Builder Tip #49 from HomebuiltHELP 
Crimping Terminals onto Large Electrical Cables
Batteries and your engine starter need large terminals properly crimped on to large cables using special tools.

Wire cables of size 6 AWG and 4 AWG are commonly used in our experimental aircraft's battery and starter circuits. These large cables need their appropriately sized ring terminals crimped on properly for a reliable connection to the battery, starter, or contactor devices.

We cannot use the same crimping pliers that are used on the smaller size wire in the aircraft. A number of specialized tools exist that can easily crimp these larger terminals. Creating your own custom cables for your aircraft is an easy and rewarding experience. Watch as we demonstrate using one of these tools:

Above: Example of custom battery cable
    Terminals used for large cables
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Zenith, Vans, Sonex and Belite ?

The answer is that these companies produce popular, easy to build kits that you can finish and fly in a relatively short period of time.  Many builders of these models are first timers - as these kits are well suited for the skills of the novice.

We chose to build, film and explain each step of the construction process so that your chances of completing and flying your aircraft remain incredibly high. When you can see each step of building before your eyes, your chances of success go way up.  If your time is worth something, the enhanced speed of building provides a huge payoff.  The fear of damaging a component from improper installation dries up when you can watch in advance!

Be sure to browse our website and identify these great kit manufacturers - and learn about the building process from the many pictures we have provided showing construction of their exciting aircraft

    Above: Sonex Onex,   Below: Vans RV12
Above:Zenith CH750  Below: Belite UltraCub
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