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Date:         Sat, 8 Jul 2006 16:41:46 -0400
Reply-To:     Ed <eduntz@HOTMAIL.COM>
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From:         Ed <eduntz@HOTMAIL.COM>
Subject:      Re: about the westy silver socket
Comments: To: Lisa Bliss <blissx3@EARTHLINK.NET>
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> I bought one of those solar trickle battery chargers thinking that if my > battery went out I could use that to recharge it. It is supposed to fit > into the cig lighter but I guess is for a new model and does not fit. Is > the silver socket the item I need to have to make it fit? I can't quite > tell from the photo. > > Lisa Bliss > 87 Westy

No, the "silver socket" is quite a bit smaller than the cig lighter, and the VW lighter seems to be a bit larger than others, so that it doesn't hold appliance plugs very snugly. Since I use the cigarette lighter socket for power, and not for an actual lighter, I replaced mine with a power outlet from Radio Shack. It fit almost perfectly. The only thing I had to do was use a file to make a small notch outside the mounting hole where a tab in the socket fits. I kept the original wiring and used one of those crimp-on quick-connects to wire it to the cig lighter wiring.

Ed in CT

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