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      07-15-2019, 11:05 PM   #1
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Why factory tape is cloth vs electrical

I'm doing some wiring management and wanted everything to look good and like factory.

So dumb question came up... Why do they use this black cloth tape for bundling up wire harness inside the car vs electrical tape?

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      07-15-2019, 11:52 PM   #2
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I would assume it’s because electrical tape dries up and gets brittle over time with heat/cold cycles and loses it’s stickiness. I find that cloth tape (hockey tape) can tolerate these changes easier since it’s more pliable.
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Because BMW.

I’ve used a good quality electrical tape to redo any of my old hockey tape wrappings that have dried up and fallen off. I figure by the time they need replacing again the car will be at the end of its life.
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      07-16-2019, 12:18 AM   #4
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I'm doing some wiring management and wanted everything to look good and like factory.

So dumb question came up... Why do they use this black cloth tape for bundling up wire harness inside the car vs electrical tape?
The felt tape is easier to work with, deals with heat changes better and reduces rattles.
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Reduces rattles. Very common in a lot of cars. You'll find more electrical tape in the engine bay. When you move to the interior, they switch to cloth.
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For the reasons stated above I tend to like the cloth tape better than elec tape. I have started using it for all my wiring tucks/mods ever since I first saw it used in my old E46.
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No modern auto manufacturer uses vinyl tape. It doesn't hold up well - cloth tape lasts decades vs a couple years at most.
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Ah ok nice to know thanks.
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Is there a special name for this tape? Cloth tape doesn't bring me much results.
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Is there a special name for this tape? Cloth tape doesn't bring me much results.
There might be, but I was able to net some decent search results using term “wiring loom cloth tape.”
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Is there a special name for this tape? Cloth tape doesn't bring me much results.
Search for "automotive cloth tape". I found these two on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Tesa-Fleece-I...gateway&sr=8-3

https://www.amazon.com/Adecco-LLC-Ha...gateway&sr=8-4
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There might be, but I was able to net some decent search results using term “wiring loom cloth tape.”
Wanted to avoid ordering online in Canada but local stores don't have anything on their website guess Amazon. 11$ for one roll of chineese brand...
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Wanted to avoid ordering online in Canada but local stores don't have anything on their website guess Amazon.
Tesa tape as posted above is what I have used. Home Depot has it on their website called "Friction Tape" made by 3M (in Canada).
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Wanted to avoid ordering online in Canada but local stores don't have anything on their website guess Amazon. 11$ for one roll of chineese brand...
FCP seems to carry something similar. See if you can cross reference the part number they list on their website with any local retailers.

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...mm-61136902588
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Tesa tape as posted above is what I have used. Home Depot has it on their website called "Friction Tape" made by 3M (in Canada).
Arghh good catch but seems like it's discontinued. Out of stock at all stores nearby.

Guess I'll just shell 12$ for one roll.
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Tesa tape as posted above is what I have used. Home Depot has it on their website called "Friction Tape" made by 3M (in Canada).
That's Home Depot USA. Two different sites, sadly...

The ironic thing is that's it made in Canada and yet still unavailable to us
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Arghh good catch but seems like it's discontinued. Out of stock at all stores nearby.

Guess I'll just shell 12$ for one roll.
If you want the 3M 1755 (I would...) go to Fastenal. There's a location in Gatineau: 274-D Chemin Industriel.

It's likely around $15 per roll (prices on site are USD); maybe more in store.

https://www.fastenal.com/products/details/0701495
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If you want the 3M 1755 (I would...) go to Fastenal. There's a location in Gatineau: 274-D Chemin Industriel.

It's likely around $15 per roll (prices on site are USD); maybe more in store.

https://www.fastenal.com/products/details/0701495
I bought a cheapo crimp tool on amazon and the tape roll... I needed everything ASAP (one day shipping) haha
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