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Forum: The Garage 04-18-2015, 11:44 AM
Replies: 561
Views: 284,911
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: 361
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: 361
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: 361
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: 19
Views: 857
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: 14
Views: 576
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: 14
Views: 576
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: 107,688
Views: 21,486,990
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: 14,318
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: 467
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: 1,382
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: 1,353
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: 1,353
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: 1,353
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. ...
Forum: The Garage 03-23-2015, 11:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 531
Posted By victor441
check out the Dunlop fitment guide at ...

check out the Dunlop fitment guide at

http://www.dunlopmotorcycle.com/tire-catalog/off-road-adventure/dual-sport-adventure/d606/

It shows 2.15 as acceptable and 3.00 as ideal for a 130/90-18
Forum: The Garage 03-15-2015, 09:38 PM
Replies: 3,084
Views: 437,716
Posted By victor441
Nope, that is not correct, many of them are...

Nope, that is not correct, many of them are 90/90-19...am running a Dunlop/Harley D401 tire on my Norton in that size (and FWIW it works well)
Lots of Harleys also use skinny 90 series 21" tires...
Forum: Thumpers 03-15-2015, 11:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 346
Posted By victor441
I've used a JT sprocket and it was good quality...

I've used a JT sprocket and it was good quality aside from the retainer plate screw holes not being threaded properly...was able to fix this with a tap but it was difficult as the sprocket steel is...
Forum: The Garage 03-14-2015, 02:54 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,458
Posted By victor441
I've had good results with drill out power...

I've had good results with drill out power extractors, combines a left hand bit with an extractor, sometimes the drill bit alone does the trick....got my set at Sears/Craftsman but many other places...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-14-2015, 10:16 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,424
Posted By victor441
Does the $395 include the required fingerprinting...

Does the $395 include the required fingerprinting on your time and at your expense??
That put me off the idea in itself as a matter of principle, could live w/ the $395 fee but not the...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-13-2015, 05:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 882
Posted By victor441
+1, LOTS of slow tourists in the summer, I drove...

+1, LOTS of slow tourists in the summer, I drove Hwy 1 on the job for a few years and this could be very frustrating at times....also waaay more is double yellow than long ago plus many stretches are...
Forum: Thumpers 03-11-2015, 08:44 PM
Replies: 107,688
Views: 21,486,990
Posted By victor441
The DR650 does use a single H4 bulb so it should...

The DR650 does use a single H4 bulb so it should work OK with that kit.

(FWIW the DR also needs headlight relays badly, the stock setup drops over 2 volts IME...also since the reflector and lens...
Forum: Road warriors 03-01-2015, 05:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 711
Posted By victor441
The TD relay does not need to be in series w/ the...

The TD relay does not need to be in series w/ the PC8 relay....instead you could wire it in series to the hot side of the relay coil connections of the PC 8 (pin 86) , the relay coil only pulls a...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-28-2015, 01:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 950
Posted By victor441
The principle is simple, when DC power is cut to...

The principle is simple, when DC power is cut to a coil the magnetic field collapses and generates a reverse polarity high voltage spike, if a snubber/flyback diode is connected reverse biased (w/...
Forum: The Garage 02-25-2015, 08:49 PM
Replies: 4,738
Views: 659,111
Posted By victor441
Looks great! FWIW I bought a highly rated HF...

Looks great!
FWIW I bought a highly rated HF welding cart recently and had the misfortune of getting a REALLY bad one, waaay out of square....so I returned it and went home and modified my 4 drawer...
Forum: The Garage 02-25-2015, 08:38 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,725
Posted By victor441
I don't refill there but did buy a 20 lbs. tank...

I don't refill there but did buy a 20 lbs. tank from Costco w/ a level gauge at a good price, have it filled at a local propane supplier that charges by the gallon, usually comes to $15 or so....
...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-21-2015, 04:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,524
Posted By victor441
I lived there for a year, lotsa throwback...

I lived there for a year, lotsa throwback hippies, pot growers, tweakers, etc....then moved 20 miles south to Ukiah which I liked MUCH better. Ukiah looks like another crappy fading mill town from...
Forum: The Garage 02-20-2015, 07:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,158
Posted By victor441
Not sure on the rating...but FWIW if you need to...

