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Lumpyclod
12-05-2012, 5:30 AM
This is my first how to, figured I had taken enough from this place about time I gave something back. Did this today and it worked out heaps better than I thought. So I figured I would share.

Ever since I built a sissy bar and mounted my light I wasn't overly happy with the wiring. But it did the job and worked for the Doomsday Run 2012. After the run I was looking for cloth covered wiring and in OZ it either didn't exist or was too expensive. So what do you do?

Enter buck fifty shoe laces. Picked up these ones from Woolies, they come in all kinds of colours. You can get a few different styles too, including batman print:rolleyes:, you want the ones that are like hollow tubes.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EtNbYLi83yg/UL8h-iu3fFI/AAAAAAAAADg/Up7Y_JCtwnw/s320/laces.jpg

I picked brown and black ones. I didn't end up using these ones on the tail light but I'm sure they will find there way on my bike.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-mYJVJ4Rzjio/UL8joz3BYPI/AAAAAAAAAEM/TnDIMk3f2HA/s320/tangle.jpg

So next what you do is cut off the plastic end bits (called Aglets apparently) In the centre of the shoe lace there will be a length of string running from end to end.Gently pull a small amount out each end. (Check out the picture if that makes no sense)

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BuAzYwmycrM/UL8isBWUlXI/AAAAAAAAAD0/q31tivrph4Q/s320/end+cut.jpg

Now strip the insulation off the end of the wire you want to run through the centre. Tie a knot in the cotton, put the copper wire through the knot and twist it on itself. (Again refer to the pic)

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gfPwy9Qoxls/UL8j6Q3EkBI/AAAAAAAAAEU/ycQAl9IdR2M/s320/twist.jpg

So I forgot the take a picture of this bit, its pretty straight forward tho. Pull the cotton from the opposite end and the wire will travel up through the centre of the lace and out. I melted the end of the lace to stop it fraying and put some heat shrink over it for good measure.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GcdzTTng5_o/UL8jOfc7JiI/AAAAAAAAAEE/7S-7ky4hvzU/s320/heat+shrink.jpg

Easy as that. Now you have that cool "period correct" look for a whole buck fifty :D

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-l-qtOM1WA0A/UL8i8sEmUII/AAAAAAAAAD8/PE9SisecMQM/s320/finished.jpg

Experiment a little, I ended up using a plain jane black lace running 2 wires through it for my tail light. Turned out pretty stella. Cheers :cheersmate:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-XoojWwnzors/UL8iYVYQUYI/AAAAAAAAADs/f-2B57dl55U/s320/black.jpg

RedRooster
12-05-2012, 5:50 AM
Haha thatīs brilliant.!
Thankīs for sharing mate.

Knuckleduster
12-05-2012, 5:59 AM
I have been thinking about something like this for a good while now, thanks for postin' it up!

KackAttack
12-05-2012, 6:19 AM
I have been thinking about something like this for a good while now, thanks for postin' it up!

yes, a great idea, and looks cool. I just wonder how laces will hold up to the UV rays

Shacknasty
12-05-2012, 6:19 AM
I'm faxing you a beer and a hunnerd dollar bill right now. Awesome tip!

JamesM
12-05-2012, 8:05 AM
Dude, awesome. I'm using this for sure. Thanks.

72chrysler
12-05-2012, 9:14 AM
I love this kind of high-tech tech!
Faxing you a bong and a blintz.

MenaceKustoms
12-05-2012, 9:24 AM
Dang, I'm gonna fax some hookers and blow. That's the bees knees!

hardcharg3r
12-05-2012, 10:02 AM
you could also use para cord/ 550 cord, it's hollow in center, more weather resistant and comes in a large variety of colors

bonesxl1100
12-05-2012, 10:17 AM
you could also use para cord/ 550 cord, it's hollow in center, more weather resistant and comes in a large variety of colors

This is what ill be doing. But the shoelace idea is great. :cheersmate:

nateridesbikes
12-05-2012, 10:35 AM
god damnit i love you.

Bdehlin
12-05-2012, 11:47 AM
Brilliant! Would have never thought to use a shoelace or paracord! :cheersmate:

Hatchet54
12-05-2012, 11:47 AM
Swell. I'll definitely be putting this idea to good use. Thanks man!

Tito
12-05-2012, 12:52 PM
That is great. But does the paracord these guys are talking about have that little string running through the center? Would be near impossible to do without that.

rus
12-05-2012, 2:54 PM
naw, you could feed it through pretty easily as long as the wire had a clean end on it so it didnt get caught inside the string.

lvvato
12-05-2012, 2:57 PM
Hell Yes! Great job and Thanks for sharing

Lumpyclod
12-05-2012, 3:06 PM
No problems fellas. Post up pics if you use this low tech solution.
As for the whole UV thing, we are just starting summer over here so I will let you know what cracks on. But they seem to last pretty well in the sun on my shoes.

BuddhahoodVato
12-05-2012, 3:12 PM
De aquellas.

70schop
12-05-2012, 3:35 PM
That's fucking sweet. Thanks for sharing the ideas. The install on your taillight looks nice and clean

Evidence
12-05-2012, 3:37 PM
naw, you could feed it through pretty easily as long as the wire had a clean end on it so it didnt get caught inside the string.

This. You could always keep the sheathing on while you pull it through the lace and then strip it after its through...awesome write up!

threat357
12-05-2012, 3:41 PM
I shall now be stealing the shoelaces from all of my wife and kids shoes to put this great idea to use. thanks for sharing!

Whitetr4sh
12-05-2012, 4:18 PM
:killerjob: Awsome. I already ordered some paracord!!!

