Wire Ferrules - BEST Amp Connection - WHEN TO CRIMP!?

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Wire Ferrules - BEST Amp Connection - WHEN TO CRIMP!?

Wire ferrules are a thin copper tube that is tin plated and they really help to clean up our car audio installs and make them more robust. With a wire ferrule we can prevent wires from fraying, we can easily un-install and re-install the wire multiple times without issue, and the wire ferrule securely attaches to the wire in our amplifier or processor. But when do we crimp ferrules and when can we use the amp terminal to crimp them with the set screw? What ferrule crimper works well? Let's find out! ▼ Tools and Materials: ➜ Crimper Tool & Ferrules - (IF SOLD OUT SEE BELOW) ➜ Similar Crimper Tool & Ferrules: ➜ 0 Gauge Wire Ferrules - ➜ 4 Gauge Wire Ferrules - AudioControls New MICRO AMPS! Learn more here: ▼ Want more? Check out these links: ➜Join the CAF Patreon Member Team: ➜Recommended Products and Tools: ➜FREE weekly training program: ➜Box Designs, BUILD YOUR OWN BOX! Disclaimer: Some links may lead to affiliate sites or sponsors. By purchasing through the links your purchase helps support the channel. Thank you for your support! ▼ FULL VIDEO SERIES PLAYLISTS: Project Jeep Build: Custom A Pillars Build: Simple Door Pods: Custom Sub Box: Underseat Fiberglass Sub Box: Fiberglass Door Pods: Here at Car Audio Fabrication I teach you how to Master Car Audio in an effort to Design, Build, and Install your ideal car audio system. Whether you are a hardcore basshead or a HiFi focused audiophile I would love to have you subscribe and join our community! --SUBSCRIBE-- --LET”S CONNECT!— Website: Facebook: Instagram: @caraudiofab Snapchat: @caraudiofab Music: Switch It Up - YouTube Audio Library Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Car Audio Fabrication – Master Car Audio – Design, Build, Install

Comments to the video: Wire Ferrules - BEST Amp Connection - WHEN TO CRIMP!?

CarAudioFabrication 23 days ago
Thanks for checking out my video! Here is the tools and materials: ➜ Crimper Tool & Ferrules - (IF SOLD OUT SEE BELOW) ➜ Similar Crimper Tool & Ferrules: ➜ 0 Gauge Wire Ferrules - ➜ 4 Gauge Wire Ferrules - For more of my advanced builds with all of the steps shown on video watch here: Project Jeep Build: Custom A Pillars Build: Simple Door Pods: Custom Sub Box: Underseat Fiberglass Sub Box: Fiberglass Door Pods:
Muhammad Afiq 4 hours ago
Wire feral, cable lug,
TheRobb573 5 days ago
On my amp, I have to use lugs instead of ferrules, but I work at a place where all I do is run wires and crimp lugs all day, so I get it for free. Good knowledge and skills to have, though.
Alvaro Castro 13 days ago
What do you think about DS 18 speakers
Zarcyne 18 days ago
Damn! Very pretty eyes.
Adam Markey 20 days ago
How do those terminal ends work with solder?
Zen Legiendly 28 days ago
use it maybe with copper
Kamil Puchała 29 days ago
They are made out of brass not copper :)
Timothy Thompson 30 days ago
Those are actually called bootlace crimps . Model HSC8 6-6 crimps with 6 sides and is stronger then the 4 sided crimper. It's also more round.
Kelvin Taylor 1 month ago
That is awesome
Rico Crockett 1 month ago
Where can I get these wire ferrulls? Do I try an independent audio shop, or will I get lucky in the Best Buy installation bay. No frigging electronics stores hardly in NJ
Rico Crockett 1 month ago
CarAudioFabrication Thanks
CarAudioFabrication 1 month ago
You won't find them at either of those places. Use my links in the description
tracphone mobile 1 month ago
amps are gay
slybunda 1 month ago
be wary, bought uninsulated ferrules from ebay and they were not real copper. once sanded down they turned out to be brass.
