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Forum: The Garage Yesterday, 05:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 326
Posted By mjydrafter
You can braze small joints with propane, it's...

You can braze small joints with propane, it's time consuming and more difficult than with a hotter flame. You can also use mapp gas for a little bigger joint, but not much.

Don't tell, but once...
Forum: The Garage 04-08-2015, 09:51 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,622
Posted By mjydrafter
If you have friend with a cat, you can use the...

If you have friend with a cat, you can use the cat-litter buckets that they would just toss or recycle.

I have been using them for a while, they stack pretty nicely, you can write on them with a...
Forum: The Garage 04-08-2015, 04:34 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 955
Posted By mjydrafter
One I have tried with pretty good luck is to use...

One I have tried with pretty good luck is to use a scrap piece of plexiglass. You can scrape as hard as you want and you won't damage anything but the plexiglass or the gasket.

No need to sharpen...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-07-2015, 03:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 513
Posted By mjydrafter
I don't know exactly what I did (other than...

I don't know exactly what I did (other than cleaning every electrical connector on the bike... twice:lol3), but it ran today. I even took it for a short jaunt up the street.

I started it with the...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-06-2015, 06:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 513
Posted By mjydrafter
The new coil had wires built in (whoever came up...

The new coil had wires built in (whoever came up with non-replaceable spark plug wires should be run out of town on a rail).:lol3

I 86'd the resistor caps in lieu of some regular spark plug...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-06-2015, 12:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 513
Posted By mjydrafter
1979 Honda CM185 Twinstar

Howdy garage dwellers, I'm pulling my hair out working on a 1979 CM185T.

Background: it was running. Next day no start. I checked all the basics wiring, battery, point gap. No spark, so I...
Forum: The Garage 03-31-2015, 06:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 637
Posted By mjydrafter
My thoughts on fuel line: It's one of those...

My thoughts on fuel line:

It's one of those times where I try to get the right stuff. I mean we are talking about flammable material here.:evil

There are basically 3 types of fuel hose,...
Forum: The Garage 03-14-2015, 11:33 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,910
Posted By mjydrafter
Not a whole lot to add to the above posts. ...

Not a whole lot to add to the above posts.

I would start with a working brake system. I would guess it has drums all around? I would consider new shoes, and perhaps new drums. For sure new...
Forum: The Garage 03-10-2015, 04:37 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,035
Posted By mjydrafter
I have killed a couple of the HF units. I have...

I have killed a couple of the HF units. I have also killed a Milwaukee.

I use them to roast coffee, so they run around 20 minutes at a time, constantly. I use them about once a week, in all...
Forum: The Garage 02-18-2015, 05:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 632
Posted By mjydrafter
One of the big reasons to use this is in thorny...

One of the big reasons to use this is in thorny areas where punctures are pretty common. Thorns go in and the sealant does what it's supposed to.

The other benefit is you can run really low...
Forum: The Garage 02-18-2015, 04:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 632
Posted By mjydrafter
I'm not sure if this will be helpful or not. ...

I'm not sure if this will be helpful or not.

The bicycle guys run tube stuff tubeless using a split tube method. Basically you stretch a smaller tube over the rim, then carefully cut the "tread...
Forum: The Garage 01-07-2015, 08:30 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,057
Posted By mjydrafter
I have a smaller Bosch Lithium. It's similar in...

I have a smaller Bosch Lithium. It's similar in size to the Milwaukee M12 stuff.

Not an endorsement for one vs. the other.

This little tip will work for anything of their relative size. I...
Forum: The Garage 01-07-2015, 07:17 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 9,139
Posted By mjydrafter
Interesting, I have no problem with people using...

Interesting, I have no problem with people using my stuff as inspiration or copy it directly. I didn't really "think them up" as I have seen one probably somewhere else.

I made a "Fork-up"...
Forum: The Garage 01-03-2015, 05:36 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,696
Posted By mjydrafter
For the last few years I have been mixing my...

For the last few years I have been mixing my premix in an old quart oil bottle.

