Metra Crimp Tool and Connectors
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Could not cut or strip the wires right out of the box. Spend more money on better one!
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Item # 120CRIMPKT | MFR # IBCRIMPKT
$12.99 Earn up to 13 Rewards points
An outstanding value, this 150-piece kit includes a crimping tool that firmly attaches connectors to wires ranging in size from 10-gauge to 22-gauge, as well as stripping up to 10-gauge wire. You also get a huge assortment of connectors, two rolls (approx. 25 feet) of PVC electrical tape, 6 wire ties, and 3-1/4 feet of black heat-shrink tubing.
You'll find this kit helpful for many different types of car audio installations. Most in-dash receivers don't come with bullet connectors on the speaker and power leads, so you can use this crimper to connect your Crutchfield wiring harness to the receiver's wires. You'll also need a heat gun or another high-heat source for the heat-shrink tubing (hair dryer will not work).
You'll also find this kit indispensable if you are installing an amplifier, a set of component speakers, or a car security system. All crimp parts feature long-lasting nylon insulation. Warranty: 30 days.
Average Customer Review(s):
Could not cut or strip the wires right out of the box. Spend more money on better one!
Great product. Gave me exactly what I needed with a little left to spare.
Pros: They give you more then enough of what you need.
Cons: Wire cutters are a little tight when brand new. Sometimes hard to use then. But they break in pretty good.
Meh....If you're going to be doing the installing, you need something, so this is a start. The shrink tube - my favorite - is a tight fit on most of these connectors, and i'll never understand why both male and female components are not evenly distributed in a kit. Spend your money on good wire strippers, and a connector set and you'll be better off.
Pros: good starting point
Cons: average quality you'll end up buying more male connectors.
Pretty average set but it's great to have the tool and electrical tape for other home projects for a later date.
The kit does have a lot of the odds and ends, including things that, if you're a first time installer (like me) you might discover useful. That said, the crimp tool itself is junk. It doesn't open well, the grips slide off easily, and it's painful to use well. The wire cutters were poorly machined and didn't do much of anything. I'm going to suggest that, if you're buying this and have other experience with a similar tool, you're going to be angry at yourself for a while, then you'll figure out how to manage it and move on with your life.
Pros: You can add it to your existing order so you don't have to go elsewhere for a tool. Kit does have a good assortment of things.
Cons: Everything about the tool. You may not need or even know how to use the other things that come in this pack.
The crimping tool handles slide off very easy making it harder to use they are also very stiff requiring 2 hands to operate
Pros: A viritey of conectors
Cons: Crimping tool handles come off
I used these to install my radio into my 2004 Ford Escape. I also used the leftover crimp terminals to install fog lights. The crimp tool included helped both wiring tasks go smoothly.
Pros: This is an amazing product for doing a self installation of a radio, amp or any other car electronics including fog lights.
Cons: I wish there were a few more connectors in the kit, but the amount you get isn't bad for the money
Very well made package. I wish the handles didn't slip off so easily.
connections are very suitable and easy to use.
Cons: wire stripper too large for wires in wiring harness
Connectors were great. Worth it. Threw the tool way, it was bent and non functioning. I imagine most are okay, but I can't believe this one made it through a cursory glance of qc.
Pros: Cost Package deal
Cons: tool quality
I ended up only using one type of crimp connector bit and found the tool to be completely unusable.
Pros: Having options for the crimp/connectors was convenient
Cons: Cheaply made, very difficult to handle, hurts your had to squeeze, requires a ton of pressure to open/close
Worked well and did its job as expected. The only reason i give it 4 instead of 5 stars is because the package only came with 1 roll of tape instead of 2 as advertised.
Cons:Crutchfield response on 7/26/2016 Once we saw this review, our Customer Support team reached out to Ghaith to replace the missing roll of tape.
The connectors were fine but the wire crimp tool was generic but it got the job done. The biggest problem with the crimp tool was trying to strip with it.
Pros: Good connectors. It gets the job done.
Cons: Crimp/wirestripping tool was generic and the wirestripping part didn't work well
Can barely open the crimp tool to use it! Ended up using a pair of snips to strip the ends
Pros: Good amount of connectors tape and shrink wrap
Cons: Tool won't open/close to use effectively one-handed
Got here fine and as always Crutchfield is wonderful! This is the only product I've gotten from them that I was dissatisfied with. The wire strippers aren't sharp enough to get through anything and they don't line up. They aren't strong enough to crimp either. Gave them to my son as a toy since he sure can't hurt himself with them. Hopefully I just got a bad set. The accessory bag is great though and I've used a lot of the pieces.
Pros: Good accessory pieces.
Cons: Crimp tool worthless.
I ordered this and was unable to use the product to strip any wires. Luckily I still had a crimper from 30 years ago, that I was able to use to strip the wires needed.
Cons: Can't strip wire
the crimp tool was from a .99 cent store. I thought I would save a trip by ordering this... not the case!
Pros: the thought of it
Cons: everything about it
Crimps weren't that great. Love the vast selection with the connectors that came with it though, along with the huge roll of electrical tape!
Pros: Great connectors and tape!
Cons: Crimps could be better quality in my opinion for the price.
The connectors are in very good quality. However, the crimping tool is awful. Does not recommend this tool.
Pros: Good connectors
Cons: The crimping tool is not in good quality.
Great set. Only thing the crimp tool is a bit stiff upon operating.
