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Heat shrink tubing makes your wiring look neat and professional. DEI's Hi-Temp Shrink Tubing shrinks down when heated to form a tight seal that protects your wire splices and connections from short circuits and moisture. You can also bundle wires together in harnesses without messy electrical tape.
These black heat shrink tubes come in 4-foot lengths and are available in 3 mm (approx. 1/8"), 6 mm (1/4"), and 9 mm (3/8") diameters, as well as an assortment package that includes all three sizes. For splicing, use the 3 mm size for 16-gauge wire, 6 mm for 10-gauge, and 9 mm for 8-gauge. Warranty: 30 days.
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Pros: Easy fast
A professional finished look when using these.
Really made my install look professional.
Works great, never use black tape again.
This is perfect for a standard head unit installation.
Heat shrink tubing makes for a neat installation
Pros: Works great
Cons: a little pricey for the amount you receive
Heat shrink is heat shrink. As long as it's flexible enough and shrinks around your connections well enough, it's going to do the trick.
Folks...take it from a shop teacher. DON'T use butt connectors, wire nuts, electrical tape, or masking tape (don't laugh, I've seen it). Invest in an inexpensive soldering iron and some solder and splice the wires together using solder and then insulating them with heat shrink tubing (Don't forget to slide the tubing on BEFORE soldering the wires together). Even a hair dryer will work. Take the time to do it right the first time and you won't be sorry. If you don't know how to use a soldering iron then take a few minutes to learn by watching a YouTube video then practicing on some scrap pieces of stranded wire like is used on the harnesses. I'm surprised Crutchfield does not offer an "Educational Section" for just such a purpose.
Pros: Perfect size for most any stereo installation.
The best price I've encountered for heat shrink tubing. The perfect size for the wires encountered with the wiring harness for the car stereos.
Pros: Correct size. Great price.
Perfect for the job
Pros: Worked Great
I use heat shrink tubing like its water. This tubing works but its not the best. I found some that has thicker walls and has a type of sealer in it. Shrinks and seals your solider connections.
Pros: Shrinks fast and stays in place.
Cons: Thin wall, can and will peal.
Got this for wiring my car receiver. Worked perfectly to cover the soldered wires. I'm not sure how well they insulate(I didn't look), but they fit.
Pros: Easy to use, and perfect for car receiver wires.
Cons: They shrink pretty fast? not that this is a con, but make sure the shrink won't move while you are heating it up. I ended up missing a couple times.
My lighter ran out of fuel so I was able to shrink these with stick matches with great success.
Pros: easy to use
Works as heat shrink. Able to just use a lighter and it shrinks right up. Holds well. I like it, and seemed to get an ample amount to work with.
Overview: Heat shrink tubing protects electrical connections from elements and allows you to bundle wires without the use of plastic ties or tape to give you a great finished look to your installation. Shrink tubing can be easily installed with an ordinary heat gun. This package contains one 4' length of heat shrink tubing that is 3mm in diameter. It fits up to a single 16 AWG wire.
Note: The Heat Shrink Tubing may not fit all gauge wire listed due to difference in jacket thickness.
