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Forum: The Garage 02-22-2015, 11:07 PM
Replies: 2,858
Views: 396,363
Posted By FixerDave
FreeBike... my ass

So, driving home the other day, there was a free bike (mountain bike) on the side of the road. Yeah, yeah... this was not one of those free bikes that are chained up to a tree so the wind doesn't...
Forum: The Garage 02-17-2015, 10:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,132
Posted By FixerDave
Being a drillpress, the spindle will have some...

Being a drillpress, the spindle will have some runout, and it will probably be worse than what you'd measure just by chucking and spinning some kind of ground rod. Once force is applied to something...
Forum: Thumpers 02-03-2015, 08:14 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 29,918
Posted By FixerDave
Nope, day before yesterday (Feb 1st) Been pretty...

Nope, day before yesterday (Feb 1st) Been pretty much like that for most of January as well. Had a few cold rides in December, just enough to be annoying, a few frozen-over puddles and such. ...
Forum: Thumpers 02-02-2015, 10:32 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 29,918
Posted By FixerDave
Doesn't get much better than this...

http://i1281.photobucket.com/albums/a507/fixerdave/xr-rainbow1cer_zpsubmwiebq.jpg

Yeah, that's a real rainbow... not just chromatic aberration from my cheap cellphone camera.
...
Forum: The Garage 01-26-2015, 08:58 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,490
Posted By FixerDave
This is the reason MIG isn't used in a lot of...

This is the reason MIG isn't used in a lot of applications... it won't pass inspection because it can look good while not being good. It's not that you can't make a great weld with MIG, it's that...
Forum: The Garage 01-22-2015, 12:24 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,049
Posted By FixerDave
Well, if the specs say you need an unobtanium...

Well, if the specs say you need an unobtanium bearing, because your axle has a built-in spacer... maybe you should modify the axle. Don't know what it looks like, but if it's not built of unobtanium...
Forum: The Garage 01-13-2015, 12:07 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,049
Posted By FixerDave
Did you double-check the measurements? ...

Did you double-check the measurements?


Simply Bearings (http://simplybearings.co.uk/shop/Bearings/c3/index.html) shows one 16mm wide, but nothing in what you spec....
Forum: The Garage 01-07-2015, 09:25 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,830
Posted By FixerDave
Lots of ways to look at it...

Me, I know that million dollar ideas are a dime a dozen. I've had lots, even tried to make a buck off some. Nope. It takes the right kind of person to grab an idea and make money out of it. ...
Forum: The Garage 01-04-2015, 12:08 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,730
Posted By FixerDave
I never understood the logic of sticking a big...

I never understood the logic of sticking a big battery on a cordless tool. The batteries are replaceable... why not put a little battery on the tool and a spare in the toolbox, or toolbelt for that...
Forum: Thumpers 01-01-2015, 12:02 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,115
Posted By FixerDave
Several things to consider, in no particular...

Several things to consider, in no particular order:

Having just bought a 2001 XR-200, I suspect your suspension is, in fact, pretty bad. The suspension on mine came with reduced travel, about 8",...
Forum: The Garage 01-01-2015, 11:06 AM
Replies: 2,858
Views: 396,363
Posted By FixerDave
I'd like to know how the backlit Arduino LCD...

I'd like to know how the backlit Arduino LCD displays work out in daylight... direct sunshine if you can find any. Also, how it holds up to a bike. A separate build thread would be nice (hint).
...
Forum: The Garage 12-31-2014, 09:24 PM
Replies: 2,858
Views: 396,363
Posted By FixerDave
Not what I had planned...

So, I go to move the van to make room for the wife's car... BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP freaking factory car BEEP alarm BEEP is BEEP going BEEP off. WTF??? BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP freaking BEEP won't BEEP...
Forum: The Garage 12-31-2014, 08:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 709
Posted By FixerDave
Okay, the consensus seems to be leave them in. ...

Okay, the consensus seems to be leave them in. Wilco...

Thanks for the replies,

David...
Forum: Thumpers 12-31-2014, 08:40 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,115
Posted By FixerDave
If most of your riding is tight-woods, then being...

