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New starter harness or new connector?

My new starter finally arrived, but when I went to take the old one off and one of the connectors on the starter harness broke off. Is it possible to put another connector on? Only the loop broke off. Or would it be worth the trouble to replace the whole harness? I also tried looking for one in the parts catalog but couldn't find it. Is it worth $80 wherever or would a used one be ok too?

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you mean one of the eye connectors? Which one? Replacing the whole wire is a bit of PITA.

How's your soldering and crimping skills? It might be hard to find a replacement brass eye connector, but a regular one should do...
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It was the smaller of the two positive ones. I'm OK crimping, soldering I still need to work on. I think I have some eye connectors leftover from a speaker kit, didn't think of them thinking I'd need something heavier duty. Thanks for the idea, I'll give that a shot.
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The smaller connector is to activate the solenoid.

- cut off the old connector, leave as much wire as possible
- strip 1/4" insulation off
- clean off exposed wire-end, may need to wire-wheel/brush it to be shiny clean
- slide on 1" of shrink-wrap tubing all the way up wire as far as it will go
- crimp on new connector
- apply a little flux paste/liquid
- heat up with soldering-iron, 50w or higher
- apply solder to gap between iron & wire
- let cool
- slide heat-shrink tubing over connector, leaving only eyelet exposed
- heat with lighter

DONE!
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Just want to say big thanks again to everyone, got it started today buuuut didn't have one of the wires correct and the battery died. The new starter looked like it had an extra post and there was a little mixing around when it didn't initially start again.

So before I start/blow up my car again I want to make sure I have them right: The red/black wire is alone and the others are together? I put the broken one with the large black wire since they were that way when I took it off.

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