Monday, October 22, 2012

Lucas Tail Lamp Adapter Triumph Thruxton Bonneville Scrambler

Fitting a Lucas Tail Lamp on a Triumph Twin is not as easy as you would think. Installing it in the most desirable position offers challenges, as the large hole the wires feed through is in exactly the same position as the screw holes that mount the housing.
 So you have to rethink, and raise or lower the housing. Also avoiding the large depression in the fender that was made for the stock bubble lamp.
  Now you have found the perfect compromised make do location three holes will need to be drilled. Then you will find the lamp sits at, err well.....  not quite the angle you had in mind.
 The hideous muffin top gasket you are expected to use hiding the poor fit will also be needed unfortunately.
                                 A lot of time and effort for a disappointing result.
  That is why I decided to make a handsome bolt on, no drilling, adapter plate that fits stock fender holes and keeps the lamp rubber mounted as Triumph originally designed.
 The lamp, housing, adapter plate, neoprene gasket is sold as a kit with all necessary stainless hardware.

 Lucas Tail Lamp History Lesson
    Housing in picture on left has a Lucas 525 lamp mounted. These were produced from 1953-55.
 The kit is supplied with the Lucas 564 lamp which was introduced in 1955. This lamp has the Reflex reflector molded into the lens. Both lamps fit the same housing and have clear lens underside to illuminate license plate.
 Once the stock lamp is removed the 3 steel ferrules that fit in the rubber grommets will need to be inserted with the flange on top side of fender.
 Lamp and adapter can be fitted with supplied neoprene gasket directly on fender and tightened with the 3 stainless screws, washers on the underside and original nuts.
  Fits perfect!

Kit is supplied with vibration/water proof sheathed wire connections. The ground wire of the harness will need to be spliced to connect to L/H and R/H blinkers,  and rear lamp.
To ground tail lamp use the ring terminal to connect to one of  the three screws securing adapter plate.

Harness wire color                Lamp wire Color
                         --Connects to--
Red  (running light)                Black
Blue  (brake)                         Red
Black  (ground)                     Screw securing adapter plate use ring
                                              terminal. left and right turn signal.
Orange                                  + Turn signal Left
Brown                                   + Turn signal Right
 Mounts in a high visible position. Bob your fender or leave it long.

                                    Lucas 564 with reflex reflector

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