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Forum: The Garage Yesterday, 03:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 456
Posted By PunkinHead
I have a 3-1/2 car attached garage. Fiberglass...

I have a 3-1/2 car attached garage. Fiberglass insulation and drywall for walls, blown in cellulite in the ceiling and I installed insulated garage doors. I hung a 40K BTU natural gas heater...
Forum: Road warriors 10-12-2014, 06:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,515
Posted By PunkinHead
I've had a love/hate relationship with every bike...

I've had a love/hate relationship with every bike I've ever owned, which amounts to a couple dozen. No bike can do it all so there's always going to be compromise but fortunately there's usually...
Forum: Road warriors 10-08-2014, 02:57 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 5,263
Posted By PunkinHead
A few weeks ago I sold an '07 BMW F800ST. The...

A few weeks ago I sold an '07 BMW F800ST. The buyer texted me a couple days later asking if the forks were leaking (they weren't - he's just a dumbass). I texted back that BMW's don't leak fork...
Forum: Road warriors 10-04-2014, 05:36 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 5,263
Posted By PunkinHead
Modern bikes are so superior in every way that...

Modern bikes are so superior in every way that there's just no comparison. Today's bike have better frames, better brakes, better suspensions, more powerful engines, they're lighter, smoother, and...
Forum: The Garage 10-04-2014, 04:15 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,136
Posted By PunkinHead
I use a version of this to kill ground squirrels....

I use a version of this to kill ground squirrels. It's gotten 5 in the past 3 days. It's even simpler than the mouse version though. Just lean a wooden ramp against the rim, fill the bucket about...
Forum: The Garage 09-28-2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 724
Posted By PunkinHead
My vote goes with groundrules - this sounds like...

My vote goes with groundrules - this sounds like a gas cap not venting properly. Low float height makes sense too, but the gas cap is easiest to try.
Forum: The Garage 09-11-2014, 02:41 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,383
Posted By PunkinHead
Cotton hand towels from the dollar store. The...

Cotton hand towels from the dollar store. The red rags from the auto parts store suck - they're expensive and turn everything pink in the wash.
Forum: The Garage 09-11-2014, 05:08 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 7,087
Posted By PunkinHead
I'm the world's worst welder and I have no...

I'm the world's worst welder and I have no trouble doing it. Aluminum transfers heat so well there's no danger of it melting.

EZ outs, on the other hand, should be outlawed. The very design of...
Forum: Road warriors 08-30-2014, 07:06 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 7,946
Posted By PunkinHead
When an Italian bike vibrates it has soul. When...

When an Italian bike vibrates it has soul. When a Japanese bike vibrates the throttle bodies need synced.
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 08-29-2014, 03:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 549
Posted By PunkinHead
I switched from Shoei to HJC around 1995 because...

I switched from Shoei to HJC around 1995 because they seemed to be made for the same head shape and were a bunch cheaper. I've probably bought 7 or 8 since then. I feel I've gotten my money's worth...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 08-24-2014, 04:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 549
Posted By PunkinHead
Store with helmet selection near McAllen/Mission?

I'm in the market for a new helmet and my local dealers don't carry anything I'm interested in. I'll be working in Reynosa for part of September and staying in McAllen. Are there any stores nearby...
Forum: The Garage 08-16-2014, 04:59 AM
Replies: 1,121
Views: 351,468
Posted By PunkinHead
The person making the video probably figured if a...

The person making the video probably figured if a person doesn't know how to drill a hole they probably don't have any business using a hammer either.
Forum: Road warriors 08-12-2014, 08:28 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 13,460
Posted By PunkinHead
A friend had a Futura. When he moved away he...

A friend had a Futura. When he moved away he had 50k miles on it and never had a problem. I rode it and it had the most comfortable stock seat I've ever felt. In fact, the last couple of custom...
Forum: Road warriors 08-08-2014, 01:58 PM
Replies: 3,977
Views: 646,039
Posted By PunkinHead
I'm curious how many people are content with the...

I'm curious how many people are content with the stock seat. I've had to put aftermarket seats on my last several sport touring bikes but the FJR seems fine. I did about 600 miles yesterday and 350...
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-04-2014, 02:36 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,261
Posted By PunkinHead
Once you've got the valve cover off there's...

Once you've got the valve cover off there's really nothing you can do wrong in checking the valves. The danger of messing something up doesn't happen unless you actually have to remove a cam to...
Forum: Road warriors 08-03-2014, 05:52 PM
Replies: 3,977
Views: 646,039
Posted By PunkinHead
The F800ST was and still is a great sport touring...

The F800ST was and still is a great sport touring bike, it's just on a different part of the sport vs. touring curve than the FJR1300. I've been riding 30 years, most of the time owning multiple...
Forum: Road warriors 08-03-2014, 02:00 PM
Replies: 3,977
Views: 646,039
Posted By PunkinHead
I bought a leftover '13 a few days ago and spent...

I bought a leftover '13 a few days ago and spent this morning getting it ready for a trip next week. Added a RAM mount and a way to hook up a tank bag. It's nothing but a flat plate with holes for...
Forum: The Garage 07-04-2014, 04:17 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 9,109
Posted By PunkinHead
Honda spray polish works fine but no better than...

Honda spray polish works fine but no better than Pledge or off brands from the Dollar Store. The nice thing about Honda spray polish is being able to buy it in the small cans that take up less room...
Forum: The Garage 05-30-2014, 02:49 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,224
Posted By PunkinHead
Lots of good buying advice, but on your original...

