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Forum: The Garage 10-18-2014, 03:58 PM
Replies: 1,083
Views: 389,171
Posted By victor441
Changed a burst radiator hose on my GF's aging...

Changed a burst radiator hose on my GF's aging Focus today, should have been a very simple job but access is poor due to many obstructions. Was having a really difficult time getting the spring type...
Forum: The Garage 10-16-2014, 09:38 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,369
Posted By victor441
I wired up a 1000W inverter when I had a Prius...

I wired up a 1000W inverter when I had a Prius and had the same questions, ended up using a Bluesea Maxi fuse holder and Maxi fuse I got at West Marine, in an excess of caution used a 40A fuse IIRC...
Forum: The Garage 10-14-2014, 06:04 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,590
Posted By victor441
The first post by the OP says the bike has...

The first post by the OP says the bike has points...
Forum: The Garage 10-13-2014, 08:30 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,590
Posted By victor441
Dissimilar batteries usually don't work well in...

Dissimilar batteries usually don't work well in series (also 9V and AA's are not designed to deliver that kind of current) and as was said it would be better to go with a rechargeable battery pack...
Forum: Thumpers 10-12-2014, 10:49 PM
Replies: 99,972
Views: 19,198,821
Posted By victor441
good deal! The fork seals very likely might...

good deal! The fork seals very likely might just be dirty and 35mm film or something similar might be a $0 fix, worked on my DR650
Forum: The Garage 10-12-2014, 05:56 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,369
Posted By victor441
FWIW 1800 rpm is standard for 60 hz diesel...

FWIW 1800 rpm is standard for 60 hz diesel generators, until recently I maintained a bunch of them from 30kW up to 1 MW (which incidentally was powered by a VERY impressive two stroke V24 Detroit...
Forum: The Garage 10-11-2014, 12:18 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,369
Posted By victor441
Two different things as was said...but a relay...

Two different things as was said...but a relay does become a contactor for high current, at full load the 800W inverter would pull over 60 amps DC, too much for a typical automotive relay.
...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-07-2014, 11:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 584
Posted By victor441
a bizarre CA MC story....

perhaps an ADVrider??? but am glad he is OK in any case....

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/2933142-181/motorcyclist-who-jumped-nude-from#page=0
Forum: The Garage 10-07-2014, 12:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 366
Posted By victor441
Metzeler Tourance is a good choice for bikes of...

Metzeler Tourance is a good choice for bikes of that size and weight....
...
Forum: The Garage 10-06-2014, 03:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,318
Posted By victor441
I had the same situation with my own DeWalt...

I had the same situation with my own DeWalt drill, only one good battery left, and decided to go to lithium battery tools, mostly because I use my drill infrequently and often when I needed it the...
Forum: The Garage 10-01-2014, 11:30 PM
Replies: 2,210
Views: 291,068
Posted By victor441
Adjusted the valves and swapped the valve cover...

Adjusted the valves and swapped the valve cover on my Triumph (car)...also installed some bonded sealing washers which is the part worth sharing, used them with both valve covers (OEM and...
Forum: The Garage 09-26-2014, 12:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 306
Posted By victor441
Am by no means a wizard, but I ran into that...

Am by no means a wizard, but I ran into that myself a year ago, did a bunch of Googling and eventually found drivers that worked and then was able to talk to my Triumph using a Windows 7...
Forum: The Garage 09-25-2014, 12:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 338
Posted By victor441
You can measure the chain to get a good idea on...

You can measure the chain to get a good idea on how much it has elongated (they don't stretch ;-)
15" is exactly 24 links pin center to pin center, if you measure 15 1/8" elongation is about 0.8%,...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 09-22-2014, 08:01 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,680
Posted By victor441
The old toll road is dirt and fun to ride,...

