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MadMango (Mechanical) (OP)
5 Mar 12 15:39
Hey all,
I've been on a hunt for this part for the past several work days.  For the life of me I can't recall what this is called in order to make a useful search.  When I worked in the transportation industry, there were these flanged tubes that would be inserted in vehicle doorways to prevent wear on cables (now they might use springs).  The flange had 2-3 holes used for attachment to B or C pillars.  It basically serves as a grommet, but has a lose fit around whatever is being passed through it's center.  These were probably polyethylene or polypropylene, something very inexpensive.

Flange ~1.5"-3" diameter
Length ~2"-3" long
Tube~ .5"-1" diameter

If someone can rattle my brain (or provide a source), I'd be most appreciative.

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1gibson (Mechanical)
5 Mar 12 15:42
Whenever I know a part exists, but can't think of the specific name, I go to mcmaster.com. Since they sell almost everything imaginable, if it exists then that is where you can find it.
btrueblood (Mechanical)
5 Mar 12 15:47
C'mon Mad!  A picture (sketch) would be worth about a million google image hits here...;)
MintJulep (Mechanical)
5 Mar 12 16:11
Anything here like what you need?

http://www.heyco.com/index.cfm
MadMango (Mechanical) (OP)
5 Mar 12 16:18
Hard for me to find an image when I don't know what to call it.  I created a rough image of what I remember.

 

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JStephen (Mechanical)
5 Mar 12 20:27
Try "standard cord grips" or "strain relief" at McMaster-Carr.  They don't look exactly like your picture, but seem to serve the purpose.  Also "grommet".
Compositepro (Chemical)
5 Mar 12 21:28
I would call it a flanged plastic bushing. Perhaps adding the word "protective" would differentiate it from a bearing bushing.
MadMango (Mechanical) (OP)
6 Mar 12 8:58
I've been to Grainger, McMaster, Heyco, Digikey, etc.  I'm almost ready to cut a 3/4" tube into 1" lengths and call it a day.

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Helpful Member!  asimpson (Mechanical)
6 Mar 12 9:25
I dont think that is a standard part.   

Could make it up from something like this.

http://www.skiffy.com/docs/menufr.cfm?taal=gb&pagina=start.cfm
MadMango (Mechanical) (OP)
6 Mar 12 14:39
Thanks for the link asimpson!  I can use Skiffy Series 312 Insulation Sleeves, that last one on the list will fit my application.  

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dhengr (Structural)
6 Mar 12 14:43
MadM:
Look at www.caplugs.com,, then look at their SB, UB or OCB Series bushings.  Also look at their FBH Series bolt hole plugs, they have longer bodies for a given dia., but you would have to punch the closed end out to use it the way you want.
 

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