Tony Rayray 1 month ago
Do they make 2/0 and 4/0
Jose Luis Ruiz 1 month ago
That is awesome! If I buy that kit from the link you have on the description will you get a cut $ for your hard work? 🤔 If so I'll buy the kit this friday! 😎
kingcarcas1349 1 month ago
I didn't even know 0gauge existed
Andy Almeida 1 month ago
Tell audio control to start manufacturing the Esp2 again!! One of the best high stage devices I have ever owned. still have mine in my truck today!
Tim Wieler 1 month ago
Are you over explaining?
NorcraftGaming 1 month ago
I have a 400w pioneer amp and i cant see subwoofer annywhere so help??
iStretchii 19 days ago
NorcraftGaming what
I did it 1 month ago
also i gave up installing 0 gauge wire cause it was so difficult to crimp it into the battery terminal.i was like fuck this sucks.i was using a hammer anvil crimper. wher you hammer a mini anvil pin into its body to crip it.but if i do this then it wont fit in the circle
I did it 1 month ago
OH THATS WHAT I NEEDED. !!!!!!!.that process of shoving wires with no crimp was such a head. i did what you said had to cut it agian cause it was so mess up
wm serviços automotivos 1 month ago
Very nice !
syarrito07 1 month ago
Anybody have tips on getting 0 awg wire in a power Fosgate amp, seems likes its made for 4 awg wire.
Bernard Tarver 1 month ago
I can't seem to get ferrules to fit in screw terminals that take stranded wire without a problem. What am I missing?
Manily Jenkins 2 months ago
what do you do when the ferrules dont fit? , RF 1000x5 says use 4 gauge but the wire ferrel will not fit, using a reducer , the reducers touch.lost in the sauce help!!
Josue Machado 2 months ago
I got a buzzing sound after installing an amplifier. I kept the stock stereo so I am using high connections to get the sound. My amp is well grounded. Any idea on how to fix it?
Josue Machado 1 month ago
Adam Ant I corrected the issue. Turns out that I grounded the high level inputs. In each hardness there is a black cable beside the two + and - speaker polarities. I thought this negative cable had to be connected to the ground which I did. After troubleshooting, I found that this grounded black wire was my problem. Averting ran smooth without any noise after cutting it.
Adam Ant 1 month ago
Josue Machado Make sure you didn't create any ground loops.
pipiripau 78 2 months ago
Is there anything better outthere then an epic center?!
jagtech06 2 months ago
You posted this video right after I ordered a set of ferules for my 5 channel amp, validating my decision. After finishing the install yesterday, I must say, I’m never going back! Ferules for the win!!!
Chris Tamez 2 months ago
I could see u using those on 10 gauge and higher. They sell amp inputs available.
Ray Merrill 2 months ago
Just try telling this to Steve Meade. He claims hes never had a wire tear up from the set screw.
The Greasy Strangler 2 months ago
just solder the ends, no use of all those complicated plugs and heat shrink cables and special plyers
Jon Johnson 2 months ago
+CarAudioFabrication oof
CarAudioFabrication 2 months ago
Complicated? It's more complicated and time consuming to mess around with tinning the ends with solder. And then the terminal can't bite, there is a reason ferrules are used in nearly electrical panel on industrial equipment.
VINNY5674 2 months ago
Love the videos keep them coming in
Jay Feliciano 2 months ago
This actually just makes too much sense to not do 👍👍👍
PANTYEATR1 2 months ago
this is a real car Audio education. Mark you have come a long way bro 💪
Daniel Lanning 2 months ago
Awesome video! I just ordered the same set and got it the other day. Was going to use on a upcoming install and I used a paint marker to color one black and red and it comes out looking great.
lkjyuiop 2 months ago
What if you have a old amp that does not have a big hole to use mine has a big screw.
Shilendra Ramnarine 2 months ago
The tool isn’t available
CarAudioFabrication 2 months ago
Probably because of my video, I added a second link to a similar one.
