Molex Connector Kits

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Dave

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May 2, 2022, 3:32:18 PMMay 2
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Anyone able to recommend a molex connector kit that includes a variety of sizes (mainly female but if it also has corresponding male fine) and the connectors that crimp onto the wire to suit the various sizes? Looking to replace some of the connectors in my Williams Indiana Jones and thought a kit with range of sizes would be the way to go. Been looking on ebay, marco and some local part places here in Australia but thought I'd check and see if anyone could recommend a good kit with range of sizes. Thanks.

John Robertson

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May 2, 2022, 4:18:06 PMMay 2
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On 2022/05/02 12:32 p.m., Dave wrote:
> Anyone able to recommend a molex connector kit that includes a variety of sizes (mainly female but if it also has corresponding male fine) and the connectors that crimp onto the wire to suit the various sizes? Looking to replace some of the connectors in my Williams Indiana Jones and thought a kit with range of sizes would be the way to go. Been looking on ebay, marco and some local part places here in Australia but thought I'd check and see if anyone could recommend a good kit with range of sizes. Thanks.

Great Plains Electronics can throw something together if Ed is active.
His day job sometimes distracts him from the web site.

I would recommend you get the crimper, and 100 or so of the trifurcon
.156 wipers, and then an assortment of male and female connectors that
match your game's needs. 11 pin connectors tend to be the ones that burn
out on lamp circuits for example...

https://www.greatplainselectronics.com/

Unfortunately it appears that US Post is not accepting shipments to AU
or NZ - not sure what gives there. Canada Post does accept shipments,
but surface takes upwards of three months......

I do sell Molex pins, etc. but not as cheap as Ed at GPE does.

John :-#)#

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Paul

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May 2, 2022, 9:54:43 PMMay 2
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On 5/2/2022 3:32 PM, Dave wrote:
> Anyone able to recommend a molex connector kit that includes a variety of sizes (mainly female but if it also has corresponding male fine) and the connectors that crimp onto the wire to suit the various sizes? Looking to replace some of the connectors in my Williams Indiana Jones and thought a kit with range of sizes would be the way to go. Been looking on ebay, marco and some local part places here in Australia but thought I'd check and see if anyone could recommend a good kit with range of sizes. Thanks.


I too recommend GPE. Ed is a great guy and its hard to beat his prices.
Paul

Dave

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May 3, 2022, 3:10:43 PMMay 3
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On Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 6:18:06 AM UTC+10, John Robertson wrote:
> On 2022/05/02 12:32 p.m., Dave wrote:
> > Anyone able to recommend a molex connector kit that includes a variety of sizes (mainly female but if it also has corresponding male fine) and the connectors that crimp onto the wire to suit the various sizes? Looking to replace some of the connectors in my Williams Indiana Jones and thought a kit with range of sizes would be the way to go. Been looking on ebay, marco and some local part places here in Australia but thought I'd check and see if anyone could recommend a good kit with range of sizes. Thanks.
> Great Plains Electronics can throw something together if Ed is active.
> His day job sometimes distracts him from the web site.
>
> I would recommend you get the crimper, and 100 or so of the trifurcon
> .156 wipers, and then an assortment of male and female connectors that
> match your game's needs. 11 pin connectors tend to be the ones that burn
> out on lamp circuits for example...
>
> https://www.greatplainselectronics.com/
>
> Unfortunately it appears that US Post is not accepting shipments to AU
> or NZ - not sure what gives there. Canada Post does accept shipments,
> but surface takes upwards of three months......
>
> I do sell Molex pins, etc. but not as cheap as Ed at GPE does.
>
> John :-#)#
>
> --

Thanks John and Paul. Appreciate the info. Cheers.

David Gersic

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May 22, 2022, 10:41:29 PMMay 22
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On Mon, 2 May 2022 13:17:52 -0700, John Robertson <sp...@flippers.com> wrote:
> On 2022/05/02 12:32 p.m., Dave wrote:
>> Anyone able to recommend a molex connector kit that includes a variety of sizes (mainly female but if it also has corresponding male fine) and the connectors that crimp onto the wire to suit the various sizes? Looking to replace some of the connectors in my Williams Indiana Jones and thought a kit with range of sizes would be the way to go. Been looking on ebay, marco and some local part places here in Australia but thought I'd check and see if anyone could recommend a good kit with range of sizes. Thanks.
>
> Great Plains Electronics can throw something together if Ed is active.
> His day job sometimes distracts him from the web site.
>
> I would recommend you get the crimper, and 100 or so of the trifurcon
> .156 wipers, and then an assortment of male and female connectors that
> match your game's needs. 11 pin connectors tend to be the ones that burn
> out on lamp circuits for example...
>
> https://www.greatplainselectronics.com/
>
> Unfortunately it appears that US Post is not accepting shipments to AU
> or NZ - not sure what gives there. Canada Post does accept shipments,
> but surface takes upwards of three months......

USPS is not sending anything to Australia. The stated reason is Australian
import restrictions due to covid 19. I just went 'round and 'round this
not too long ago with somebody.

You can ship to Australia via UPS, FedEx, or DHL. The price, however, is
just shy of absolutely ridiculous. The parts I sent fit in a small box
(1.5" x 4" x 8"). DHL was least expensive, at about $450 (not a typo).


> I do sell Molex pins, etc. but not as cheap as Ed at GPE does.

