Best Shop Tricks

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by lightsorce, Jul 31, 2007.

  1. arcanum

    arcanum Been here awhile

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    This would be an individual choice according to bike model. Mine is a cb450sc Nighthawk

    When taking carbs off the bike to clean them,consider making more room for the removal. On a recent Nighthawk carb clean,I took the rear fender, air filter box& battery,and then I had an easier time to get the carbs off and back on. I also took off one side of the engine mount off so I could get the carbies off with the throttle cables attached. I had a cardboard box placed at a comfortable height stuffed with rags and a clean towel on top to catch any little part that dropped during dis-assembly.

    This paid off big time,because it took two or three attempts to get the carb sorted. The carb sinch stayed at factory setting because the control cables stayed attached.It was also easy to see that the accelerator pump worked by directly viewing the little squirts of gas because the cables were still attached. Of course,you must use your own judgement about how your own bike dis-assembles whether or not you wish to try this method
  2. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Spill proof tank draining on a BMW.

    Use an old Quick Disconnect and a piece of hose to drain the tank:

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    Jim :brow
  3. stsmike

    stsmike Adventurer

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    I found this in the NGWclub.com site (Goldwing), so its not mine. A member there purchased some Lester wheels for his GW. He wanted to polish the outer edge, while powder-coating the spokes and hub. The wheel was pretty beat up, so he had a lot of work to do. He built this ingenious rig to spin the wheel while he sanded/polished it.

    He clamped a board to his drill presses table. This board extended out a few feet from the press. He drilled a hole in the end that protruded away from the press and installed a bolt that could be used as an "axle". He slid the wheel (with bearings) over the bolt and secured it with a washer and a nut; thus allowing the wheel to spin freely on the bearings. A belt slipped over the wheel and then the chuck (although I would feel better about chucking up a small pulley and shaft) allows the drill press to spin the wheel!

    This would allow sanding and polishing go very much faster and would keep things "even".

    Sorry, I thought I knew how to post pics :cry

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    Stolen (shamelessly) from here: http://www.ngwclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=38587&start=75
  4. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    stsmike,

    Good repost. That gives me some good ideas. There's a lot you can do with a drill press. Btw, I have a "radial arm" drill press that has a 17" reach. Came from Harbor Frt for about $225. Best deal I ever got from them.
  5. scooteraug02

    scooteraug02 Dog Rancher

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  6. stsmike

    stsmike Adventurer

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    Thanks Scooter!! :freaky
  7. marchyman

    marchyman Cam Killer

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    Huh? Doesn't the fuel normally come out the line that is floating in the air and go into the tank where you connected a hose? It is the return line from the fuel pressure regulator that is dangling in your photo, isn't it. Or do I have it wrong? :dunno
  8. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    No, when unplugged a QD is sealed. I used a male QD to plug into the female QD to get the fuel going.

    Jim :brow
  9. Interceptor

    Interceptor Adventurer

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    While doing an ABS system flush on a friends RT, we floated a plastic bottle cap in the front brake reservoir .
    This stopped brake fluid from squirting out when squeezing the brake lever.
  10. warewolf

    warewolf Tyre critic

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    Brilliant! :clap I had a bike once that would fountain brake fluid from the res on the most gentle of squeezes, it was very frustrating.
  11. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    I like that better than dropping a coin in the reservoir. I shall be doing the plastic trick in the next couple days.:clap

    Hum....maybe I'll even cut a piece of plastic just the right size and keep that with the other "special tools".:wink:
  12. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Damn, great idea!:clap

    Jim :brow
  13. fritzcoinc

    fritzcoinc Enjoying my last V8

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    I thought a squirt like that ment air in the system?
  14. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    not necessarily air . . . some (most) ,maser cylinders will discharge fluid from the hole that supplies it to the piston bore, until the piston covers the hole . . . this isn't often seen, as the reservoir is most often covered during use, yes?
  15. stainlesscycle

    stainlesscycle Long timer

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    10 second master link pliers - cost $0.00

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  16. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    Explain their purpose.
  17. EvanADV

    EvanADV Big Bearded Boy

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    I need to devote a couple hours to reading this thread! Got about 15 pages in and there is some great info in here. I will try to remember any tricks of my own to share if they haven't been covered already.
  18. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    I find the 5 gallon water cooler tubs to be awesome for taking oil to be recycled. The small opening at the top makes it unlikely any will slosh over and spill in the Jeep and it'seasy to pour thatnks to said opening. The square shape also makes it easy to push the passenger seat forward and clamp the oil between the dash and the passenger seat.

    Just make sure you don't return the bottle after you're done storing oil in it! I spraypaint 'oil' on mine to make sure it's never returned.
  19. richarddacat

    richarddacat high on honeysuckle

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    I use plastic cat litter containers, the opening is larger, also square and less likely to be reused as a water container. Since we use them all the time, after a visit to Jiffy Lube for a dump I go next door to the recycling bins. :D
  20. stainlesscycle

    stainlesscycle Long timer

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    installing and removing master link clips. i have modified them a little more so the one unground side is now shorter than the other. instant on/off for master link clips. i now have 45 seconds into their construction. not pretty but very effective.

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