No, I'm not talking about their habit of crumpling under the slightest impact.
I'm talking about brighter turn signals.
The Wee's turn signals aren't the brightest, and so I've been keeping an eye on upgrade options, including this thread which just confirmed a great plug'n play 4W LED solution.
That got me thinking about how to figure out relative brightness and field of view for the LED's vs the stock bulbs, given the output characteristics of both, without actually trying it. I quickly realized that I had to find out what kind of reflectors were in the turn signals before I could puzzle that one out.
So I took apart a turn signal for the first time ever and found...
No reflector whatsoever!
Just a black plastic hole that half the bulb's output gets sucked into.
Gee. Any sort of reflector should therefore be a major improvement. Enter pair of scissors, scrap of foil liner from a cigarette pack, and viola, instant reflector.
Result: At least 50% brighter turn signals!
Cost: Nothing but a bit of time.
After the test on the first turn signal I went ahead and did all four.
I might even have to upgrade the foil to those little aluminum tart trays... :mrgreen: