240 Motorsport preparation details.
Having recently bought a rally car that was built by inexperienced motorsport people, I realised that there's lots of tricks and tips that most people take years to learn.
This series of posts are NOT intended to be a blow-by-blow of how to build a race car from scratch - they are just a few pointers that will hopefully help people's builds be neater, safer, and/or more reliable. And will draw less negative attention from scrutineers...
Cable ties are your friend. They obviously have their limitations, but anyone who is negative about them is dreaming.
- Buy good quality ones in bulk. Buy a variety of sizes. Buy enough that you don't feel like you need to conserve them. Electrical supply places are usually far cheaper than your local hardware store (even the big warehouse ones) or car parts place.
- Cut the ends off flush, using a good set of electronics cutters. The cutters pictured are about $12 from your local Jaycar - worth it compared to tearing your skin open on a poorly cut cable tie!
- When you have to cut of a cable tie, get into the habit of cutting the tail just below the head. This leaves most of the cable tie re-usable: Despite what I said about not conserving them, when you're desperately trying to patch up a busted car in a panic, being able to re-use the old cable ties might just be enough to avoid a DNF.
- Feeding a series of them through in the same direction gives a noticeably neater job than just putting them though in whatever direction you like.
- Space them evenly. It is neater and helps to avoid stress points.
- If you are adding a wire to an existing loom, cut off the old cable ties and incorporate the new wire into the loom. When you simply add extra cable ties over the whole loom, it becomes a nightmare to trace any single wire, and can create weird stress points.