Your favorite Macgyver moments\tricks

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by HaChayalBoded, Sep 21, 2008.

  1. mikesova

    mikesova Michigander

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    I needed to balance my KLX wheels because I had the local shop install rimlocks, but they don't balance dirt tires. They say you can't balance knobbies...yeah, sure, whatever.

    I looked around my garage this morning for a good way to do it and WHAM! it hit me. I ran to the hardware store and picked up a 4' section of 1/4" section of steel pipe.

    voila!

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  2. MWValley

    MWValley Gadget Guy (ret.)

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    From the Department of Shameless Commerce:

    That is pretty clever. It looks just like a giant balancing or truing stand.
    But you could have poured two ounces of Dynabeads in the tube and you'd be done also. Actually you'd be better off because you'd have a dynamic balancing solution and not a fixed/static situation.
  3. tgeliot

    tgeliot Topher

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    Oh boy, another Dynabeads debate!
    :lurk
  4. Wlfman

    Wlfman Long timer

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    I balance the wheel without tire and have never had to balance after new tires installed. Even on my sportbike...
  5. motomike14

    motomike14 Thumper Crusader

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    Last year, the rectifier on my CB750 went up in smoke due to a bad ground. On these bikes, they have the great big massive plastic "plugs" with numerous connectors in them. When the rectifier went, it decided to take down the female end of it.

    Looking around, in order to replace the female end, I would have had to rewire half the bike. Not happening. Instead, went down to my local electrical store, bought 5 of the "female" connectors, used some new connectors, and viola, no more massive plastic plug.
  6. Gypsy_Writer

    Gypsy_Writer It's all good!

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    This year I installed some panniers on my XT225 and had to build extension cords for the rear turn signals. The wires were short about 6 inches so I bought a cheap extension cord from the hardware store, cut it to the proper lengths, separated and stripped the ends, crimped on some male and female adapters, then plugged them into the old ends. Works great and a lot cheaper than looking for different turn signals! :lol3
  7. hilslamer

    hilslamer 2XRedheadedstepchild

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  8. stretch160

    stretch160 Been here awhile

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    3 loose spark plug wires going zap zap zap while forcing fuel vapor from 3 cylinders. How did dad not go boom burn scream.
  9. stretch160

    stretch160 Been here awhile

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    I prefer pixie dust, it has the added benefit of making my bike fly. I know it works because the company that sells it said so.
  10. FixerDave

    FixerDave KLR650 - XR200R

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    Don't know, wondered that myself actually.
    :kboom

    But, I do remember him washing his hands in a gallon of gas...

    :kboom:kboom

    Just pouring it out over his hands onto the ground

    :kboom:kboom:kboom

    while smoking...

    :kboom:kboom:kboom:kboom

    Maybe gas was less flammable back then

    :bubba

    But, seriously, no plug, not much vacuum to draw fuel in, so not that much going out either. And, yes, he was probably smoking while doing it... that went without saying back then.

    David...
  11. wos

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    If the plug wires weren't close enough to a ground path it wouldn't make a spark. Even if it did it would be far enough away to be of little consequence. The hardest part would be lining up the plug against the air rushing by without cross threading.
    I have done similar on old two stroke bikes and crappy lawn mowers. Leave the plug loose in the head a turn or so and start cranking it over. Sucks enough air past to cause a flooded cylinder to fire and without the heat conduction path it burns the crap off the plug.
  12. Aviatordoc

    Aviatordoc BMW K12S rider

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    Here is a small tip.
    To prevent keys (other keys) on your key ring from tearing up the paint/finish around your ignition switch as it happens when riding:
    Cut a small length of heat shrink tube which fits the key (the cut edges of the key), heat it up a tad so it conforms to the shape of the cut edges of the key but is still removable as a sleeve. Works well. Just be careful and do not heat it a lot.
  13. Daamud

    Daamud Life is like a box of Old Milwaukee

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    This reminds me of a tip an old biker guy told me.

    Your bike key should always have a spare masterlink on the keyring. :deal

    I went one step further and heat shrinked mine so it don't rattle as bad or loose the clip. :D
  14. davsato

    davsato Been here awhile

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    my mate has his keys on a bolt with a spring washer between each, kind of like a key swiss army knife
  15. davsato

    davsato Been here awhile

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    +1 and when it goes, it goes fast! rub aluminium with soap before heating, when the soap goes black, the metals soft enough to bend
  16. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    It takes a lot more than you would think to light gasoline on fire, 'specially when it's "uncompressed"... Try sticking the spark plug of anything next to the spark plug hole while its cranking over and see what happens. Nothing. I've gotten it to go boom ONCE- after dumpming about a cup of gasoline down the sparg plug hole. The resulting fireball was so cool my 16 yr old self had to try it agian, couldnt ever get it to work again though.

    VERY cool idea though, will have to member that one!
  17. phreakingeek

    phreakingeek rookie adventurer

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    as i was unloading a bike from the truck in a downpour...i nearly slipped and busted my ass on the wood ramps. Luckily i was home and could grab my trusty dewalt drill and a handful of screws. I spent about 15 minutes driving approx 50 screws into the ramp i needed to walk down. I put them in as rows of 6 accross the board and spaced the rows 6 inches apart all the way down the board. I noticed that i had to back out a few screws since the driver tended to countersink the head. When they were all in and above the surface of the board, it turned a wet slippery board into a nice easy to walk on surface.

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  18. Wlfman

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    When I was using boards as ramps I applied 2 strips of this stuff down the entire center of each board. No problems at all with slippage.

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  19. phreakingeek

    phreakingeek rookie adventurer

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    Way back in my youth, grip tape on a skate board worked fine. More recently though, my attempt to use that tape on anything that gets wet and muddy seems to remove the tape in a hurry.

    Since this is a McGyver thread...i thought my quick fix was a fitting addition.