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Old 06-10-24, 11:46 AM
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Cable Housing End Crimper

I'm not 100% sure what the proper terminology is.
The crimper for the cable housing metal tip.
I've seen crimping that's radial (making 2 dents that circle the entire radius of the cable end) and a hex pattern.

For the life of me, I cannot find a proper crimping tool.

I'm sure I've used one before, so it HAS to exist.

Any guidance?
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Small vise grip
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Originally Posted by delbiker1
Small vise grip
yep. Works great.
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Small vice grip should be fine, but also an electrical wire stripper often has a crimper on it.

Sorry, I wrongly assumed it was the cable wire end-cap we were considering.

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Originally Posted by CrimsonEclipse
For the life of me, I cannot find a proper crimping tool. I'm sure I've used one before, so it HAS to exist.
There is a crimper built into this old Shimano cable/housing cutter. You can see it just above the spring. If you have a similar tool it might have one too.


Cable cutter with crimper

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Shimano cable cutters have a crimp right above the spring



Park cutters have one for the cable housing ferrules AND the little cable end caps.

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If the cable housings are routed correctly and your cables attached and adjusted properly, you don't need to crimp them.

I question that some of the other responses aren't thinking you meant the crimp ends for the cable itself.
The crimper for the cable housing metal tip.

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Originally Posted by Iride01
If the cable housings are routed correctly and your cables attached and adjusted properly, you don't need to crimp them.
Yeah I don't bother anymore myself. BITD I'd ride MTB in the mud a lot so it was nice to have them crimped on when I relubed the cables.

Originally Posted by Iride01
I question that some of the other responses aren't thinking you meant the crimp ends for the cable itself.
Housing was mentioned, so I just went with it.
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Park tool EP-1 or CN-10.. both have crimpers for the housing end caps and fray-preventing cable caps.

i have a CN-10 sitting here, it has a Hex shaped housing die, and another small crimp die for the cable caps..

searching: "bicycle cable housing end cap crimper" brought up a load of options, from el-cheapo, to way too spendy.

personally, i use the tip of a crisp pair of standard pliers on the cable caps, presented at a 45 deg. angle to the cap.. it leaves a distinctive triangle in the cap... and on the metal housing ends i use the circular serrated jaws of the same pliers, in two positions...

and Knipex 8" side cutters are Far superior to the Park cable shears for cutting tasks. Channel Lock makes some nice side cutters too.

there are 4 other bike shops within 40 miles of my shop... i can usually tell which shop did the tune-up on a bike last by looking at the cable cap crimp pattern... until they hire a new mechanic, anyway.

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Originally Posted by Iride01
If the cable housings are routed correctly and your cables attached and adjusted properly, you don't need to crimp them.

I question that some of the other responses aren't thinking you meant the crimp ends for the cable itself.
The tools shown in the pictures are for the housing ferrules.
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Thanke everyone!

That makes sense.

I appreciate the assist.
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Good looking one by Quaxar :

https://quaxarengineering.com/pro019.html

https://www.sip-scootershop.com/en/p...qcp01_15191100
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I've never crimped a cable housing end caps. Do people do that? Why?
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The tools most mentioned are fine for the tips crimped onto the end of inner wires.

Fitting an end cap to housing calls for a tool that forms a full circle crimp. I've seen and used tools like this for air and hydraulic lines, but never saw dies small enough for cable housing.
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Originally Posted by Camilo
I've never crimped a cable housing end caps. Do people do that? Why?
I have the same question. Besides being unnecessary to crimp the ferrules/housing end caps, would not a crimp risk flattening the housing and binding the cable? (Unless a circular crimper is used, as FBinNY notes.)
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Originally Posted by BCDrums
There is a crimper built into this old Shimano cable/housing cutter. You can see it just above the spring. If you have a similar tool it might have one too.


Cable cutter with crimper

Good luck!
Once again, this hex shape is for ferrules, not wire crimps. It doesn't crush the housing at all, but creates 6 flats that wedge onto the housing so it can't easily fall off when you are doing things like fishing the housing into an aero brake lever.

You put the tool mid-ferrule, not at the end. It is for use with 5mm housing, not 4mm shift housing.

I've done it, it works well, and I normally wouldn't bother.
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Park Tool now has a specific tool for it. I generally use the one in my Knipex Cable cutters though I have used my pliers in the past or even carefully used a pair of cable cutters but you really have to be precise which is not easy.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets

Park cutters have one for the cable housing ferrules AND the little cable end caps.

Interestingly, those are configured like left-hand scissors or shears. I'll have to look at my old ones, see if same.
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Originally Posted by Duragrouch
Interestingly, those are configured like left-hand scissors or shears. I'll have to look at my old ones, see if same.
You're right. I just acquired this tool and found it awkward to use without realizing why.
Unlike with scissors, you can't see what you're doing and the angle is wrong which makes clean cutting difficult.
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I have never crimped a housing ferrule. It never occurred to me that anyone did. Nor can I see any reason to do it.

My Park housing/cable cutters have a small crimp for wire end caps, but not a big one for housing ferrules.
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A properly sized cable end will fit snuggly on the housing, and even if it doesn't crimping is unnecessary, I've never crimped one, and I own a bunch of crimpers for electrical work. I did the OEM spaghetti mess on the HVAC air handler last year, they cheesed out on the wires, and a bunch of them had heat damage on the connectors, in addittion to looking like a mess.
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Originally Posted by wheelreason
A properly sized cable end will fit snuggly on the housing, and even if it doesn't crimping is unnecessary, I've never crimped one, and I own a bunch of crimpers for electrical work. I did the OEM spaghetti mess on the HVAC air handler last year, they cheesed out on the wires, and a bunch of them had heat damage on the connectors, in addittion to looking like a mess.
Then you haven't dealt with a lot of older aero brake levers. I have, crimping helps.
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Originally Posted by Kontact
Then you haven't dealt with a lot of older aero brake levers. I have, crimping helps.
Hmmm, this I can see. The ferrules do have a tendency to get stuck inside the lever if you need to remove the housing and cable.
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Originally Posted by Kontact
Then you haven't dealt with a lot of older aero brake levers. I have, crimping helps.
So we should assume that everyone asking questions in this forum are using the older aero brake levers that crimping helps?
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Originally Posted by Kontact
Then you haven't dealt with a lot of older aero brake levers. I have, crimping helps.
I only run older aero brake levers. I've never felt the need to crimp the housing ferrules.
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