Originally Posted by nusslejj
WOW - GREAT WORK ! FR should hire you !
Two questions -
1. Did you have to purchase a crimper for the Deutsch connectors, and if so, did you go with an inexpensive one, or the expensive Deutsch crimper ?
2. Where did you get the connector mounts attached to the box - were they fabricated ?
Great job ! Now I have my work cut out for me !
You are one of the folks that motivate me to get this stuff done! And FR can't afford me
1. Didn't need a crimper at all. Simply removed the pins from the factory Deutsch connector and installed them into the new Deutsch receptacle. The pins remove very easily once you remove the rubber plug that is installed in the pin end of the connector.
If I get a spare Curt controller, I will want to install pins on it for easy replacement on the road - so I will see if my weatherpack crimper will work, or will buy one that does. I'm a tool hound, so I usually go for the better tool if I can afford it.
2. I bought the flange mount receptacles here
They are a Deutsch part - only fabrication is drilling and cutting the appropriate sized opening in the PVC box. There are templates on the Batts Racing website for each of these connectors.
The aluminum plates were done really as an excuse to work on some of my sheet metal skills. I'm building an airplane, so I need to practice on as much non-critical fabrication as I can.