The old toll road is dirt and fun to ride, however it can be dangerous...some of the locals drive FAST on it and I've had close calls a few times, lots of blind corners so you can't see or hear...
Forum: The Garage 09-18-2014, 09:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,187
Posted By victor441
So far as the 1/2" impact wrench goes nearly all...

So far as the 1/2" impact wrench goes nearly all the big tool companies now sell powerful cordless electric models rated for 300 ft-lbs or more, just bought one recently myself and love it....they...
Forum: The Garage 09-17-2014, 12:20 PM
Replies: 979
Views: 175,701
Posted By victor441
FWIW mine were clean and dry when I opened the...

FWIW mine were clean and dry when I opened the case, but who knows what happens when the stuff is shipped and I'd wonder what the goop is too, i.e. maybe something toxic, etc...
Forum: The Garage 09-17-2014, 12:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 699
Posted By victor441
I'm partial to the tricolor LED indicators, very...

I'm partial to the tricolor LED indicators, very easy to install and will accurately indicate the state of the battery and charging system....one recently let a friend know the alternator had failed...
Forum: The Garage 09-14-2014, 06:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,537
Posted By victor441
There are a bunch of DIY bead breakers here if...

There are a bunch of DIY bead breakers here if you do a search, some are as simple as a couple of pieces of 2x4's screwed together....I finally made my own because tubeless radials are very tough to...
Forum: Thumpers 09-12-2014, 09:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 479
Posted By victor441
could be a partially plugged filter, screen, etc....

could be a partially plugged filter, screen, etc. in the carb or fuel line restricting fuel flow too.....
Forum: The Garage 09-10-2014, 01:02 PM
Replies: 979
Views: 175,701
Posted By victor441
I just bought a cordless 1/2" impact wrench this...

I just bought a cordless 1/2" impact wrench this week, did a LOT of research and went with a non HF item as I didn't like the look or feel of their corded or cordless versions....but did read several...
Forum: The Garage 09-09-2014, 08:10 PM
Replies: 979
Views: 175,701
Posted By victor441
37 piece impact socket set (item 68011) a...

37 piece impact socket set (item 68011) a definite pass and a steal on sale currently at $27. Have not used all the sockets yet but no problems with the ones I've used with an impact wrench. The...
Forum: The Garage 09-09-2014, 08:04 PM
Replies: 979
Views: 175,701
Posted By victor441
I had one too and it eventually died...definitely...

I had one too and it eventually died...definitely agree with the other posters that angle grinders should have a "deadman" switch for safety (FWIW my DeWalt and Hitachi grinders do), a fail safety...
Forum: The Garage 09-07-2014, 08:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 803
Posted By victor441
I used thin sheet wainscoting in a Craftsman...

I used thin sheet wainscoting in a Craftsman bungalow and it worked OK, also used some special moulding designed to work with it, had grooves to hold the sheet. The photo is from things things were...
Forum: The Garage 09-07-2014, 07:43 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,346
Posted By victor441
True, and an incandescent test light can damage a...

True, and an incandescent test light can damage a modern vehicle also by pulling too much current through an ECU, etc...but computer safe test lights are available. The current draw of an...
Forum: Thumpers 09-06-2014, 06:18 PM
Replies: 99,972
Views: 19,198,821
Posted By victor441
You actually need two relays, one each for high...

You actually need two relays, one each for high and low beam...there are lots of kits out there, the ones from Eastern Beaver have a good reputation and they use micro relays instead of the larger...
Forum: Thumpers 09-06-2014, 12:24 PM
Replies: 99,972
Views: 19,198,821
Posted By victor441
Voltage drop is a function of current and a...

Voltage drop is a function of current and a headlight pulls about 4 amps so it can drop quite a bit over undersized wiring. A battery monitor itself pulls a tiny amount of current so it would not...
Forum: Thumpers 09-06-2014, 11:51 AM
Replies: 99,972
Views: 19,198,821
Posted By victor441
I considered going to a 7" round headlight but it...

