Wires for 8-way Switch

Get the wires ready for soldering to the 8-way selector switch. Use the following lengths to measure and cut the wires to size.

Wire Lengths

  • 10-wire ribbon cable – 90mm
  • 4-wire JST cable – 102mm

Tin Ribbon Cable

Use wire stripper to remove insulation from the tips of each wire. Tin the exposed wire by adding a bit of solder. 

Ribbon Cable Wires

Repeat tinning on the other end of the ribbon cable. This helps prevent the strands of wire from fraying.

Tin JST Cable Wires

Use wire strippers to remove the tips from the 4-wire JST cable. Tin the strands of wire by adding a bit of solder.

Tinned Wires

The cables are ready to wire up.

Connect 8-way Pins

Add pieces of heat shrink tubing to the wires before soldering. Solder eight of the ten wires from the ribbon cable to the pins on the rotary switch.

Connect 8-way Ground

The single pin in the middle is the common ground. Solder the remaining two wires from the ribbon cable to the ground pin on the rotary switch.

Attaching JST connectors to ribbon cable

Get the following JST male connectors ready to wire up to the ribbon cable.

Solder JST connectors

Solder four of the wires from the rotary switch to one of the 4-pin JST male connectors. Add pieces of heat shrink tubing to the wires before soldering.

Wired 8-way switch

Repeat this process for the other 4-pin JST male connector. Solder the two ground wires from the rotary switch to the 2-pin JST male connector.

This guide was first published on Mar 18, 2020. It was last updated on Mar 18, 2020.
This page (Wiring 8-Way Switch) was last updated on Oct 12, 2020.