BigLove101 2 months ago
Opening up worlds, thanks Mark!
Robert Stetson 2 months ago
Thanks for the heads up.
Random Tube 2 months ago
You can also use removable banna plugs for speaker wire connections depending on the wire and terminal gauge on amplifier. I use banna plugs on my 2ch amplifier to feed my full range speakers.
Games Station l جيمز ستيشن 2 months ago
great video mark keep going im learn a lot from you thanks man your fan salman albinali from middil est bahrain..tell me if you read my comment. see you soon mark me by im goming to visit you to learn more from you.
Ryan Malinovsky 2 months ago
I’m onboard.
djtraintxk 2 months ago
Lol, Car Audio Zuckerberg.
john aranjo 2 months ago
I work at a wiring harness facility and we have a ferulle crimper with a rounded bottem theres one that does the 20 to 20 gauge sizes and one for 12 to 18
john aranjo 2 months ago
I bet theres on out there for 4 gauge too
luis Maldonado 2 months ago
good video Mark
knockoff abarth 2 months ago
I'm gonna be redoing my car soon and I'm for sure going to use will ferrell's😁
thejeff1974w 2 months ago
Dude.your a mind reader! I just ordered some of these for my subwoofers. Going to order some for my amps soon!
imickey503 2 months ago
FOR GODS SAKES! Why did I never find this BEFORE! And I LOVE audio Control! Its the BEST part of being in Oregon. Everything else sort of sucks.
Ruby Rose 2 months ago
I don't crimp them though, i solder them for the best conductivity. Nothing bad, huh?
Foof50 2 months ago
Or you can tin your wires. Hopefully most people have a soldering iron when working on stuff like this. Melt some solder on the tip. Wipe tip on damp sponge. Apply small amount to tip. Place tip under wire and heat for short time. Apply solder in a motion toward the end of wire. Smooth and clean with iron as needed. The ferules are a simplistic way of getting this done, but tinning is the best long term solution since all strands will be held together
Leif Keskevaari 27 days ago
Soldering multistrand wires for screw terminals is forbidden. And for vehicle use anyway.
Phillip VanSickle 2 months ago
That would work well for the smaller gauges. Tin and apply heat-shrink around the ends of the insulation for a finishing touch. Heavy gauge wires can be tinned with a propane torch, but you may be better off with a ferule in a screw terminal application as tinned ends on heavy gauge cable tend to be very stiff and may not conform as well to the inside of the terminal.
kabronplay 2 months ago
why is it so hard to find big ones
satanerta u 2 months ago
That's what she said.
Russell Hawkins 2 months ago
Another great video man. I will definitely checking these out for a more professional look
Ryan Miller 2 months ago
Do yal do instals. If I brought my truck in?
Russ Lyman 2 months ago
That tool is amazing I def need to get one, so clean on the instal and I love how you can disconnect and re connect over and over. Love this videos where I keep discovering new things about car audio
Larry Spears 2 months ago
Where do I get the 0gauge heat shrink from?
hifivega 2 months ago
Great video! I’ve been hoping you’d do one on this subject.
bringmeyourweak 2 months ago
Great subject to cover there Mark! Glad to see this episode. Thanks!
itsBMD 2 months ago
I used 1/0 to 1/0 Input Reducers in my install for all of my 0 gauge. They're similar, just slide the wire in, tighten down the allen screw and add heatshrink. I should get some ferrules for speaker sire, remote wire and such but I think they're more necessary on larger wires as they are usually harder to fit into amps as most don't have true 0 gauge inputs.
Clint L 2 months ago
Mark there is a “round” ferrule crimper tool. I use on woofer push terminals.
NotoriouSsThug 2 months ago
knipex has one
allanb3222 2 months ago
Clint L Do you know the brand of it? I've only seen the square and hexagonal type crimpers.