Sikwitit
12-05-2012, 8:53 PM
Man that's awesome. Great idea

Sky
12-05-2012, 9:09 PM
Looks great, a word of caution, I used cloth type florists tape on a wiring harness once
The cotton wrap wasn't flammable but it sure held on to the gasoline leaking out the overflow of one of my old carbs,had to rewire that bike after a small fire broke out under my nuts !

billdozer
12-05-2012, 10:08 PM
Paracord, or 550 cord does have a bunch of white string inside. Called "gut". You can easily leave one in and use it as a pull cord. I gotta say this looks neat. Obviously the soaking in gas thing is a bummer. I think the manufactured cloth wire has some sort of acrylic over the cloth. At least the plug wires feel like they do. Maybe you could at least spray them with some sort of waterproofing like Scotch Brite to make them less absorbent if running them near a fuel source. Also, 550 cord melts pretty easily but I guess regular wire insulation does too.

applecore
12-06-2012, 12:59 PM
good write up ill be doing this soon

PlugHead
12-06-2012, 5:50 PM
Great idea, I will definitely be using that one.

daniel
12-06-2012, 9:33 PM
This is awesome! I will be using this one for sure.

MercuryMoto67
12-07-2012, 12:54 AM
There's also UV fabric spray. Then spray them down with some silicone spray while your at it...

This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

dakota
02-24-2013, 6:47 PM
It works great for headlight wires too
<a href="http://s1257.beta.photobucket.com/user/Dakota967/media/IMG_3795_zps0d0350ce.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1257.photobucket.com/albums/ii509/Dakota967/IMG_3795_zps0d0350ce.jpg" border="0" alt="headlight wire photo IMG_3795_zps0d0350ce.jpg"/></a>

RetroRob
02-24-2013, 7:33 PM
:cheersmate:

matttatts
02-24-2013, 8:26 PM
Rated this thread accordingly

Rookie81
02-24-2013, 9:36 PM
you could also use para cord/ 550 cord, it's hollow in center, more weather resistant and comes in a large variety of colors
Is there anything 550 cord DOESN'T work for?

psychokat
02-24-2013, 11:05 PM
Looks great, a word of caution, I used cloth type florists tape on a wiring harness once
The cotton wrap wasn't flammable but it sure held on to the gasoline leaking out the overflow of one of my old carbs,had to rewire that bike after a small fire broke out under my nuts !

Bwahahahahaha!! That is hilarious! Thanks for THAT bit of tech advice, I never woulda thought of that!

porkchop5000
02-25-2013, 5:57 AM
im sure we'll be seeing this on every new build out there!! friggin brilliant!! wish i would have thought of it!

Pete
02-25-2013, 7:31 AM
Now that is some ingenuity right there! Nice work!

djturnz
02-27-2013, 1:13 PM
When I saw the shoeleace thing I was going to suggest 550 cord (Paracord). Since thats already been said, I'll offer this. The guts from the 550 cord are quite strong. I've used it to sew things that I needed to be stronger than regular thread. Just have to get needles with a larger eye. I bought a pack with a couple big needles and a couple big curved needles. Then just color with a sharpie if you don't like white.

I used the knife wrapping techniques and wrapped some stuff on my bike in 550 cord so that I have a bunch of it handy. Plus it looks cool.

Fozzy
05-18-2013, 12:34 PM
Great thread. I used para cord when wiring my tail lights.
http://i.imgur.com/TW5fg9t.jpg

ThePete
05-18-2013, 4:21 PM
I actually just did this, used the heat gun on low to snug it up in key areas and it works pretty good, wasn't impressed with the quality of the cord I got but I guess thats what I get for not getting the cord ether on base or at a military surplus store. Last time I make that choice because I liked the combination of colors it was made out of.

Coxbow
05-19-2013, 2:16 PM
the same goes for you coil cables...

Jetblack
05-19-2013, 4:44 PM
If you have a white candle or get some canning wax you can draw the lace/cord across the wax to make it water resistant if cotton or other natural material.

goldbeardsdelight
05-20-2013, 12:23 AM
Super sick!!!!

Coxbow
05-20-2013, 3:02 AM
If you have a white candle or get some canning wax you can draw the lace/cord across the wax to make it water resistant if cotton or other natural material.

why would you wanna make ot water resistant for ?

BlackDutch
05-20-2013, 6:46 AM
And here I was getting ready to lay down some more of my cold hard cash after I let the smoke out of the nice cloth wire I bought last year. Thanks for the tip I'm on the hunt for paracord now!

::BlackDutch::

Scoots
11-04-2013, 5:43 PM
And here I was getting ready to lay down some more of my cold hard cash after I let the smoke out of the nice cloth wire I bought last year. Thanks for the tip I'm on the hunt for paracord now!

::BlackDutch::

paracord would be a awesome touch...nice call

bobscogin
11-04-2013, 6:33 PM
Title should have read "Cloth covered wires on a shoestring budget.";)

Bob

Lumpyclod
11-05-2013, 3:54 AM
Title should have read "Cloth covered wires on a shoestring budget.";)

Bob

Sorted haha

Beaner242
11-05-2013, 4:08 AM
Great idea. Just found some para cord similar to my plug wires for 3 bucks. Thanks for the idea


1982 KZ1000 chopper project

Mickey
11-06-2013, 2:24 PM
Tryed this on my bike, works like a charm.

Thanks for the tip mate!

:cheersmate:


(Looks good too)

DeaDSpacE13
11-06-2013, 5:57 PM
If anybody is wanting black paracord they carry it at walmart now.