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    Thread: wiring harness tape??

    1. 06-21-2003 06:47 PM #1
      Anyone know what kind of tape the factory uses when putting together a wiring harness. It looks like electrical tape but is much more heat/climate resistant.

      Thanks


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      06-21-2003 11:14 PM #2
      its friction tape, you can get some that is almost identical to the factory tape at home depot

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      06-22-2003 02:15 AM #3
      that stuff leave a gunky residue.

      your much better off using a plastic harness (the circle with the slit in it).


    4. 06-22-2003 02:17 AM #4
      Thanks, I'll have to check that out.

      I have used hockey grip tape with good luck; but being cloth, I doubt it acts as a moisture barrier.

      As for the plastic wire loom, I want to keep my wiring harness looking and fitting as stock, but need to reroute a few wires. The wire loom won't give me that result.


      Modified by brendo at 1:20 AM 6-22-2003


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      06-22-2003 10:08 AM #5
      Quote, originally posted by maxt »
      that stuff leave a gunky residue.

      your much better off using a plastic harness (the circle with the slit in it).


      I'd have to disagree here
      I re-wrapped my whole harness with 3M friction tape and it's been perfect. Looks totaly stock and hasn't left any residue what-so-ever. My experience with electrical tape is that it tends to "creep" from the high heat and expose sticky residue which then collects dust and dirt. The friction tape was just tacky enough to hold to itself, plus it laid down very nicely (you could unwrap and rewrap if you screwed up).
      Maybe some special "high temp" electrical tape would work great, but I highly recommend the friction tape (good 3M stuff )


      Modified by James 93SLC at 10:10 AM 6-22-2003

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      06-22-2003 11:09 AM #6
      humm i'll have to try it then!! recover some ghetto harnesses..

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      06-22-2003 11:12 AM #7
      Quote, originally posted by maxt »
      humm i'll have to try it then!! recover some ghetto harnesses..

      Just wrap them nice and tight when you do it. The tape will go down nicely with some tension on it.

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      06-22-2003 08:59 PM #8
      I ordered a roll of self adhesive tape (only sticks to itself) from the Wurth distributer that comes to my work.
      DCI

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      06-23-2003 08:03 PM #9
      friction tape - NOT black electricla tape.

      friction tape does not have the adhesive that electrical tape does.

      If you use a plastic housing, you will need to tape the ends, so your going to use friction tape there, unless you like sticky ends on your plastic wire holder.


    10. 06-26-2003 11:02 AM #10
      loom is gay and anybody who uses it should be shot
      They make awesome 3m cloth tape that leaves no residue or gunk ont he outside. I put it in my whole car this past winter I bouth three big rolls at
      Sports Authority in the Hockey section!!!

    11. 06-26-2003 11:46 AM #11
      But plastic flex loom is used in a lot of places on the car stock. Look at the T/B wiring harness. How about the VSS sensor? The battery ground strap to chassis? Etc, etc.

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      06-26-2003 11:55 AM #12
      Plastic loom is great for wires that are almost touching the engine, like around the bock and stuff. it looks like crap though. and its hard to clean.

    13. 06-26-2003 01:51 PM #13
      Quote, originally posted by SequoiaGLX »
      But plastic flex loom is used in a lot of places on the car stock. Look at the T/B wiring harness. How about the VSS sensor? The battery ground strap to chassis? Etc, etc.

      Really?
      I have never seen a vdub a2 or corrado with any loom! anybody got any pics?


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      06-26-2003 01:55 PM #14
      yes. covering the power steering hoses also.

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      06-26-2003 03:32 PM #15
      The corregated plastic loom was used on A1s assembled at Westmoreland, but not on any A2s I know of...at least not German assembled A2s . Also used in the A3 and B4 VR6 cars.

      I've dealt with that nasty (I call it cat sh!t adhesive-it sticks to everything) cloth fabric tape that maxt was talking about. The factory used on A2 ABS harnesses. You have to use mineral spirits to get it off your hands. If you come across any of it (sticky on the outside) get some gloves before going any further. The person who speced that stuff should be shot!


      Modified by Electron Man at 2:34 PM 6-26-2003


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