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Old 09-21-2008, 09:07 AM   #1
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Your favorite Macgyver moments\tricks

Macguiver and I were BSing about our favorite moments and we thought you guys would get a kick out of them. I have to run out and change 3 sets of tires right now but I'll be back shortly to mention my escapades.

for now

The springs from a ball point pen make excellent spring replacements for most handlebar control switches and throttle tube retrievers.

Paracord works great as a clutch pull when your clutch cables goes.

zip ties hold the rods in a rod shifted car just long enough to get you up to speed....before melting again

soda caps filled with that rubber stuff for tool handles make great makeshift shifter bushing for your Shelby turbo car.

The potassium in a potato can seal small hairline cracks for a short length of time. cracked hoses, e.t.c. I wouldn't use it for any high stress area though but it's one of those things thats good to know just in case.

Dead battery? no one around? have tylenol? crush it and put sprinkle it on your positive battery terminal, drip some coke on it and let it fizzle. wait 60 seconds. Start the bike (I have to double check if it was actually tylenol or some other common pill but I have heard it a few times but never tried it myself) Same for certain wines.

Need to break in your clutch\flywheel in a hurry? coke! (not pepsi or was it the other way around?) Picked up this tidbit when I had to change a clutch in the staging lanes at Michigan speedway about 10 years ago, I think that was a world record time clutch swap on a roasting hot turbo motor.

Here's some more
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=252988

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Old 09-23-2008, 01:39 AM   #2
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Dead battery? no one around? have tylenol? crush it and put sprinkle it on your positive battery terminal, drip some coke on it and let it fizzle. wait 60 seconds. Start the bike (I have to double check if it was actually tylenol or some other common pill but I have heard it a few times but never tried it myself) Same for certain wines.

Need to break in your clutch\flywheel in a hurry? coke! (not pepsi or was it the other way around?) Picked up this tidbit when I had to change a clutch in the staging lanes at Michigan speedway about 10 years ago, I think that was a world record time clutch swap on a roasting hot turbo motor.

Here's some more
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=252988
The first one wouldnt do anything, doesnt even make sense really. Cleaning the terminal(s) on a dead battery wouldnt really do anything, besides asprin is an acid, so is battery electrolyte :shrug

Second one, i dunno, contaminating a clutch disk is what it sounds like but i've never heard of that so im not sure exactly what it does.

Other tips are awesome though

I rebuilt the fuel pump on my beetle once, i drove about 10 miles away and it ran out of gas. Turns out i forgot the e clips that held the fuel pump rocker arm pivot in. I took two pennies and placed them on either side of the pivot for bearings, and wrapped electrical tape around the whole assembly to keep them in place. I then drove all the way back to the shop to install the e-clips i keep those pennies ontop of my shelf to remind me.

I put a chain on my minibike when i was younger, i then rode it about 2 miles away from home when the chain came off, turns out i forgot the masterlink clip (can you see a pattern here?). I found a piece of stranded copper wire holding my distant neighbours mailbox lid closed so i ganked it and stripped a wire out of it, and used that to tie off the posts on the masterlink until i god home
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Old 09-23-2008, 04:57 AM   #3
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I broke the shift lever off my Buell one day and used vice-grips, a small branch and duct tape to fabricate a new one, which I then used for several days while waiting for the new one to arrive.
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Old 09-23-2008, 08:48 AM   #4
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Was doing some backwoods trail riding wth a couple friends, had my CR500, a Suzuki DR400 and a big KTM mxc, 540? older one. The Katoom stopped running but would start on choke for the brief second before the choke dropped down. Pulled up the choke shaft and crimped a penny around it with mah trusty Gerber pliers. KTM friend had run off with the Zook to find a bit of help, I mounted up the CR and my other friend was willing to try the Katoom, after a bit of accidental wheelie practice we made it back to camp, the ranger fully impressed with the hack and was fetching a strap to surmount a rescue witht the parks ATV.

Seems the slider was worn, wiggled and the main jet needle had snapped but the vac would suck it up at higher revs.

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Old 10-19-2008, 01:04 PM   #5
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I broke the shift lever off my Buell one day and used vice-grips, a small branch and duct tape to fabricate a new one, which I then used for several days while waiting for the new one to arrive.
The welds on my R100GS/PD shift lever broke in Durango Co. I went into a body shop (since I am a body man) I knew they had a mig welder.
They owner tried to sell me the place, building, tools, wrecker, antique mig welder and all!
He seemed a bit put out by my choking after he told me the price.
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Old 10-19-2008, 01:22 PM   #6
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Friend of mine had a 78 HD Sportster. Yea, I know an AMF POS. However this was 1980. We were out on a ride whn all of a sudden he comes to a stop. I'm thinking..not a freaking again.

Turns out one of the voltage regulator wires chafed and shorted burning the wires. There was about 2 inches of wire left on 2 of them coming out of the regulator. I was thinking it was toast, but what the hell, had to give it a shot.

I took the wires out of the rear turn signals, spliced it up, a bit of electrical tape and it ran. Got him home.

Ever heard the old joke...Why do HD riders like riding with BMW guys?
Got somebody along to carry the tools.
Funny...now the HD guys don't need tools. Seems its the BMW's breaking down ...
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Old 10-19-2008, 05:38 PM   #7
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I have built/repaired all sorts of vehicles with whatever is at hand.

Asprin in Battery cells will work for awhile but will eventaully fail. I have done this on many ocasions and have even tested the results with proffesional tools! Batteries have ben made to last 6 months longer... Just a band-aid fix, but will work to get to the next pay check some times.

Drainplug fell out of my R100R at 80MPH in S. MN. and shed al lof the Amsoil onto my rear tire No fastener on the bike has the same size and pitch! Spare spark plug is the same size....wrong pitch...But will work with teflon tape for a few hnred miles until a proper fix is made and no threads were wrecked!