I considered going to a 7" round headlight but it looked like it would be a royal PITA to reroute and hide all the wiring...so instead I installed headlight relays and a "plus" H4 bulb, made a huge...
Forum: Thumpers 09-02-2014, 08:18 PM
Replies: 99,972
Views: 19,198,821
Posted By victor441
That is correct, I cut my sidestand down and...

That is correct, I cut my sidestand down and rewelded it to work w/ supermoto wheels, definitely NOT stainless steel
Forum: The Garage 08-31-2014, 09:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 797
Posted By victor441
Don't know if it is the best, but have been using...

Don't know if it is the best, but have been using Jonard DP-100's for years with good results, including printed circuit boards and it gets the solder out of the through holes no problem...
...
Forum: The Garage 08-29-2014, 11:54 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,346
Posted By victor441
buy both...a multimeter good enough for vehicle...

buy both...a multimeter good enough for vehicle work is cheap these days HOWEVER when reading voltage they pull so little current that they will sometimes read 12V through very poor connections,...
Forum: Thumpers 08-29-2014, 02:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 707
Posted By victor441
It might need a relay, AFAIK the stock Suzuki...

It might need a relay, AFAIK the stock Suzuki does not include one....if the new horn pulls a lot of current there may be enough voltage drop through the wiring to prevent the horn from working. ...
Forum: The Garage 08-21-2014, 07:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,972
Posted By victor441
Very nice work! makes me want a lathe even more. ...

Very nice work! makes me want a lathe even more.

FWIW for those without a bender (like me) you can get good results on brackets, racks, etc. using sand bending and a MAP torch, at least for 1/2"...
Forum: The Garage 08-19-2014, 10:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,067
Posted By victor441
+1, they have tapered edges like bicycle patches...

+1, they have tapered edges like bicycle patches and work much better than the old style patches in my experience. FWIW Tractor Supply carries them too.
I've learned from experience to not bother...
Forum: The Garage 08-18-2014, 06:38 PM
Replies: 2,210
Views: 291,068
Posted By victor441
Changed the serpentine belt and its tensioner on...

Changed the serpentine belt and its tensioner on my GF's Focus, the tensioner had seized and literally melted down, fortunately she knew to get the car off the road and shut down quickly so no cooked...
Forum: The Garage 08-11-2014, 12:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,147
Posted By victor441
Those are called T Tap connectors and I also...

Those are called T Tap connectors and I also despise the damn things....especially on the new car I bought last year that had a bunch of those installed to connect the cheesy aftermarket "Karr"...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 08-10-2014, 07:08 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,680
Posted By victor441
Thanks very much for putting the ride together...

Thanks very much for putting the ride together and posting the photos, had a most excellent time and it was great to meet some other ADV riders and the BARF guys too...hope we can all do a local ADV...
Forum: The Garage 08-09-2014, 12:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 689
Posted By victor441
Probably OK....FWIW it is very easy to flare the...

Probably OK....FWIW it is very easy to flare the head too much and thus split it, I learned the hard way on the same chain, also RK makes a very good chain tool that makes this possible without...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 08-08-2014, 10:05 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,680
Posted By victor441
Howdy Brian, will try to make it Sunday and do...

Howdy Brian, will try to make it Sunday and do part of the ride...still have supermoto wheels and street tires on my DR650 so will probably not attempt much dirt riding...not sure if I can make it so...
Forum: The Garage 08-06-2014, 11:44 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,123
Posted By victor441
I remember using a lamp timer with a simple...

I remember using a lamp timer with a simple charger was standard practice for boat batteries years ago and worked really well. I do have an old MC battery, an auto battery charger, meters, various...
Forum: The Garage 08-05-2014, 09:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,123
Posted By victor441
Interesting! am very familiar with using a bulb...

Interesting! am very familiar with using a bulb to limit current but that application never occurred to me. Any idea on what the current is limited to? Anyway will experiment myself next time I...
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