Best Shop Tricks

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

  1. MacG

    MacG Been here awhile

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    To keep from chasing/losing the side panel bolts I put faucet washers on the bolts to keep them from falling out of the panel.



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    No need to tap it,just hold the washer with pliers and screw the bolt into it.

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    Stop turning the bolt when the washer is at the surface of the plastic.

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    The friction on the threads holds the washer to the bolt. The washer stays with the bolt and spins as the bolt is removed. I haven't had to chase a bolt since I put the washers on. :clap
  2. tvpierce

    tvpierce Been here awhile

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    2 gal laundry detergent bottles make great oil recycling jugs: the ones with EXTERNAL threads on the cap, and REMOVABLE pour spout.

    Grab the pour spout with a pair of pliers and rip it out. then you have a nice wide mouth to pour oil in -- don't need a funnel -- and a good tight seal with the cap screwed on.

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  3. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    No spacing issues with that? What kind of bike?

    Jim :brow
  4. scooteraug02

    scooteraug02 Dog Rancher

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    If you lend tools to friends keep a log. You'd be surprised what you can forget. You may forget you borrowed something from some one too.

    A friend's neighbor offered the use of an electric generator. After using it my friend returned it clean, full of gas and oil, ready to go. Another neighbor borrowed it and returned it empty, dirty and afu.
  5. MacG

    MacG Been here awhile

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    No clearance issues on my bikes, a KLR and a DR(both with pannier racks).

    The washers are just under 1/8" thick for reference to see if it will or won't work on other bikes.
  6. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    :thumb

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  7. nuggets

    nuggets Fries with that?

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  8. wos

    wos Long timer

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    might just try to make something like those washers out of old bleach bottles
  9. scottrnelson

    scottrnelson Team Orange

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    :clap

    We have a winner for biggest cheapskate of this entire thread. :lol3



    Sorry, couldn't resist.
  10. tommu56

    tommu56 Long timer

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    0obviously you ride a klr.:D

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  11. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    What's cheap about making a DIY version of something that's "almost nothing" to begin with? I've got tons of crap cluttering my shop, why spend money on more if I don't need it?

    Some of us need to think about saving for more important things....booze, drugs, kid's college funds, etc.

    :wink:
  12. marchyman

    marchyman Cam Killer

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    Making washers out of old bleach bottles takes time that could be better spent on the booze and drugs. :deal
  13. PFFOG

    PFFOG Richard Alps-aholic

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    You obviously haven't seen any of us multi- task :freaky
  14. wos

    wos Long timer

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    cheap yes but I don't ride a KLR, A Vstrom so I can take the insults in stride. I is a Canoodian and the shipping on those things would make it a pain in the ass when I can throw a hole saw in the drill press and punch out enough to experiment with for free.
  15. Guano11

    Guano11 Behind Bars....

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    $50 kitchen cart at IKEA.
    Perfect for aerosols, those odd quarts of oil, etc. Middle shelf is adjustable to accommodate odd heights. Tray bottoms are mesh like a parts washer. Comes in turquoise if your garage needs some "Pop!"
    Sticker-ready.
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  16. Narrdo

    Narrdo Been here awhile

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    I like that!

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  17. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    Had to do that recently but used lids from foodservice buckets. Had to be a very specific thickness/size and my rather large collection of nylon washers did not have that "specific" size/thickness. Probably doesn't even exist anyway.:wink:

    Ice cream buckets??? Worked so well on my old GMC drain plug that I never replaced it with a proper one in 10 years of ownership. I kind of grew attached to it.:lol3
  18. scottrnelson

    scottrnelson Team Orange

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    Can't get the core out of your SuperTrapp muffler to repack it? You don't have a nice straight shot to use a broom handle like in their video where they remove the core from a muffler on some big cruilser?

    (Step 2): Get a board and six cheap screws that are the same threads as the ones holding your disks in (don't take a chance of wrecking your good screws). Use one of the disks as a template to drill six holes. Put a screw through each hole as you drill it to keep things aligned. When you have six, insert those screws into the muffler core, tighten and now you can easily twist and pull that sucker out of there. I just invented this method this morning and it was so much easier than any other method I've seen.

    (Step 1): Can't get those rivets out that hold the core in place by using a drill? A sharp chisel and a good size hammer will have the heads off of the rivets quickly, then a punch of the right diameter will knock them to the inside easily.

    (Step 3): I'm not to this part yet, because I don't have the packing material, but leave the core attached to the board to easily align the holes when you put it back in.

    Repacking a SuperTrapp doesn't have to be such a difficult ordeal.
  19. Pike Bishop

    Pike Bishop Pull Down the Ponzi.

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    A soldering gun also works well for this, especially where you don't want to cook nearby parts.
  20. barko1

    barko1 barko1

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    The bastards in my C14 stayed put even with the solder gun :cry