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Old 02-17-2016, 02:56 PM
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Default Engine mount wear due to cables

I found a few wear marks on the engine mount as I was taking the engine off the other day. There were PVC (I think) plastic shrouds around the cables in the areas contacting the mount to prevent them from rubbing, but it looks like they didn't do much good. I don't know if there was just a lot of grit that got down in between there or what.

This wear mark is after 450 hours of operation. I think it's just through the powdercoat, but I won't know til I clean it up some. There is a corresponding flat spot on the plastic. There are a few more spots like this as well.

So I post this as a caution to people who might think having the plastic protectors is all you need. And, I'd like to know if there's a better alternative that might not wear so badly. Is there a better material to use for this, or should I just be careful to keep the thing cleaner?

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Old 02-17-2016, 03:21 PM
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Same thing with zip ties. Relative motion and grit will do that.
I try to strap down anything that could move (rub). Also have a habit of placing a loop of Silicon tape on any surface before I strap something to it unless I am using an Adel clamp.
Time will tell if that was a good idea or not
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Old 02-17-2016, 03:35 PM
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I'm guessing that examination will show that the engine mount is fine Katie - but certainly check it to your satisfaction. For a crossing like that, I'd wrap the mount tube in silicone table, put a cable tie aroudn it, then loop another cable tie through the first at 90 degrees to the first to wrap around the control cable. That will add a touch of separation and also get rid of the relative motion. An Adel combination would better better, but sometimes the slack just isn't there to make that work.
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Old 02-17-2016, 06:05 PM
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Good suggestions.

As for cleaning this thing up, does anyone have experience with a good durable spray paint that's close to the Van's light gray powdercoat color?
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Old 02-17-2016, 06:19 PM
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Katie,
I wound up with a bottle of touch up paint in the color you want at the end of my build. Came from Vans. Take a look on their online catalog. That's bound to be where I got it.
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Old 02-18-2016, 08:17 AM
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OK, thanks. I'll check it out. I need a few other things from Van's too. Lord Mounts and a spinner kit...
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Old 02-18-2016, 08:40 AM
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If you want the grey in spray can, it's here.
http://www.flyboyaccessories.com/Sea...&Submit=Search
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Old 02-18-2016, 09:01 AM
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One saying I read on here a long time ago, ( if it CAN chafe, it will chafe ), thanks for the photo and a heads up!
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Old 02-18-2016, 01:15 PM
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Where I suspect that any cable that I have not secured with a hose/wrap, standoffs & zip ties... I'll put a blob of rtv on it between the cable & the mount. Sort of like a big wad of bazooka gum.
This prevents any move movement that may occur against the mount area.
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Old 02-18-2016, 03:19 PM
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I agree with others if any way possible the best way is an adel clamp on the engine mount and another small one on the cable and both clamped together.
Good luck!
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