Not sure on the rating...but FWIW if you need to go over 30 amps use a Maxi fuse, they are rated from 30-80, Blue Seas makes a good holder for them and the fuses can be found in auto parts stores.
...
Forum: The Garage 02-18-2015, 03:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,158
Posted By victor441
The actual amperage is probably much less than...

The actual amperage is probably much less than the total rating of the fuses, and way under 70 amps (about 800W power :eek1) Also wire gauge requirements are based on load AND length i.e. a...
Forum: The Garage 02-18-2015, 10:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,530
Posted By victor441
The zip ties are reusable, the lock tab can be...

The zip ties are reusable, the lock tab can be lifted with a small screwdriver, I use the biggest I could find at my local hardware store.
Forum: The Garage 02-17-2015, 06:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,530
Posted By victor441
Nope, none of that is required in my...

Nope, none of that is required in my experience...the tube is inflated enough to round it out, the stem is pinched between the compressed beads (see photo above) and it is easy to get it through the...
Forum: Thumpers 02-17-2015, 03:28 PM
Replies: 107,688
Views: 21,486,990
Posted By victor441
+1, did that myself and it worked out well...also...

+1, did that myself and it worked out well...also FWIW even a really wimpy compressor will power the stapler fine as it uses very little air, my Husky inflater worked fine. The HF stapler I bought...
Forum: The Garage 02-17-2015, 03:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,530
Posted By victor441
LOTS of old threads here on the topic if you...

LOTS of old threads here on the topic if you search , I use it myself and it is especially good for tube tires, nearly impossible to pinch a tube that way. Another thing that helps a lot with or...
Forum: Thumpers 02-15-2015, 09:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 424
Posted By victor441
In general an integer ratio like 3:1 is really...

In general an integer ratio like 3:1 is really bad, can lead to rapid wear, noise, vibration, etc., I learned the hard way when i put 14:42 gearing on a Ducati....but chain length is a BIG factor...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-15-2015, 08:38 PM
Replies: 1,718
Views: 137,920
Posted By victor441
Amen...the riders name was released today and it...

Amen...the riders name was released today and it turned out he was an acquaintance from DRRIDERS who I rode with once (very nice guy and a highly skilled rider), sounds like he had no chance, three...
Forum: The Garage 02-10-2015, 05:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,372
Posted By victor441
+1, using too big a charger can cook a...

+1, using too big a charger can cook a battery...FWIW Yuasa batteries generally have recommended slow and fast charge amperages on the top of the case like below.
...
Forum: Thumpers 02-08-2015, 07:15 PM
Replies: 107,688
Views: 21,486,990
Posted By victor441
Also went back to stock, my DR came with a nice...

Also went back to stock, my DR came with a nice Yoshimura pipe that was a full 10 lbs. lighter than stock but was too damn loud. Sold it on Ebay and bought a new stock takeoff pipe there for about...
Forum: The Garage 02-08-2015, 05:48 PM
Replies: 1,187
Views: 237,008
Posted By victor441
flip impact socket set for lug nuts...

A definite pass on this set (an extension plus 3 flip sockets), made in Taiwan and the quality is good (vs. much of the mainland China stuff HF carries), mixed SAE and metric suits my needs, sockets...
Forum: The Garage 02-07-2015, 01:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 942
Posted By victor441
Go slow flaring the rivet if you have not done...

Go slow flaring the rivet if you have not done one before, it is easy to overdo it and split the head...I learned the hard way and so have many others from what I've read.
Forum: The Garage 02-07-2015, 10:10 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,692
Posted By victor441
FWIW I use a dead straight piece of heavy angle...

FWIW I use a dead straight piece of heavy angle iron as a guide for my Skil saw, works great and it is easy to clamp to the work.
Forum: Thumpers 02-03-2015, 02:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 916
Posted By victor441
FWIW going to smaller front wheel in itself...

FWIW going to smaller front wheel in itself increases front brake power, my DR650 SM works fine for me as is w/ the stock front brake and a 17" wheel...but many do go to a bigger brake when doing a...
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