Your favorite Macgyver moments\tricks

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

  1. chuggins143

    chuggins143 Been here awhile

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    Want to share how this contraption works? (not ever having to pull bearings out of a beemer)
    Just curious...
    :freaky
    Chad
  2. troidus

    troidus Long timer

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    Drive the slotted carriage bolt through the bad bearing head first until it clears the bearing, then draw it back out until the head catches on the inner race. Pass the wedge through from the other side and engage the slot in the carriage bolt. Strike the wedge with the hammer, which will spread the carriage bolt head out so it doesn't slip back through the bearing, then drive the bearing out by continuing to strike the wedge.
  3. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    Yes....fun to do without a helper. Lining up the carriage bolt head with that narrow groove between the bearing/spacer.:wink:

    Contraption???:evil....I am quite familiar with that name. BMW and others call them $pecial tool$, we don't buy many of them.

    The proper name is a mandrel bearing puller.:wink:
  4. Dusty_Bottoms

    Dusty_Bottoms Adventurer Ordinaire

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    Does the factory "special" tool work the same way or have a different design?
  5. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    Not sure if there is a "factory tool". Clymer shows the Motion Pro wheel bearing remover.Good tool but.....I don't wrench for a living.:wink:
  6. NZRalphy

    NZRalphy Been here awhile

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    Yes the factory tool will be better, work easier, look better....... but cost WAY more and will be at the importers in another town/country :D

    Nice tool.
  7. AustinJake

    AustinJake TE450-KLE-FXDWG

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    Trying to pull apart my 48mm KYB forks, needed a tool to hold the cartridge while the bottom bolt is removed. Found a 1 1/4" metal drain pipe, notched it, worked a treat. $10

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  8. AustinJake

    AustinJake TE450-KLE-FXDWG

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    14mm allen wrench, McGyver style...pay no attention to the damaged fork leg, I put a vise-grip on that shit and broke off all the stuff in the way of the bolt, it just wasn't worth filing it down.

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  9. DirtyADV

    DirtyADV Long timer

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    Posted in orange crush also since Im working on a KTM Adventure but work on many forks.

    Have read about compressed air but for "trail" use a needle for ball inflations and a hand pump works great also for removing the protective rubber cap.

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  10. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Sometimes you need to use what is at hand:

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  11. KsFolly

    KsFolly Adventurer

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    So I was 400 miles from home at 9.30pm when the alternator died. And we absolutely had to get home. [​IMG]
    True it's a car not a bike but still counts right?

    Genny on the roof and 5 car battery chargers kept her going.
  12. Wlfman

    Wlfman Long timer

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    For what you spent on all that you could have stopped at an Auto Parts store and purchased the alternator and the tools and did the swap in their parking lot...
  13. mantree

    mantree Been here awhile

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    Egg whites work on old dodge radiators when you take a dip on a logging road to fast the truck was later sent to the junk yard for frame damage from said dip
  14. SilkMoneyLove

    SilkMoneyLove Long timer

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    I don't know many auto parts stores open at 9:30pm.
    $200-$300 for a generator and another $50 to $100 in chargers. But, they now have a generator and chargers if they need them.
    Sounds like a good patch job to me?
  15. GI_JO_NATHAN

    GI_JO_NATHAN Long timer

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    Just return to Walmart when you're done.. :deal
  16. trailer Rails

    trailer Rails Long timer

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    I was on a road trip with the family when the alternator on my 7.3 Excursion died. We were about 5 hours away at the time. Went to the auto parts store and changed it with a crescent wrench and a tire iron. It helps that it was one of the easiest alternators I have ever seen. All told, took about 20 minutes.
  17. troidus

    troidus Long timer

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    Or buy a new car battery (or two) and drive with no accessories, pulling fuses if necessary. Swap when the first one dies, unless you make it home first.

    I found a parts place open at 10 p.m. in Phoenix once.

    A friend of mine did a roadside alternator swap once. He got down to 9.5 volts before it died, and he coasted in to an auto parts place (only to discover that it was abandoned). He called around in the little burg to find a place that was open (on a Sunday) with one in stock, called a cab, and got the failed one out just as the cab pulled up. Went to the parts place and remembered to check the clocking on the new unit before leaving. It was off, so he got that taken care of before heading back to the car. Installed the new unit, push-started the car, and off they went.
  18. tgeliot

    tgeliot Topher

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    clocking?
  19. Daamud

    Daamud Life is like a box of Old Milwaukee

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    Where the mounting is compared to the hook ups. Sometimes they're different depending on application.
  20. Laromonster

    Laromonster Vesperado !

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    Not bike or automotive related at all
    My trusty razor gave up the ghost the other day, the treaded stud the handle attaches to came undone from the pot metal head.
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    What to do..what to do ?

    Drilled and put a bolt through the bastards head, aint pretty, but it works.
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