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    Default Any Electronics Guys Onboard?

    I'm in the process of custom fitting a tomtom into my dash. This has involved stripping the tomtom down and cutting and lengthening some of the wires, some power and one is a tiny coaxial, when I say tiny, I mean tiny, its about the size of one of the individual wires in a phone wire. Now I didnt realise it was a coaxal until I cut it. Its far to small and fiddly to solder and extend. So what im after is a place where I can buy this wire and the plugs it fits into. I went to Maplin but was told there not standard size and fitment and that tomtom make there own parts so dont use standard components, hence they dont carry or stock the bits I need. Is there any other place I could try online for these bits?

    Cheers, steve

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    You can solder 2 wires (not coax) one to the center core and one to the exterior leyer....the only way I think to make that extention mate.
    Not a walk in the park I think

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    I've been trying that, but its that delicate the wire keeps snapping and i'm down to 7mm left to play with so ive got one chance left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rushy View Post
    I've been trying that, but its that delicate the wire keeps snapping and i'm down to 7mm left to play with so ive got one chance left.
    Auch!....does not sound to good rushy
    IS there any chance to replace the hole cable desoldering it from the board?

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    You can try CPC Components which is now part of Farnells.

    http://cpc.farnell.com/

    Also RS Components.

    As the other poster stated, if its only a short length, you should be able to very carefully separate the inner and outer wires. ie. solder join the inner core and cover with heatshrink tubing, and then solder join the outer wires, before sliding a finished piece of heatshrink so it seals the whole join, I recommend you wrap a small piece of tin foil so it makes contact with the outer wires to retain screening before wrapping with tape or heat shrinking it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cameron43 View Post
    You can try CPC Components which is now part of Farnells.

    http://cpc.farnell.com/

    Also RS Components.

    As the other poster stated, if its only a short length, you should be able to very carefully separate the inner and outer wires. ie. solder join the inner core and cover with heatshrink tubing, and then solder join the outer wires, before sliding a finished piece of heatshrink so it seals the whole join, I recommend you wrap a small piece of tin foil so it makes contact with the outer wires to retain screening before wrapping with tape or heat shrinking it.
    Cheers for the links and advice mate, i'll have a good look around the site at the weekend, fingers crossed.

    Rob, its not hard wired to the PCB, its plugged at both ends with tiny connectors.

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    try tom tom they might sell them to you

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