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If you live in Texas, maybe finding a water resistant switch isn't something you worry about but here in B.C. you do. I wasn't going to take any chances shorting out my electrical system in a downpour at midnight, 60 miles east of Moosomin, Saskatchewan. These switches are made by Cole Hersee Co. The quality looks first rate and I found them at the local auto supply house for about $10 Cdn ($7 US); supply seemed to be a bit limited locally though so search around well before you start your project. If you live on the coast try a commercial marine supply house. The local yachtie place seems to sell only chrome stuff; that's where Goldwingers shop for their switches.

The one on the left is part # 56327-01. According to Cole Hersee's catalog it is weather resistant and has a dependant pilot light (lights when the switch is turned on). It's rated at 25 amps @ 12 volts DC. Mounting hole is .830" x 1.45" .

The switch on the right is part # M-58031-01. I think the M stands for Marine. The catalog says: "Certified to IP66 and IP68 for complete protection against dust and prolonged spray and submersion under pressure. Recognized at UL 1500: Ignition Protection for Marine Products." Comes with a neoprene gasket and requires the same size cutout as the other switch. I like the submersion under pressure part; makes me want to build a submarine. It's rated at 20 amps @ 12 volts DC.

I sprayed a little photo mount adhesive on the gasket and placed it on the fairing. Then after a really deep breath, I cut into the plastic with a Dremel cutting wheel and finished the cuts with a fine saw blade and cleaned the whole thing up with a file. That little sucker just snapped into place like it was old home week. Looks like it came straight from Big K.

There's still room below for another switch for another set of lights or perhaps a socket for a heated vest. How many amps did you say the alternator put out...?

Article By: David J. Morrow

August 2001

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