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Forum: The Garage 05-19-2014, 08:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,424
Posted By rodsbrick
Bent rim

If it's a steel rim, it can be straightened cold. If it's aluminum, it must be heated prior to straightening or you risk minor stress cracks which can haunt you big time later. Racers fix rims all...
Forum: The Garage 04-26-2014, 08:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,996
Posted By rodsbrick
Torque

Based on 40 years in the automotive repair business, I believe torque is important but as important is consistency. All the fasteners on any assembly (like a wheel) must be done equally, all dry or...
Forum: Trials 03-19-2014, 07:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 777
Posted By rodsbrick
Eco blue coolant

Most modern engines require a coolant that is silica free. Anything with aluminum components should use this. GM Dex coolant or equivalent will work - color is irrelevant.
Forum: Equipment 12-21-2013, 06:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,322
Posted By rodsbrick
Dry Suit

I have a Streetguard 2 and can ride 8 hours in hard rain and stay dry. It does come with quilted liners for colder temps but I can ride 50 to 8 without liners.
SG3 is said to even better especially...
Forum: The Garage 12-08-2013, 07:09 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,446
Posted By rodsbrick
Talking Oil change interval

Virtually every car out there today with an oil life indicator has a pretty sophisticated algorithm built into the ECU that calculates such variables as key starts, warm up cycles, engine speed, run...
Forum: The Garage 11-11-2013, 07:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 720
Posted By rodsbrick
Eek Dover Dec 13

You will need those heated grips and likely a heated vest. Hopefully you won't need snow tires!
I might see you there - blue RT with old man aboard!:huh:huh:huh
Forum: The Garage 10-09-2013, 01:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,251
Posted By rodsbrick
Patch recommendation

An externally inserted plug may suffice as a roadside repair but I wouldn't use it other than for an emergency. The patch and plug installed from the inside is a reliable, safe repair when done...
Forum: Airheads 04-19-2013, 09:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 543
Posted By rodsbrick
Telefix

The A3 mark and Made in Germany would be on the underside when installed. There are also markings to ensure that the caps are properly installed and aligned. There are no other markings on it. I...
Forum: Airheads 04-18-2013, 07:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 543
Posted By rodsbrick
Telefix ID

I have a Telefix fork brace and I haven't been able to determine what it fits. I got it for my /7 but it didn't fit. It is 170mm center to center and marked 'A3' and Made in Germany. It's aluminum...
Forum: The Garage 01-29-2013, 05:58 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,967
Posted By rodsbrick
Cleaning aluminum

I'm with the acid guys. Autobody metal prep (phosphoric acid in H2O solution) is formulated to remove oxidation without eating the base material. I have cleaned and restored many old and seized SU...
Forum: The Garage 01-28-2013, 06:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 17,838
Posted By rodsbrick
Seam grip

Another product from McNett is Seam Grip adhesive. It would require clamping but it will secure the lugs and it's flexible,waterproof and super strong. I've used it for shoe soles, pant seams and...
Forum: Equipment 02-14-2012, 06:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,350
Posted By rodsbrick
My $.02

I am currently using BMW Streetguard 2 pants and jacket - got the pants on sale at my local dealer for 50% off retail - still expensive but TOTALLY waterproof. A full day in the rain and still dry...
Forum: Equipment 01-16-2012, 08:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,198
Posted By rodsbrick
Bluhduh Count your blessings on the insurance front - I...

Count your blessings on the insurance front - I have a 2004 R1150RT and pay $950 annually - no shorter terms in spite of the weather. That gives me $1,000,000 liability coverage and medical coverage...
Forum: Equipment 01-16-2012, 08:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,112
Posted By rodsbrick
Over the boot BUT done up tight against the boot....

Over the boot BUT done up tight against the boot. I learned a long time ago that a loose pant over the boot can catch on the peg as you put your foot down at a stop - made for an embarrassing fall...
Forum: Thumpers 11-15-2011, 06:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 575
Posted By rodsbrick
Kid's first bike - advice sought

My 10 year old grandson has the itch and I intend to scratch it. He's a sturdy lad - about 4' 2" and 80 lb and has taken a training session on a Suzuki 65 at a local centre and wants his own bike...
Forum: The Garage 11-06-2010, 10:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,615
Posted By rodsbrick
Thanks everyone - great suggestions. I'm sure...

Thanks everyone - great suggestions. I'm sure I'll find something that works.
Cheers
Rod
Forum: The Garage 11-01-2010, 07:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,615
Posted By rodsbrick
BMW Hard Cases - Restore and Maintain

I am hoping someone has a good suggestion as to how to clean and restore the black ABS? hard bags that are standard on many BMW bikes. I have tried the Armorall route only to find they attract dust...
Forum: Americas 01-16-2010, 11:57 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,972
Posted By rodsbrick
Citche Gumee (Big Canoe) tour

This is a great trip and there are lots of hilites along the way. The Copper Harbour side trip is a trip back to the 50's and worth a night out on a peninsula in the lake. I would also recommend...
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