Your favorite Macgyver moments\tricks

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  1. WoovsHoovs

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    On an outboard powered boat off of Tarpon Springs, FL.-the motor suddenly quits running.

    Remove cowling, bouncing along in 3-4 foot waves-I verify spark and fuel-but no start!

    I look further and with an adjustable wrench I remove the flywheel nut and find it had sheared its key. I line up the notches and with a knife and said wrench I manage to cut some pieces off of my office mailbox key-just enough to hammer down into the slot-it got us home. :clap
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  2. Inane Cathode

    Inane Cathode Cheated Anion

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    Lead is still a metal, it's just bonded with sulpher and oxygen :1drink
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  3. TDM Rider

    TDM Rider Been here awhile

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    My best McGuiver moment was returning from a business trip with a colleague and trying to start his Acura to no avail. Plenty of cranking but no firing. A quick look under the hood revealed sparks jumping on the distributor cap (remember those.) Closer inspection with the flashlight in my bag (this guy had absolutely nothing even remotely resembling a tool in his car) revealed a hairline crack.

    So I start thinking, what have I got and WWMcGD? I took some chapstick, smeared it liberally in and around the crack. Quick turn of the key and we were off! Lasted long enough to drive 20 miles or so to the dealer where he got it replaced.

    Chapstick- never leave home without it!:clap
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  4. RandyB

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    Can this thread be stickied? It's starting to look like generic tips and tricks.
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  5. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    Pulled apart my carbs one time and couldn't find the pin that holds in the floats. A short piece of coat hanger is an exact fit for the float pin in most carbs
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  6. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    speaking of hangers, if you cut a q-tip in half its hollow and a metal hanger fits inside perfectly. Perfect to use to clean an out of reach place. the qtip stays on with enough friction that you can move it back and forth. I've used this "device" to clean the straws of camelback systems. and in between the fins of cylinder heads.
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  7. WoovsHoovs

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    Bump....


    Late 80's I was on a '83 Cagiva 125 mx bike during a large group amateur enduro type ride= I was doing ok but fouled a plug down in a mile long, low land swamp. Eventually everyone passed me offering advice etc. I said "go ahead"...:lol3 FYYFF!!!!!!!!!!

    Finally after about a half hour of kicking with zero results, I had the idea..."remove the carburetor altogether, then kick it"-so off it came-off to the side. Two hoseclamps...

    On about the sixth, or seventh kick the motor caught, slowly at first, then an OMG, hideous shreik up to about 29 thousand RPM for about 20 seconds-an eternity at the time. Somehow the Italian motor held together:D I reinstalled the carb and rode on out of the woods and caught up to the crew eventually.

    That motor never ran better!:clap







    :rilla :pimp
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  8. mountain eagle

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    CO2 cartridges fit in a KTM radiator hose to block them off with the stock hose clamps........DAMHIK.
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  9. 4bikes

    4bikes Been here awhile

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    Cinnamon is even better, and it works for your stomack too, it it takes a blowout...

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  10. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    :scratch....why?
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  11. WoovsHoovs

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    +1...thank you.
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  12. Inane Cathode

    Inane Cathode Cheated Anion

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    Sometimes you have to block hoses.

    Like a cedar number two pencil in a bastard ass fuel tank crossover line that runs under the frame you dont see so when you pull the tank off it pisses gasoline all over your nice jeans and crotch god damn it.
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  13. envy

    envy n00b

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    All I know is that the pepper thing in the raditor does work and chewing gum doesn't really stop leaks.lol Tried it back in highschool and didn't get very far with the chewing gum thing. Who would have thought......not me aparently. My fiance grew up watching that show and thinks he can fix the world with a sock, paperclip, bread tie, and a few other random items.lol I have seen every episode the show, he owns them all.
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  14. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    That I get, but why the hell would you need to block a coolant hose. Wouldn't it be easier to just drain the system....
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  15. Slimie

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    And vice versa.

    Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference.

    :rofl

    -Simon
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  16. DirtyOldMan

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    Gasoline makes a good tire changing lube.

    Put an out of gas bike in a ditch, put the other bike alongside it on the bank,
    share some fuel with a tank vent hose.

    If you forget your knee pads, elbow pads will work.(unless you forgot them too)

    A respectable oil filler cap can be manufactured by repeatedly heating and threading a softened soda cap into the opening.
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  17. DirtyOldMan

    DirtyOldMan Long timer

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    One radiator busted, limping home on the other.
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  18. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    works great to seat beads also, not as great as an aerosol spray though.

    :scratch

    never saw a bike with two rads...weird
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  19. mountain eagle

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    Last year I managed to destroy the lefthand radiator on my 525EXC KTM. Even with Bullet Proof Designs guards..... umm it was a glancing blow :dunno And the KTM RFS's do have two rads ..... the one with the fan was still fine so we blocked off the hoses on the one side and ran out the rest of the day with no further problems, didn't even need to limp.

    [​IMG]
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  20. Inane Cathode

    Inane Cathode Cheated Anion

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    No, not really. Draining an entire system then refilling it takes several times longer than just plugging the like when you take the component off.

    Sometimes you have fresh coolant you don't want to throw away or contaminate with the pan you use to drain all your fluids with.

    Just a cost and time saving measure some people employ :)
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