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Forum: Equipment 04-10-2014, 02:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 663
Posted By gmiguy
The item in the link appears to be raw material...

The item in the link appears to be raw material that is intended to be made into a rigid composite part. This isn't a usable finished product, it's feedstock that must be combined with other...
Forum: The Garage 03-31-2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 789
Views: 131,950
Posted By gmiguy
Problem with these breaker bars is that the...

Problem with these breaker bars is that the handle design makes it hard to get a piece of pipe over the end.

Not sure if that was on purpose or not; but I'd prefer some basic knurling that would...
Forum: Equipment 03-31-2014, 10:10 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,993
Posted By gmiguy
How can you say that when there are people with...

How can you say that when there are people with cancer in the world right now?
Forum: Equipment 03-25-2014, 11:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 259
Posted By gmiguy
Are you positive about that? I understand denier...

Are you positive about that? I understand denier to be a direct measure of liner mass, with 1 denier being equal to 1g per 9000m.

Denier is sometimes (but not always) is a decent approximation of...
Forum: Equipment 03-20-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,993
Posted By gmiguy
Do you really contend that it's inappropriate to...

Do you really contend that it's inappropriate to post/complain about gear or warranty concerns in the "Equipment" forum because other people have unrelated but much more serious health and personal...
Forum: The Garage 03-12-2014, 09:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 599
Posted By gmiguy
Just leave it in gear and have somebody apply the...

Just leave it in gear and have somebody apply the rear brake while you undo the bolt.
Forum: The Garage 03-11-2014, 03:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,030
Posted By gmiguy
I'm a 10+ year HVACR system design engineer who...

I'm a 10+ year HVACR system design engineer who also lives in Western NC, so I'm familiar with the climate in the area.

From the information you have given, I expect a geothermal system will not...
Forum: The Garage 02-17-2014, 12:41 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,743
Posted By gmiguy
They also recommend that you wear gloves whenever...

They also recommend that you wear gloves whenever you use them to prevent picking up carbon fiber splinters. No thanks.

Based on that, I'd be hesitant to use them around electronics. The last...
Forum: The Garage 02-17-2014, 08:18 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,743
Posted By gmiguy
My experiences with aluminum drive tools...

My experiences with aluminum drive tools generally is that the problem is wear on the surface that contact the fastener rather than bending or other failure of the tool body.

Aluminum in contact...
Forum: The Garage 02-13-2014, 07:23 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,147
Posted By gmiguy
From a friend who has 10+ years experience with...

From a friend who has 10+ years experience with the fundamental design, failure analysis, and testing of automotive disc brakes:

"The rotor metallurgy and dimensional control on el-cheapo rotors...
Forum: Equipment 02-12-2014, 06:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,523
Posted By gmiguy
I'm sure they said similar things about riding...

I'm sure they said similar things about riding goggles 100 years ago.

"Bah, getting hit in the eye with rocks is part of the 'real-world' discomfort of riding. If you leave that part out you...
Forum: Equipment 02-12-2014, 06:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,523
Posted By gmiguy
I doubt it, a true breakthrough in the efficiency...

I doubt it, a true breakthrough in the efficiency of practical Peltier cooling would be big news and the results would show up first in much higher-value applications than recreational comfort...
Forum: Equipment 02-12-2014, 12:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,523
Posted By gmiguy
This meets the definition of "real" AC as it both...

This meets the definition of "real" AC as it both cools and dehumidifies the air.

Besides the obvious advantage of not having to "recharge" the ice reservoir, I think the air-only design does...
Forum: The Garage 02-12-2014, 12:19 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,147
Posted By gmiguy
Are you sure it's a parts issue? Is the...

Are you sure it's a parts issue?

Is the specific make/model known for warping rotors? If not, repeat failures across multiple quality parts from different vendors is a good indicator of...
Forum: Equipment 02-11-2014, 12:09 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,843
Posted By gmiguy
Why go through all the trouble of developing a...

Why go through all the trouble of developing a new tire when it would be much easier to just raise the prices on the old ones?
Forum: Equipment 02-11-2014, 05:51 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,215
Posted By gmiguy
If the Metzler China factory is recently built...

If the Metzler China factory is recently built and therefore representative of the current state of the art in tire manufacturing it is entirely possible, even likely, that the tires coming from that...
Forum: The Garage 02-11-2014, 05:24 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,147
Posted By gmiguy
How did he torque the lug nuts down? ...

How did he torque the lug nuts down?

Uneven or excessive lug nut torque can cause near-term rotor warping.
Forum: The Garage 02-10-2014, 12:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 913
Posted By gmiguy
I can't help much with your exhaust selection,...

I can't help much with your exhaust selection, but I have a correction for you to consider:

On a 4-stroke engine the intake valve is only open every other downstroke; your airflow calculation...
Forum: Equipment 02-07-2014, 04:51 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,215
Posted By gmiguy
Aston Martin is not owned by Tata, they're owned...

Aston Martin is not owned by Tata, they're owned by a private British/American/Kuwaiti/Indian consortium.

Jaguar and Land Rover are both owned by Tata.

For the most part vehicles from these...
Forum: Equipment 02-06-2014, 06:42 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,215
Posted By gmiguy
So you never fly on airplanes or ride in vehicles...

So you never fly on airplanes or ride in vehicles manufactured after about 1995?

Where are your smoke detectors made?
Forum: The Garage 01-28-2014, 12:39 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,096
Posted By gmiguy
A Grade 8 5/16 bolt is rated for a clamp load of...

