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Triumph TR6 - Annoying Dip Switch

Am I the only one to notice how the floor-mounted headlight dip switch causes a left leg cramp on long tours? If it weren't there, one could stretch out the clutch leg. Soooo, has anyone ditched the floor mount dip switch for an alternative? If so, how was it done? (I've already considered repositioning the seat tracks, but that will leave a real stretch for the clutch.) Thanks!
Rick Orthen

Hey Rick

My '75 has the dip switch on the steering column on the right side, opposite the turn signal and the o/d switch. It works as such: down (low beam), up (high beam), pull, (flash to pass). Perhaps you can pick one up at a swap meet and wire it up, as I don't think they are available from VB or Moss
steven

I have disconnected the floor change switch for the main beam.the main beam is operated by an overdrive switch which is housed in an overdrive cowling,the overdrive switch operates a relay ,when the relay is energized the main beam circuit is on ,at rest the dip beam is on.

Simon
Simon

Thanks everyone. Simon: does the bracket that the dip switch attaches to simply unbolt from the side or what? Did you find that its removal gave you more legroom? Unfortunately, I already have an overdrive switch in use for my gearbox, so maybe I can run the wires from the dip switch to a new switch under the dash. Hmmmm.

Rick O.
Rick Orthen

Rick,

Buy another overdrive switch and cowling and fit them in place of the ordinary cowling on the opposite side to your existing overdrive switch and cowling.I cut into the headlamp switch circuit and as i said at rest the relay is to the headlamp line ,I have wired a permanent live to the relay and when connect the overdrive switch {TO EARTH} it engerizes and switches the relay onto the full beam line.once installed it doesnt look out of place.

Simon
Simon

Rick,

Furthermore, you are probably aware of this the earth connection on the relay is connected the overdrive switch and once the switch is closed down to earth
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ps the internet system i am using is on a timer therefore i have write replies in a hurry.

Simon
Simon

Rick

I must have been drunk this morning when I wrote the last reply!
It makes no sense to me at all. Anyhow, "permanent live feed" pick that
up from the dipped headlamp wire to the switching relay. Loop it over to the
to the other side of the relay, then connect the full beam line, the relay will only switch over when the
earth path is completed via the overdrive switch when it is closed.

Regards

Simon
Simon

I took the low road by simply removing the dip switch "dead pedal" bracket and leaving the dip switch loose on the scuttle panel. It's tucked neatly under the carpet and I can still operate it. The improved leg room is WONDERFUL!! This is the best comfort mod I've done so far; cruise control anyone? I highly recommend it. Now, Simon's advice is the most professional and one which I'll reconsider when restoring the interior.
Rick Orthen

This thread was discussed between 19/03/2002 and 23/03/2002

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