Best Shop Tricks

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

  1. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    Gotcha. Never had any trouble just poppin’ ‘em off & on with a screwdriver. :1drink
  2. stainlesscycle

    stainlesscycle Long timer

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    no chance of bending, losing or damaging them with the pliers. i could pound nails with a socket wrench, but i use a hammer (most of time). :D

    i can barbarian with the best of them, but the right tool for the job makes life a little easier - and i do a few chains a month...
  3. CatSailor

    CatSailor CatSailor

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    Usually in the spring or summer my friends start bringing their engines to my garage that have been sitting since last summer. Usually a 6" section of stripped multi conductor lamp cord does the trick. Depending on the size of the clogged jet, 1-3 strands twisted and GENTLY worked through the jets gets the problem fixed.

    Blind bearing removal w/o a puller: pack the recess behind the bearing, place a shaft in the center of the bearing and hit it with a hammer. The bearing will pop out.

    A foiled gum wrapper wrapped shiny side out around an old buss type fuse will get you home - fix the reason of the blown fuse 1st!
  4. marchyman

    marchyman Cam Killer

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    Why do I seem myself with a face fill of splattered grease if I try this? :lol2
  5. HapHazard

    HapHazard Waiting for Gudenov

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    Curly - Izzat you?

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  6. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    I use torn up paper towels soaked in water for this. It's less messy.
  7. scooteraug02

    scooteraug02 Dog Rancher

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    Home Depot and Lowes have these concrete mixing tubs that would be perfect for changing transmission fluid or some thing big and they are about $13.
  8. scooteraug02

    scooteraug02 Dog Rancher

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    I read on another site that Lacquer Thinner will clean jets. I haven't tried it yet. He said even new bikes sitting on the showroom floor will clog the jets.
  9. dad2bike

    dad2bike Cranky Old Fart

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    Those are awesome as parts cleaning tubs too.

    Sent from outer space with my Thunderbolt with Tapatalk.
  10. zap2504

    zap2504 Dave E.

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    Also Hoppe's #9 solvent for cleaning guns.
  11. ohgood

    ohgood Long timer

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    hydraulics are awesome stuff. thanks for posting this, i had forgotten.

    (years ago i watch in amazement as a 15 ton propeller was stretched and pressed onto to a shaft, all at once)
  12. ohgood

    ohgood Long timer

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    you've seen me in the garage ? wthell ? lol


    ya, i quit with pie pans, now it's either:

    a) 5 gallon bucket (tire changes, all tools AND parts inside)
    b) ziplocks (oily parts, lots of them
    c) duct tape, peal a strip off and put each part in the next space. re-assembly = reverse it
    d) magnetic ashtray
  13. MsLizVt

    MsLizVt pfft ...

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    ohgood, hi!

    Hope you don't mind me asking, but how did they actually do that, stretching and pressing the propeller on?

    You've piqued my curiosity.

    Thanks,


    Liz
  14. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    I haven't read the entire thread, so forgive me if any of this is 205

    I have a thermarest pad I lay on the garage floor whenever I need to lay down next to the bike to change the oil, check the tires, whatever. Way better than lying on concrete.

    My bike is supposed to be upright when the oil is checked, but doesn't have a centerstand. I got a small mirror with a telescoping handle, so I can check the oil while sitting on the bike. I got it from Sears.

    Before I work on the bike, I always sweep the garage floor. That makes it a lot easier to find that washer I always drop.
  15. KyoXR

    KyoXR Clouds, Snow, Rain

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    +1, your the first other person I have heard that does this, also, sweeping the dirt away keeps anything that hits the floor from picking up dirt, parts/tools/your body/that rag your supposed to be cleaning stuff with ect...
  16. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    I think most people do. Hardly a ‘trick’.
  17. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    My trick is old carpet runners under the bike. Sops the oil spills and dampens the falling washers/bolts....they don't go so far.:wink:

    No need to sweep, the ShopVac is always close by. I should go shopvac the bike maybe I'll find that SS fastener I dropped a couple days ago around the radiators.:cry
  18. muguvian

    muguvian lugrubious

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    Invert a sock or piece of pantyhose over the end of the vacuum to catch the fastener.
  19. ohgood

    ohgood Long timer

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    ill dig up some cool stuff when I get home :)
  20. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    Nauseum tent screening material....last much longer and better at filtering the juice from the parts washer.:wink:

    Set of micro brushes/reaching tools, best thing you can buy for them shopvacs, then you can use it on the computer.:wink: