Your favorite Macgyver moments\tricks

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

  1. Haasenpfeffer

    Haasenpfeffer Training wheels R off

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    If you find yourself in the akward place of your keys being inside your car and you on the outside while the doors are locked.

    If you have an extra car remote at home (and someone there to call). Give them a call with your cell phone and have them press the remote into the receiver while you hold the phone towards the car. The signal will unlock the car door.

    Trust me, it works. I have helped many people out of a jam this way.
  2. mittenduck

    mittenduck n00b

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    In Monticello Utah (I think it was) about 20 years ago my early 80's R100RT gave up the ghost after running increasingly badly. It turns out the brushes in the alternator were so worn that they barely made contact with the armature (I think it might be called the armature) My buddy and I shimmed them up with a wooden match stick so that the spring could force enough contact to make decent electrical contact. Also all but one of the rubber mounts that hold the diode board had sheared and it was shorting out against the case. We suspended the diode board on wire ties which we held in place by squishing them between the case and the cover. The bike made it all the way back to San Francisco like this.
  3. ibafran

    ibafran villagidiot

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    I have never been able to make this work in a test. Nor have any of my budds been able to make it work in a common test at biker breakfast. My inclination is to call a HUGE BS on this. However, if anyone else can supprt this and post a repeatable (by me) description of how to make this work, I will post my apologies. One of the cages that we tried this on had the remote 400 yards in clear line of sight from the cage before it quit opening the locks. At that point, the cell phones were of no help in getting the doors unlocked. The remote uses a radio signal to activate the locks. This radio signal is not picked up/transmited by cell phone tech. My experiments were conducted apprx 2 winters ago when some bikers were bringing their cages to breakfast. I want the year, make and model of the cage that this works on. Rumor has it that an Onstar equiped cage can get it opened by calling Onstar and going thru a security tree.
  4. nitsuj

    nitsuj Been here awhile

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    Not calling anyone a liar, but.... I'm pretty sure they tackled this on on mythbusters. Didn't work for them. When I heard about it I had to try it. I can say 100% for sure it doesn't work with a 2007 F150, 2008 Dodge Caliber, a 2005 Chrysler 300 or Chrysler Pacifica or a Mazda 6 I don't know the year of. When conducting my test, I worked at a dealer that sells Harley and Honda. I can also promise it doesnt work for the Key fob to disable the Harley security system. Nor will the one to pop the trunk on a Goldwing work.

    Not sceintific testing I know, but it's what I had available. Oh BTW, also won't work for opening any garage door I've tried.
  5. Haasenpfeffer

    Haasenpfeffer Training wheels R off

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    Maybe I have just lucked out then

    It has worked on both of my saturns LW2 2000 and SW1 2000. Also worked for my 2006 Dodge Caravan. Maybe I should start doing a check on each car I get a chance on.
  6. Haasenpfeffer

    Haasenpfeffer Training wheels R off

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    Just looked up that episode and will have to conduct my own experiment. It worked in San Fran when my parents were still in the zoo and I need to get daipers out of your mini van in the parking lot. Maybe they were closer then I thought or it may be cell phone provider. I know I called a bunch of BS when I first heard it in a bar. I will hopefully be able to get some results soon.
  7. Trust

    Trust I'll fix that

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    No Go.
    The technologies don't bridge the gaps in this case... (what ibafran said)

    doesn't sound like "many people" who've been helped out of their jam...
    :dunno
  8. GSMark

    GSMark Just Love Bikes

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    First place Macgyver in my book.
  9. Flashmo

    Flashmo Whatever...

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    Now you've gone and jump from MacGuyver to The A-Team! Don't use and A-Team fix on your bike, IIRC their stuff usually blew up.
  10. Haasenpfeffer

    Haasenpfeffer Training wheels R off

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    Also with an A-Team fix it is not complete without a cigar hanging out the side of your mouth an AK 47 in one hand and someone yellin in the back groung "I Pity the Fool"
  11. nitsuj

    nitsuj Been here awhile

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    Ok, as a child of the 80's and a huge TV geek, I need to make a correction. The A-Team used Ruger Mini 14's.
    And Mr. T (BA) never said "I pitty the fool" on the A-Team. That was from Rocky 3.

    Try to keep it straight people! :wink:

    :hide
  12. danedg

    danedg Horizontally Opposed

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  13. RidingAgin

    RidingAgin Been here awhile

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    This is cool. I was wondering what cell phone carrier and phone model you were using. The cell phone carriers use a couple of different carriers for signal transmission i.e CDMA or GSM. :ear
  14. Haasenpfeffer

    Haasenpfeffer Training wheels R off

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    At&t is my cell phone provider and a CRACKberry is my phone.

    Need to get off my ARSE and do a quick test with it.
  15. Haasenpfeffer

    Haasenpfeffer Training wheels R off

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    Thank you for the corrections. At least I got the cigar right.
  16. BluePill

    BluePill AARP Slacker

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    Any A-Team fix requires an oxy-acetylene torch set - anyone got a good story there?

    BTW, I don't recall Macgyver using condoms for any of his tricks. I'll bet he would if they brought back the show today.:rofl
  17. BluePill

    BluePill AARP Slacker

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    While riding my 1968 Honda CL-450 the engine just dies. Found no spark from either coil; traced it to blown fuse. "Stole" a fuse from the lighting circuit (it was daytime). Bike started and ran a few miles, then died with fuse blown again. Knowing that most of the wiring connections are in the headlight housing, I take a look. Found the insulation worn and shorting to ground on one wire. I re-route the wire so it can't short out, but have no more fuses. Deciding that I need some nicotine to raise my brain function, I reach for my trusty box of Marlboros, open the top and what do I see? Metal Foil packaging! Tear off the requisite sized foil, wrap the blown fuse (old-style tubular glass), and re-install. Drove home with no problem. Fortunately, I was able to kick the nasty habit in 1979, but continued to keep some foil in my tool kit until newer bikes came with prong style fuses.
  18. sp4ce

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    This is a stretch for a good Macgyver moment, but the story suggests a possible explanation in the cell phone/car opener debate.

    When I was in college one of my room mates had an ancient hand-me-down television with a primitive remote control. The remote had two spring loaded buttons that struck internal tuning forks and the different tones produced by them changed channels up or down. Once during a fit of extreme laziness when the remote was nowhere to be found, I discovered that you could change channels by holding up your keys and violently shaking them to produce loud jingling. It wasn't very efficient, as it produced random changes in both directions, but it was strangely satisfying. The real remote turned up shortly thereafter but we never used it much after that.
  19. RandyB

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    :lol3 When I was a kid, I had one of those Fisher Price toy phones with the annoying bell ringing dial. Instant channel change + instantly pissed Mom = great fun.
  20. Trust

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