Repair Harnesses and Connectors for Nissan Skyline
Inside the dash of a R32 GT-R, with Scotchlocks galore. PLEASE STOP JAPAN, PLEASE!!!
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If you are like most of us, and had the glorious opportunity to work on a DIY type electrical installation on a JDM car, then you have found many things that will leave you scratching your head. Scotchlocks are a favorite electrical connector, and shortening wires, seems like it may be against the law in Japan. If you need to fix some of these errors, or have 25 year old connectors that need replacing, we have a few online sources for them.
This is how most JDM cars look, after I have about an hour with them to unfuck the Scotchlocks.
This is a Scotchlock, don’t use it
The issue I have with Scotchlocks, are they are a very unreliable connection. They rely on the cutter on the inside to pierce two pieces of wire to make an electrical contact. You have a very small area of contact, if at all, plus it can actually cut the wire all the way through. Over time, with any bending motion, it will cut the wire, and you will end up with an intermittent connection. These are horrible. I would rather see wires cut back, twisted together, with electrical tape over them, than these. On a side note, wire nuts, are for home wiring, not for your car. On race cars, it is preferred to use a mechanical connector to connect wires, and heat shrink than solder. The problem with soldering wires isn’t the solder connection, but rather the wire leading to and from the connection. They can frey and break over time. Honestly though, you will probably just fine soldering most connections for at least a few years.
Even a solder connection, as experienced by most R32 GT-R owners, can be an unreliable connection at times. We are looking at you- MAF sensors, and window control modules. It is fairly common, on 25 year old cars, to find cracked solder connections on boards. Easy fix, just finding them is the issue.