Airhead "Tips and Tricks"

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by elmoreman, Sep 26, 2006.

  1. MrBob

    MrBob Pressure washed insides. Supporter

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    Today we pulled the back wheel and I cleaned out the ton of dust in the brake drum and deglazed the shoes. Pulled both front calipers and added new pads.
    The result is a dramatic increase in braking power.
  2. guywithchickens

    guywithchickens Been here awhile Supporter

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  3. MrBob

    MrBob Pressure washed insides. Supporter

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    Inspection of the rear brake shoes showed areas where they weren't full contacting the braking surface of the drum. Oh, for the days when you took drum and shoes to the machine shop to have the shoes properly arced.
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  4. Big Bamboo

    Big Bamboo Aircooled & Sunbaked Supporter

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    Vintage Brake still offers this service. https://www.vintagebrake.com/info.htm
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  5. Disston

    Disston ShadeTreeExpert

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    If you mail it in. But there used to be an old guy did it on 14th street while you waited.

    Thanks guys for the info on making a rotor removal tool. I'll pass along the numbers and Milo can make his own.
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  6. MrBob

    MrBob Pressure washed insides. Supporter

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  7. Big Bamboo

    Big Bamboo Aircooled & Sunbaked Supporter

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  8. MrBob

    MrBob Pressure washed insides. Supporter

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    Someone told me this practice fell out of favor because of liability issues.
  9. DonniBoi

    DonniBoi Out of my element Supporter

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    I'm new to airheads but I found using two wrenches for valve adjustments is not needed. I was able to hold the adjuster with my fingers and use one wrench to snug up the lock nut. I was having problems going too loose or too tight. Just my two cents
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  10. Disston

    Disston ShadeTreeExpert

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    I'll have to try that one. Who woulda thought?
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  11. mark1305

    mark1305 Old Enough To Know Better Supporter

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    I think I posted this related tip way back - if the finned nuts are stuck (whether or not anti seize was used), try firing up the engine for about 60 seconds or so. It's just enough heat to expand and loosen mine every time. And I do use anti seize.
  12. ME 109

    ME 109 Long timer Supporter

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    Just bought my '81RS hi/lo head light switch back to brand new function with a spritz of food grade silicone spray.
    The switch was very lazy to return from the flash position, but the spray has worked very well and now it flicks back easily.
    I don't expect any electrical issues with the spray.
    I had my switch apart to re solder a connection so before replacing the switch lever I gave a quick spritz to either side of the pivoting mechanism.
    Difficult to do without removing the switch lever, but the lever pulls/prys off easily.

    There's another $500 saved from the auto electrician by being able to fix the thing myself.
    That's what I told my wife anyway, pay for the next three tyres sort of thing.
    I've got away with it for 26 years.
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  13. Runaway Train

    Runaway Train The Left-Right Tourer

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    I’ve been meaning to make this special tool for some time now. I usually only think about checking the oil in the morning before I ride to work, and since I work in an office now, I’d rather not go with grease on my hands.
    This “BMW Special tool” allows me to check the oil without getting my hands dirty.
    I’m going to stain it with 20w50 :)

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  14. TwoShoes

    TwoShoes How Many Shoes?

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    Love your idea :-). but check your seat, now you're going to show up at work with 20w50 on yer ass !
  15. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    why is there oil on the outside of your dipstick and what do you wipe the stick with to get an accurate reading?
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  16. Runaway Train

    Runaway Train The Left-Right Tourer

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    That’s not actually oil on the seat. I rode home in the rain, that’s leftover liquid sunshine.

    Plaka. I use a clean shop cloth to wipe the dipstick.
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  17. Disston

    Disston ShadeTreeExpert

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    I have a rag in one of the pockets of my fairing. Another reason to have a fairing.
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  18. boxerboy81

    boxerboy81 Stay Horizontal

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    Fingers work. :-)
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  19. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    i put a latex glove on if the stick is oily for some reason, this is with the motor cold. i have an aluminum dipstick. i would want your tool with the motor hot. but i don't check my oil that often.
  20. Runaway Train

    Runaway Train The Left-Right Tourer

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    I don’t check often either, but it just seemed that when I did take a notion to check it was on a work day and I was in a nice shirt. I know I could wipe the cables and surroundings with a rag first but, in the morning I just want to check the damn oil, I don’t want to clean first. Hence the special tool.

    The only drawback I see is that without my fingers on the dipstick I lose the “feel” and could cross thread the dipstick if I am not careful.
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