You are here: Home / Messages / Electrical / Rain in me' Tricon

Rain in me' Tricon

Up to Electrical

Rain in me' Tricon

Posted by peter_holland1 at January 19. 2017

On more than one rainy, and I mean deluge, situation, the horn on my Electra has come on. And stayed on. In another great deluge, the winker came on.

Can I take these newish reproduction winker and tricon switches apart and add anything that will prevent water completing the circuit? They work fine in the dry.

In my garage I've got WD40, vasaline, silicone grease, switch cleaner, oils. But I don't want to degrade the dry weather circuitry.

What do you suggest I use? I'd prefer not to have to resort to anything external as soldiers use to stop water going down the gun barrel.


Re: Rain in me' Tricon

Posted by patrick_mullen at January 19. 2017

Hi Peter,

Al O is likely to be the best man to give genuine real advice re waterproofing the switches;  softies like me would say you shouldn't be out in such atrocious weather.

Honestly though it is amazing how the weather does affect our way of life. On a sports car forum a member stated that he had only put the top down on his car twice over the past two years; even in soggy Ireland I put the top down regularly during Spring, Summer & Autumn. It turned out that the first member was complaining  about the heat in his desert area of the USA - he keeps the top up to keep the sun off his head and avoid sunstroke, nothing to do with keeping off the rain. What a nice problem to have.

Anyway, good luck on all your travels. Have you thought about moving to California?



Re: Rain in me' Tricon

Posted by robert_tuck at January 20. 2017

Out on my 99 yesterday  it was below freezing and I suffered a fair bit of what I think was carb freezing, At first I thought it to be points trouble (which always progresses to total ignition failure) which eventually cleared up. This was much worse than I have experienced before. I do not use ethanol.  The 99 has the DL enclosure, an air filter and a phenolic insulator. The Gerbing jacket kept me toasty on the lowest setting ,now I just need to knock up a carb and oil tank heater.

Powered by Ploneboard
Upcoming Events
Brittania Rally - Denmark Aug 18, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017 — Jolly Roger Mc, Nørre Langgade, 8840 Rødkærsbro, Denmark
2017 International Rally Aug 24, 2017 - Aug 28, 2017 — Open Huis, Ieperstraat 157 - 8840 Staden, Belgium
2017 MGP Reunion Aug 29, 2017 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM — The Shore Hotel, Old Laxey Hill Laxey. Isle of Man IM4 7DA
Tay Valley Branch Camping Weekend - Town Yetholm Sep 08, 2017 - Sep 10, 2017
CRMC Track Parade - Anglesey Coastal Sep 09, 2017 - Sep 10, 2017 — A55, Ty Croes, Gwynedd LL63 5TF
Upcoming events…
This is Brio Diazo Plone Theme