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Advice on making up HT leads

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Hi,

Can anyone give some advice on the best method for making up carbon cored HT leads? I've bought plenty of cable from VWP and watched a few videos online but still not 100% sure because most videos seem to be using copper cored leads. If i strip the outer insulation off the cable i have, the core stays intact but the carbon seems to be contained in a transparent almost rubber-like coating, is it ok to just bend this back on itself and crimp as you would with a copper cored cable?

Some videos i've watched said their lead ends came with "spikes" to go in the end of the cable (literally just a thick strand of copper to poke up the end into the carbon core and then folded over the end as you would with copper leads), i could get hold of some copper strands to do this but is it necessary?

Sorry if this seems like a very simple question, i just want to make sure i get them right.

Thanks

Dave

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I seen these with the carbon bent over and with a spike inserted. However, given that carbon leads are very soft I would use a copper spike and bend it over the make your connection.

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Thanks guys, really appreciate the replies although it seems we have one vote for copper spikes and one for folding over the carbon core. I guess it's just a case of personal preference. I'll have a go at making one and see what's what, i have a few spare ends so can have a practice.

Thanks

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IIRC the ones with metal tangs are for the 4 core leads, such as magnecor etc.

So yes, just fold it over, will be fine :)

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