Adam Sidelsky 2 months ago
Yea but where the heck can I buy an ACM? The “authorized distribution” doesn’t have it or know anything about it.
stillrumone 2 months ago
GREAT INFORMATION.
Roland Schoenke 2 months ago
Thanks Mark, And Congrats on your wedding, I just ordered the tool and Ferrules, had to get different 4awg Ferrules though, the one on your link dont ship to Canada.
Kar Kraftsman 2 months ago
Purchased
Walter White 2 months ago
Paper Towel dispenser empty. Time for a new sponsor??
bcnr33skyline187 2 months ago
Is there really any advantage of these over just tinning the tips of the wires with an iron?
Daniel M 2 months ago
Thank you my friend I didn't know the ferrules very useful
Rich Acevedo 2 months ago
where can i get just enough Ferrules to do a single 5 channel amp? (Rockford Fosgate R600X5)
Ivan Knježević 2 months ago
is audiocontrol available in europe? i could buy them just for their beautiful design, simple and elegant.
David Lilley 2 months ago
OMG I just started using these things, they are awesome. I haven't yet tried the crimp tool yet and would love to pick that up. But man I wish these things were around in my time when I started car audio. Love these Farrell's!
Jose Garcia 2 months ago
Hi Mark great video!!! 👍👍👍 Quick question do they make those wire Ferrules for amps that require 1/0 wire to be used, because my ROCKFORD FOSGATE MONO block amps is what they call for!!! If not what is the biggest wire Ferrules that they make??? Those look really good to use and make installs a lot safer and not have to worry about shorting any amps or other car audio equipment!!! Great job on the demo on how they work!!! 👍👍👍
DROP ZONE MEDIA 2 months ago
I have a sub thats rated frequency is 35 hertz and recommended 1.7 cubic feet. The box i have is 1.66 cubic feet. I tried calculating the length of my 4” ports and came up with 2 different lengths. One was 14.88” and the other 13.4”. I know an inch may not seem like a big deal, but i really would like to tune this right. Any help would be great. Anyone know what lengths these ports should be??? Thanks
Brian Parker 2 months ago
I'm an electrician. I always crimp the feral. If not, it is a smooth edge, so it can vibrate out.
Andrew 2 months ago
Dude, I wish I knew about these years ago. Reusing thick wires would've been so much easier.
Foof50 2 months ago
Andrew literally something like this has been around for decades
TheFiendRacer 2 months ago
I wanna get a system in my truck but I was wondering if car stereos are still often stolen? I remember back in the 90’s I had a system and it got jacked along with 3 other cars in the lot. Every time I think about that I feel like I shouldn’t do it. What do u think?
brandon hammer 2 months ago
Had 9 of my car's broken into 2 months ago. None of the audio equipment was stolen or damaged. Was pretty happy about that. I live 8n a bad area and don't lock the doors to avoid broken windows. I've never had anything of worth stolen, even through my car's have been rumaged through a lot. People around me usually look for money, or easy things to snatch like bags and laptops.
u2bed91 2 months ago
TheFiendRacer Get one with a detachable face.
maarten yzer 2 months ago
Keep it stealt,what don t see is not there.
Victor Velazquez 2 months ago
TheFiendRacer i don't think its as common anymore. They might just take the whole car i stead.
Toni 2 months ago
when you crimp those wires, make sure the wire pokes out of the ferrule, then cut the end (only a little bit!) with side cutters. that's what I was taught in school to ensure good connection. edit: typo.
Eric O. 2 months ago
Same thing.
Toni 2 months ago
Foof50 well, translated straight from my language, they are side cutters. those really small ones that could be used to cut your nails lol.
Foof50 2 months ago
Side cutters? You mean diagonal cutters? Flush cut or semi flush cut?
Eduardo Cortez 2 months ago
Hermoso video amigo
VARTSN FFS 2 months ago
yes, this is the correct way
Jo Louie 2 months ago
The ol' in and out.
