Separate names with a comma.
Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Ricardo Kuhn, Feb 3, 2012.
Mine. Cut the top off a cheap 13/16" socket. Small and free with junk tools everywhere.
Was the outside of that socket not round?
I never get rid of old tools. I may upgrade tools, but I always keep the old ones. You never know when some Southern Engineering will be called for.
I was tired of looking for the right angle that didn't exist to get rid of the buffeting. I cut the shape, heated it with a heat gun to get the curves right. Result, it's quiet, and NO buffeting! Visibility is only reduced a little because I gave it that satin finish.
The top of most spark plug sockets comes with a place to use a standard wrench. The 13/16" comes with a perfect 22mm wrench head on top.
I just pull the foam out of the socket and put an extension in backwards or where the spark plug would go. No tools are harmed.
An M14 coupling nut is even easier, no mfg. required.
And if you want to get fancy drill a 9/32" hole in one end so a screwdriver shaft can go thru it.
I did that originally, but my cheap socket wasn't cut to allow the socket to be attached backwards, so I had to do this:
Took up way too much room in my tool kit.
Do you only flip that plexi gaurd up and cober the light when you are off road or do you leave it up normally?
If up does it cause any refraction of the light and distort the focus at all?
Most, obviously not all, but most cheap spark plug sockets have the hex on the end and are cut thru for the 3/8" backwards extension trick.
Almost every cheap tool kit has one of those in it.
On my boat tool kit I bought the 5/8" spark plug socket wa too thick to fit into the water manifolds to remove the sprkplugs on the 5.7 liter Chevy Mercruiser. I had to take a grinder and thin the bottom inch down and then be careful removing and torquing plugs in so as not to crack it. I do not have a lathe to turn a scket down.
Cutting off the end of a cheapo plug socket is no big loss, it is not "harming a tool" it is merely "repurposing" a tool....recycle. Finding one that will fit backwards on an extension is a better idea though because then you have a spark plug socket as well. Some need to be turned down to fit the BMW head like my boat did. Remeber to give it a quick shot of paint to prevent rust if you turn one down.
Nice job, I like the DIY stuff that looks factory. I'd suggest a little rubber stick-on bumper or two at the potential contact point(s) at the top to prevent vibration noise should the wind push it backwards.
Also, did it have a noticeable effect on the wind entering under the bottom edge of the windshield? More buffeting?
Where do you get an M14 coupling nut at? I went to my local Ace hardware and they only had SAE style and not the larger version. Also, the large spark plug socket made by Husky does not allow for the reverse socket drive trick since it has a circular hole on the inside not the standard 3/8 inch square socket fitting..
I'm all about being "thrifty" when it comes to add ons. I took an aluminum block, drilled a 1" hole in it and cut it in two to make some saddles for my fog lights to bolt onto my engine guards.
Noticed that you're saving on the "soap", as well!
Dood, it's not a Harley.
The wind holds it firmly to the glass. It doesn't vibrate, but probably a good idea to add a bumper to pevent scratching protector.
I kept the edge opaque to minimize the reflection. It is not bad, but I might add a bit of paint along the edge to reduce it more.
Start browsing this thread to do something for my newly bought GS...
You guys' mods are amazing! Thanks.
Yes. First I made a cardboard mock-up. From that I made 3 plywood patterns of the 6 panels (3 patterns as it's symmetrical). Routered the aluminum to the pattern using a straight-cut router bit with an end bearing on my router table. De-burred, put the bends in the two bottom panels, cut the hinges, drilled for rivets (countersunk and pressed flat both sides)...et voila!
A broke wrench is just a wrench waiting to be repurposed.. I have a drawer full of broke wrenches, never knpw when you will need to bend one to fit .
Anyone did (or knowing someone else) make your own upper crashbar for your 1200GS?
I am looking for some ideas, dimensions and advices.
Made a light bar:
Unfortunately I ran out of bedliner paint, so I used plastidip. Not pretty underneith, but it looks good on the outside, and works well!
Any industrial fastener place that stocks metric carries them.
I just went to my local one.
It's interesting that McMaster Carr doesn't carry that size but went looking I found that the M12 coupling nut is 22mm across as well see link http://www.mcmaster.com/#metric-coupling-nuts/=l0t8h9