I have had great luck using this method and I never have old premix laying around. Also no chance of using it to...
Forum: Road warriors 12-29-2014, 10:30 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 37,459
Posted By mjydrafter
My CB900c had an SOS fuel valve hooked up to the...

My CB900c had an SOS fuel valve hooked up to the petcock, IIRC it was activated by vacuum from cylinder #2.

These were generally disconnected and the vacuum port on #2 closed off. I think I still...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-24-2014, 09:44 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,925
Posted By mjydrafter
One of the cool parts about bicycles is unless...

One of the cool parts about bicycles is unless you get into competition, there is very little brand snobbery.:D

We have a guy in our group that gets endless shit for where he got his bike, not...
Forum: The Garage 12-24-2014, 09:08 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,791
Posted By mjydrafter
Someone on-line did some sort of test with rusty...

Someone on-line did some sort of test with rusty fasteners, IIRC tops was ATF/acetone, followed by Kroil and PB. The ATF/acetone won by a pretty large margin. In firearms tests ATF does really well...
Forum: The Garage 12-24-2014, 08:07 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,791
Posted By mjydrafter
I've dealt with a number of these, the best way I...

I've dealt with a number of these, the best way I have found is a few little jewelers screwdrivers. Get a small one and start working one (or both) ends out. The main thing is to not scratch the...
Forum: The Garage 12-21-2014, 06:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,118
Posted By mjydrafter
When I redid my little trailer, I used some bed...

When I redid my little trailer, I used some bed liner with rubber granules. It's holding up well.

http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc295/mjydrafter/Image0014small.jpg
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Forum: The Garage 12-21-2014, 02:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,881
Posted By mjydrafter
The poor mans way to check/pressurize a shock is...

The poor mans way to check/pressurize a shock is with a bicycle shock pump.

I'm sure the purists will squeal about not getting the nitrogen in there, but the atmosphere is is already 78%...
Forum: The Garage 12-19-2014, 01:44 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 9,139
Posted By mjydrafter
Sure thing. Enjoy! :D ...

Sure thing. Enjoy! :D

http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc295/mjydrafter/20141219_153230_zpsb52d4c4f.jpg

http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc295/mjydrafter/20141219_153250_zps832c563b.jpg
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Forum: The Garage 12-16-2014, 04:05 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 9,139
Posted By mjydrafter
Left to right: handmade leather watch band,...

Left to right: handmade leather watch band, working miniature steam engine, and the last one is a tool I made to hold wood gun grips, so that you can shape or sand them without shaping or sanding...
Forum: The Garage 12-09-2014, 06:52 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 9,139
Posted By mjydrafter
Here is the sketch for the stand. :D ...

Here is the sketch for the stand. :D
http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc295/mjydrafter/STANDjpeg001.jpg
Forum: The Garage 12-09-2014, 06:41 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 9,139
Posted By mjydrafter
I see my old bike stand made it. :D I think I...

I see my old bike stand made it. :D I think I have a blue-print for it over at KLR650.net.

Lets see if we can get our numbers up a bit.

Here is a drawer full of junk I've made for mechanical...
Forum: The Garage 12-09-2014, 06:15 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,117
Posted By mjydrafter
I have a pretty good selection of air tools, and...

I have a pretty good selection of air tools, and like the others use them sparingly.

For just moto work I would recommend a 1/4" air ratchet, they are handy in a few situations.

A little die...
Forum: The Garage 11-21-2014, 10:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,951
Posted By mjydrafter
Just FYI cement is one of the things that make up...

Just FYI cement is one of the things that make up concrete, not the finished product.:D

The saw cut joints are supposed to control where the cracks occur. They are supposed to be controlled...
Forum: The Garage 11-20-2014, 08:55 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,155
Posted By mjydrafter
I have had a string of bead leaks ruin my fun on...

I have had a string of bead leaks ruin my fun on about 5 out of the last 6 leakers I have had. The 6th was a bad stem.

