If you own any Toyota long enough you will eventually need to either modify or repair an electrical connector. This can be daunting because it seems everyone is already having a hard enough time building up the courage to even commit to "cutting the wire" much less taking apart a factory connector. Once you understand how most of Toyota's double-locking connectors work, having the right Pin Removal Tool is the only thing keeping you from frustration or completion of the task.
Toyota connectors typically use a type of pin terminal that requires a skinny tool that is 1mm x .06mm and that is where the Prison Shank comes in. The name comes from what the tool looks like. But its function is to carefully and easily remove the wired pin terminal from the connector housing.
Although there are a few similar tools out there, they tend to be plasticy cheap. Which is fine, I suppose. But that's not how I like my tools so the handle was milled using 6000Series aluminum and then anodized in Type2 black and O-rings added for additional grip when needed.
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Size doesn't matter...
I debated buying this tool for the longest time and went through 3x sets of Chinese crap before breaking down and picking this guy up. My only disappointment is the size...its TINY. With such a vicious name I assumed it would be about 8" long...nope, it's tiny but SUPER effective. I'll be able to hand this down to my kids, it's solid. I love the addition of the o-rings, keeps your sweaty hands gripping your tool like you mean it. Shanking is dirty but quick business now. I wish I had bought this a long time ago. Thanks Wit's End!
So simple yet so perfect
Removing broken connectors with a filed down flathead screwdriver had become tedious, so I figured what the hell, spending a little money might be worth getting these things apart easily and quickly. I was right - this tool works like an absolute charm and makes getting wires out of the connectors a breeze. I swapped out two connectors on my Cruiser using this tool in about 1/4 the amount of time it previously took me to do this with the old flathead. If you own a Cruiser that's >10 years old, you better buy one of these shanks, because you're guaranteed to break connectors and need to swap in new ones. On the outside I was an honest man. Straight as an arrow. Had to come to prison to be a crook.