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Old 04-08-2009, 06:02 PM   #136
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The exhaust system is likely the most “rigged” part of any vehicle.
Especially after it's been "frigged" by the local deer population......
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Old 04-13-2009, 03:13 PM   #137
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was out on the bike freezing, drizzly, miles from nowhere camping and getting hypothermia. Got to a camp and we collected damp wood but guess what, my matches got wet and nobody else has any.
So i pulled the plug wire on my 750 Honda and put the swiss army knife tweezers in the cap to jump a spark, stuck a stick in the gas tank to soak it and jump sparked it to life
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Old 04-13-2009, 04:00 PM   #138
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was out on the bike freezing, drizzly, miles from nowhere camping and getting hypothermia. Got to a camp and we collected damp wood but guess what, my matches got wet and nobody else has any.
So i pulled the plug wire on my 750 Honda and put the swiss army knife tweezers in the cap to jump a spark, stuck a stick in the gas tank to soak it and jump sparked it to life
Yeah, doesn't sound like something I'd want to do unless I absolutely need to.
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Old 04-15-2009, 07:34 AM   #139
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Attach a sparkplug to the HT lead, drip petrol into the front end, hold against an earth, hit the starter, instant flame, check insurance first
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Old 04-15-2009, 09:24 AM   #140
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Removing the pesky kick stand spring.

Put kick stand in down position.

Stuff as many coins as you can between the coils of the spring.

Retract kick stand.

The spring will often fall off in your hand.

Reverse procedure for re-assembly.
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Old 04-16-2009, 05:26 PM   #141
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Brake spring tool

My girlfriend tweaks when I work on things because I usually end up replacing a tool I modified to do a job you can't get a tool for.
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Old 04-19-2009, 12:09 PM   #142
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Removing the pesky kick stand spring.

Put kick stand in down position.

Stuff as many coins as you can between the coils of the spring.

Retract kick stand.

The spring will often fall off in your hand.

Reverse procedure for re-assembly.
Nice one
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Old 04-20-2009, 06:18 PM   #143
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grommets, bumper

MY favorite macgyver was supergluing knobbies off an old rear tire on my clutch cover for a bumper so my kick starter wouldnt hit my clutch cover.. another was,, on my street bikes, they wanted crazy money for grommets, so I used fuel line.. tighter, cheap, better all around.. and of course my homemade manometer..
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Old 04-22-2009, 08:48 AM   #144
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Old 04-22-2009, 12:48 PM   #145
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I lowsided in the North Georgia mountains, about 150 miles from home. Other than scratches, I only broke my shift lever. I carry a small tool kit with miscellaneous parts, but I didn't have a bolt/nut small enough to fit the one that broke, so I found some vine that I threaded though the hole, then tied it off.

I rode like that for 20 miles until I found a hardware store that had a bolt.

Oh yeah, I also broke my collarbone in 3 places and cracked 2 ribs. I still rode the whole way home so I could go to the hospital that was 5 minutes from my house.

There are many other MacGyverish moments, especially off-road, but that was the most difficult considering the personal injuries.
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Old 04-24-2009, 11:04 PM   #146
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Just started a weekend of fishing in a little 12' boat and I buried the prop in shallow water, breaking the shear pin. Of couse, with no spare, I had to pilfer the kid's hot dog skewer. Jammed it in, bent it off, and away I went!
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Old 04-29-2009, 11:19 AM   #147
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SVMango
Removing the pesky kick stand spring.

Put kick stand in down position.

Stuff as many coins as you can between the coils of the spring.

Retract kick stand.

The spring will often fall off in your hand.

Reverse procedure for re-assembly.
This has to be the Best one (at least for me it is)
Just try that one next time you need to take off the kickstand or centerstand on a GS
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Old 04-29-2009, 07:30 PM   #148
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I was driving my friend's Chevy Astro across South Dakota and the cruise wouldn't hold at 100 mph (hey, that's what the speedo said) - not enough vacuum or something.
My foot was hurting from holding the gas pedal to the floor so I broke the eraser off a pencil and taped it to hold the "accel" button in on the cruise control stalk.
Using my left foot sometimes helped too.
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Old 04-29-2009, 07:38 PM   #149
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I read a story about some folks who were flying in a helicopter and the collective pitch lever went slack in the pilot's hand. Turns out the clevis pin up at the rotor head had fallen out. Oops.
The pilot throttled up and climbed. What else could he do?

So, one of the two passengers had a bolt in her purse (sounds like my wife) and the other passenger had some big ol' kiwis on him so he climbed outside and mucked around for awhile trying to get the linkage lined up with the clevis or rod end or whatever, and after pulling on it and putting the chopper into a low G descent and almost falling off, he got the bolt in there, the pilot landed just before fuel ran out and they lived happily ever after.

Might be handy to keep a bolt with you. You never know...
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Old 05-08-2009, 04:39 AM   #150
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Zip Ties

As an industrial Electrician my world revolves around zip-ties. When you buy them ALWAYS buy the good ones and your melting problems will reduce greatly! A tension gun is a wonderful tool to have! I keep a good supply with me while travelling and for now they function as my quick release luggage mounts!
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