Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: Soldering irons

  1. #1
    CF Nutter
    Join Date
    15th October 2009
    Location
    wrexham
    Posts
    2,064

    Soldering irons

    Ive been thinging of buying a soldering iron to do some work on the corrado loom.can anyone recommend one nothing to expensive.cheers
    1990 1.8 16v white

  2. #2
    CF Nutter rado20vT's Avatar
    Join Date
    4th November 2005
    Location
    In my garage, somewhere near the top of Suffolk
    Posts
    1,109
    Depends on what you intend to do with it.

    If you are only soldering some wires together then you can get them from most hardware stores for around 10 - 15 quid.

    If you want to solder PCBs then look out for a temp adjustable weller iron, that is what I have at home and it does the job fine, they have replaceable tips so you can change to suit whatever the job is.

    I used to have an expensive metcal iron that was self adjusting for temp, auto switch off, quick change tips etc but I didnt really use it to its full potential so sold it and carried on using the weller.
    Graham
    20v Turbo, Audi TT Leather, 17" BBS, 330mm front discs with Brembo;s, 256mm rear, Digital dash in development
    OEM++

  3. #3
    Enthusiast
    Join Date
    8th February 2007
    Location
    n. ireland
    Posts
    601
    I'd recommend something along the lines of the portable gas job as shown at the link below. I bought one for Maplins around 20 years ago and it is still going strong. I used to do a lot of car hi-fi installation and this iron tackled everything up to and including four gauge power cable. You'll get, probably, four tips included which will cover everything you're likely to encounter. All you'll need is a can of butane lighter gas and a roll of fluxed solder.


    https://www.maplin.co.uk/p/pro-iroda...iron-kit-n13ar

  4. #4
    ⋆⋆ CF Member ⋆⋆ Jim Bowen's Avatar
    Join Date
    16th May 2005
    Location
    Essex
    Posts
    8,739
    I wouldn't solder a loom, much better to use Duraseal connectors
    Just like a golf................But better!!!

  5. #5
    CF Nutter rado20vT's Avatar
    Join Date
    4th November 2005
    Location
    In my garage, somewhere near the top of Suffolk
    Posts
    1,109
    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bowen View Post
    I wouldn't solder a loom, much better to use Duraseal connectors

    I've just seen that phrase on a Facebook Corrado page

    Agreed, but I've given up arguing the point

    Although I use these:

    http://www.te.com/usa-en/product-680...ucts&samples=N
    Last edited by rado20vT; 4 Weeks Ago at 6:12 PM.
    Graham
    20v Turbo, Audi TT Leather, 17" BBS, 330mm front discs with Brembo;s, 256mm rear, Digital dash in development
    OEM++

  6. #6
    ⋆⋆ CF Donator ⋆⋆ swiftkid's Avatar
    Join Date
    24th May 2007
    Location
    Near Hull
    Posts
    2,718
    I've got a portasol gas soldering iron and I use it for everything, I've got about 4 or 5 240v soldering irons of varying sizes but the portasol is just a great all rounder so that gets used most. Loads of different tips available for different jobs and you can refill with lighter fluid.

    I've recently started using duraseals and they do work fantastic and give a really good joint. Soldering is great but I found on my old rado that the loom physically couldn't be soldered and the wires just became brittle at both ends of the soldered joint so it depends what condition your loom is in.

    Red 16v gone
    Red VR32.. WIP

  7. #7
    CF Nutter
    Join Date
    15th October 2009
    Location
    wrexham
    Posts
    2,064
    my looms brittle what colour duraseal connects are best for loom the red ones
    1990 1.8 16v white

  8. #8
    ⋆⋆ CF Member ⋆⋆ Jim Bowen's Avatar
    Join Date
    16th May 2005
    Location
    Essex
    Posts
    8,739
    Yeah, if they are the small ones, i ended up buying all the different sizes as was doing the fan wiring too.

    I bought duraseal branded ones, what i didn't use my mate had off me and then replaced them with some knock-off unbranded version from ebay and tbh they are just as good.
    Just like a golf................But better!!!

  9. #9
    Regular
    Join Date
    23rd April 2017
    Location
    Liverpool
    Posts
    247
    If you are joining wiring Renault do a soldering join which is water proof and use a cigarette lighter to soldier together,They a very good,very easy to use,If interest let me know and l will get the part number on Tuesday
    If you find that the wiring is corroded go to a scrap yard and cut of some wiring loom ends ,removed the pins from the looms and refit to your loom.
    Hope this makes sense
    Last edited by 1200 bandit; 2 Weeks Ago at 9:23 PM.

  10. #10
    Super Moderator Kevin Bacon's Avatar
    Join Date
    5th March 2003
    Location
    Essex
    Posts
    26,749
    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bowen View Post
    I wouldn't solder a loom, much better to use Duraseal connectors
    Absolutely. Car makers do not use solder in wiring harnesses for a reason - vibration related metal fatigue. Mechanical connections only please, and as the good sir suggested, Duraseal is the best there is.
    Did have: 94 Corrado R32
    Now have: 2004 Golf R32

Similar Threads

  1. Displacer welding soldering ????
    By ROB1N in forum Engine Bay
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 8th April 2014, 12:31 AM
  2. bumper irons
    By billinjah in forum Exterior
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 27th November 2005, 5:44 AM
  3. soldering onto dash bulb holders
    By fla in forum Interior
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 19th October 2005, 7:59 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
About us
We are the world's largest community for VW's Super Coupé! Be it 8v, 16v, G60 or VR6 (or maybe something else!), everybody's welcome! If this is your first visit, be sure to click register and fill out your details before you can post.
Help us
This site is run on donations.
Please help keep the forum alive!
Follow us
advertising & sponsorship
Are you a company looking for advertising that could benefits our users? For site & forum sponsorship, please see our dedicated microsite here.