Electrical work on cars, buggies or trucks can be a lot of fun because you can make your work your own. There are many options from slamming it together to spending more time on complex and clean wiring solutions. So many cool things can be done. That is why we normally ditch any factory wiring harness that comes with lights and make up our own. Sometimes these wires are less than desirable to work with as they are tiny wires caked in insulation to give the user the feeling they are getting what they paid for. Stripping this wire can be a pain with normal wire strippers. Picking the right gauge is not easy and with Jeff’s failing eyesight close up we had to make some adjustments.
While looking for parts, we found that Summit Racing has an Auto-Adjusting Wire Stripping Tool. This tool will strip anything from 10 to 24 gauge wire without the need to pick the right place. The tool also has cutters, crimpers and other electrical tools inside the handle. This tool is $18 dollars and was well worth trying! What we found was a tool that made stripping wire simple and fun. This tool will easily strip wires of varying gauge back to back without changing anything. This was great while working to wire a group of switches at the bench and even better while working inside the Can-Am X3 for small wiring projects.
While there are a lot of upsides to this tool, it does have one downside. If you do not strip the proper amount of insulation the first time, you have a 50/50 chance of it stripping more the second go around. Sometimes it will strip a bit more no issue and other times it will just chew up that small section without removing it. With a little practice, you will rarely have that happen.
Check out our video above to watch us use this tool and explain how awesome it is to use on UTV wiring.