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Static Electricity/Trailing Grounding Strip

I am interested in getting a trailing grounding strap on my truck. I'm sick and tired of getting "jolted" from the static electricity build up.
Do any one of you guys have this strap set up and where did you place it underneath the truck. Where did you purchase it from? Any kind of info is appreciated :) Thanks.

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Personally, it looks like crap to have something hanging down like that.

I solve the issued two ways. Either spray your seats with anti-static spray that you can get in any laundry detergent aisle in the grocery store, or wipe down your seats with dryer sheets.

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Thanks Danny, I read that in one of the other posts you posted on. Couldn't that strap be placed in the middle carriage somewhere underneath the vehicle without it really being seen by anyone?

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Subscribed; interesting in knowing as well. I get some pretty good charges off this truck...yeow!

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Yes, you can place a strap under the truck, in the middle where it's not easily seen. Unless it's being followed. Momentum will keep it from dragging the ground except when traveling very slowly. However, it might sit there and slap the bottom of the truck too. That would be annoying. I've never tried one. Never felt the need to. So I don't know how that winds up.

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Ive got a small light chain hanging from my frame directly behind my rear driver tire. Its short enough that it just tickles the ground and will not catch on anything around it. I am amazed at how much this helped! No more shocks and a way cleaner truck. I live about 2.5 miles off the nearest highway so dust is a bugger. You can not see it except from directly behind.

:) Now this reminds me, I need to shorten it because I did a 2" drop last week!

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Ive got a small light chain hanging from my frame directly behind my rear driver tire. Its short enough that it just tickles the ground and will not catch on anything around it. I am amazed at how much this helped! No more shocks and a way cleaner truck. I live about 2.5 miles off the nearest highway so dust is a bugger. You can not see it except from directly behind.

:) Now this reminds me, I need to shorten it because I did a 2" drop last week!
Wouldn't it drive you nuts to hear a chain dragging underneath the trucks under carriage?

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Personally, it looks like crap to have something hanging down like that.

I solve the issued two ways. Either spray your seats with anti-static spray that you can get in any laundry detergent aisle in the grocery store, or wipe down your seats with dryer sheets.

Huh, never even thought about that. Every time I get out of my truck or enter it, I get shocked by the handles...



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Wouldn't it drive you nuts to hear a chain dragging underneath the trucks under carriage?
The only time you hear it is when you are going less than 20km/h

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Personally, it looks like crap to have something hanging down like that.

I solve the issued two ways. Either spray your seats with anti-static spray that you can get in any laundry detergent aisle in the grocery store, or wipe down your seats with dryer sheets.


I've done the dryer sheet wipe-down for many years ---- works like a charm. Also, a chain or strap won't make your truck smell 'spring fresh'.

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To avoid getting a static shock, I hang on to the door release handle when getting in and out of the truck. The metal door release is "grounded" to the door and therefore the chassis. As long as you are holding on to the metal door release you are essentially grounded to the chassis and a charge can not build up, therefore no shock.
This won't work in a vehicle with all plastic door parts.
Question: we were always told that a car is a safe place to be during a lightning storm because the the tires insulate you from the ground. What can happen if the car is connected to the ground by grounding strip or a chain in a lightning storm?
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Question: we were always told that a car is a safe place to be during a lightning storm because the the tires insulate you from the ground. What can happen if the car is connected to the ground by grounding strip or a chain in a lightning storm?


THAT is a good question. LOL Especially if the ground is wet.

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Question: we were always told that a car is a safe place to be during a lightning storm because the the tires insulate you from the ground. What can happen if the car is connected to the ground by grounding strip or a chain in a lightning storm?
"Tires insulate you from the ground" is a myth. Lightning wil easily jump from the vehicle body to ground, with or without tires, grounding chains, etc. In fact, it's precisely because the car body is a good path to ground that it provides relatively safe shielding in an electrical storm.
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Grounding chains or straps protect from static built up between the vehicle and the earth. This is also why there is a little wire sticking up just before you enter a manual toll booth. They use to be required on Fuel tankers. I do not know if they still are.

If your static problem is between you and the car body (usually from dragging your butt across the seat), then ground chains / straps will not help much unless you also have metal shoe soles.

Years ago a certain segment of our population use to call those "Go Fasters". They spread the story that discharging the static from the vehicle made their cars go faster down the road. We use to laugh every time they came in and asked for a "GoFaster". NAPA use to stock them.

Here are two sources I found on the Internet:

http://www.mizter.com/

http://www.ipmart.com/main/browse/Cars_ ... p?cat=3260

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X2 on dryer sheets or Downy spray.

PM Supermodulation. He had some ground straps a few years ago.


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$!9.95 for a rubber strap??
Why not put an old serpintine belt to use - $0.00 ?

The strap only has to touch the ground when the truck stops.


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Question: we were always told that a car is a safe place to be during a lightning storm because the the tires insulate you from the ground. What can happen if the car is connected to the ground by grounding strip or a chain in a lightning storm?
That's not why you're safe from lightning. The theory centers around the "faraday cage" -- electricity will travel through the more conductive structure of the vehicle to the ground rather than through your body.

Tires do provide some insulating quality. There can be residual charge in the vehicle, so if the truck is struck by lightning, when you get out, it's advisable not to create a ground path from the vehicle. Open the door, and set yourself up to leap from the vehicle w/o touching it. Do it in a way so that you can land on both feet, and then shuffle away from the vehicle. Same thing if your vehicle has come in contact, or is in contact, with a live power line that cannot be turned off, and you are in immediate danger if you do not get out of the vehicle...

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$!9.95 for a rubber strap??
Why not put an old serpintine belt to use - $0.00 ?

The strap only has to touch the ground when the truck stops.
Doesn't the grounding strap have metal wiring in it? I'm not sure if it is just rubber

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$!9.95 for a rubber strap??
Why not put an old serpintine belt to use - $0.00 ?

The strap only has to touch the ground when the truck stops.
Doesn't the grounding strap have metal wiring in it? I'm not sure if it is just rubber
Myslacks or my hand doesn't have any metal in them. Just a thought ???


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