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Forum: The Garage Yesterday, 08:37 PM
Replies: 3,231
Views: 466,374
Posted By victor441
Thankyou...but I didn't post this at Garage...

Thankyou...but I didn't post this at Garage Jounal, have not there in many months (a long story), must have been a similar project there...anyway definitely worth the trouble, reclaimed some valuable...
Forum: The Garage Yesterday, 03:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 109
Posted By victor441
FWIW Venhill also sells cable making kits and...

FWIW Venhill also sells cable making kits and supplies, no idea if they are any better or worse than Flanders, but I was happy with what I bought there....
Forum: The Garage 05-20-2015, 10:41 AM
Replies: 3,231
Views: 466,374
Posted By victor441
Thanks! The Makita drain valves have threads so...

Thanks! The Makita drain valves have threads so you can fit a hose barb and run a drain hose...have not done that yet myself but should, anyway the valve is available separately.
...
Forum: The Garage 05-18-2015, 07:01 PM
Replies: 3,231
Views: 466,374
Posted By victor441
made a shelf...

Welded together a shelf from scrap steel to get my compressor up off the floor...used bedframe angle iron for the frame, very handy stuff for non critical projects.
...
Forum: Thumpers 05-17-2015, 10:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 149
Posted By victor441
Some suppliers carry kits and parts for DIY...

Some suppliers carry kits and parts for DIY cables, Venhill is one.
http://www.venhillusa.com/products/cable-kits-and-parts/cable-kits.html
You need a solder pot to attach the ends correctly but...
Forum: The Garage 05-16-2015, 07:28 PM
Replies: 3,231
Views: 466,374
Posted By victor441
If you can somehow get them off without extreme...

If you can somehow get them off without extreme disassembly it might be worth using modern constant tension clamps and a specialty tool when installing the new hoses and clamps...used this tool on a...
Forum: The Garage 05-16-2015, 04:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,499
Posted By victor441
I had a similar experience that easily could have...

I had a similar experience that easily could have got me killed, bought a used Lotus 7 clone in L.A. and headed home 400 miles north, was enjoying the drive greatly until I hit a few expansion joints...
Forum: The Garage 05-14-2015, 11:51 AM
Replies: 3,231
Views: 466,374
Posted By victor441
Yep, made a rack myself that way, tubing packed...

Yep, made a rack myself that way, tubing packed with sand and a MAPP torch for heat, worked well...if you do decide to try it yourself do some research first if you use heat, if the sand is not dry...
Forum: The Garage 05-12-2015, 04:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 488
Posted By victor441
Wow! that bug zapper is impressive :eek1 ...

Wow! that bug zapper is impressive :eek1

FWIW also works when powering up old and long dormant vacuum tube amps, radios, TV's etc, a reqular incandescent 120V bulb in series will limit current...
Forum: The Garage 05-12-2015, 04:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 488
Posted By victor441
using a bulb to limit battery charger current....

I read this tip here awhile back but got a chance to try it today on a new battery shipped dry charged. The battery specs said to slow charge at 0.9A or fast charge at 4 A, my BT Junior will only do...
Forum: The Garage 05-07-2015, 01:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,054
Posted By victor441
Some engines respond well to timing by vacuum...

Some engines respond well to timing by vacuum gauge, there is some good info below....no idea if that would work for yours though.

http://automotivemileposts.com/garage/v2n8.html
Forum: The Garage 05-07-2015, 09:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 560
Posted By victor441
Not mine, just found it on the web, the author...

Not mine, just found it on the web, the author compiled the info from specs published by various tire makers, but in general it has been accurate for tires I've used on various bikes. It is just a...
Forum: The Garage 05-07-2015, 08:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 560
Posted By victor441
Probably a bad idea, the DL650 likely has a 4.25"...