I was skeptical with the bad reviews, but bought it anyways. Didn't think I was going to get a lot of stuff but for what I needed and used everything worked the way it is supposed to. So if you want to install your speakers and not spend a lot, buy this kit.
Pros: price with all the pieces
Cons: Not really but crimper- small holes should be at the tip and go down to large
The crimp tool was very very stiff. Oiled it up but didn't do a whole lot. It got the job done, albeit very slowly.
Pros: Kit included everything I needed to get the deck installed.
Cons: Crimp tool was extremely stiff. The connectors seemed pretty cheap, but that could just be my inexperience.
Used in installing a new headunit, the crimping tools and parts came in handy with the additional sized connectors.
More than I needed, for the price it can't be beat.
I was scared with all the bad reviews here but I bought it anyways. Didn't see anything wrong. Everything worked the way it is supposed to. If you want to pay more for quality do it but if you want to install your speakers and not spend a lot buy this kit.
Cons: I wish the crimp tool would've been inverted with the smaller holes at the tip of the tool.
For the price, this is a great buy. Its obviously not going to compete with the big brands but you get what you pay for. Has everything you need for car stereo hookup
The other reviews adequately capture the product's strengths and weaknesses. This review speaks to its packaging. Although I'm sure Crutchfield would counter that they're motivated by eco-friendliness, I'll offer my disappointment that the flimsy plastic bag the crimp tool was shipped in was broken during shipment by the tool, causing the numerous tiny pieces included to be shuffled among the packaging peanuts. The process of sifting through the packaging in an effort to salvage the pieces was cumbersome and unnecessary, and certainly not worth Crutchfield patting themselves on the back for being eco-conscious. I couldn't care less about eco-friendliness. I do care about ease of utilizing the items I purchased.
Cons: Poorly executed packaging.
I didn't need this tool set and honestly you can find these connectors locally, but for one stop shopping this was really convenient. The Crip tool is a bit too cheaply made, but I've got tool from the 50's so I judge hard.
Pros: Everything you can think of to install anything in an automobile
Cons: Crip tool is not up to heavy use.
Worked, but cheap.
Did the job
Complete Garbage!!! If I could give it less than one star I would. Wire strippers wont strip a thing.... you'd be better off with a pair of scissors and your teeth....
This is what I can say...it worked and got the job done. The crimp tool is sub par but hey for the price, if you want more quality you will spend more. I don't do a lot of electrical work so for just this one job they did fine.
Pros: Lot's of connectors tape for days....
Cons: Crimp tool low quality.
The various connectors seem quality, tape is fine and the shrink wrap tubing was a good enough size for my wiring harness (could have been just a hair smaller to be perfect though), but the stripping/crimping tool is completely and utterly worthless. Even using the notches several gauges smaller than the wire I was using and it still wouldn't even begin to strip. The cutting edges are painted over and duller than spoon to boot. To make matters worse, somehow the end of it wouldn't even crush a crimp connector either! The stripping tool went in the garbage, the connectors I'll keep.
Pros: Nice assortment of connectors. Enough electrical tape to last many projects.
Cons: Stripping tool completely useless. Could have used more heat-shrink tubing - one car stereo wiring harness and I've used the majority of it already.
The crimper is poorly made. It cannot strip the wire. The Connectors are so-so.
Cons: The crimper is piece of junk.
Good kit and had a ton of great parts---no worry of running out on one install job, much less a few!
Pros: Lots of parts, two rolls of tape
Cons: needs a box to go with it and the pliers are VERY stiff.
should've listen to other review before purchased this item . Crimpers is so bad cant even strip the wire . Have to stop by the local store to pick up a WORKING crimper so that i can finish the job. DO NOT BUY THIS ITEM YOU WILL BE MAD
Crimpers are horribly made wire cutters do not cut speaker wires and stripers do not close far enough to strip insulation. I had to use a leatherman to cut and strip the wires after spending good money on this "crimptool"
Pros: connectors and electrical tape good quality
Cheap... It can't strip wires... do not buy it.
Pros: Still crimped wires good.
Cons: It couldn't strip the wires. And the wire cutters were terribly dull.
I'm in the process of moving and all of my tools have been packed for the move.[ Rob Sep 04, 2017 ]
I just wanted to install the product without having to run to the store for things I didn't know I needed![ Tucker Jul 31, 2017 ]
Can always use a good crimp tool.[ Lovell Jul 30, 2017 ]
always need one[ L Jul 21, 2017 ]
I need them for appropriate connections[ Paul Jun 02, 2017 ]
One stop shop[ Robert Mar 27, 2017 ]
Much easier to use the crimp tool.[ Sean Mar 14, 2017 ]
Good value and assortment of materials for the money.[ Christopher Feb 21, 2017 ]
So I can have everything I need[ George Robert Feb 11, 2017 ]
Used for the inevitable cable splice or connector crimp.[ Roosevelt Feb 01, 2017 ]
Not a bad price for whats included. I've got a cheap pair of wire cutter/crimpers and electrical tape already but it never hurts to have more.[ Marshall Oct 30, 2016 ]
I chose this item because I am going to install the stereo myself and I don't want to strip the wires with my teeth.[ Jean Sep 18, 2016 ]
need it for DIY installs[ David Aug 01, 2016 ]
I bought this for my first installation about a year ago. Although the crimp tool did work, it was not precise enough so I bought a better one this year on my second installation.[ LARRY Mar 27, 2016 ]
So that I could do a professional installation of my new stereo equipment.[ Zachary Feb 26, 2016 ]