Note to self:

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by coppertop, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. Lee Keller King

    Lee Keller King Adventurer Wannabe

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    When the previous owner says that his mechanic says your bike may need a new alternator rotor in the future, pay attention! And don't buy a new regulator/rectifier until you are sure that is the bad part! :doh


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    Honest sellers make it harder to find someone to blame outside of your own dumbass self. :lol3

    Lee
  2. Kenny M.

    Kenny M. Tepid Adventurer

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    Still have scars on my right hand to remind me of my stupidity from 1969. Worst pain I have ever felt. And I have had a kidney stone.
  3. fritzcoinc

    fritzcoinc Enjoying my last V8

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    When re-installing tailgate on your pick up truck, attach the cables to the bed before droping the gate.
  4. murgatroid42

    murgatroid42 Great Adventurer

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    Parking lots are not empty. Look behind you when backing up so you don't hit the light pole in the middle of the lot.
  5. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    When installing fork speed bleeders on the top of your forks, and using the manufacturer-supplied aluminum tool to tighten them down, attach a string to the hole on the tool so when you drop it behind the radiator it doesn't get permanently lodged & lost until you remove all the bodywork and tank to get to it.
  6. ehatcher

    ehatcher Hello? Is this thing on?

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    When removing the oil drain plug from your F650, make sure you use the right size socket. Not one that is 2mm larger, which will convert the hex to a nearly round shape that no socket will work on.
    :becca

    When attemping to remove the drain plug with the now nearly round hex, don't use a pipe wrench. The teeth on the pipe wrench will act like little files and make your nearly round former hex into a perfectly round stub that nothing will grab ahold of.

    :baldy

    At this stage you should not use a channel lock to smooth it out even more.

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    Foul langauge, no matter how colorful and plentifull, will not remove a drain plug.

    :kboom

    Supposing you went ahead and used the 2mm larger socket, then the pipe wrench and lastly the channel locks....PM me and I will loan you my special socket set, designed especially for idiots, that removes all manner of rounded nuts and only cost $70.

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    Happy wrenching.

    :D
  7. wos

    wos Long timer

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    Don't weld in snowboots, especially if you tuck your pants into them.
    Don't buy discount welding rods made by some Italian place that no one has ever heard of.
    Don't try pulling the one inch long piece of welding rod out of the hole in your ankle with bare fingers.
  8. je2000

    je2000 Adventurer

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    If you're going to drop a lit match into a bottle of "magic potion" you made as a kid, don't look directly down inside the bottle when you drop the match.

    Unless having no eybrows or eyelashes is "cool".


    While siphoning extra motor oil out of your bike, make sure you actually have somewhere to put the extra oil before you start.
  9. balance

    balance Long timer

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    Remove rotor lock before attempting to ride off center stand... :umph
  10. rebake

    rebake Long timer

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    Saw a friend do this.Make sure the trailer is firmly connected to your brothers brand new 40 thousand dollar truck before you try to load the bike.If you don't you can end up with a nice trailer hitch shaped hole in the tailgate of said truck.
  11. carternick79

    carternick79 Cami's Dad

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    :rofl
    That sucks but I would have liked to seen that in action... :lol3
  12. road_thing

    road_thing chingadero

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    Bomber--your grand-dad formulated road_thing's first rule of welding!!

    I could tell you you about removing rear shock absorbers from an MGA--turns out they're permanently attached to the plate that secures the U-bolts that holds the rear axle tube to the leaf springs. When you take the last nut off the second U-bolt, the whole back-end of the car drops. It's best not to be laying on the ground underneath with a ratchet in your hand when that happens...

    rt
  13. UngaWunga

    UngaWunga Mosquito bait

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    Make sure to check that the petcock on your snowblower is turned on before disassembling snowblower's carb to find the reason why its not starting.


    Do not weld in sandals.


    Make sure to close your eyes when blowing dirt out of a crevice on a bike/car/wife/whatevery.
  14. MiamiMotorcyclist

    MiamiMotorcyclist used to be -MiamiUly

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  15. carternick79

    carternick79 Cami's Dad

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    :lol3 I love that movie...
  16. metlcutr55

    metlcutr55 LongGoneDaddy

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    if your motor (sno blower in my case) siezes from sitting, and you fill the cyl up with pb blaster to free it, dont stand directly in front of the sparkplug hole when you hit the electric start, with no compression, the motor spins very freely and the pb blaster smells and tastes bad.

    if youre in a park lot checking your newly tuned suspension over speedbumps, first look for any chains between posts that might be there, or you might have to walk across the park lot to pick up your bike, listen to a drunk on a porch nearby laughing his ass off, explain to someone how it hit their car, and explain to your friends the -0-0-0- black and blue on your neck.

    if you wear bellbottoms and ride a kickstart mc, be sure the kick lever is not inside your bellbottoms when you ride off, or you might not be able to get your foot off the peg when needed.
  17. pennswoodsed

    pennswoodsed lizards,bugs and me

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    I will pay pal money right now to see that !
  18. ibafran

    ibafran villagidiot

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    Sometimes broken plastic pieces can be pinned by pushing a preheated bit of steel rod (coat hanger wire?) through the plastic bits. If the pieces are small and the rod is very hot, note to self, use a thimble to prevent driving the super heated rod coated in very hot liquid plastic into my fingertip. Sweet Geebus! That hurts!
  19. ibafran

    ibafran villagidiot

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    Reminds of a time that I spent a long frozen evening in the street trying to figure out why my cage wouldn't start with plenty of batt and fuel. After damn near freezing to death, I gave up resolving to get an early start on it at first light. The next morning, I dragged my tool boxes out to the cage and had dressed for a subarctic day. I sat down behind the wheel hoping to get lucky before opening up the tools. Right off, I noticed that the autotrans lever was down in first instead of being in park. Sucker fired right up when shifted into park. One of the extremely few mistakes that I didn't have to re-learn since then.

    edit; note to self; if in doubt, read the instructions.
  20. ibafran

    ibafran villagidiot

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    Also the little bits of very hot grit and metal will melt into and speckle the plastic lenses in your prescription glasses. Note to self, always wear the dang safety glasses no matter how miniscule the job.