If most of your riding is tight-woods, then being on the soft side is good. You need a heavier spring if it's too harsh in the slow stuff but you still bottom too much at speed. The spring sets the...
Forum: Thumpers 12-31-2014, 06:06 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,115
Posted By FixerDave
Set the preload to where it needs to be... just...

Set the preload to where it needs to be... just so long as it doesn't coil-bind, there will be no issue and, being the stock shock it's doubtful the adjustment will let you get into coil-bind...
Forum: The Garage 12-31-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 709
Posted By FixerDave
Question Wheel bearing inner seal... remove or not?

So... replacing the read wheel bearings on my little XR, and staring at the new ones. The old ones have the inner rubber seal removed. I'm of 3 minds on this:

1) the inner seal would help keep...
Forum: The Garage 12-28-2014, 02:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 888
Posted By FixerDave
And, that's about it, isn't it? You either love...

And, that's about it, isn't it? You either love it or you don't.

Me... I hate it. My solution, let it rust... gives something for the paint to stick to. Hit it with some kind of "rust paint"...
Forum: The Garage 12-17-2014, 05:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,377
Posted By FixerDave
I do not recommend telling a woman you are in a...

I do not recommend telling a woman you are in a relationship with that you are doing something specifically to make her feel unwelcome, even if it is supposed to be YOUR shop and she is, in fact,...
Forum: The Garage 12-16-2014, 11:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,735
Posted By FixerDave
http://youtu.be/p5HQbeSVWs4?t=4m6s Sorry,...

http://youtu.be/p5HQbeSVWs4?t=4m6s

Sorry, WAY OT, but I just couldn't resist... your tag line is obsolete :wink:


okay, not THAT obsolete, yet. But, it won't be long before the best riders...
Forum: The Garage 12-16-2014, 07:10 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,038
Posted By FixerDave
Well, that blows my preconception of NY all to...

Well, that blows my preconception of NY all to hell. I thought that if you parked in the wrong spot, you'd lose a lot more than the air our of your tires. :lol3
Forum: The Garage 12-15-2014, 07:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,377
Posted By FixerDave
Just tell her that it's not a shop unless there...

Just tell her that it's not a shop unless there are pictures of women, preferably with less that a full compliment of cloths, somewhere. The pictures have to be there, or it's not really a shop. No...
Forum: The Garage 12-15-2014, 07:34 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,371
Posted By FixerDave
Guilty... and the strobe timing light, and the...

Guilty... and the strobe timing light, and the flex-shaft point-adjusting screwdriver thingy. Of course, I have a spare HEI distributor so I'd immediately toss anything that actually had points in...
Forum: The Garage 12-10-2014, 11:31 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,866
Posted By FixerDave
Well, I'm going to be the oddball here, not that...

Well, I'm going to be the oddball here, not that that's unfamiliar territory for me...

I love my 1/2" impact gun and it gets a lot of use, even used it on a bike the other day. It was a...
Forum: The Garage 12-02-2014, 08:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,329
Posted By FixerDave
+1... runs my GPS for 5 hours no problem. $20...

+1... runs my GPS for 5 hours no problem. $20 from China via ebay. Zip-tied to the back of my number plate in a plastic bag with the usb cable coming out and looping down to redirect any water. No...
Forum: The Garage 12-02-2014, 08:42 PM
Replies: 340
Views: 97,180
Posted By FixerDave
My father used a workmate with the saw clamped in...

My father used a workmate with the saw clamped in it, the guard wired back and the trigger wired on. Cut up a huge mess of old wood to burn that way. Not safe, by any measure, but it worked fine.
...
Forum: Thumpers 11-13-2014, 10:26 AM
Replies: 179
Views: 29,918
Posted By FixerDave
Stop and think about it. What goes through those...

Stop and think about it. What goes through those little holes is gasoline. If the hole is blocked, you get less gas in your air/fuel mixture. That gives you a lean condition, not rich. The air...
Forum: Thumpers 11-12-2014, 10:36 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 29,918
Posted By FixerDave
:baldy Well, before you take the carb off,...

