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Old 08-27-2013, 09:59 PM   #1
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What do I need???

Forgive me of this post is kinda choppy, I'm not 100% sure on the correct words to use haha

Today I was looking in my engine bay where my headlights are connected to the wiring harness (I have aftermarket headlights). I noticed that the tape the guy used (he said it was similar to dynamat) to hold all the wires together closely and conceal the headlight from condensation has came undone.

I was wondering what kind of product I would use to get everything back to where it should be?

PS: I live in Arizona so I'm thinking it should probably be something that can handle high heat. Between the summer weather and the heat from the engine it gets HOT in there.

Could I just use a high temperature duct tape ?
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any electrical tape should be sufficient, that area sees significant air flow, and most good e-tape (3M) can stand up to around 220F. Just remember to stretch it, as you wrap around whatever wiring, tight so it doesn't come undone. They have a weather/waterproof version (red), however I don't think it withstands heat as well as the black tape does
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any electrical tape should be sufficient, that area sees significant air flow, and most good e-tape (3M) can stand up to around 220F. Just remember to stretch it, as you wrap around whatever wiring, tight so it doesn't come undone. They have a weather/waterproof version (red), however I don't think it withstands heat as well as the black tape does
Thank you for your help!

Are you just talking about any old electrical tape I can buy at a hardware store?
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Thank you for your help!

Are you just talking about any old electrical tape I can buy at a hardware store?
Some tapes are better than others, look for good name brands like 3M
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Some tapes are better than others, look for good name brands like 3M

Alright, I will do that.
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I would not use elect. tape. Elect. tape was never meant for permanent installation. You'll have a sticky mess in under a year. Use a good OEM tape that usually doesn't have an adhesive.
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I would not use elect. tape. Elect. tape was never meant for permanent installation. You'll have a sticky mess in under a year. Use a good OEM tape that usually doesn't have an adhesive.
Can you please post a link referencing the tape you are suggesting?
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I would not use elect. tape. Elect. tape was never meant for permanent installation. You'll have a sticky mess in under a year. Use a good OEM tape that usually doesn't have an adhesive.
a good weatherproof electrical tape, stretched to yield properly, will last for a very very long period of time, probably about as long as ebay headlights will looks good, for a quick fix, this will work. ultimately heatshrink is your best option, but putting it over existing wiring isn't always an achievable situation.

that being said, I am not disagreeing with "electrical tape is not a permanent installation" comment
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Electrical tape will do fine if you stretch the hell out of it and get a good hold on it. That area of the truck isn't going to see too much moisture and the heat from the engine won't completely melt it off.

Why did he use dynamat? That's not exactly a type of tape.
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Electrical tape will do fine if you stretch the hell out of it and get a good hold on it. That area of the truck isn't going to see too much moisture and the heat from the engine won't completely melt it off.

Why did he use dynamat? That's not exactly a type of tape.
He said it was "like dynamat," I'm not sure how close it was to being a sound deadener or not. It was about 1/8" thick and had a sticky tar look on the inside of it
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