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Old 07-18-2019, 09:42 AM   #1
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Keeping Stop Sign Arm

Hey all! I have removed the actual red stop sign from the arm it is attached to. I am planning on leaving the mechanical housing though to avoid opening another hole in the side of the bus. I have 2 wires with lights attached to them hanging down that went to the red lights that were on the actual sign. My question is: can I just cut these 2 wires, cap them off, then just push them into the mechanical housing? I have already disconnected the fuse that controls the stop sign arm.

We may use the arm in the future to place another sign of some sorts, so Iíd like to keep it.

Thanks everyone and anyone!
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Old 07-18-2019, 10:10 AM   #2
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Wire nuts on the ends to keep them from accidentally grounding and you should be fine.
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Hey all! I have removed the actual red stop sign from the arm it is attached to. I am planning on leaving the mechanical housing though to avoid opening another hole in the side of the bus. I have 2 wires with lights attached to them hanging down that went to the red lights that were on the actual sign. My question is: can I just cut these 2 wires, cap them off, then just push them into the mechanical housing? I have already disconnected the fuse that controls the stop sign arm.

We may use the arm in the future to place another sign of some sorts, so I’d like to keep it.

Thanks everyone and anyone!
The holes in the side left behind by these are pretty minor, like four 1/4" screw holes and two 3/4" holes with grommets that the wires pass through. Pretty easy to bondo over them (front one is slightly tricky since the big holes are close to a panel seam, at least on my bus). I can understand wanting to keep them, though - I was originally going to put big smiley faces on them before I realized I had too much on my plate already.
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Old 07-18-2019, 11:12 AM   #4
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Wire nuts on the ends to keep them from accidentally grounding and you should be fine.
Thanks o1marc! Just wanted to double check because they had the lights attached to them.
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The holes in the side left behind by these are pretty minor, like four 1/4" screw holes and two 3/4" holes with grommets that the wires pass through. Pretty easy to bondo over them (front one is slightly tricky since the big holes are close to a panel seam, at least on my bus). I can understand wanting to keep them, though - I was originally going to put big smiley faces on them before I realized I had too much on my plate already.
Oh nice, I’ve just heard stories of people having really large gaping holes. Either way, I’m going to try and keep it- maybe I’ll execute the smiley face idea one day!! Thanks for the help musigenisis
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Oh nice, Iíve just heard stories of people having really large gaping holes. Either way, Iím going to try and keep it- maybe Iíll execute the smiley face idea one day!! Thanks for the help musigenisis
I read similar stories about removal problems but taking them off was probably the easiest thing I've done on the bus so far. I think maybe it's just the International sign mechanism that is easy to remove.
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I was thinking making mine a clock that shows 4:20. But it would be a cop magnet in every illegal state.
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I was thinking making mine a clock that shows 4:20. But it would be a cop magnet in every illegal state.

You could make it a digital clock. Show the actual time when retracted, then 4:20 when extended (with the flashers intact, of course)
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You could make it a digital clock. Show the actual time when retracted, then 4:20 when extended (with the flashers intact, of course)
I do like the lighted number panels on race cars now and have considered checking them out. They now have lighted plates on some cars that tell you what position they in at the time. Counting the pit stop time, etc.
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You could absolutely make that work.
Sure, but not cheaply. I'd like to have a scrolling digital message bar across the front or rear.
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I wouldn't use wire nuts. They may work themselves off. Try crimping caps.
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Old 09-08-2019, 12:59 PM   #15
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I wouldn't use wire nuts. They may work themselves off. Try crimping caps.
Crimping caps! Those sound much better, more long term,
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