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Old 02-14-2014, 04:22 PM   #1156
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^^^Daang, you guys should lay off the weed for a while.

Consider that a "note to self".
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Old 02-14-2014, 04:23 PM   #1157
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ALWAYS check the gas tank for fuel as part of your trouble shooting before re-building the engine.
Wow, that about takes the cake. I can see a carb rebuild due that mistake, but not a whole engine rebuild.
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Old 02-15-2014, 07:24 PM   #1158
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ALWAYS check the gas tank for fuel as part of your trouble shooting before re-building the engine.
Thirty years ago I worked in a restaurant, parked my bike in back on the street. Two guys were working frantically on an old car for several days. noticed they replaced the fuel pump. Was out back when they were ready to start it and they couldn't get it going. Decided to help them, take a look. Suggested they add some gas to the tank. It was out of gas. New fuel pump was the cost of lesson.
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Old 02-15-2014, 08:23 PM   #1159
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Never remove an expensive and perfectly working lipoe battery in order to experiment with fixing it
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Old 02-15-2014, 11:26 PM   #1160
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Never remove an expensive and perfectly working lipoe battery in order to experiment with fixing it
Is this a corollary to "If it ain't broke, don't fix it?"
Or would it be a 1st derivative?


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Old 02-16-2014, 05:11 AM   #1161
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If at any time while using the table saw you taste blood, stop because you've probably cuts something important off.

Confirm all accessories on the front of an engine spin freely before you assume the engine has seized. It's much easier to swap the alternator out of a late 80's S10 blazer than the entire engine.

When you squeeze through an opening between your car and the tree next to it while on your 5000lbs John Deere tractor, make sure you account for swing of the back blade as you make your final turn. It's amazing how thin sheet metal is on cars nowadays. Like a hot knife through butter. In fact my brother didn't even notice till his return trip back. DOH!
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Old 02-16-2014, 07:35 AM   #1162
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The short shock bolt on a 950 adv goes in the top hole, if you try to put it in the bottom it may fall into the swingarm and you have to go fishen
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Old 02-16-2014, 09:38 PM   #1163
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ALWAYS check the gas tank for fuel as part of your trouble shooting before re-building the engine.
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Wow, that about takes the cake. I can see a carb rebuild due that mistake, but not a whole engine rebuild.
I saw something similar first hand. I worked in a diesel shop in Van Buren, AR, for a week back in '84. One customer picked up his truck after an engine overhaul and brought it back about ten minutes later with an overheating problem. The reason the engine was rebuilt was because of an overheating problem. The mechanic failed to properly diagnose a bad water pump, so there was $20 grand down the drain. Between that and the shop owner doing a bad job on a turbo rebuild (you could hear the impeller hitting the housing after the test drive, so I'm sure it grenaded shortly after being put back in service) and another mechanic walking off the job in the middle of a blower installation, I saw enough to know to get out after a week. They stayed open for another year, then closed.
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Old 02-17-2014, 11:51 AM   #1164
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Note to self: do not zip tie wiring so tightly under the tank, it requires removing the tank to replace a headlight! (it involved HID conversion)

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Old 02-18-2014, 08:32 AM   #1165
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Don't forget to put on the crush washer on your oil drain bolt before you park the bike on your nice brick porch! Those stains are hard to get out.
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Old 02-21-2014, 09:48 AM   #1166
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Wow, that about takes the cake. I can see a carb rebuild due that mistake, but not a whole engine rebuild.
Yeah I was 13 years old with no experience. It's called the shotgun approach to fixing things.
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Old 02-21-2014, 06:18 PM   #1167
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The reserve on your OEM tank is much smaller than the over sized after market one you got used to.
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Old 03-01-2014, 06:53 AM   #1168
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Do not stuff a rag in the airbox of your XRR for winter storage, then forget about it so that a full morning is spent between you and your buddies trying to diagnose the problem.

"It started and ran for three seconds and was running great when I put it away"

After cleaning and lubing the chain after a long day riding, do not absent mindedly spin the wheel in the wrong direction, while wiping excess lube off the chain. Two punctured digits and a painful pause to let the "Did I REALLY just do that?" sink in before rotating the wheel back 90 degrees to extracate fingers.
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Old 03-01-2014, 07:54 AM   #1169
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As a 20 yr. old nitwit, do not 'casually' kickstart your new DT360 with your foot in a cast. (That's the bike you bought just before you crashed your 250 Bultaco in the laneway, basically breaking your foot in half and with it four toes and the one you picked up by having your mother drive you from the hospital on release to the Yamaha dealer)

The kickback earned me two more trips to surgery
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Old 03-01-2014, 08:34 AM   #1170
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When your buddy rolls up to your place in his newly painted pickup, you admire the work and offer to clean up the overspray on the windows.

Using the red Scotchbrite instead of the white was not so impressive

Not my finest detailing moment
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