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Forum: 2 smokers 01-25-2015, 01:26 AM
Replies: 1,243
Views: 348,339
Posted By PistonPants
https://scontent-1.11404.fna.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa...

https://scontent-1.11404.fna.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/1450949_878703852181315_996962397162384272_n.jpg?oh=4d1aa3e851b50f830857bda6c20c7907&oe=55218AF1

Guess what it smells like in here.
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Forum: Alaska 01-24-2015, 09:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 725
Posted By PistonPants
Pow bursting over the hood and windshield of my...

Pow bursting over the hood and windshield of my VAN!!

Piston
Forum: Alaska 01-24-2015, 07:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 725
Posted By PistonPants
Blizzard in the Alaska Range...Shot in the arm...

Blizzard in the Alaska Range...Shot in the arm for the snow pack...2 feet in Cantwell.

Piston
Forum: 2 smokers 01-18-2015, 09:02 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,213
Posted By PistonPants
Progress in the ice bike shop...

This spring, I made a rule to not tear apart more than one bike at a time. Rules made only to be broken....
Forum: 2 smokers 01-11-2015, 11:51 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,213
Posted By PistonPants
Last night in the shop, a few more items got...

Last night in the shop, a few more items got addressed. Installed a new chain slider on the swingarm, a good cleanup of the rear brake system, and installed the wire harness and coil. Why do it the...
Forum: 2 smokers 01-08-2015, 08:23 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,213
Posted By PistonPants
Thanks Texasclouds. I guess I don't do too bad...

Thanks Texasclouds. I guess I don't do too bad for a low-budget operation. Notice at the beginning of the thread my relative ignorance to what I am doing here. At that time, I never figured that it'd...
Forum: 2 smokers 01-06-2015, 07:21 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,213
Posted By PistonPants
Dennis Kirk is sending real rim strips along with...

Dennis Kirk is sending real rim strips along with a bunch of tubes, brake pads, and 750 gold ice screws.

I admit, I have used duct tape for rim strip before, but only out of necessity. Better than...
Forum: 2 smokers 01-05-2015, 10:31 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,213
Posted By PistonPants
Mind you, I only use the wire wheel on the inside...

Mind you, I only use the wire wheel on the inside of the rim, where rust, corrosion and duct tape goo were the problem. The outer surface cleaned up good with no more than scotch-brite on the tough...
Forum: 2 smokers 01-05-2015, 07:45 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,213
Posted By PistonPants
Wire wheel in the drill, lacquer thinner for duct...

Wire wheel in the drill, lacquer thinner for duct tape goo, WD-40, more wire brush, some scotch-brite pad, elbow grease and beer. At every tire change I like to bathe spoke nipples in WD to keep...
Forum: 2 smokers 01-04-2015, 11:03 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,213
Posted By PistonPants
Fewer Loose Parts

Outside temps now down to 25 below, making the shop that much cozier to while away the afternoon spinning wrenches. Re-greased the swingarm bearings, install swingarm, forks, rear shock....
Forum: 2 smokers 01-03-2015, 01:13 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,213
Posted By PistonPants
Bolting Bits Together

Temperatures in the Alaska Range dropped to minus 15, but the wood stove in the shop is cooking away making for cozy wrench turning. The shop might as well get a revolving door being only big enough...
Forum: 2 smokers 01-01-2015, 11:26 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,213
Posted By PistonPants
I kind of lucked out on this find. The previous...

I kind of lucked out on this find. The previous owner was a good friend and a bummer to see him leave. Don't find many riders around here at a level to go along where I go. The bike was rough, took a...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 01-01-2015, 02:33 PM
Replies: 1,599
Views: 431,112
Posted By PistonPants
Last winter's ice season was superb. We had three...

Last winter's ice season was superb. We had three straight weeks of cloudless sunshine in March and April. Put in a lot of miles on the Jack and Nenana Rivers outside of Denali National Park in...
Forum: 2 smokers 12-24-2014, 08:54 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,213
Posted By PistonPants
Along with a leak-down test, pressure testing the...

Along with a leak-down test, pressure testing the cooling system confirms head o-rings, base gasket, inner clutch cover gasket, water pump shaft seal all are sound....
Forum: 2 smokers 12-24-2014, 04:01 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,213
Posted By PistonPants
Thanks, man! Black and/or silver with the white...

Thanks, man! Black and/or silver with the white frame should look spiffy. I may use some orange parts. Will probably re-assemble with the stuff i have to shake it down and freshen up plastics as...
Forum: 2 smokers 12-24-2014, 12:52 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,213
Posted By PistonPants
The frame is white now and looks like something...

The frame is white now and looks like something Jesus would ride. I didn't get too obsessive about removing all old paint, just primed over clean, sanded paint. It looks good if you dont look too...
Forum: 2 smokers 12-23-2014, 09:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,519
Posted By PistonPants
I found this artifact on a ride through Suntrana,...

I found this artifact on a ride through Suntrana, near Healy, Alaska.
http://gastongagne.smugmug.com/Other/Kawasaki-Heavy-Industries/i-Q5pPzRk/0/L/P8200064-L.jpg

Suntrana was an old mining...
Forum: 2 smokers 12-23-2014, 09:30 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,213
Posted By PistonPants
Paint stripping from a frame is tedious business....

Paint stripping from a frame is tedious business. Lots of time with wire wheels and sanding, solvent on rags. The $280 to sandblast and powdercoat looking more better. But the powdercoater is 160...
Forum: 2 smokers 12-21-2014, 07:21 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 27,805
Posted By PistonPants
I've used ATF (dex-merc) in the gearbox as winter...

