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    Looking at putting one on my car. I remember seeing one with a metal cover fixed to the body over the switch. Does anyone know of this one? Any suggestions? Photos?

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    Just spoke with Caterham. The eye brow alone is $35 and the whole kit is $180. None in stock. Guess I'll look else where.

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    • #3
      Rob

      There are several sources for the switch. Did you check direct with Caterham in the UK?

      You want to be sure you get one the cuts off power to the alternator too, not just the battery.

      Wiring instructions are on the blatchat FAQ page.

      Doug

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      • #4
        My experience is that you can order parts from CC direct and spend the same or less money, including shipping. Small parts usually arrive in < 1 week as well.

        Edited to say that I mean CC UK.
        Chris
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        • #5
          Hey thanks Doug. It seems that section of Blatchat is part of the members only. I'll check over on Seven Torque.
          I've never had much luck ordering stuff from England. I do remember there were 2 guys on the parts desk and only one of them was worth talking to. After the last fiasco with ordering the body parts from my Suburban experience from England, it came out to way more than through Denver. I guess it something to think about though.

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          • #6
            Suggest that you check the SCCA requirement, just in case. They are very specific about where it must be located. Probably doesn't matter for NASA and other organizations.

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            • #7
              I don't think I'll ever do SCCA. Track days have always been enuff fo r me. If and when I decide on SCCA I'll get another car:rolleyes:

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              • #8
                Rob

                The FAQ page is accessible to anyone, at least it should be.

                I just tried and got a server error message. Check back tomorrow.

                My understanding that it's only for posting that you need to be a member.

                Pegasus racing has the switches, a Google seach turns up more, for less than Pegasus.

                M. Murphy bought the switch and by the time he sourced the long battery cables you need he spent almost as much as the kit from Caterham.

                I've ordered online from Caterham Uk with no problems. Direct from the website although it doesn't list all the parts. They showed up in less than a week and the shipping wasn't too bad.

                Doug
                Last edited by Doug Liedblad; February 15, 2006, 11:01 PM.

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                • #9
                  Did it have the eye brow?

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                  • #10
                    Rob

                    As far as I know the eye brow is only from Caterham.

                    I don't believe Murphy has one but am not sure.

                    Doug

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                    • #11
                      I am somewhat skeptical about the Caterham style cut-off switches in the outboard side of the scuttle. I suspect due to the longer cable to the cut-off switch through the tunnel and across the car it might even increase the risk of a fire in an accident. I posted the same question on the Seventorque BB to see if they come up with an explanation why this switch is any good. The vulnerable position in the thin aluminum shell of the scuttle does not make me comfortable, either. Might be different with a cage, though....

                      I am probably going to install a remote cut-off solenoid right next to the battery with a big red emergency button in the dash.

                      Gert

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by slomove
                        I am somewhat skeptical about the Caterham style cut-off switches in the outboard side of the scuttle. I suspect due to the longer cable to the cut-off switch through the tunnel and across the car it might even increase the risk of a fire in an accident. I posted the same question on the Seventorque BB to see if they come up with an explanation why this switch is any good. The vulnerable position in the thin aluminum shell of the scuttle does not make me comfortable, either. Might be different with a cage, though....

                        I am probably going to install a remote cut-off solenoid right next to the battery with a big red emergency button in the dash.

                        Gert
                        The Caterham eyebrow is steel, and fastens to the steel chassis to shield the aluminum-mounted switch. I suspect that Caterham intends that they be used together, not just the aluminum-mounted switch exposed by itself.

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                        • #13
                          I've seen some cars in photographs that mount the switch on the dash. These cars are predominately used on the track though.

                          Edited to add that according to Blat Chatters the 3 switches CC sells (Rover, Vauxhall & Ford) are identical.
                          Last edited by moosetestbestanden; February 26, 2006, 08:38 AM.
                          Chris
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                          • #14
                            I think I found a solution now with a remote solenoid from PainlessPerformance. At $109 even cheaper than the Caterham switch:





                            Gert

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