TC Campbell 2 months ago
I love your videos Thanks bro! Awesome! Likes & subscribed
Peter U_s Loco 2 months ago
Do you have any links to the power and speakers wire you use.Thank you for sharing.
Adam M 2 months ago
i used some ferrules to install my second amp but the 0 ga ferrules weren't really 0 ga and my amp only accepted 4 ga so i got a adapter to step it down to 4 ga now its nice a clean and easy to remove but holy cow its was a pain to set up
MrBroly10000 2 months ago
For amp power and any screw only type connections, the ferules do come handy. For the square type I tin the end of the wire and that makes for a strong solid connection that I can insert\remove multiple times.
Rubens Domm 2 months ago
Nice!
Daniel Harrell 2 months ago
I've got a suggestion for a video, maybe explain the difference between a spl and a daily woofer and what the mgent structure matters and why bigger is not always better due to electrical costs and desired outcome of ur system what magnetic gaps r and stuff like that I think even I could learn some new stuff from u
Patrick Barnes 2 months ago
We use stranded wire cuz electrons flow on the outside of the wires
Patrick Barnes 2 months ago
VARTSN FFS well since I have no idea what I’m talking about where do electrons flow then ??? Look it up on google😆
VARTSN FFS 2 months ago
you have no idea what you are talking about
David Pinto 2 months ago
These are nice!! I’m going to use some on my next install
Billy Beane 2 months ago
I've always soldered my ends to keep from fraying and a nice looking shrink wrap makes a clean install. I have done it that way since I started audio installs back in the late 80's early 90's. I joke about the amount of lead I have inhaled over the years. Back in the beginning it wasn't common to get cable like is used here until I started using welding cable. Now it's easy to get but we used to get monster cable that was no where near as flexible. I'd run welding cable in the unseen and then the nice looking on the amp/fuse fascia panel.
jake weg 26 days ago
Ya I was gonna put that soldering the wire was another option and proabably better
Mark Ferrari 1 month ago
I build panels for CNC machines. I used to just tin all wire ends and use them that way. Never any trouble and some of those machines have been in the field for over a decade without any service calls attributed to my craftsmanship. Now, I do use ferrules. They have proven to be just as reliable and save alot of time when working with dozens or even hundreds of terminations. And I can get them with wire number labels on the insulator that keeps me from having to go back over every wire separate to label. In an amplifier install, I don't see one method as any better then the other. Even in high current situations. Now if you want to go the extra mile and use the amp receptacle to form crimp The ferrule, then go back and solder it, it is over the top, but is one thing you will certainly never have to worry about.
D Torb66 1 month ago
Ask an electrical panel builder what they use. Those dudes have to deal with code that is far better designed for superior connections and they use FERRULES. Not back woods soldering of the wire tip. That's an old school old man way. Get with the times.
emofreako 1 month ago
I tin the ends as well. Basically free way to prevent the ends from fraying. Never had an issue with it.
oldNavyJZ 2 months ago
I would put it in the terminal, crimp it, disconnect, solder, then put in permanently. Takes a little more time, but adds insurance and may improve conductivity.
DuDeZoNe 2 months ago
Awesome As Always.. Thanx for showing all the different connectors. Whenever i have had issues,its normally down to a bad connection.Great Tips.
Chazz Coombes 2 months ago
Another top video mark, when are you doing more stealth install video's? Chazz
CarAudioFabrication 2 months ago
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xxjcxx89 xx 2 months ago
I actually just did my first install and I used ferrules on all my wires 1/0, 4, 14, 16, and 18 awg. I had all insulated ferrules and I would slide on a heat shrink wrap then the ferrule then crimp the ferrule on the side closest to the insulation with pliers (either needle nose or a fatter grip for the big wires) then slide the heat shrink back up just over the insulation and heat it up for a tight fit. This gave a clean result for me and the wires didn't have any issues going into any of the holes.
Eric sin 2 months ago
My wire is usually ridged, lol, these are not needed with spade amp connections
ADR 2 months ago
i use something similar and its great for the price. glad i got the square one and not hex