, we buy 100m rolls which can work out quite expensive if making a one off loom, especially as you would need a roll for each colour. For some of the wiring, where you only need a few meters of a particular colour, or even the cables with a striped identifier, I would suggest to make a list of the lengths you want and search for a thinwall automotive cable supplier through the likes of ebay as they will sell it by the meter rather than the roll. Buy what you can in one hit to save on the postage. For very heavy cable and audio cable, yes, spend a bit for some good quality, but the general purpose stuff, I`ve not noticed much difference between suppliers.


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Reply #4 on: February 20, 2021, 02:50:14 PM
Snoopy kindly steered me to these suppliers for re-wiring the MantaRay:


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Reply #5 on: February 21, 2021, 10:46:39 AM
I agree with Hugh. I have done a lot of cost comparisons across the wire suppliers and AES are generally good value for money and good quality cable too which you can buy by the metre or in a roll.
If you are looking for other parts like cut off switches, fuseboards or rolls of single colour wire then Beal.org.uk is so worth a look too.
And buy thin wall cable.
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Reply #6 on: February 21, 2021, 12:48:22 PM
Agree with all the above except I got let down by AES - they lie a lot too. Vehicle Wiring Products are great for cable and their prices include vat on the site (same price as AES).
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Reply #7 on: February 22, 2021, 09:52:28 PM
RS are a supplier for us. Standard is good, price isn’t. I’d go with Chad’s recommendation.