A Grade 8 5/16 bolt is rated for a clamp load of 4,750 pounds at a tightening torque of 25 ft/lb.

That's the standard recommended tightening torque, it will of course support significantly more...
Forum: The Garage 01-16-2014, 05:29 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,119
Posted By gmiguy
These are also good. Anybody who gets an OBD...

These are also good.

Anybody who gets an OBD that interfaces with a laptop - I highly recommend you make sure it has a direct USB connection.

There are still versions on the market that...
Forum: The Garage 01-15-2014, 01:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,318
Posted By gmiguy
There are some valid reasons to deviate from OEM...

There are some valid reasons to deviate from OEM tire size, such as:
-You have modified the vehicle in a way that necessitates a different size
-The type of tire you want is unavailable in the OEM...
Forum: The Garage 01-13-2014, 07:19 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,096
Posted By gmiguy
I've always found the HF presses to work well as...

I've always found the HF presses to work well as long as they're set up right and everything is parallel/perpendicular in order to assure that the force is going where it's supposed to.

Even the...
Forum: The Garage 01-13-2014, 07:09 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,119
Posted By gmiguy
Yep, this is the same as I have and it is...

Yep, this is the same as I have and it is cost-effective, functional, and convenient.

The data logging feature is a great diagnostic tool.
Forum: The Garage 01-10-2014, 02:09 PM
Replies: 789
Views: 131,950
Posted By gmiguy
Their 16" x 36" plastic service cart is a winner....

Their 16" x 36" plastic service cart is a winner.

http://www.harborfreight.com/16-x-30-two-shelf-industrial-polypropylene-service-cart-69443.html

It's sturdy and well thought-out, mine has...
Forum: The Garage 01-07-2014, 06:01 AM
Replies: 789
Views: 131,950
Posted By gmiguy
Their single-piece neon orange dead blow hammers...

Their single-piece neon orange dead blow hammers are great.

Functionally identical to the big name compo-cast hammers for a fraction of the cost, and available in a good range of sizes.
Forum: Old's Cool 10-18-2013, 11:19 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 12,369
Posted By gmiguy
Feel free to put that together and post it for...

Feel free to put that together and post it for everybody's review any time you want.
Forum: Equipment 10-16-2013, 07:33 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,107
Posted By gmiguy
Care to expand on this? Almost any product...

Care to expand on this?

Almost any product could be priced lower.
Forum: Equipment 10-15-2013, 10:42 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,107
Posted By gmiguy
What if quality stays the same, but their...

What if quality stays the same, but their production costs go down?

Let's say a manufacturer invests in new production equipment that is twice as fast and half the cost of their old stuff, but...
Forum: The Garage 10-15-2013, 07:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,009
Posted By gmiguy
If they say that applies to your WR I'd want to...

If they say that applies to your WR I'd want to know why/how they sold a street-legal 2011 model year vehicle that is not suitable for operation with the primary fuel in the country where it was...
Forum: The Garage 10-14-2013, 10:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,009
Posted By gmiguy
What problems have you observed that you are...

What problems have you observed that you are trying to deal with?

I doubt this stuff will cause any issues directly, but I'd want to see actual data proving that it does something useful before I...
Forum: The Garage 10-14-2013, 07:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 951
Posted By gmiguy
As long as the system is functioning properly...

As long as the system is functioning properly otherwise, running it in heat pump mode will not damage or wear out the compressor. If anything, using the compressor through the winter will extend its...
Forum: Road warriors 10-11-2013, 06:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,449
Posted By gmiguy
Looks awesome, well done. What's it like to...

Looks awesome, well done.

What's it like to ride?
Forum: Equipment 10-01-2013, 12:15 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 7,583
Posted By gmiguy
I thought the Engine-Air pump design uses...

I thought the Engine-Air pump design uses cylinder pressure to pump atmospheric air into the tire, meaning it won't pass any fuel to the tire.
Forum: Equipment 09-30-2013, 11:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 513
Posted By gmiguy
I was picturing an F4i rather than the later RR...

I was picturing an F4i rather than the later RR version.

It's more comfortable/practical and solves the "exhaust under seat" problem.

After owning a wide variety of bikes, I've been very happy...
Forum: Equipment 09-30-2013, 10:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 513
Posted By gmiguy
CBR600 with luggage and whatever ergonomic mods...

CBR600 with luggage and whatever ergonomic mods are required to make you comfortable on it long-distance.

Compact, good economy, good range, plenty of wind protection, world-class handling, and...
Forum: Equipment 09-25-2013, 08:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 918
Posted By gmiguy
Gaiters work wonders for this. Over the boot,...

Gaiters work wonders for this. Over the boot, under the pants, problem solved.

They don't need to be fancy/expensive mountaineering gaiters, or even sold as being waterproof. You may be able to...
Forum: Equipment 09-20-2013, 05:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,254
Posted By gmiguy
I'll also recommend Tour Master. I've always...

I'll also recommend Tour Master.

I've always found them to provide well-made well-thought-out products that just work right for riding and don't cost a bundle.

I know that many (all?) of...
Forum: Equipment 09-18-2013, 02:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 572
Posted By gmiguy
Insurance discounts for bike safety items

I was reading through my car insurance paperwork recently and was reminded that my auto policy gets a bunch of discounts for safety features that are built into the car.: Airbags, ABS, Auto...
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