Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: West Milford, NJ, USA
Me-thinks it was Celsius
I do not know of the post you are referring to, but I find it hard to believe the 85F rating of the original part (because I am in the business) - there are no general purpose parts rated that low - it's below human body temperature.
Most likely, the rating of the original relay was 85C - which is a typical industrial grade range (equals 185F).
Now, the new part you are referring to is indeed better. However, bear in mind that the specs on Radio Shack components have to be taken with a lot of skepticism - they are often unbranded seconds.
Bottom line, either part will work in our motorcycling installations as long as you are not pulling more than 20A to have some margin. 20A is 240W, not likely that we have such loads - even the aftermarket horns pull less.
No need for the worry beads.
Robert in Northern NJ
'09 R12GS, '08 R12RT, '03 R1150RT, '01 F650GS - time to thin the herd?
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