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Slimy38

posted on 18/3/24 at 03:20 PM Reply With Quote
Wiring fixings

Is there anything in the IVA that says whether a cable fixing is good or bad? I know there's a fair bit about fuel and brake lines being adequately fixed, but I don't remember anything about wiring.

As an example, I have a pair of wires going from a side repeater, along the body front half up to the hinge (whole front of the car is hinged at the front), then it'll come back into the car at that point. I reckon there's a metre or so of wire I need to pin inside a GRP body.

Would those adhesive cable tie bases do the job, or should it be something a bit 'more'?

This is what I'm talking about;



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gremlin1234

posted on 18/3/24 at 03:46 PM Reply With Quote
the General Construction part covers
"8. All electrical cables/wires must be free from chaffing and secured at intervals
of at least every 300mm unless contained in a secure hollow component (see
Note 4).

9. All electrical components must be secure, be of adequate capacity, and be
insulated as required as to prevent short circuiting during operation."

I am sure bases like this should not be used. I cant find it explicitly in the manual, but would that kind of mount be used in a production car?

just mount them in a similar way to your fuel/brake lines

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nick205

posted on 18/3/24 at 03:51 PM Reply With Quote
I did SVA (pre IVA).

I can't promise it, but IIRC they didn't like adhesive fixings.
Heat and age could make the adhesive fail and the wires fall lose.

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loggyboy

posted on 18/3/24 at 05:48 PM Reply With Quote
Depending on the quality/material of those, I would rather used moulded versions of those.
Not sure how up on 3d printed materials the inspectors are but might be worth making savings else where.





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Slimy38

posted on 18/3/24 at 07:11 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by nick205
I did SVA (pre IVA).

I can't promise it, but IIRC they didn't like adhesive fixings.
Heat and age could make the adhesive fail and the wires fall lose.


I was thinking of blobs of tiger seal to make extra sure, if that failed then I'd be in major trouble!

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Slimy38

posted on 18/3/24 at 07:13 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by loggyboy
Depending on the quality/material of those, I would rather used moulded versions of those.
Not sure how up on 3d printed materials the inspectors are but might be worth making savings else where.


Aye, it was only because I was on Thingiverse while I was thinking about them, and the image popped up.

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Slimy38

posted on 18/3/24 at 07:33 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by gremlin1234
just mount them in a similar way to your fuel/brake lines


Unfortunately while the fuel and brake lines are running along metal, the wiring I'm sorting first (the side repeaters) have no metal routing. They have about a metre of GRP to be attached to before they can get to metal.

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adithorp

posted on 18/3/24 at 09:35 PM Reply With Quote
Self adhesive fixings won't pass without a secondary fixing (screw).





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Slimy38

posted on 18/3/24 at 11:09 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by adithorp
Self adhesive fixings won't pass without a secondary fixing (screw).


I can't put a screw in, it would be sticking straight out the bonnet. I think these have been suggested before;

https://www.ecfibreglasssupplies.co.uk/m8-x-25mm-male-stainless-steel-thread

I'd most likely do a less fancy/costly version, but fibreglassing those on to the bonnet underside should be ok?

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Slimy38

posted on 19/3/24 at 08:28 AM Reply With Quote
Thinking more about this last night, I was wondering whether I'm focusing on the wrong thing. It's not necessarily the mount that is bad (although I agree a 3D printed version is pushing it). It's the fixing. I've just gone back to Skov's build diary (the source of so much of my information lately!), and he uses those cable tie mounts but fibreglassed in.




I was particularly impressed how tidy the patches were done, but more importantly that it went through IVA like that. So rather than overthinking the mount itself, I'm going to get a fibreglass repair kit (I only need a small amount to patch them in) and go for regular mounts with a substantial fixing.

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adithorp

posted on 19/3/24 at 04:17 PM Reply With Quote
It's the self adhesive pad/patch they don't like. Bond them on with PU and you'll be ok. I formed some ally strips that the loom could be threaded under and bonded them on for my test.





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SteveWalker

posted on 19/3/24 at 05:01 PM Reply With Quote
A completely different idea, but would they need to be fastened to the body/chassis every 300mm if they were supported on a cable chain, designed to support and protect, while also allowing movement, such as:

Cable Chain

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gremlin1234

posted on 19/3/24 at 08:42 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SteveWalker
A completely different idea, but would they need to be fastened to the body/chassis every 300mm if they were supported on a cable chain, designed to support and protect, while also allowing movement, such as:

Cable Chain

I guess that might qualify as
"contained in a secure hollow component"

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mazie

posted on 23/3/24 at 07:47 AM Reply With Quote
On the Fury bonnet I glass and bonded in some of the large sticky cable mounts. They were solid.
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gremlin1234

posted on 23/3/24 at 10:39 AM Reply With Quote
if you are ever likely to remove the bonnet for maintenance I suggest fitting a plug and socket.
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Slimy38

posted on 23/3/24 at 10:52 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by gremlin1234
if you are ever likely to remove the bonnet for maintenance I suggest fitting a plug and socket.


Yep, I've got one for the front that will live near to the hinge, and another for the rear although hopefully the rear won't come off that frequently.

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gremlin1234

posted on 23/3/24 at 05:24 PM Reply With Quote
while you are in this area, have you thought about where the 'audible warning of approach' (horn/horns) might be?

now would be the time to add any fixings for that, too.

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Slimy38

posted on 23/3/24 at 09:20 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by gremlin1234
while you are in this area, have you thought about where the 'audible warning of approach' (horn/horns) might be?

now would be the time to add any fixings for that, too.


Yep that's all ready to be fixed to the chassis. Wiring on the chassis is pretty straightforward, I welded some tabs in appropriate places so I have lots of options.

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