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bmcsheehy



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2005 2:05 am    Post subject: Directionals Reply with quote

I was working some bugs out of my rig today. Wanted to disable the right hand side directionals of the motorcycle and only use the sidecar ones. When I disconnected them the sidecar directional blinked very fast. Not drawing enough watts I guess. If I put one bulb back on the motorcycle it then would blink fine. Anybody have a remedy for this? Tried a resistor on the motorcycle, this worked briefly then melted. I covered the bulb with aluminum foil for now.
Doe
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2005 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Postie, Did you use the right side turn wires from the bike to the sidecar?? I have small bulbs in the sidecar and they blink a little faster than the left but has been working for 2 years. hehe but my guess is you won't be able to stand that Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2005 1:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Directionals Reply with quote

bmcsheehy wrote:
I was working some bugs out of my rig today. Wanted to disable the right hand side directionals of the motorcycle and only use the sidecar ones. When I disconnected them the sidecar directional blinked very fast. Not drawing enough watts I guess. If I put one bulb back on the motorcycle it then would blink fine. Anybody have a remedy for this? Tried a resistor on the motorcycle, this worked briefly then melted. I covered the bulb with aluminum foil for now.
Doe


Mine blink faster too Bill. I was planning to switch over to an automotive flasher unit so different flashers could be tried. Still may do so if ambition permits.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2005 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ralph wrote:
Hello Postie, Did you use the right side turn wires from the bike to the sidecar?? I have small bulbs in the sidecar and they blink a little faster than the left but has been working for 2 years. hehe but my guess is you won't be able to stand that Cool


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2005 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was hoping for a high tech solution to this problem.
No Ideas? Impatient
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2005 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a guess or two.

If you use a resistor, its going to have to be a big one to draw the same current as the bulb. If you have a guess on the wattage I'll cypher it for you. Thinking ( If you assume the tail light is 10 watts, that's .83 amps at 12 volts, so you would need a 14.5 ohm resistor that is rated at 10 watts. The typical radio shack resistor is a half or quarter watt, which explains why it melted. You could paralell 20 half watters to get the needed dissapation.)

Tin foil over the bulb might be the answer.

Plus if you've ever followed behind Ralph, its kind of like a moving pinball machine, all those flashing brake and turn signals. That's so funny.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2005 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The bulb I'm replaceing is rated at 25 watts.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2005 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd leave the aluminum foil on the bulb, or go to a comparable bulb on the chair. A 25 watt resistor is going to get pretty big.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2005 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I think your right.
I have some foil type duct tape. I plan on applying it to the inside of the directional lens.
Thanks.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I applied the tape to the inside of the direction lens.
Works great.
Motorcycle Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sometimes low tech is the best tech
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, But i used High-Tech tape. Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have missile, olive drab, and 200 mph tape here at work, amazing stuff.

Kind of slow here today. Coffee
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

docmike wrote:
We have missile, olive drab, and 200 mph tape here at work, amazing stuff.

Kind of slow here today. Coffee


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey guys, go to the parts store and spend $8 or so for a Tridon EL12 electronic flasher, and it'll compensate for whatever combination of bulbs and signals you want to run, and it'll restore your flash rate to some degree of normalcy Cool --Todd
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