:baldy

Well, before you take the carb off, again, why don't you take your muffler off and knock all the crap out of it... because it's probably plugged up. If the cleaning plate makes that much...
Forum: Thumpers 11-12-2014, 08:34 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 29,918
Posted By FixerDave
Does the '87 have the plate at the back of the...

Does the '87 have the plate at the back of the exhaust to let you blow all the accumulated carbon out? Have you done this?

If it runs well with less back pressure, I'd start with the exhaust.
...
Forum: The Garage 11-06-2014, 08:58 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 7,612
Posted By FixerDave
Well, speaking as a person that typically drives...

Well, speaking as a person that typically drives 20 year old cars (not anything close to "classic" mind you), it doesn't take much to get to write-off stage. I mean, some of the junk I drive...
Forum: The Garage 11-06-2014, 07:51 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 10,155
Posted By FixerDave
+1... This thread makes ME want to go out...

+1...

This thread makes ME want to go out and buy more tools. :eek1


Oh, and just testing... the top BB code after the "Share" - Then "Embed codes" buttons in your photo site give this:
...
Forum: Thumpers 10-28-2014, 08:18 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 29,918
Posted By FixerDave
Talking still having fun

Even on a perfect ride, you have to stop and take a piss once in a while :1drink

http://i1281.photobucket.com/albums/a507/fixerdave/xr200_zps388739c0.jpg
Forum: The Garage 10-28-2014, 06:45 PM
Replies: 2,858
Views: 396,363
Posted By FixerDave
Talking I won the redneck lottery today

So, I decide to buy a minivan to replace my old '79 Chevy. But, you know, I'm a cheap bastard and willing to wrench so I'm looking for that sweet spot... some vehicle that an exasperated owner has...
Forum: The Garage 10-28-2014, 05:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,478
Posted By FixerDave
Well, at some point, the mechanical waterpump...

Well, at some point, the mechanical waterpump seal basically tore in half. All the water blew out, and I didn't notice. It didn't put or draw anything from the overflow bottle, just straight out...
Forum: The Garage 10-27-2014, 11:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,478
Posted By FixerDave
Beat you to it... already bought an XR200R :D ...

Beat you to it... already bought an XR200R :D And, after regularly overheating 2 Honda RFVC engines, that little 2-valve is the only thing without water that I will ever run again, intentionally...
Forum: The Garage 10-27-2014, 10:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,478
Posted By FixerDave
Nope, head is still on the bike. Just baked it...

Nope, head is still on the bike. Just baked it the once. Still turns over, but I've not done a compression test yet. The original plan was to just store it, then tear it down and see when life...
Forum: The Garage 10-27-2014, 08:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,478
Posted By FixerDave
Question What's the worst that could happen?

So, not being content with all the other crap going on right now... way too much of it... my mind has wandered back to my KLR650, but this is a more general question.

So, reading says cracks in...
Forum: The Garage 10-24-2014, 02:26 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,209
Posted By FixerDave
Ebay has 15' LED strips for $4. Yeah, that's...

Ebay has 15' LED strips for $4. Yeah, that's FOUR whole dollars, 300 LED self-adhesive strips, 12Vdc, 25w. Trim them to the length you want. Buy the wall transformer to run them, for a few bucks,...
Forum: Thumpers 10-22-2014, 08:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 784
Posted By FixerDave
The KLR is an amazing machine... people load them...

The KLR is an amazing machine... people load them up and travel around the world, people (like me) put knobbies on them and go single-tracking. Some say they do pretty well carving the canyon roads...
Forum: The Garage 10-22-2014, 02:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 996
Posted By FixerDave
Okay... how about we move that conversation to...

Okay... how about we move that conversation to PM? "Used" via USPS would be reasonable.., new from Ebay is stupid... $40 for a set of spokes and nipples, $37.95 for shipping :huh Seriously,...
Forum: The Garage 10-21-2014, 09:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 996
Posted By FixerDave
Thanks for the thread link... and as for spacing,...

Thanks for the thread link... and as for spacing, going to 18" on these bikes seems to be a standard run. Haven't read about any clearance issues yet. Might have to add a bit more rubber to the...
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