Re: "Plus it keeps the axle from rusting. Which also causes the axle to become weaker."
Actually, the tape is a bad deal for this. Water usually gets trapped under the tape and causes corrosion. You need to coat the entire axle with some type of urethane or plastic coat for it to be effective. Layers of tape just don't seal well enough to keep the water out.
"I know it all, but I can't remember most of it..."
3M does make a tape that will seal the water out. It's ~$33 for a roll and about 1/16"-3/32" thick. If anyone is interested I'll get the p/n (PM me).
It's used on the 10kV transmission lines and self vulcanizes in about a day. You're actually supposed to wrap it sticky side out and then cover it with 'normal' electrical tape.
MSD also sells a self vulcanizing tape. Don't know how either will stand up to the abrasive environ around an axle halfshaft.
I'm old school, I use a chunk of tight fitting Greenstripe hose slipped on b4 the last CV is installed.
"It only seems kinky the first time"
-- Bumpersticker seen in Lost Wages
Scotch (3M) 130C is a rubber vulcanizing tape. It about $8/roll. We use it all the time in cablehead terminations for downhole tools to seal out fluids and gas. We pressure test our cableheads to 10,000psi all the time. It is actually a three step process. Teflon tape for electrical insulation. Rubber vulcanizing tape for the seal. then Scotch 88 (high end electrical tape) to hold it all together.
I am sure that is more than you wanted to know.
<font color=yellow>I'm old school, I use a chunk of tight fitting Greenstripe hose slipped on b4 the last CV is installed.</font color=yellow>
old school?? Is that a new way to say cheap??
<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1>Edited by BradM on 06/07/02 07:43 AM (server time).</FONT></P>