There has to be a place in Australia that sells basic electronics parts.


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John Robertson

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May 23, 2022, 4:32:24 PMMay 23
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We can ship to Australia using Canada Post, it just time to arrive.
Interesting that USPS still doesn't accept shipments to AU.

We had a problem with one customer in AU, he bought an old NOS Gottlieb
9 position drop target lift bar (no longer available anywhere) and had
it shipped tracked surface post - ETA 2 to 3 months.

After just over 2 months he complained to PayPal that it was taking too
long to arrive and even though I showed PP the shipping receipt, and the
link showing the part was in transit PP refunded the purchase price
($75USD) and shipping costs ($75USD) to customer.

Customer receives goods the following Saturday - within the ETA. ETA =
Estimated Time of Arrival, not iron-clad guarantee!

Customer ignored email asking for payment

Sent customer a PP invoice for the part and shipping.

A couple of weeks later customer paid JUST the part price ($75USD), and
ignored the shipping.

Customer is now cut off from my store.

He was a repeat customer too. Too bad, if he needs anything from us in
the future.

John :-#(#

Scott Lurndal

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May 24, 2022, 12:07:00 PMMay 24
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David Gersic <usenet_s...@zaccaria-pinball.com> writes:
>On Mon, 2 May 2022 13:17:52 -0700, John Robertson <sp...@flippers.com> wrote:
>> On 2022/05/02 12:32 p.m., Dave wrote:
>>> Anyone able to recommend a molex connector kit that includes a variety of sizes (mainly female but if it also has corresponding male fine) and the connectors that crimp onto the wire to suit the various sizes? Looking to replace some of the connectors in my Williams Indiana Jones and thought a kit with range of sizes would be the way to go. Been looking on ebay, marco and some local part places here in Australia but thought I'd check and see if anyone could recommend a good kit with range of sizes. Thanks.
>
>USPS is not sending anything to Australia. The stated reason is Australian
>import restrictions due to covid 19. I just went 'round and 'round this
>not too long ago with somebody.
>
>You can ship to Australia via UPS, FedEx, or DHL. The price, however, is
>just shy of absolutely ridiculous. The parts I sent fit in a small box
>(1.5" x 4" x 8"). DHL was least expensive, at about $450 (not a typo).

You basically have two choices. Air or Water. International pax flights
to oz were basically non-existant, and those carriers handle a large fraction
of the air freight to/from oz. Limited supply increases costs.

Water is the other choice, and with the transport costs per-container-equivalent
increasing ten-fold in the last couple of years (from $2k to $2kUSD per container),
that form of shipping (where timeliness isn't necessary) has become
expensive as well.

One of the costs of living on a rather isolated island.

Dflrm

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May 24, 2022, 7:33:22 PMMay 24
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Unless you have tons of money waist on shipping and you really want to wait a long time for international shipping buy the parts in Australia. I realize it’s a pain to identify the connectors but you will be happier if you do. Sit down with your manual and identify which connectors you think you are going to need to replace and make a list. The connectors are about $1 AUD a piece for the housings and the pins are way cheaper. Make sure you also get replacement headers for the GI on the circuit board. The connectors, header, and pins your going to need are most likely from the Molex KK 396 series you can get them from Mouser or Digikey in Australia.
https://au.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Molex/09-50-7121?qs=53in8j6h7oSro2ycsylkXA%3D%3D
https://www.digikey.com.au/en/products/detail/molex/0009507121/1090452?s=N4IgTCBcDaIAwE4CscDsBGM6QF0C%2BQA

Here in the US I buy more often from Mouser then Digikey. Oh when your ordering the pins buy more then you need. It’s always good to have some on hand and they are dirt cheap especially in comparison to the shipping. If you don’t have a good set of crimpers you should definitely get one. Just in case you have problems looking up the part numbers here is the Molex site.
https://www.molex.com/molex/products/family/kk_396?parentKey=kk_interconnect_solutions

I hope this helps

Daniel

Dave

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May 26, 2022, 4:01:24 PMMay 26
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Thanks for the advice Daniel. Appreciate it. Being very lazy I know and was wondering whether some kind of kit with a range of sizes were available - kinda like a rubber kit I had in mind. But agree, best to identify what I may need and then go from there.

I have changed the odd molex connector in my time under the playfield, but don't really have the proper tools so this has been one part of my IJ I have not done too much. So was thinking maybe as preventative maintenance look to replace all connectors in the backbox. Then again, if it aint broke...

Thanks again,

Cheers. David.

Dflrm

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May 26, 2022, 5:18:16 PMMay 26
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If your lazy I guess that means I’m lazy too. I was hoping for a kit years ago when I needed a few connectors. I ended up buying one of every connector in the machine since at the time they were only about $0.50 or less. I knew I was going to need to replace a few but I had no clue which ones yet and it was just cheaper to order them all while I was ordering parts for another game then it would have been to order them later. Whatever you do only change them one at a time and at the very least play a few games before you change another connector. Unless you have a very compelling reason to I would only change what you need to change. The connectors in the back box are the punch the wire down style from the factory which sucks. You have to literally cut the wire in the middle of the connector and strip both ends a crimp both of them into one pin or with the heavier wires solder them both on to one wire and crimp that one wire into the pin. I will not say it is difficult but it is a royal pain so I agree if it’s not broke don’t fix it.
Happy Tinkering
Daniel
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