Monday, August 03, 2015

4-Way Flashers for Scarlett

Given a URAL sidecar's performance envelope, one goes slower on the steeper hills when motoring about...usually, not a big deal but on the expressway (when they can't be avoided) it can be a big deal if the cager behind you is not attentive.

I'd seen loaded semi-tractor trailer rigs put on their four way flashers when struggling uphill on the expressways, thought it a good idea at the time, warn people behind you that you're not going even close to the posted speed limit.

I'd done this mod on Valencia, my 2011 URAL Patrol before and today I did the same mod on Scarlett, my 2014 URAL Patrol.

Only difference was type of switch used, as I didn't have same time of pull on/push off switch that I used on Valencia, instead using a rocker switch I had onhand.

I installed a "two spade out of one" adapter on the turn signal
light bulb's black wire connection. (RED arrow)

New wires in place, basically "bridging" the stock black
wire and the purple wires going to the turn signals on the tug and sidecar.

Rocker switch, secured to right side of headlight
bucket cover (onto which all indicator lights and speedo
are mounted).  I used two-sided tape and reinforced
with some duct tape on the inside of the cover.

I've some doubts about the durability of the mounting, but we'll see.  Duct tape can be a very secure thing sometimes.  I'll probably pick up the right switch next time I'm at the auto parts store in preparation for the eventuality.

Here's a link to the original instructions I followed from a fellow Uralista on sovietsteeds: LINK

Now, like the truckers, I can engage the four-way flashers when forced to downshift to 3rd gear on the steeper hills on roads when the rig can only hold perhaps 45-50 mph.


SonjaM said...

Dom, whatever increases safety while riding is a good idea. Smart approach!

redlegsrides said...

Exactly my thoughts SonjaM, thanks.

RichardM said...

I've done the same mod but put the weatherproof switch in place of the trip odometer reset knob. I've only used it once on this trip as it's an awkward reach and there is no indicator to indicate that it's engaged. With the rocker you've used it's easier to tell if the 4-way is engaged.

redlegsrides said...

I think I'll be able to reach the switch with no issues while riding but time and practice will tell. As to knowing whether engaged or not, a simple check of the lights?

RichardM said...

Check of the lights is easier to do in the winter. The left signal is mostly blocked so neither is in my field of view. I may look for a red triangle light to indicate when the 4-way flasher is on.

VStar Lady said...

Great idea. I've often pulled off to the side to check a map or whatever and thought, bikes should have four ways.