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    Icon1 Rubber strips what are they where do you buy them how do you fit them?

    What are those weird rubber strips that some cars have on the rear of some cars?
    Where do you buy them?
    What purpose do they have?
    How do you fit them?

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    What models of car? How big are the strips?

    Most are stuck on with a specialised double-sided "Pressure Sensitive Tape" made for that very porpoise.

    Many "rubber strips" have a thin metal core that bends when you pull them off, making the things useless for another time as they are forever wavy (cannot be straightened fully).

    If you want "different", what about '50s Chev style overriders - the big, bullety things?

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    These are the thin vertical strips that go down to the ground and drag along?

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    Aha! They're supposed to ground out static electrickery and (legend has it) reduce the occurrence of car sickness. Think they're just held on with a couple of self-tapping screws.

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    Does anyone on here actually use them? Where do you buy them from?

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    I put one on our Scenic because it (the Scenic) seems to be good for static electricity (ie, spark from finger to door frame when getting out of the car).

    Bought it in Supercheap I think - they are not hard to get - I particularly made sure it had a metal wire running through it. Just used an existing bolt on a bracket under the boot floor.

    Does it work? I dont think so! Still get nice static shock in right weather conditions sometimes.

    The theory is good though - have you noticed fuel tankers filling the underground tanks at petrol stations have a chain dragging on the ground to stop static sparks which might ignite the fuel vapours. I think they still do this but not sure - havent looked recently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fordman
    The theory is good though - have you noticed fuel tankers filling the underground tanks at petrol stations have a chain dragging on the ground to stop static sparks which might ignite the fuel vapours. I think they still do this but not sure - havent looked recently.
    There are earth straps that run along the actual hoses, same for the retail pumps, not sure what else. I think the anti static strap at the back of the car is pretty useless for the situation you describe because it would need to earth you to the car to be effective, you get the zap from the car not the ground which you are probably insulated from with rubber soled shoes anyway.

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    Those straps do nothing. If a piece of material that could hold a charge (ie rubber) was able to stop you getting a shock, then the tyres would achieve that end. But they don't.

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    Whats wrong with getting zapped anyway? Takes me back to primary school where you'd spend 10 mins rubbing your feet on the carpet, then lift them off the ground and touch the person next to you
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    Quote Originally Posted by Philip76
    Those straps do nothing. If a piece of material that could hold a charge (ie rubber) was able to stop you getting a shock, then the tyres would achieve that end. But they don't.
    It is special conductive rubber.
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    Most rubber is conductive as it has been impregnated with carbon black to colour it. As was previously stated the straps will mostly have a conductor down the centre. Almost anything is conductive if enough voltage is applied though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fordman
    I put one on our Scenic because it (the Scenic) seems to be good for static electricity (ie, spark from finger to door frame when getting out of the car).

    Bought it in Supercheap I think - they are not hard to get - I particularly made sure it had a metal wire running through it. Just used an existing bolt on a bracket under the boot floor.

    Does it work? I dont think so! Still get nice static shock in right weather conditions sometimes.

    The theory is good though - have you noticed fuel tankers filling the underground tanks at petrol stations have a chain dragging on the ground to stop static sparks which might ignite the fuel vapours. I think they still do this but not sure - havent looked recently.

    Cheers.
    I agree, I had one on my old Magna, still got shocked on a daily basis! After a while I learned to earth myself with my calf as I got out.

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    so you install one when you reach 60, to let everyone know your crazy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philip76
    Those straps do nothing. If a piece of material that could hold a charge (ie rubber) was able to stop you getting a shock, then the tyres would achieve that end. But they don't.
    One of the main wearing factors on tyres is the discharge of static electricity and this brought about improved tyres with a lesser static discharge.
    This allows bigger build up in the vehicle. Aircraft tyres are usually discharged to ground as soon as they are parked or before any work is carried out.

    If you look at a racing slick when it is hot you can see the fine pattern where the discharge makes little pimples
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    i always thought it was there just incase your car got struck by lightning LOL *runs
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    Quote Originally Posted by sim0n
    i always thought it was there just incase your car got struck by lightning LOL *runs
    Have you ever parked your car somewhere it was likely to be hit by lightening?



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    After all the discussion I might get one and see if I feel and changes in the car?
    Would supercheap have them i guess?

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    look, for the same price ill put a ancient family vodoo blessing on your car that will not only stop it from building static electricity, will also stop it from rusting, and will garante your car to find true love.

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    Default To summarize, plus a bit

    They've been around for 50 years or more and are either conductive rubber (most rubber isn't) or they had fine steel or copper wires running through them.

    They were supposed to stop static charge build-up on the car with respect to the road. This was believed to contribute to car sickness. (Don't know why). As a car-sick prone child in the 50s and 60s touring in a car fitted with one, I can definitely state that they don't work.

    Car sickness is motion sickness. The effect was reduced dramatically by Dad changing from an FJ to a 404. Less body roll and lurching about, and larger windows for a less blinkered view of the moving surroundings on windy roads.

    They can stop the shock you get when getting out of the car, but only if you strap one to your leg. This is a charge built up between you and the car seat (and car) due to sliding across it to get out, not between you and the road.

    Petrol tankers are earthed to the underground tanks when filling them and your car is earthed to the bowser hose by the cable running along the hose (if you touch the nozzle on the filler neck) to dissipate the charge built up by the petrol flowing through the hose.

    Even pouring fuel from a jerry can can build up enough charge on the can to jump a spark across the gap and ignite the petrol vapour. A continuous pour of between 10 to 15 litres is all that is needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WLB
    Even pouring fuel from a jerry can can build up enough charge on the can to jump a spark across the gap and ignite the petrol vapour. A continuous pour of between 10 to 15 litres is all that is needed.

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