Updated: Aug 31, 2018
Fitting a Lucas Tail Lamp on a Triumph Twin is not as easy as you would think. Installing it in the most desirable position offers challenges, as the large hole the wires feed through is in exactly the same position as the screw holes that mount the housing. So you have to rethink, and raise or lower the housing. Also avoiding the large depression in the fender that was made for the stock bubble lamp. Now you have found the perfect, compromised, make do location three holes will need to be drilled.
Then you will find the lamp sits at, err well..... not quite the angle you had in mind. The hideous muffin top gasket you are expected to use hiding the poor fit will also be needed unfortunately. A lot of time and effort for a disappointing result. That is why I decided to make a handsome bolt on, no drilling, adapter plate that fits stock fender holes and keeps the lamp rubber mounted as Triumph originally designed. The lamp, housing, adapter plate, neoprene gasket is sold as a kit with all necessary stainless hardware.
Lucas Tail Lamp History Lesson Housing in picture on left has a Lucas 525 lamp mounted. These were produced from 1953-55. The kit is supplied with the Lucas 564 lamp which was introduced in 1955. This lamp has the Reflex reflector molded into the lens. Both lamps fit the same housing and have clear lens underside to illuminate license plate. You will find either of the two give better light than stock light.
FITTING. Once the stock lamp is removed the 3 steel ferrules that fit in the rubber grommets will need to be inserted with the flange on top side of fender. Lamp and adapter can be fitted with supplied neoprene gasket directly on fender and tightened with the 3 stainless screws, washers on the underside and original nuts. Fits perfect !
Kit is supplied with vibration/water proof sheathed wire connections. The ground wire of the harness is split into 3 wires as shown on (schematic diagram)
to connect to L/H and R/H blinkers, and rear lamp. To ground tail lamp use the ring terminal to connect to one of the three screws securing adapter plate.
Harness wire color Lamp wire Color --Connects to-- Red (running light) Black Blue (brake) Red Black (ground) Screw securing adapter plate use ring terminal. left and right turn signal. Orange + Turn signal Left Brown + Turn signal Right
BLACK/WHITE .......NEGATIVE -
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