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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-11-2019, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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wire harness protector/wrap

What do people use for a nice looking wire harness wrap material? I found some expensive stuff on Summit (painless performance) and some highly rated less expensive stuff on Amazon. They look similar. I don't really like the hard plastic ribbed stuff, but maybe its the best.

I chose this braided red/black since my engine bay is mostly black with some red and chevy orange. i thought it would look nice.. I got 25' of 1/4" and 3/8" and an extra roll of just black 3/8" and some shink fit ends and cloth tape. My harnesses are ready to go but are just kinda ugly and messy and are just original 50 year old black tape.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-11-2019, 03:59 PM
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There is expandable sleeving:

https://www.cableorganizer.com/expan...xoCECUQAvD_BwE

Inexpensive; but has the disadvantage of requiring you to thread every wire through the sleeve. If you make full wiring harnesses on a regular basis (because you are building a car a week for customers) it isn't bad. But for the occasional hobbiest I can not recommend it.

Then comes the modern factory standard of ribbed plastic sleeve. It is also cheap comes in a wide array of colors and it is slit length wise allowing you to bind existing wires quickly and easily.

https://www.oreillyauto.com/shop/b/l...9/f4ed91135f6d

Finally there is the classic black cloth adhesive automotive electrical wire wrap (NOT electrical tape):

https://www.tmart.com/1-Roll-3-2cm-x...s_p411180.html

I don't recommend trying to wire tie your harnesses as they loosen up and move not to mention biting every time you get near the clipped ends.

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Thanks!

Yeah since the harness is already done, its wrapped in whatever the factory had it in I think. But its in such good shape I don't need to redo any of the connectors so the non slit tubing won't really work in this case.

So I thought of the braided sleeves because they look better than the ribbed sleeves. And people on Summit are using that expensive braided painless performance stuff. But I've never seen it anywhere in person.

I basically need to cover the engine harness (alternator, coil, etc) and the headlight harness which has 5 or 6 wires coming off the main. When I get it I'll see what it looks like and post some pics for fun! It was about $15 a roll just to see how it turns out. If it looks bad I'll get some of the ribbed stuff.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-11-2019, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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I think what I bought it basically short pieces of the first item you posted, in a wraparound format. They sell that on cableorganizer.com as well. I think the wrap around would work for existing harnesses, we'll see.
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I like the braided wire wrap from Summit:

https://www.summitracing.com/parts/sum-890341/

You have to be careful with the convoluted plastic tubing; the edges act like a knife blade and will actually cut through metal over time. Seen this on a lot of R&G and durability vehicles at work.
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I like the braided wire wrap from Summit:

https://www.summitracing.com/parts/sum-890341/

You have to be careful with the convoluted plastic tubing; the edges act like a knife blade and will actually cut through metal over time. Seen this on a lot of R&G and durability vehicles at work.
That's close to what I ordered from amazon, i just got a multi colored red/black version. It should be the same stuff. I'll try it out and post pics of the results.

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