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Ammeter Lighting #714041
11/06/17 3:32 pm
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Does anyone know if there is a replaceable light bulb in the ammeter of a 69 Lightning and if so its part number?

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Re: Ammeter Lighting [Re: mrcarb] #714045
11/06/17 3:44 pm
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A Gentleman does not concern himself with amps in the dark, purely a daytime occupation wink .

No bulb, you had to wait until you went under a streetlamp to see how badly your amps were disappearing.

Re: Ammeter Lighting [Re: mrcarb] #714047
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I'd suggest removing a tiny spot on the headlight reflector right under the ammeter. :-)


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Re: Ammeter Lighting [Re: mrcarb] #714079
11/06/17 7:56 pm
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Why bother illuminating the most useless thing on the bike?


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Re: Ammeter Lighting [Re: mrcarb] #714122
11/07/17 12:23 am
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"You can drill a small hole in the ammeter and glue a 3mm white led in, put a 1k5 0.5w resistor in series with it and you will be able
to see at night as well as in the day, how totally useless those ammeters are." that made me laugh, Good one Nick.


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Re: Ammeter Lighting [Re: mrcarb] #714128
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The Lucas ammeter makes a nice plug in the hole of the headlight where a VOLTMETER should have been.

Re: Ammeter Lighting [Re: Irish Swede] #714158
11/07/17 4:14 am
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I put a voltage indicator idiot light as sold by Paul Goff on my B44R. It glows a different colour depending on the voltage. You could mount it between the gauges. Had there been a voltage gauge that fitted in the ammeter hole I would have bought that.

Re: Ammeter Lighting [Re: mrcarb] #714164
11/07/17 6:12 am
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Unlike some that think its useless I find an ammeter useful. To answer your question, sometimes your indicator lights in the headlight shell will actually illuminate the ammeter. Perhaps adding a small 281 bulb inside the headlight shell. Just make sure the ammeter body is completely transparent so it can shine through. Lucas ammeter never had bulbs fitted in them. I thought about using a 281 bulb and holder in the shell but I have never got to it.

Re: Ammeter Lighting [Re: C.B.S] #714177
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If you are going to drill a hole in your ammeter shell, fill the thing with oil.
Once oil dmped they work a lot better and are less likely to be reading sympathetic engine vibrations than amps.


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Re: Ammeter Lighting [Re: BSA_WM20] #714189
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Originally Posted by BSA_WM20
If you are going to drill a hole in your ammeter shell, fill the thing with oil.
Once oil dmped they work a lot better and are less likely to be reading sympathetic engine vibrations than amps.


Sounds like you have tried that before

Re: Ammeter Lighting [Re: mrcarb] #714223
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At night when you would want an ammeter light is the worst time to have on. It's when your electrical system is already over taxed be other useless energy wasters like a headlight, taillight, brake light and gauge lights. when all these are in use your ammeter is already discharging to the point that you want to get home before your battery goes dead. I suggest adding a flash light to your helmet of forehead in case you are not wearing a helmet.


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Re: Ammeter Lighting [Re: Spitfire Ken] #714224
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Originally Posted by Spitfire Ken
At night when you would want an ammeter light is the worst time to have on. It's when your electrical system is already over taxed be other useless energy wasters like a headlight, taillight, brake light and gauge lights. when all these are in use your ammeter is already discharging to the point that you want to get home before your battery goes dead. I suggest adding a flash light to your helmet of forehead in case you are not wearing a helmet.



Can you not get the charging system to work on any of your BSAs?


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Re: Ammeter Lighting [Re: mrcarb] #714255
11/08/17 6:42 am
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The 6 V alternator systems were pretty bad too.

Hope he gets his ammeter lit up though.


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Re: Ammeter Lighting [Re: mrcarb] #714278
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So pretty much I'm reading that a standard 12V Lucas stator cant power a small bulb in a headlight shell.....

Re: Ammeter Lighting [Re: C.B.S] #714287
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Originally Posted by C.B.S
So pretty much I'm reading that a standard 12V Lucas stator cant power a small bulb in a headlight shell.....


Where ya reading that?


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Re: Ammeter Lighting [Re: mrcarb] #714291
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My 1965 A50DC has a battery status monitor fitted where the steering lock should go. Works a treat. http://aoservices.co.uk/data/bsm.htm
I also have a 12-0-12 Ammeter, which looks pretty.


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Re: Ammeter Lighting [Re: triton thrasher] #714340
11/09/17 2:04 am
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Yes they are working as deigned with all that implies.


I APOLOGIZE FOR THE USE OF CAPS. I CAN ONLY TYPE WITH MY RIGHT HAND SO USING THE SHIFT KEY IS BEYOND MY CAPABILITES.

The Devil is in the details.

1957 BSA A10 Spitfire Scrambler (numbers matching, very correct, very nice condition)
1965 BSA A65 Lightning Rocket "Clubman" (restored)
1966 BSA A65 Spitfire MK-II (restored)
1967 BSA A65 West Coast Hornet (under rstoration)
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