Brake switch wiring

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Brake switch wiring

Postby Leejm » Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:02 pm

His all I have been wiring the vha, I make a plate to mount the switch, my question is where did the wiring for the switch originally run? ie around the bottom frame tube or ran around the back and up over the top frame tube. As this will be seen I sooner run the wiring the way the factory did it. I know it's something that may not brother most but I would like it to look correct. Plus what was used to fasten the wiring! I have some aluminium cable ties where theses used here? Thanks Lee
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Re: Brake switch wiring

Postby paul.jameson » Tue May 01, 2018 8:39 pm

Never having had the combination of an original Ariel wiring harness AND a brake light system on a rigid / plunger bike I don't know for certain where the wires to the brake light switch ran. My strong suspicion is that they ran down the upper rear tube, past the rear fork and then down the lower rear tube to the brake light switch. The cables were held to the frame with spring steel clips, available from the Czech boys, amongst others. I have a few original clips here and from them I can confirm that originally they were coloured to match the frame colour.
I did enquire about having some made and then powder coated the appropriate colour a couple of years ago. Costs are not excessive but it is definitely one for the purists.
PM me if you are enthusiastic about having some made and powder coated.
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Re: Brake switch wiring

Postby paul_turner » Tue May 01, 2018 9:50 pm

Didn't Pete Kemp have some made ? He borrowed one or two off your vh at the Forest of Dean Annual as patterns if I remember correctly Paul.
Pretty sure he still has some. Singles ,doubles and triples I think. Give him a call Lee.

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Re: Brake switch wiring

Postby Leejm » Tue May 01, 2018 10:11 pm

Cheers Paul, I will give me a call and see Lee
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Re: Brake switch wiring

Postby simon.holyfield » Tue May 01, 2018 11:48 pm

I've got a few originals on the W/NG and an original harness on the SQ4 (harness long since scrapped but much photographed).

What's noticeable is that clips are used sparingly, along with the aluminium straps - whilst you might be tempted to strap your cables down frequently to avoid chafing, the original arrangement made minimal use of sleeving, clips, straps and the steering head cable guides.
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Re: Brake switch wiring

Postby Leejm » Wed May 02, 2018 6:35 am

Cheers Simon. Did you make a new loom from your original or did you buy one in?
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Re: Brake switch wiring

Postby simon.holyfield » Wed May 02, 2018 7:37 am

Made a new one. I bought all the crimping tools when I restored the Bantam, ages ago, and I've always got cable & sleeving knocking about.
I came to Norfolk to work for Lotus in the electrical engineering group years ago, so wiring is not something I find difficult.
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Re: Brake switch wiring

Postby Leejm » Thu May 03, 2018 1:11 pm

I made my own too Simon, we got alot of different wire at work so it cost me next too nothing to make.
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Re: Brake switch wiring

Postby alan.moore » Thu May 03, 2018 4:44 pm

Simon/Lee
What did you use to bind the loom you made?
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Re: Brake switch wiring

Postby Leejm » Thu May 03, 2018 5:59 pm

Black cotton on the main loom and pvc sleeving for under the rear mudguard and brake switch wiring.
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