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PostPosted: December 1, 2017, 9:41 pm 
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RichardSIA wrote:
He had spring steel behind his fender panels so... they sprang back into shape.


Pretty common in dirt tracking. My '67 LeMans had early Camaro mono-leafs inside the rear fenders!


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horizenjob wrote:
Our cars are more prone to this because of how low and small they are.


I'm not so sure. I rode shotgun on a friend's wrecker sometimes.

He pulled what I considered to be a completely disproportionate number of marked police cars, fire trucks, and school buses (which have strobe lights on on the back bumper here!) over the years. The drivers *always* said "but I didn't see it!", like it was some kind of get-out-of-jail-free mantra.

The street rod guys have the opposite problem; gawkers who are so intent on staring that they cross over into their lane, herding them off onto the shoulder or ditch.


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PostPosted: December 2, 2017, 11:52 am 
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I've seen some motorcycles around with an LED brake light. When activated, this rather bright light strobes 3 or 4 times before going to "steady ON".


Against the law in my state, and rightfully so. They're incredibly annoying. The oblivious cagers are a hazard; making them angry isn't going to help things.


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ngpmike wrote:
I've seen some motorcycles around with an LED brake light. When activated, this rather bright light strobes 3 or 4 times before going to "steady ON".


Against the law in my state, and rightfully so. They're incredibly annoying. The oblivious cagers are a hazard; making them angry isn't going to help things.

I've been thinking of setting up a secondary brake light switch that would make the brakes only flash once the pedal is pressed hard.

Wouldn't help against normal traffic but if you really need to brake it would flash and alert drivers behind you.

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I manually flash my brake lights whenever it might not be obvious to the person behind me why I'm stopping.


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I have the "Back Off" brand third brake light flasher on my car. The third brake light is mounted on my roll bar. Works great. Russ

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Just installed. Thought that I might need it someday.


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CodySimonson wrote:
I've been thinking of setting up a secondary brake light switch that would make the brakes only flash once the pedal is pressed hard.


In my experience the flashers do no good against the kind of drivers you're trying to alert. They're on their phone texting or watching videos, drunk, stoned, playing with the radio, or rummaging around on the floorboard like the woman who rear-ended my wife at 45mph a couple of years ago.

A friend pulled a lot of marked police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, and school buses that were hit by people who "didn't see" them, even when some of them had both lights and sirens going.


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