Lots of good buying advice, but on your original list was Echo which is a quality brand. This tells me you've got a storage problem. For all my seasonal engine powered stuff I either drain the tank...
Forum: The Garage 05-22-2014, 02:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,405
Posted By PunkinHead
I've had motorcycle brakes do that when there was...

I've had motorcycle brakes do that when there was debris plugging passages in the master cylinder. Emptying the fluid, cleaning, and refilling took care of it.
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 05-21-2014, 12:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 375
Posted By PunkinHead
Yes. Sounds like leaving it into the truck and...

Yes. Sounds like leaving it into the truck and driving closer to dirt road territory each morning might be my best bet.
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 05-20-2014, 06:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 375
Posted By PunkinHead
Dirt roads near Gallatin, TN?

I'm planning to visit my parents who bought a house in Gallatin last fall. If I drive I'll throw a KLX250 in the back of the truck so I can do some exploring while I'm there. Any dirt roads in the...
Forum: The Garage 05-16-2014, 03:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,611
Posted By PunkinHead
I decorated the walls around the lathe and mill...

I decorated the walls around the lathe and mill with stripes of cutting fluid.
Forum: The Garage 05-12-2014, 03:28 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,209
Posted By PunkinHead
Unless your concrete has never been parked on you...

Unless your concrete has never been parked on you can't clean it well enough for the epoxy to stick. No amount of acid etch & power wash will work. The bulk of the epoxy will stick and it'll be...
Forum: The Garage 05-11-2014, 02:03 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,047
Posted By PunkinHead
I'm an engineer. There's a time for calculation...

I'm an engineer. There's a time for calculation and a time for doing. If I want to turn on a light I don't calculate the force needed to flip the switch. I just flip the switch and get on with...
Forum: The Garage 05-05-2014, 02:46 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 8,412
Posted By PunkinHead
Nobody would voluntarily use a cheap screwdriver...

Nobody would voluntarily use a cheap screwdriver after using a Vessel or other quality brand. It's just not worth the aggravation of stripping a philips head. I know there are tradesman who shop at...
Forum: The Garage 05-05-2014, 02:45 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 8,412
Posted By PunkinHead
Most vintage Craftsman tools were fine, but there...

Most vintage Craftsman tools were fine, but there was never a time when it was a good idea to buy a Craftsman screwdriver. This is one place where you spend the money for good tools, especially...
Forum: Thumpers 04-14-2014, 05:28 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 13,696
Posted By PunkinHead
It's good to know I'm not the only one who keeps...

It's good to know I'm not the only one who keeps pieces of smog equipment on the mantle as a tribute to my old man.
Forum: The Garage 04-13-2014, 04:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,081
Posted By PunkinHead
Do you have a friend with a mill? That'd be easy...

Do you have a friend with a mill? That'd be easy to make. Stopping to make custom tools is how I turn every 1 hour job into a 3 hour job.
Forum: The Garage 04-07-2014, 07:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,053
Posted By PunkinHead
The conversion uses the original master cylinders...

The conversion uses the original master cylinders so the pressure hasn't changed. The idea is to improve braking, but it's not like a motorcycle where you want excellent brakes - that's a good way...
Forum: The Garage 04-06-2014, 07:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,053
Posted By PunkinHead
STC from Groves. The copper tubing came with it.

STC from Groves. The copper tubing came with it.
Forum: The Garage 04-06-2014, 05:39 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,053
Posted By PunkinHead
I found some references to fatigue being a...

I found some references to fatigue being a "concern" with copper, but no actual incidents. It looks like the transition from copper to steel brake lines around the WWII time frame was due to cost,...
Forum: The Garage 04-06-2014, 04:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,053
Posted By PunkinHead
Why not? These planes and other similar models...

Why not? These planes and other similar models adding up to 10's of thousands came from the factory with copper line. Some of the copper lines in my plane are original and over 60 years old. Keep...
Forum: The Garage 04-06-2014, 04:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,053
Posted By PunkinHead
Source for custom length flexible brake lines

Not quite motorcycle related, but someone here might know of a source. Yesterday I converted my plane (a 1946 J3 Cub) from drum to disc brakes. I bent up copper tubing to connect from the caliper...
Forum: The Garage 04-02-2014, 03:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 623
Posted By PunkinHead
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v520/DS1/funny/n...

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Forum: The Garage 03-22-2014, 07:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 811
Posted By PunkinHead
I stored one in my shop for a friend that was...

I stored one in my shop for a friend that was moving. Played with it enough to know it sucks at everything. Buy individual tools.
Forum: The Garage 02-11-2014, 02:36 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,895
Posted By PunkinHead
I always clean new rotors, but I'm curious how...

I always clean new rotors, but I'm curious how not cleaning them can lead to warpage?
Forum: The Garage 02-09-2014, 07:35 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,096
Posted By PunkinHead
I'm relying on fuzzy 20+ year old memories here...

I'm relying on fuzzy 20+ year old memories here but I swear the positive battery post was tied to chassis on mine. It wouldn't surprise me if the previous owner somehow managed to reverse it and I,...
Forum: The Garage 02-09-2014, 05:47 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,096
Posted By PunkinHead
One of my first cars was a '66 Beetle with a 6V...

One of my first cars was a '66 Beetle with a 6V positive ground system.
Forum: The Garage 02-04-2014, 05:12 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,491
Posted By PunkinHead
I store all my bikes...

I store all my bikes (chainsaws/weedeater/lawnmower) with avgas (100LL) but don't do it if your bike has a catalytic converter.
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