Few changes while I am waiting for the weather to improve.
LED lights – lots of people speak about how the Caterham lights are a bit underwhelming and I can see that. I got the clear lens pack as an option, and that gets supplied with some LED bulbs, but it still leaves a bit to be desired. I went upgraded rear clusters and front LED repeaters from Just Add Lightness and I can’t recommend them enough. Make sure you get the LED relay if you do this to prevent the lights flashing too fast. After I fitted the rear lights and they weren’t working I sent the company an email 6pm on Friday, I got a call back 5 minutes later from Doug the owner, who spent the next couple of days going back and forth with me on Whatsapp to help troubleshoot. Turns out it was my battery that was the issue, that’s another story, but the one thing that was clear was the level of customer service from JAL is outstanding, Doug just went above and beyond.
High level brake light – Also purchased two of these from Just Add Lightness. I am fitting one on each side of the roll cage. Idea behind high level lights is you are so low. I’ve had issues before in my Peugeot 207 where someone close behind me in their MPV couldn’t see I was stopped with hazards on, so it’s only going to get worse when your bum is about 3 inches off the floor. The RHS of the caterham has points wired already for a high level brake light. For the LHS, I ordered a loom from caterhamparts.
For both the above instructions available on the Just Add Lightness website
Mobile Phone Holder – I thought about this but figured its good to have one in place in case I need a map, and realistically, for the safety camera warnings. Obviously not that I am speeding or advocating it … I just like to know where the safety cameras are. Can also use this to control music. I went with the Brodit solution, I got a 3D printed bracket from Ebay, this fits on the tonneau poppers on the scuttle. I also purchased I removed the scuttle trim, unscrewed the two poppers and mounted the bracket under the poppers. Also got a USB cigarette lighter adapter in case I need to charge anything on the go.
Music – can be controversial, but I want the ability to blast out some music if the mood captures me… I decided to not fit permanently wired speakers. Modern bluetooth speakers are quite impressive and can be hooked up easily – especially when it is so easy to access music via your phone. I bought a UE Megaboom 3, which I have secured with zip ties to begin with. You can get multiple speakers and hook them up together, and it works just configured as a bluetooth output/headset on your phone. At the moment I just have one. Seems OK so far in the house, haven’t been out in car yet.
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