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Old 03-24-2010, 02:15 PM
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Wiring harness detailing

What do you guys do to detail the wiring you've done?

I use plastic wire loom, which looks okay, but the connections to other pieces of loom look cheezy. I've seen the "T" connectors, but in my opinion that looks worse than what I currently do. To make a connection, I trim the loom so it fits together nice, then wrap it with tape at the connections. To keep the look from coming off of the wire, I put a piece of tape about every 8-12 inches apart.

A lot of OEM wire loom is wrapped completely with tape, but when I do that it looks like crap as I can not get it to look uniform enough. I like the look of tape with a flat finish, but that tends to be cheap tape and doesn't stick very well. I use 3M because it is supposed to be "the best", but I'm sure there is better tape out there. OEM tape doesn't seem to come off as easily as the 3M stuff does.

Russell Performance sells a wire covering that looks nice, so I might try that. Nothing I have is factory (engine, paint, etc) but I like my work to look factory.

Anyone have any good ideas that work?

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....A lot of OEM wire loom is wrapped completely with tape, but when I do that it looks like crap as I can not get it to look uniform enough. I like the look of tape with a flat finish, but that tends to be cheap tape and doesn't stick very well. I use 3M because it is supposed to be "the best", but I'm sure there is better tape out there. OEM tape doesn't seem to come off as easily as the 3M stuff does.
That's how I do it. Wrap the split loom with tape. The secret is that the tape to use is actually not electrical tape. It's "Loom Tape" which looks exactly like vinyl electrical tape but doesn't have any adhesive.

In fact, all OEM wiring harnesses that are tape wrapped use this kind of tape, whether or not they use split loom. It prevents the sticky mess that you get if you were to use electrical tape, and also allows the harness to be far more flexible.

The Loom tape is relatively expensive at about $9 per roll. I get mine online at CorvetteCentral.com. If anyone knows where I can get it cheaper, I'm all ears.

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So what do you do to secure it to the harness? Secure with electrical tape?
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At the beginning of the wrap, either tie the loom tape to the harness, or just wrap the loom tape over itself a few times, then start working your way down the harness. I shoot for an overlap of about 30-40%. At the end of the harness, I typically do use a double or triple wrap of standard electrical tape to secure it (being careful not to stretch the electrical tape on the last go-round, otherwise it will eventually come loose). On OEM harnesses, they just tie the end of the loom tape to itself - no adhesive tape whatsoever.
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Interesting.
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