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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Jan 5th, 03, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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Im starting to clean up my wire harness in the dash and under my consel. Is there a more correct type of wrap to bundle the wires up in again after cleaning and doing some patching work? Normal everyday elec tape or something else? Seems the original stuff was quite stretchy but Im not so sure about modern tape. Anyone experimented with the type of tape to wrap with?


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Jim, Have you thought about that plastic loom product Kragens, Pepboys, etc. carry? Seems that would keep things in order for you. If you need to tear into it again, you won't have to deal with old sticky tape. You can use plastic ties to help keep it in place. If a wire needs to branch off, just make a small slit and keep going... just an idea.Mike
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the resto places sell harness tape, which is like electrical tape without the glue. pretty cheap.

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Yes,I purchased the correct non-stick tape from Classic Industries.One roll was around 8.00 dollars i think.It worked perfect.

One roll was enough to do the whole car.
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Great thanks guys. I like options to consider. Guess its time to shop catalogs again.


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When wrapping the harness grab the plug in a vice and the opposite end with a bungee cord. That way it is suspended above the work surface and makes wrapping much easier.

Wrap all the short pigtails first and terminate them on the main-run. The last wrap should start at the farthest connection and work toward the plug. When you get to the end just tie a knot to finish it off.

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If you're going for factory correctness, then tape is the way to go. I'm planning on using that flexable tubing found in later model years. The tape gets mucky after a while.

As for tape, there are variations in quality. I use a 3M brand that is very streatchy and does a great job. Some of the Walmart / Home Depot variety tapes are much stiffer and don't work as well. If you can't find the 3M tape locally, try Digikey. ( http://www.digikey.com )

Edit: Seems I've learned a thing or two about factory correctness (by reading the preceding posts more carefully). In any event, what I posted is true about electrical tape, but it sounds like it's not quite the right stuff for the job.

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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old Jan 6th, 03, 08:38 PM
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i unwrapped then re wrapped my old harness when replacing resistor wire and for general clean-up, and just re used the original stuff. it really seems pretty resilient, if yours is in good shape you might try it. and the good 3-m sticky type tape referred to is likely 3m "super 33" or "super 88". this is far better than the cheap tape you see at most parts stores. its the stuff we use on motor terminal connections and such. hope that helps
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old Jan 7th, 03, 04:59 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the input guys. Thinking Id like to stay with a tape of sorts. I will check out the 3m 33 and 88 when Im in the big box store next.


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I had every wiring harness out of the car for inspection and repair. I ended up using the old 99 cent electrical tape from the hardware store.......In hind sight, I like the idea of the plastic loom.....Maybe I'll do that the next time around!

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