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It works much better then electrical tape. I've used heat shrink on my stereo connectors for years.[ Kevin Sep 23, 2017 ]
There's no reason when installing your own stereo system not to use professional products and techniques. Soldering and Heat Shrink is the most reliable and long lasting connection you can make. Not to mention, I care what my install looks like even if no one will ever see it. Keeping things as close to OEM as possible is important to me[ Shawn Sep 02, 2017 ]
making the joints waterproof.[ Michael Jul 11, 2017 ]
I need heat shrink tubing for insulating soldered connections in my radio install.[ James Jun 04, 2017 ]
I have used heat shrink tubing on all sorts of different projects and helps keep everything sealed up once i have finished soldering.[ Sean C. S. II May 10, 2017 ]
I am going for a more professional looking installation and I think heat shrink tubing looks better than wrapping my wires in electrical tape.[ Christopher Mar 05, 2017 ]
recommended by Norm[ DAVID Feb 14, 2017 ]
connect harness[ Mark Nov 17, 2016 ]
Needed these for wiring the aftermarket wire harness to the new head unit.[ Glen Nov 15, 2016 ]
Solder protection.[ Jeffrey Jay Sep 17, 2016 ]
always prefer to solder and use shrink tube... better connection.[ Sean Jun 28, 2016 ]
DEI is known for it's heat resistant products. It fits the 16 guage wire[ Christopher Jun 01, 2016 ]
After you splice the radio harness, you're left with a bunch of exposed contacts that need to be insulated from each other and the car's chassis. Electrical tape will do the trick, but requires 3 or 4 hands, and may come undone over time. Heat-shrink tubing is the way to go - just remember to put your tubing on *before* you splice![ Kirt May 29, 2016 ]
Because electrical tape isn't as clean or last as long as shrink tubing. I got two diameters because I wasn't sure which to get[ Jesse May 18, 2016 ]
Because I needed some heat shrink.[ STEVEN May 11, 2016 ]
It's good to have on hand and got me over the line for free shipping.[ grumpy Sep 21, 2017 ]
Because electrical tape isn't as clean or last as long as shrink tubing. I got two diameters because I wasn't sure which to get.[ Jesse May 18, 2016 ]
Shrink tubing makes for a clean installation when used with soldered connections[ Kent May 02, 2017 ]
Good way to securely connect conductors.[ Scott Feb 25, 2017 ]
I used it for small gauge speaker wires, but it could have accommodated a much larger wire. I think it would work fine for a head unit. I was very satisfied with the product.[ GINGER Apr 06, 2016 ]
Worked great on mine.[ Donald Apr 06, 2016 ]
Yes, that's what I used it for[ dylan Apr 05, 2016 ]
I used this to wrap the wiring harness to the head unit on a clarion nx404 I believe it was. I soldered the wires, worked great. Nice and clean.[ Joshua Apr 05, 2016 ]
I just used a lighter, but I had space to work and such, tight areas Idk if I'd have used a lighter or not. I just did a car audio install, so I was able to pull wire out and use the lighter to shrink it.[ Jeremy Jul 15, 2014 ]
Yes. Either a heat gun of sorts or a butane torch, similar to what you'd use for soldering. Nothing fancy, just something that will activate the shrinking when the heat is applied. However, too much heat in one section will begin to melt it, since it is just plastic. The best way to figure it out is cut about a 3 inch strip of it off and run your heat source over it to get a feel on how it shrinks with what amount of heat. Then remember, you want about a quarter to half inch of material past whatever you're trying to put it on, shrink it and hook it up, then make sure the connection is still good (i.e. from your amps to speakers) and if it is, you're good to hook. Sorry about the in depth, but I figured if you're asking about a tool for it, I might as well describe the process as well. I do hope this helps.[ JUSTUS L Jul 15, 2014 ]
It is best to use a heat gun, but if you have a hair dryer with a high-heat setting, that may do it for you. Be sure you get a tight, solid hold on the wire(s) if their purpose is to insulate (which is usually the main purpose, but often times I use heat shrink to tightly hold multiple insulated wires). I am not sure the best heat source temperature, but I'd say it'd probably fall in the 500-800 deg F range. Hope this helps.[ KENT DEREK Jul 14, 2014 ]
A simple cigarette lighter will function just as well as a heat gun. Just wave the lighter across the tubing in a fluid manner avoiding direct heat for excessive periods.[ RYAN Jul 14, 2014 ]
You can use a hair dryer and it will work OK, but you can also buy heat guns which are basically high-power hair dryers and they work a little better.[ John Jul 14, 2014 ]
You'll need a heat gun to properly shrink the tubing.[ Robert Jul 14, 2014 ]
Normally a heat gun, small torch out lighter id's all you need.[ FRANK Jul 14, 2014 ]
A lighter is all you need.[ BRANDON Jul 14, 2014 ]