Probably a bad idea, the DL650 likely has a 4.25" wide rim as that is optimum for a 150/70 tire while in general a 140/80 should not be mounted on anything wider than a 3.75 to 4.25 (depending on...
Forum: The Garage 05-05-2015, 08:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,121
Posted By victor441
Another possibility is a porous casting, they can...

Another possibility is a porous casting, they can cause a slow leak...there is some info below.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/how-to/a12293/4297504/
Forum: Some Assembly Required 05-03-2015, 05:06 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,930
Posted By victor441
I'm NOT an EE, but worked as an electronics...

I'm NOT an EE, but worked as an electronics technician for many years, got through Navy ET school, completed most of a BSEE, and do design and build some of my own equipment...
Anyway, some thoughts...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 05-03-2015, 10:58 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,930
Posted By victor441
http://www.quotehd.com/imagequotes/authors4/jonath...

http://www.quotehd.com/imagequotes/authors4/jonathan-swift-writer-when-a-true-genius-appears-you-can-know-him-by.jpg
Forum: The Garage 05-03-2015, 10:15 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,060
Posted By victor441
One trick that might help (and save many fuses)...

One trick that might help (and save many fuses) would be to temporarily wire a low power 12V bulb in place of the fuse, it will glow brightly until you find the short circuit but will limit current...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 05-02-2015, 06:58 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,930
Posted By victor441
Wrong again pal...capacitors have been used as...

Wrong again pal...capacitors have been used as battery substitutes on motorcycles for many years, for example the classic British bikes of the 60's and 70's were equipped a Lucas 2MC capacitor and...
Forum: The Garage 04-29-2015, 09:04 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,755
Posted By victor441
That is not correct so far as drilling out...

That is not correct so far as drilling out Phillips/JIS type screws like the OP is dealing with, the recess for the driver centers a standard drill very well IN PRACTICE, not it theory...have done...
Forum: The Garage 04-28-2015, 01:09 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,755
Posted By victor441
The OP said he is dealing with case screws, those...

The OP said he is dealing with case screws, those are usually recessed so cutting and/or grinding is probably not a viable option....but if you drill with a bit smaller than the head and about the...
Forum: The Garage 04-27-2015, 09:26 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,755
Posted By victor441
In a pinch the tip can be ground down a bit on a...

In a pinch the tip can be ground down a bit on a standard Phillips bit and it will fit a JIS screw better, but it would be best to get JIS bits. If the case screw heads are buggered up beyond hope...
Forum: The Garage 04-27-2015, 09:20 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,368
Posted By victor441
The fishing tool shown above works great but I've...

The fishing tool shown above works great but I've had no trouble without it...the stem is gripped by the beads after the zip ties are cinched down (you can see the stem at 12:00 in picture #1) and...
Forum: The Garage 04-27-2015, 09:55 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,425
Posted By victor441
Costco sells 3 packs of reading glasses for $18...

Costco sells 3 packs of reading glasses for $18 or so and the quality is good for the price...but they are on the small side, not good for those with large heads. Dewalt sells safety glasses with a...
Forum: The Garage 04-26-2015, 02:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,368
Posted By victor441
In that case try doing with cargo straps or zip...

In that case try doing with cargo straps or zip ties, it is dang near impossible to pinch a tube that way...the tube is inflated just enough to round it out, placed in the tire, then the straps/ties...
Forum: The Garage 04-25-2015, 09:42 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,762
Posted By victor441
Sounds like that pump is no good, I've used hand...

Sounds like that pump is no good, I've used hand pumps for gearboxes many times and they worked well...FWIW this one very recently, made by Plews and bought it on Amazon for $8.
...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-23-2015, 11:33 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,705
Posted By victor441
I can remember doing that way waaay back in the...

I can remember doing that way waaay back in the 70's, bought chain from an industrial supplier for much less than the local MC shop charged...but no way I'd do that now, modern O/X/Z ring chain from...
Forum: The Garage 04-18-2015, 11:44 AM
Replies: 578
Views: 297,025
Posted By victor441
DR650 rack...

