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Wedge List / Drive shaft
« Last post by charles frink on May 22, 2017, 05:36:40 PM »
Has anyone done a "both end" "U" joint drive shaft ?  It seems the current

stock CV joint drive shaft does not like 260= hp diorected their way.

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Wedge List / brakes
« Last post by charles frink on May 22, 2017, 05:30:50 PM »
Wayne and list





I have the older 4 pot caliper front brakes and Ford rear discs on my 8.  They

work well (or so far no crunches) but seem to remember a discussion on a

better direct fit off the shelf 4 pot set-up for the front (NOT the Wilwoods

or the like).





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Charles

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Wedge List / Re: headlight relay upgrade
« Last post by Russ Cooper on May 22, 2017, 03:56:44 PM »
I followed Odds method and put relays and fuses on a removable panel in the

engine bay beside the radiator. I made it so it plugs into the orginal harness

and can easily be removed to revert to standard if required. Heavy duty live

feed to a subsidiary fuse block with separate fuses and relays for Main, Dip

and Driving lights. Takes almost all of the load off the original wiring and

switchgear.

Russ Cooper
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Wedge List / Re: headlight relay upgrade
« Last post by Odd Hedberg on May 22, 2017, 01:40:42 PM »
Being the one who did, and later wrote it up, the headlight relay design

from years ago I'd say:  Yes I did see an improvement,

but the main improvement were the temperature and current load on the

switches etc.  And the ability to use 100/55W bulbs in the headlights

- and to use the fog lights for DRL's, AND for fogs...

You know, the shorter the heavily loaded wires are the better!



And individual fusing for each filament is safer when driving (fast at

night),

at least in our moose infested country...  PLUS!  The original fuse

holders

can use any little help in lessening the thermal load on their clamping

force,

they are very old and probably not really up to it any more...

/Odd



On 2017-05-22 at 18:56 elbersm@telus.net wrote:



  I read the latest TWOA newsletter article on the headlight relay

  upgrade with interest.

 

  Placing the relays under the dash results in a simple economical

  plug and play design which uses the factory fuses.

 

  Previous implementations have installed the relays in the engine

  bay, close to the lights, but required double the number of relays

  and additional fuses and power runs etc.

 

  Question, for those that have done either the engine bay or the

  under dash upgrade, did you see a noticeable improvement in the

  brightness of the headlights after installing the relays?

 

  Mark

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Wedge List / headlight relay upgrade
« Last post by elbersm@telus.net on May 22, 2017, 12:56:48 PM »
I read the latest TWOA newsletter article on the headlight relay upgrade with

interest.



Placing the relays under the dash results in a simple economical plug and play

design which uses the factory fuses.



Previous implementations have installed the relays in the engine bay, close to

the lights , but required double the number of relays and additional fuses and

power runs etc.



Question, for those that have done either the engine bay or the under dash

upgrade,  did you see a noticeable improvement in the brightness of the

headlights after installing the relays?



Mark



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Wedge List / Re: Manual choke
« Last post by Jack Brooks on May 22, 2017, 10:57:16 AM »
It was the OEM carbs from 1980  and have no idea what A-H the manual chokes

came off of. If I had the guess, I seem to recall a pair of SU H8's



Sorry Bill.



Jack
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Wedge List / Re: Manual choke
« Last post by William McCauley on May 22, 2017, 10:19:18 AM »
Jack,

Was this done on Strombergs?  What model/year A-H?

TIA

Bill
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Wedge List / TR8 in St Louis
« Last post by Jill and Gregg Gillming on May 21, 2017, 08:36:45 PM »
https://stlouis.craigslist.org/cto/6139210906.html



Not much on description or pictures,  I would have liked to have seen more.

Wondering if the seller is a member?



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Wedge List / Re: TR7/8 Digest V1 #8616
« Last post by "peternuss" on May 18, 2017, 10:09:37 AM »
"Thanks to all that have responded. I will try putting it on backwards and
see
how the handling feels with the tow vehicle."

This is the absolute last thing I would ever consider.  Read up on towing a
vehicle on a trailer and it's the last thing others recommend also.  There are
very few times this is ever recommended, like maybe with no
engine/transmission in a car.  If I had to use a u haul trailer and didn't
like the weight distribution, I would simply not use the u haul trailer tie
down system.   I'd buy some rachet straps for securing a vehicle on a trailer
and use those.  Put the vehicle where I felt it looked best and move one.
But, I don't tow with under-rated tow vehicles that a couple of hundred pounds
on the hitch would make a difference.  Also, the TR8 weight distribution is
what??   Something like 53% front vs. 47% rear.  So, figure it out and the
front bias is 6%, so maybe 100 pounds or less.  If that makes a difference,
you are certainly using an under-rated tow vehicle.

If seeing how the "handling feels" is being conducted on roadway, good luck
with that if it doesn't work out too well and you have an accident.  There was
some fool here that towed a TR8 with a TR8 on a single axle trailer and people
thought that was cool.  I just don't get that.  After being hit by an idiot in
an over loaded trailer, under rated tow vehicle and being out of work for 10
weeks healing up from the accident, I'm not too tolerant of people on the
highway conducting towing experiments.  Of course my lawyer loves them.  Good
luck with your project.
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Wedge List / Re: Fuses
« Last post by Philip Johnstone on May 17, 2017, 08:18:14 PM »
Note that Rimmers sell the correct (rating and length) fuses for the Wedge and

Stag.  They contain a paper label with a rating that aligns with that in the

ROM and handbook. It is worth getting a few spare.



Note if a fuse blows then it is an sign of a fault in the system.  Do NOT even

think of fitting a heavier fuse ..... identify and fix the fault.  For

example, if a cooling fan blows a fuse then probably the fan motor needs some

lube.  It should spin easily with a flick of the finger.



The Wedge standard lighting system is able to operate well within its ratings.

However the addition of spot and/or fog lights wired into the  headlight (hi

beam) could push you to the limit if extra relays are not used.  Also these

extra items can overload the main lighting switch and the steering column

switch. If your main lighting switch hasn't been cleaned and lubed in the past

20 years then it is now time.  Your TWOA Newsletter and the www contain a

wealth of information on the Wedge electrical system.  Gene Thompson's wiring

diagrams are fantastic so download and laminate a copy for your glovebox.



Wedge Tip

Remove the screws from the fuse panel cover in the glove box and replace with

a strip of Velcro about 50mm long.  Refit the panel with your spare fuses (15,

25 & 35A) fixed in the plastic clips.  This will reduce the frustration when

you have to check a fuse on a cold dark night :-(







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