Snaped a rear axel in my FJ40 Land cruiser deep in the woods...
Removed the tire/wheel and replaced the drum brake and chained a tree to the frame behind the front tire and made a travois (sp) under the rear axel...
Drove out of the woods maybe 5 miles with this. 3rd gear and up to 30MPH
I have pics somewhere.

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Old 09-24-2008, 09:01 PM   #8
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Second one, i dunno, contaminating a clutch disk is what it sounds like but i've never heard of that so im not sure exactly what it does.
clutch lasted a dozen or so runs down a drag strip running 22lbs of boost, a dozen laps around Michigan speedway @ 150mph (give or take) and a road trip back to NY, oh and about 40k more miles. Guess it worked just fine.

red wine is a good alternative to battery acid...in case your bike is dead while your on a picnic.
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Old 09-24-2008, 09:07 PM   #9
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Here's one from today, if you've ever had to work on a fully faired bike you know its a bitch to do even the simplest of repairs. Anyway after removing half the parts from the front end just to replace a 6" hose I replaced it and put it all back together. Only I forgot to plug the rad fan back in.....I had to once again remove the oil cooler, reservoir, radiator, radiator support brackets and some other crap just so I could get to it. but before all of this I had to drain the coolant again.

I cleaned the newest oil catch can I had as best I could so that the coolant I just put in wouldn't go to waste. Then I cut up an old t shirt and made a filter for the oil can and poured the coolant into a clean soda bottle. I used another piece of shirt on the bottle and poured nice clean antifreeze back into the bike.

in retrospect I would probably have had an easier time pouring using a couple of coffee filters instead. Pouring through fabric is slow and I had to squeeze the hell out of the bottle to get it to come out.
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Old 09-25-2008, 12:53 AM   #10
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red wine is a good alternative to battery acid...in case your bike is dead while your on a picnic.
Once again, wouldnt ever work, even in the best circumstance.

MacGyver tip: Using a zip tie as a hose clamp.

Not a macgyver tip: Changing your summer air for fall air when the season rolls around.
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Old 09-25-2008, 04:34 PM   #11
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Once again, wouldnt ever work, even in the best circumstance.
head it enough times, saw a few videos of it too. I have a bunch of spare batteries and enough red wine to go around, I'll try it myself.

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MacGyver tip: Using a zip tie as a hose clamp.
great idea...as long as it isn't a pressurised hose or anywhere near a part of the engine that would get hot enough to melt.

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Not a macgyver tip: Changing your summer air for fall air when the season rolls around.


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sounds like you're combing and mixing the tricks of adding crushed aspirin to the battery electrolyte to boost it, and using coke to remove rust from metal.

i've never tried the asprin IN the battery trick, but i've heard it works from some people who have tried it.

highly skeptical that coke or wine on the terminal will do anything.
I'm not sure which it is, I know the wine trick has to be poured INTO the battery. As for the asprin or tylenol I'm not sure if it goes into the electrolyte tubes or is crushed and sprinkled on the terminal itself. since you say coke removes rust I would assume you crush, sprinkle on the terminal, add coke to resolve the rust while solidifying the pill to the terminal while giving it a slight electrolyte boost.

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Problem: Had a co-worker's Speed Triple leak coolant all over the place while on a ride. Turned out it was a hairline crack in the radiator.

MacGyverism: Threw in half a teaspoon of black pepper (restaurant packet) in the radiator.

Outcome: Black pepper worked its way to find the small leak and eventually expanded and filled the leak.

Conclusion: Flushed out the cooling system and replaced the radiator.

Disclaimer: Don't drink the pepper flavored coolant.
Thats an oldie but a goodie. to others reading it must be black pepper, not white pepper (which is found is chinese resteraunts)

Another stop leak alternative is eggwhites. not sure how well it works but MacGyver did it.
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Old 09-25-2008, 07:59 PM   #12
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While on a weekend ride, I was awakened by a tapping on the sidewalk outside the room. It was my bud pounding stranded copper wire he had stripped the insulation off of so he could make a solid wire. He fashioned this into an exhaust gasket for his 71 Guzzi. Sealed like factory and off we went.
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Old 02-04-2014, 07:55 PM   #13
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head it enough times, saw a few videos of it too. I have a bunch of spare batteries and enough red wine to go around, I'll try it myself.



great idea...as long as it isn't a pressurised hose or anywhere near a part of the engine that would get hot enough to melt.







I'm not sure which it is, I know the wine trick has to be poured INTO the battery. As for the asprin or tylenol I'm not sure if it goes into the electrolyte tubes or is crushed and sprinkled on the terminal itself. since you say coke removes rust I would assume you crush, sprinkle on the terminal, add coke to resolve the rust while solidifying the pill to the terminal while giving it a slight electrolyte boost.



Thats an oldie but a goodie. to others reading it must be black pepper, not white pepper (which is found is chinese resteraunts)

Another stop leak alternative is eggwhites. not sure how well it works but MacGyver did it.
Egg whites work on old dodge radiators when you take a dip on a logging road to fast the truck was later sent to the junk yard for frame damage from said dip
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Old 09-29-2008, 08:47 AM   #14
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red wine is a good alternative to battery acid...
And vice versa.

Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference.



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Old 09-29-2008, 04:17 PM   #15
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Gasoline makes a good tire changing lube.

Put an out of gas bike in a ditch, put the other bike alongside it on the bank,
share some fuel with a tank vent hose.

If you forget your knee pads, elbow pads will work.(unless you forgot them too)

A respectable oil filler cap can be manufactured by repeatedly heating and threading a softened soda cap into the opening.
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