I've used ATF (dex-merc) in the gearbox as winter weight oil before. It's high in detergent and is often used as a gearcase flush after submersion incidents. I also use ATF in all of my forks.
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Forum: Alaska 12-19-2014, 09:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 821
Posted By PistonPants
Yeah, I seldom load up the bike and haul it to...

Yeah, I seldom load up the bike and haul it to ride. Access the goods right out of my driveway.

Piston
Forum: Alaska 12-15-2014, 08:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 821
Posted By PistonPants
Now I ski laps on this trail. Piston

Now I ski laps on this trail.

Piston
Forum: 2 smokers 12-14-2014, 02:40 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,213
Posted By PistonPants
Something to mount the throttle, clutch and...

Something to mount the throttle, clutch and brake......
Forum: Alaska 12-14-2014, 12:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 821
Posted By PistonPants
Last Ride Before Ice Tires

A ride from a few weeks back. The back yard singletrack lap. I like to do 3 in a row. Or one as a warm-up to the arm-pumping climb up the bench into the alpine freeride playground.

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Forum: 2 smokers 12-14-2014, 12:33 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 23,437
Posted By PistonPants
KDX Singletrack

This was a ride from a few weeks back. My back yard singletrack lap. 3 in a row is the usual dosage, or one as a warm-up for the arm-pumping thousand foot climb up the bench into the alpine freeride...
Forum: Alaska 12-13-2014, 01:34 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,392
Posted By PistonPants
40 years back....

My second bike after learning to overcome the terror of a mighty Z50 Honda, i moved on to this GT1-80 Yamaha. It was an unreliable turd. I wanted to be like Pierre Karsmakers.
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Forum: Alaska 12-12-2014, 12:18 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,111
Posted By PistonPants
This is On Any Sunday on the big screen!! Shoulda...

This is On Any Sunday on the big screen!! Shoulda been a no brainer. Going to take my kid and a friend. Hell Yeah!

Piston
Forum: Alaska 12-12-2014, 12:14 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,111
Posted By PistonPants
Then I bought one more. It's a go folks! See ya...

Then I bought one more. It's a go folks! See ya at the movies!

Piston
Forum: Alaska 12-12-2014, 12:03 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,111
Posted By PistonPants
I'm in. Bought 2 tix. One more to go. Piston

I'm in. Bought 2 tix. One more to go.

Piston
Forum: 2 smokers 12-09-2014, 11:58 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,213
Posted By PistonPants
The moment of truth.

Tonight's entertainment was the long awaited top end re-assembly and leak testing. After long and careful work, it looks like we'll have a runner!!:clap

The barrel, Torpedo Extra IPA....
Forum: 2 smokers 12-08-2014, 09:31 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 8,454
Posted By PistonPants
punk rock zen

https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/10846215_849873298397704_3223352837308126279_n.jpg?oh=a9fb7ae78e822d34fc233fcbc675be77&oe=5510EC13&__gda__=1425971618_07669c157e2ddd07ce...
Forum: Alaska 12-08-2014, 07:22 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 10,633
Posted By PistonPants
K&N's work great against bird seed...Voles worked...

K&N's work great against bird seed...Voles worked all winter on this...I rode that filter 900 miles.
http://gastongagne.smugmug.com/Other/Carls-Summer-09/i-FK7JhkQ/1/XL/P6060643-XL.jpg

Piston
Forum: Alaska 12-07-2014, 11:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,386
Posted By PistonPants
McKinley Polaris in Healy. That shop is a God...

McKinley Polaris in Healy. That shop is a God send out here in the sticks!

Piston
Forum: Alaska 12-07-2014, 10:53 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,111
Posted By PistonPants
Just sayin' we don't all live in Anchorage....

Just sayin' we don't all live in Anchorage. Tempted, but a 220 mile trip to the movies on a weeknight is not in the cards.

Piston
Forum: Alaska 12-05-2014, 10:08 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,111
Posted By PistonPants
Only one night? That's it?!?! Wednesday? Will...

Only one night? That's it?!?! Wednesday? Will there be a Fairbanks screeening?

Piston
Forum: Some Assembly Required 11-30-2014, 09:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,854
Posted By PistonPants
This idea is one whose time has come. That's why...

This idea is one whose time has come. That's why this type of bike is coming out of the shadows. I'll be following your progress. I got a '98 Gas-Gas Pampera 320 languishing around here that is...
Forum: 2 smokers 11-30-2014, 05:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 713
Posted By PistonPants
Good you got that sorted out. Interesting...

Good you got that sorted out. Interesting link....125/144/200 powervalve mechanism is a completely different animal than the 250/300/380 which I am just learning......Those Austrians.

Piston
Forum: Alaska 11-20-2014, 11:12 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 10,633
Posted By PistonPants
But wouldn't you rather the shop truck to show up...

But wouldn't you rather the shop truck to show up to the rescue so the shop can get a few more of your c-notes. Imagine how the tech would treat you if they have to drive 4 hours to fix a tire.
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Forum: 2 smokers 11-20-2014, 07:02 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,213
Posted By PistonPants
Thanks for the tip on the paint, dhallilama....

Thanks for the tip on the paint, dhallilama. Paint it white like an appliance.
Piston
Forum: 2 smokers 11-20-2014, 01:13 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,213
Posted By PistonPants
Orphan Annie is coming along slowly with life as...

Orphan Annie is coming along slowly with life as it is lately. Work going strong and an unseasonably mild fall in Alaska sending me out riding in my spare time instead of wrenching.

As can be seen...
Forum: Alaska 11-16-2014, 08:43 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 10,633
Posted By PistonPants
While not a 'cycle' shop, I gotta give big kudos...

While not a 'cycle' shop, I gotta give big kudos to my man Nick at McKinley Polaris/ Healy Car Quest. Stuff like tires that NOBODY wants to ship to Alaska let alone to a PO box, he is more than happy...
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