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Foot replacement instructions on Vivitar 285

I have 2 285 strobes and metal foot replacements with test buttons. I have been looking for a month to find instructions on which wire goes to which connection. Please, someone help me. Thanks, J

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Black to ground
Red or other color to center

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Posted on Dec 14, 2007

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If you know basic soldering, Open the old hot shoe from base
(4 screws).Note down the position of the wires.
Try to fire the flash with shorting two trigger wires,most ly it will fire.
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You can get this at below 8$

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