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Re: The Green Slinky Machine

Postby bene » 01 Jan 2019, 09:43

Boom!
Good work!
Any one for cricket? what what?
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Re: The Green Syncro Machine

Postby mshaw1980 » 02 Jan 2019, 12:57

irishkeet wrote:SO I've finally got around to working on the solar install. I've only had the 100w panels since July last year :mrgreen: . I bought them from Photonic Universe along with the AGM leisure battery, I've had a great service from them having gone back with a few questions about the battery for configuring the battery monitor and they always respond quickly.

I spent a long time looking at solar installations, then I came across this thread on The Samba. I really like the fact that its low profile and I didn't want to spend a lot of money on a roof rack just to house solar panels, which would increase the height of the van by quite a bit. The snow has slowed me down but more photos to follow when I get a bit further. All the brackets and fixings are stainless and the tray is aluminium.

This set-up only requires you to drill into the side of the poptop.
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The brackets have a layer of neoprene fitted on the inside to protect the roof
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The rubber stoppers are two demijohn corks stuck together and then fixed them to the bottom of the tray with a countersunk screw.
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I used some small P clips and the panel fixing bolt to secure the wiring under the tray. If I ever need to remove the tray its a matter of 4 bolts and two MC4 solar connectors.
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When the Spring weather gets above freezing I am planning to fit the twin cable gland, this just fits (height wise) under the tray out of sight :mrgreen:


Hi mate

Is there any update on a 'kit' like this? I like the functionality and neatness of this installation. Plus I would still be able to drive my van in my garage to do the inevitable fixing / tinkering :ok
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Re: The Green Syncro Machine

Postby irishkeet » 02 Jan 2019, 16:34

mshaw1980 wrote:
Hi mate

Is there any update on a 'kit' like this? I like the functionality and neatness of this installation. Plus I would still be able to drive my van in my garage to do the inevitable fixing / tinkering :ok


Hello sorry no I have not had the time to do anything about it, there were a few people on the westy refuge wanting them, I had considered getting 10 made but that would require cash paid in advance so Im not stuck with 10 solar kits but maybe later in the year....
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Re: The Green Slinky Machine

Postby irishkeet » 13 Jan 2019, 17:37

So the new engine went in on 27th of December, again massive thanks to Torsen without whom it would not be in, to say I have learnt a lot is an understatement :shock: When I removed the headlight grill to bleed the rad one glass lens from the Hella headlight just fell out and smashed :roll:

Less than impressed with the current quality of Hella. They went on the van in January 2016 and have only been exposed to the elements for about 18 months as the van was in the workshop from 12/2016 to 09/2017 so its time for something else.

This is the light that lost its glass, as you can see the reflector had started to peel away inside and moisture had got in around the rim too
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The other headlight has discoloured quite a lot and has a yellow tinge to the inside.
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With the mot due on January 5th I popped down to Mark at Suffolk Campervan Hire to borrow a headlight, when I picked it up the glass came away from the bowl lol (also a Hella) Anyway Cobra88 came to the rescue with some spare Hella lights but he also had the same issue and had re-bonded the glass to his before upgrading to LED units, many thanks Rick 8) The van sailed through its MOT and I currently have 450 of the 1000 running in miles done with no real issues :mrgreen:
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Re: The Green Slinky Machine

Postby irishkeet » 13 Jan 2019, 18:18

So having had enough of Hellas I have been looking around at what is available. There are some nice LED units but I wanted to keep the van as stock looking as possible but improve the light output without spending a fortune.

Covkid has an excellent article on the wiki here and there is a few good threads on the forum too. I particularly likes Wychall's method which is a more permanent fitting for lucas lights, which uses the lucas adjusters. A big thanks to Wychall for answering my many questions and pointing me in the right direction too :mrgreen:

So I bought the mounting kit and the headlights from PowerfulUK via ebay as there was a 15% discount available over Christmas :mrgreen: I went for the SVX Style Headlights (with Sidelight), a photo next to the original Hella unit.
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The mounting kit comes with the retainer ring and a rubber gasket
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As with the bowls in Wychall's post the mounting rings needed to be trimmed at the back to sit flush
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The sidelights do not come with any connectors, I fitted 2-way (t config) connectors to the sidelights and to the original wiring, the units came with a decent pair of Osram LED sidelight bulbs
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Not too far removed from stock :mrgreen:
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This was the old Hellas
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New units brighter and more defined.
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I went out for a drive this evening and the lights are definitely brighter, its a whiter light (without been too much) and sharper than the old Hellas. With the Lucas kit now fitted its very easy to swap to another round light in the future 8)
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