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Old 11-08-2016, 10:48   #1
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Sta-lok fitting problems...

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So I'm sitting here in Uruguay, redoing my rigging for the upcoming year of trippin around the Chilean Fiords. I've used Sta-lok swagless terminals and have finished the standing rigging. All went well.

I'm now installing new wires on my cable steering. I'm using 1/4" - 7x19 wire. I've got Sta-lok terminals for 1/4" - 7x19 wire.
The problem is that I can't fit the core wire through the wedge. It just won't go!

I've double checked the wire size, and the Sta-lok wedge has 1/4" 7x19 lasered right into it.....
Has anyone had a similar problem?
Any suggestions?
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Old 11-08-2016, 12:01   #2
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Re: Sta-lok fitting problems...

Are you sure, the wire is imperial 1/4" 7/19 and not metric. Metric and imperial wire use different sta-lok wedges.
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Re: Sta-lok fitting problems...

It sounds as if the wire is not what you believe it is.

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Re: Sta-lok fitting problems...

Thanks for the response.
I'm pretty sure its the right wire. I ordered it from Defender, it says 1/4" on my bill. I measured it and it cones to exactly 1/4"...
6.4mm...
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Re: Sta-lok fitting problems...

I haven't had your problem, but I wouldn't be surprised if the core diameter for 1/4" 7x19 is different than for 1/4" 1x19.

I wouldn't try to drill it out, but maybe you can wedge the cone open a bit with a couple of flat blade screwdrivers and a hammer.
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Re: Sta-lok fitting problems...

If the cones say 7X19 and you certainly are using 7X19 flexible wire for the steering so you should have the right components.

My guesses:

Could the cones have been compressed in shipping or handling?

Any chance the cones were mislabeled? Did you measure the ID of the cone?

For steering cable, below and protected, I am fine with using Nicopress or similar. If you can't sort out the Stal-Loks why not crimp?
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Re: Sta-lok fitting problems...

Thanks for the reply.
I don't think that the wedges were damaged in shipping. They look fine and I got Sta-loks for my standing rigging with the same order and it was all fine. Your idea of measuring the inside diameter is a great one though and I will do that and see if I can find any specs from Sta-lok.
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Re: Sta-lok fitting problems...

Hello again everyone,
I finally got ahold of the guy I bought it off of (he was on holidays) and he said that because the 7x19 wire is more wires in the core bundle, that it often sizes oversize. He suggested I drill out, then sand, the core of the former and use that, which is what I'll do.
Thanks to everyone that responded!
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