Made this from 1/2" 16ga. ERW tubing, cheap and easy to find, in the process learned that a 12" round file works great for notching the tube ends. Packed the tubes with sand and heated with a MAPP...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 04-17-2015, 01:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 460
Posted By victor441
That is not correct for TR6 OD units....the...

That is not correct for TR6 OD units....the earlier TR6's use an optional A type OD which works in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, later cars (like my 74) were available with a J type OD (as an option) which...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 04-17-2015, 09:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 460
Posted By victor441
I love my TR6, I had a TR4 years ago and liked it...

I love my TR6, I had a TR4 years ago and liked it too but greatly prefer the sound and torque of the straight 6...my car also has overdrive and that makes freeway driving much more enjoyable. The...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 04-17-2015, 08:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 460
Posted By victor441
There are a few for sale at...

There are a few for sale at http://www.triumphexp.com/registry/forsale.php
nothing close to you currently but the site is worth following, new cars appear all the time.
If there is a local British...
Forum: The Garage 04-15-2015, 03:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,383
Posted By victor441
Cordless impact wrenches are waaay better than...

Cordless impact wrenches are waaay better than they were a few years ago and are a viable option and good enough that many professional mechanics use them these days. I (as an amateur) opted to go...
Forum: Thumpers 04-03-2015, 12:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 825
Posted By victor441
I said maybe try using use 6V zener diodes above,...

I said maybe try using use 6V zener diodes above, NOT 12V, only mentioned the Norton arrangement by way of example of how zeners are sometimes paralleled and need to have matched performance when...
Forum: Thumpers 04-03-2015, 11:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 825
Posted By victor441
If you replace the "resistor" (it might really be...

If you replace the "resistor" (it might really be a zener diode anyway) with a 6V zener diode they can be paralleled if need be but they must be matched, FWIW some of the last of the Norton Commandos...
Forum: Thumpers 04-01-2015, 03:12 PM
Replies: 109,226
Views: 21,923,080
Posted By victor441
I've had good results with name brand H4 bulbs,...

I've had good results with name brand H4 bulbs, "plus" bulbs are brighter (and street legal) but at the expense of reduced life. What made a much bigger improvement than a bulb change was adding...
Forum: Road warriors 03-29-2015, 10:29 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 15,132
Posted By victor441
Suzuki did and called it the Freewind, but...

Suzuki did and called it the Freewind, but unfortunately it was never sold in the US.

(FWIW I have a DR650 with 17" supermoto wheels myself and it works great for street and dirt road riding)
...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-27-2015, 08:36 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 538
Posted By victor441
old MC photos from L.A...

a bunch of cool old MC photos from the LA Noir thread at The Skyscraper Page (the entire thread is fascinating if you are interested in old time Calif. stuff , but that is another story)
...
Forum: The Garage 03-27-2015, 07:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,582
Posted By victor441
+1, needed an infrared thermometer myself last...

+1, needed an infrared thermometer myself last year, did some reading and also found that one was highly recommended...have used it for all sorts of things in the meantime and am happy with it.
...
Forum: Road warriors 03-25-2015, 11:18 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,481
Posted By victor441
In general many bikes with glass lenses and...

In general many bikes with glass lenses and reflectors can handle high powered offroad H4 bulbs OK, have had no trouble on my DR650...but have read of problems on some bikes that use plastic lenses. ...
Forum: Road warriors 03-24-2015, 05:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,481
Posted By victor441
That is a specious argument and bad advice....yes...

That is a specious argument and bad advice....yes bulb life increases with reduced voltage and if you ran a 12V H4 at 6 volts it would probably last 100 years but just you might get hit or crash in...
Forum: Road warriors 03-24-2015, 02:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,481
Posted By victor441
Check the voltage at the bulbs with the lights on...

Check the voltage at the bulbs with the lights on and compare it to the battery, if the difference is over 2 volts relays can make a BIG difference as a 2V drop cuts light output nearly in half. ...
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