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    Default How to's: Cloth covered wires on a "shoestring" budget.

    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, you want the ones that are like hollow tubes.



    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.



    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)



    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)



    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.



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



    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

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    Haha thatīs brilliant.!
    Thankīs for sharing mate.

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    I have been thinking about something like this for a good while now, thanks for postin' it up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knuckleduster View Post
    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

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    I'm faxing you a beer and a hunnerd dollar bill right now. Awesome tip!

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    Dude, awesome. I'm using this for sure. Thanks.

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    I love this kind of high-tech tech!
    Faxing you a bong and a blintz.

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    Dang, I'm gonna fax some hookers and blow. That's the bees knees!

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    you could also use para cord/ 550 cord, it's hollow in center, more weather resistant and comes in a large variety of colors

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    Quote Originally Posted by hardcharg3r View Post
    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.

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    god damnit i love you.

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    Brilliant! Would have never thought to use a shoelace or paracord!

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    Swell. I'll definitely be putting this idea to good use. Thanks man!

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    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.

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    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.

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    Hell Yes! Great job and Thanks for sharing

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    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.

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    De aquellas.

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    That's fucking sweet. Thanks for sharing the ideas. The install on your taillight looks nice and clean

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    Quote Originally Posted by rus View Post
    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!

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