Introduction: Zip Tie Stand-offs

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What I want to share with you is a little trick I discovered for tidying up wires, brake lines, cables ect. along frame rails, cross members, or anywhere you would be running such stuff. I've used this technique on motorcycles for running hard brake lines along side frame sections with great results. It gives the bike a finished, professional look.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

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1. Zip ties.

2. 1/4 inch Aquarium tubing or irrigation drip tubing. Irrigation drip tubing can usually be found at most home improvement stores in the garden section. To make the stand off portion.

3. Wire cutters or utility knife. To cut the tubing and to trim the excess from the zip tie.

I like to use the black medium size zip ties with the irrigation drip tubing (because it comes in black). For the purposes of this Instructable, I'm using clear zip ties with aquarium tubing.

Step 2: Preparing Your Stand Offs

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Start by cutting the tubing into small sections about 3/8" long. You can cut the pieces as long as you wish, it just depends on how far you wish the stand off to be. You can use the wire cutters for this or the utility knife. If using the utility knife, use caution as to not cut yourself!

Step 3: Assembling the Stand Off

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1. Start by sliding a section of the tubing over the zip tie.

2. Then loop the zip tie over whatever you are wanting to secure (in this case, I'm using a red wire)

3. Then feed the zip tie back through the tubing.

4. Then wrap the zip tie around the frame rail, and back into itself.

5. Tighten the zip tie. To make the installation look tidier, position the bulk of the zip tie to the back side, as not to be seen from the front.

6. Trim off excess zip tie with wire cutters.

Step 4: Finished!!!

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Now you are done making your stand off! Do this at several places along the frame rail. This is a cheap, attractive way to run wires, cables, lines, ect! Hope you enjoyed this, this is my first Instructable!


cityboy60406 (author)2017-06-02

Aquarium tubing. Genius!

태영최 (author)2017-04-28


mech4fun (author)2016-05-14

Awesome!!! I am glad to see someone getting some use from that little trick. It really does give it a nice, professional finished look. Thanks for the nice comment.

manuelmasc made it! (author)2016-05-04

Thanks for the cool tip! I used it in my last project! check it out ;) I also put a link to your ible!

NiggyB (author)2016-02-22

This can only be described as Neat. I have been repairing my own bikes, and now scooters, since we all had black-and-white on theTV's. I have a thousand uses for zipstrips, but this is an absolutely new one to me. I shall be using it today, probably. We have a small scooter to finish wiring after a restore and I know just the place to tidy up using this method. Well done, and thank you.

rlstanton (author)2016-01-25

Well Done!!! At 54, married 30 years to the same woman and 3 kids thru college... I've never paid anyone fix any vehicles or do anything to my home (even replaced my own heat pump). I have seen a lot... But not this one! THANK YOU!
PS. YOU WOULD "THINK" it would go without saying that if concerned about your cable getting "stuck & pulled out"... then don't use the stand off method... But hey, you could post a cure for cancer and someone would find fault... ? That's also why ladders have 50 danger & warning labels telling "some people"... Hey Dummy... "Don't Stand On The TOP Step!"

mech4fun (author)rlstanton2016-01-29

That is probably the best compliment I've seen yet! Thank you! You sound a lot me, I'm jack of all trades. If something breaks around the house, I don't call a repair man, I figure out how to fix it! Glad you liked it.

lapenta (author)2016-01-19

nice idea!

Markomyt1 (author)2016-01-16

How cool, thanks

mech4fun (author)Markomyt12016-01-17

You're welcome. Hope it helps.

Yonatan24 (author)2016-01-16

The wires can get cut easily that way...

When I connected wires for my bike, I zip-tied them just to the frame so they wouldn't get stuck in anything of get cut

mech4fun (author)Yonatan242016-01-17

Personally, I've never had an issue with wires getting cut using this method. The bikes I usually work on are street bikes. I could see that maybe on a dirt bike, this could be an issue.

manuelmasc (author)2016-01-13

Nice trick! You've got my vote

mech4fun (author)manuelmasc2016-01-13

Thank you.

DIYGr33nN1nj4 (author)mech4fun2016-01-15

Very clever, got a full head-to-tail KLR600 rewire to do and i'll use this for the offshoots. Good stuff m8.

ursus thibetanus (author)2016-01-14

speechless. "creative problem solving?' eh.

olderbutnowiser (author)2016-01-14

You're the man!! Always impressed by a simple, easy method I haven't seen before. I can't wait to use this one at work.

thundergar (author)2016-01-14

A brilliant easy hack.
I'm wiring up a bike right now and I'm definitely going to use this.

JoeH20 (author)2016-01-13

I would never have thought of this awesome idea! ty.

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2016-01-12

Great life hack. This would save a ton of money.

Thank you

bwh13 (author)2016-01-12

Well done sir!

mech4fun (author)bwh132016-01-13

Thank you

Jobar007 (author)2016-01-13

Oohhhhhh! I thought you did some black magic with the zip ties themselves. That tubing is clever.

mech4fun (author)Jobar0072016-01-13

I know my pictures aren't the best quality, but it does look really trick. I've used this trick on several bikes for securing brake lines and even some wiring. Thanks for the comment.

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