"New" Ratty Hack... I hope!

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by Leaf, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. Leaf

    Leaf Been here awhile

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    I guess I didn't get this one torqued down enough!!

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    That was one of my expensive hardened bolts, too. ;_;
  2. Bobmws

    Bobmws Curmudgeon At Large

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    Bummer! Lock nuts are a good thing...........
  3. halflive

    halflive Been here awhile

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    Or the bolt just broke.
    Every sidecar is fitted with common M12 8.8 bolts. often with a self locking, but more usual with castellatednuts.
    There is a lot of live and movement in a sidecar. I would not use a hardened bolt,
  4. Leaf

    Leaf Been here awhile

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    I stuck one of my 8.8 footpeg bolts in it and stole a nut off one of the upper motor mounts, until I get around to the hardware store. I broke the suspension off my truck, so the hack is the only thing I have to haul tools and stuff to work until I get the truck fixed. :p

    The rest of them have 5/16 bolts with lock washers, torqued down hard with an impact wrench. I didn't think about breakage, but that does sound a little more likely. D:

    Unless I just forgot to hit that one with the air wrench. :3
  5. Leaf

    Leaf Been here awhile

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    New bolts. Two of them were the "right" ones that came with the sidecar, but I replaced them anyway. It's a /lot/ more solid in the hard lefties, now.... I didn't think just replacing bolts would have that kind of effect. o_O

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    Temporary wiring, until I get somewhere to get some wire loom. I have some cheap beehive lights on the way.

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    Cheap tractor light. It's not wired up yet, but it is brighter than the headlight on the tug. o_O Prolly move it to the front of the car if/when I get around to making a bumper.

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  6. MotoJ

    MotoJ Mobtown Hacker

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    I'm really digging your rig, Leaf! I love rat builds....
  7. kshansen

    kshansen kshansen

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    I personally would NOT use an impact for tightening critical fasteners. If a torque wrench is not available, it should be, then tighten by hand. It is very easy to under or over torque with an impact wrench. Too loose and it can fall off to tight and you either strip the threads or over stretch the bolt and it fails under load.

    As for the lock washers I'm not a big fan of those either. I much prefer hardened flat washers and good grade lock nuts. Fine threaded fasteners also are a good choice.
  8. Leaf

    Leaf Been here awhile

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    Math.... I should have done it!

    35 watt low beam + 55 watt tractor light = 90 watts. 90 watts / 12 volts = 7.5 amps.

    55 watt high beam + 55 watt tractor light = 110 watts. 110 watts / 12 volts = 11 amps.

    The headlight fuse is 7 amps. Apparently when I was testing the tractor light, 7.5 amps was not enough to blow it.

    So I'm out in the middle of nowhere. It gets dark, so I flip on the high beams, then throw the switch to tie the tractor light into the high beam circuit.

    Oops.

    Turns out that both of the spare fuses in my fuse box were blown.

    Oops.

    So I swapped in the fuse for the running lights and stuck a paper clip into the front brake switch so I'd have some tail lights, and got it home.

    I shall have to install a relay and an aux fusebox.

    Moral of the story: Don't be derpy, and do the math. :p
  9. MotoJ

    MotoJ Mobtown Hacker

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    Very resourceful! You're ready for the Zombie Apocalypse. Only the most cunning will survive!
  10. Leaf

    Leaf Been here awhile

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    Bought a relay, some fuses, inline fuse holders, and connectors today. The plan is to add a new circuit for the aux lighting, driven by the relay, straight off the battery, with the switch selecting whether the relay is on, off, or driven by the stock high beam circuit. But it's been drizzling all day and I was soaked when I got home, so I haven't installed anything yet.

    I had my first monkey, too. She was pleased, after getting over the initial trepidation over riding in something that looks like it fell off a scrap truck.
  11. kshansen

    kshansen kshansen

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    If it would make her feel better I could post a picture of my "ride to work outfit". It would make yours look like a show winner!
  12. Leaf

    Leaf Been here awhile

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    I had an electrical meltdown during the recent pseudopocalypse while the power was out for several days.

    Of course, there was no 'lectricity to run the soldering gun to fix it proper-like, so I had to improvise.

    Poor Hawk. :< I shall fix it all proper-like next time something breaks.....

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  13. cleatusj

    cleatusj Dirt floor engineer

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    And I thought I was scattered with my wiring.:D
  14. sandsman

    sandsman I ride more than some and less than others.

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    Dang dude, one little spark at the wrong time and the whole thing will go up in smoke...............and you will look like this :kboom
  15. Leaf

    Leaf Been here awhile

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    I was going to fix it properly today, but I didn't get 'round to it. :<
  16. MotoJ

    MotoJ Mobtown Hacker

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    Just gather it all up into a wad and duct tape it into a ziplock bag and stuff it under the cargo net. Problem solved!
  17. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    "fixed" :lol3

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  18. Leaf

    Leaf Been here awhile

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    Hah!

    Beautiful!
  19. toastmuncher

    toastmuncher I be new round here! Ello

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    Just checked in to see the finished article, other than the flat paint that is NOT a rat build, Im quite impressed, it looks very tidy. I looked at one of those little hondas for tug duty, My wee suzuki came up though so that was that.

    Well done, it looks great. :clap
  20. Leaf

    Leaf Been here awhile

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    Thanks!

    I got all three wheels off the ground over a cattlebridge today! Wheeee! :thumb

    I really hope the deal with the CB900C goes through. I want to paint it all nice to match the blue/white deco chair, and make a white vinyl tonneau cover and such. :3