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Old 07-31-2007, 04:06 PM
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Is there any reason why I shouldn't replace my Super Cubs plastic connectors with good quality single spade connectors?

I will have no problems with mixing up polarity, I just want to know any other potential drawbacks.

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Old 07-31-2007, 06:28 PM
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Is there any reason why I shouldn't replace my Super Cubs plastic connectors with good quality single spade connectors?

I will have no problems with mixing up polarity, I just want to know any other potential drawbacks.

Larry
Ultimately anything that provides a good, solid electrical connection will work. However, my experience with spade connectors is that they're very 'grabby' and are really intended for semi-permanent installation since they can be kind of hard to pull apart.

I'd recommend that you pick up either dean's ultra or polarized mini deans and solder them on, since they are a de-facto industry standard.

There's a few other connectors out there that are popular, but Dean's seem to be available everywhere.
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Old 08-01-2007, 01:13 AM
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You're talking 1/4" Home Depot style spade connectors, yes? Those are definitely not meant to be detached frequently, and the quality of the connection will suffer after just a few cycles. I can't word what happens without it coming out all wrong, but suffice it to say the connection will get loose and unreliable, and the metal can only be tightened up so many times before it becomes work-hardened and cracks.

Also, don't count on yourself to be able to keep the polarity straight. I said I could keep the polarity straight and used non-polarized Dean's micro connectors when I was getting into electrics... Say, does anyone smell smoke?
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Old 08-01-2007, 06:58 AM
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My thoughts exactly, Matt.
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