The best way to find bead leaks is to remove the wheel from the car and lay...
Forum: Road warriors 10-18-2014, 08:30 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,356
Posted By mjydrafter
I've only had older or vintage stuff, so I may be...

I've only had older or vintage stuff, so I may be a bit biased...

Do a bunch of research on a bike that interests you, like Tim Tom says some older bikes have NLA parts, that are still available,...
Forum: The Garage 10-15-2014, 03:30 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,920
Posted By mjydrafter
Another source I just thought of is the air...

Another source I just thought of is the air cylinders off a large truck with air brakes, those cylinders would be good, and usually have mounting hardware. The other thing is a truck supply place...
Forum: The Garage 10-15-2014, 11:31 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,920
Posted By mjydrafter
Those little cylinders are too thin, for your...

Those little cylinders are too thin, for your purposes.

I would recommend using something "more off the shelf". Maybe an empty bulk freon tank? Then rather than unknown pressure holding of welds...
Forum: The Garage 10-14-2014, 04:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,417
Posted By mjydrafter
+1. I try to get non-ethanol top tier gas in...

+1.

I try to get non-ethanol top tier gas in everything (string trimmer up to jeep). I don't seem to have any fuel problems. Everything starts nicely.

It's usually a bit more $, but the...
Forum: The Garage 09-25-2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,337
Posted By mjydrafter
I used a a POR-15 kit on my old CB900c. I was...

I used a a POR-15 kit on my old CB900c. I was completely satisfied.

My tank had sat about 1/4 full for a decade at least. Where the fuel sat it rusted. I tried a number of remedies, and none...
Forum: The Garage 09-20-2014, 06:12 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 7,973
Posted By mjydrafter
Back when I was driving trucks, we would often...

Back when I was driving trucks, we would often overload them.

I could haul 40k in my 32k straight truck. This was a feed truck style body, so a lot of the mass was up pretty high.

I have...
Forum: The Garage 09-12-2014, 06:25 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,184
Posted By mjydrafter
We have a good supply of rags around here, old...

We have a good supply of rags around here, old socks, underwear, towels, etc.:D

When they get greasy or too bad, just toss them in the garbage.

I think I have a bout 3 plastic sacks full, that...
Forum: The Garage 07-30-2014, 05:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,304
Posted By mjydrafter
Soak a rag in pinesol, stuff it in the box. ...

Soak a rag in pinesol, stuff it in the box. Nobody will wonder what smells like gas...:D
Forum: The Garage 07-09-2014, 06:30 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,341
Posted By mjydrafter
That's how I had made my first chock for my...

That's how I had made my first chock for my trailer, it was a bit different, but same idea. It worked just fine for 2 KLR's.

:lol3
Forum: The Garage 07-07-2014, 12:46 PM
Replies: 1,187
Views: 236,592
Posted By mjydrafter
Some of the HF stuff, I would call a kit. If it...

Some of the HF stuff, I would call a kit. If it doesn't work, I would assume something simple, like the stellar wiring they use.

Probably something simple, open it up and see. Hell it already...
Forum: The Garage 07-05-2014, 05:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,061
Posted By mjydrafter
You might try some of the aerosol foamy engine...

You might try some of the aerosol foamy engine cleaners. They seem to be safe for the plastics and rubber bits on an engine and that is what you are cleaning. Between that and your brushes you...
Forum: The Garage 07-05-2014, 05:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,224
Posted By mjydrafter
+1 on Deere parts, I can get just about anything...

+1 on Deere parts, I can get just about anything for my 1973 - 110. IIRC some of the big parts are NLA, but there's Ebay and CL for that. I think the 4 belts on my tractor are ~$100 or just under. ...
Forum: The Garage 06-19-2014, 09:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,517
Posted By mjydrafter
I readily admit that I haven't done any foam...

I readily admit that I haven't done any foam work, I got lucky I guess...:lol3

Do a bunch of research on the foam and how to "carve" it. I'm a bit lacking in info, but I do recall finding it...
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