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Calgary adv tool pool - any interest?

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Wreckluse, Jan 30, 2009.

  1. Wreckluse

    Wreckluse Will work for beer

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    We've got an Advrider tool pool in the forum, but how about one for local guys? Ive got a beer fridge, heated shop, tools, welders (mig, tig, stick), compressor, Nomar tire changer, balancer, 20T press, metal lathe, bead blaster, 5/8 round and square tube bender, etc, etc, and would be willing to share if other Adver's were like-minded. What do you think?

    Wreck
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  2. Lav1200

    Lav1200 Pig Pen

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    Count me in. I have a heated garage in the NW that's pretty well equipped (no welder though). Helping a fellow rider stud up some tires this Sunday... should be fun.

    BTW Wreckluse - thanks again for the Metzler Sahara you passed on to me last summer.
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  3. Night_Wolf

    Night_Wolf Leg Humper

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    I'd like to be included :hide Don't yet have a garage, but seem to have some ability with electrics on the bike. Have quite an extensive set of hand tools and even one of those tire changers from Princess Auto. Could use some help learning how to use it without wrecking mine or anyone else's rims :shog I live South of the city, but am willing to travel all the way into the city :hide
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  4. gsstampeder

    gsstampeder Long timer

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    I'd love to be included as well. I have a heated shop (woodworking), some tools and.....:hide no idea how to use them. But I am always willing to lend a hand where one is needed. And I have a bike that needs lots of tendin to practice on.:evil
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  5. MCMXCIVRS

    MCMXCIVRS Long timer

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    Another heated fully equipped shop in Country Hills. Not much for specialised tools, but pretty much have the basics covered and then some. Welders, compressor and air tools, small bead blaster, and larger equipment too. I've got excellent mechanical skills in general (licensed auto mechanic, but not working in the trade anymore), but not a broad range of model or brand specific experience with bikes. Very familliar with my own BMWs. Bring a manual and I can figure most things out. Reasonably adept at fabrication too. Can't tie up the space for too long with major work or I'll catch hell from the boss when she comes home to park the car. :lol3
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  6. GSPD750

    GSPD750 Adventurer

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    Great idea. I have since sold my airhead gspd but if anyone needs help or tooling on those relics just let me know and maybe I can help.
    Does anyone have a wheel/tire balancer that would work with my Honda AT? Shop rates are crazy for that sort of stuff. Give me a few tire irons and I can change a tire but I'm not equiped for balancing. I should really build one...one of these days.
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  7. Lav1200

    Lav1200 Pig Pen

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    If the bearings are in good shape, you can balance the wheel very easy with just the axle and a couple of jack stands. I have been balancing my wheels (street and dual sport bikes) that way for years, and have never had an issue getting the balance right. I wouldn't do a track bike that sees 250+ kmh with this method, but for regular use it is acceptable.

    Cheers,
    Andy
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  8. Wreckluse

    Wreckluse Will work for beer

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    Well it looks like we've got a good start!!! We have people with a bunch of varied skills, knowledge and tools, who ride and are willing to help out. Can't ask for more. Anybody interested in getting together for coffee/wings/beer so we can put faces to the posts? We seem to be spread out all over the Calgary area (I'm in Cranston). We could meet somewhere central or even at my place. Let me know.

    Doug
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  9. Wreckluse

    Wreckluse Will work for beer

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    Lav1200 - Andy, glad you got some use out of the tire. Studding tires!! Next year, maybe my DRZ.

    Night_Wolf - your electrical skills more than make up for no garage! Give me a call, I'm on your way home. See you have a DL650 - just finished building a set of Pelican 1450 bag mounts for my son-in laws DL. Built a set for my SV650 as well, now starting a set for my 950SMR. (edit) Just saw your wesite - computer skills too!!

    gsstampeder - woodworking is Good - garage storage, garage cabinets, beer fridges built in---------------

    MCMXCIVRS - sounds like we could use your fab skills (I want to build a hydralic bike lift) I have enough pumps and cylinders for 2 or 3 as I install and service vehicle lifts.

    GSPD750 - had a last edition R100RS, divorce forced the sale, but I do know they req'd some specialized tools and knowledge. I have a Rod Neff wheel balancer, weights, etc. Give me a call anytime if you want to use them.

    Edited my first post to include the major pieces of equipment I have.


    Cell is eight oh three - eight nine one one


    Doug
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  10. ctoc123

    ctoc123 Adventurer

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    Hey Calgary folk, I am out in Cochrane and I am always into beer, wings and bike talk.
    Night Rider -what's the story with the Princess Auto tire changer, I was just on GSpot looking at Harbour Frieght changer, does Princess carry them?
    Do any of you have a good line on getting bike tires, on line or in Calgary? Need some for my GS12.
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  11. Wreckluse

    Wreckluse Will work for beer

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    I can get Dunlop/Bridgestone wholesale and have a changer & balancer, but US prices can be better.

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  12. ctoc123

    ctoc123 Adventurer

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    i was looking at Avon - Distanzia's - thought I would try them out, otherwise Metzeler Tourance.
    I will check out their sites.
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  13. Night_Wolf

    Night_Wolf Leg Humper

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    I started simply by wiring L.E.D.s onto my Intruder and slowly built my skills from there. Have a pretty decent "electrical" pack full of connectors, shrink tubing, fuses, relays, rocker switches etc... I know my one buddy had some electrical work performed by a local dealer. What a "hack" job :patch so I stripped out the connection(s) (male/female spades with NO insulation) and used butt connectors. Can be time "intensive" but I enjoy it

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  14. Night_Wolf

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    Princess Auto Tire changer is apparently the same as the HF version. Maybe I can get the person who has welding skills to make me a bracket so I can mount the tire changer in my 2" reciever which will then "stabilize" it and make it easier to use. Anybody have an old motorcycle rim that they wat to donate to some practice sessions :patch

    I got my tires from the US through a buddy (Rob) who ordered 9 sets IIRC and about 100 oil filters for the Strom. He had them shipped to the border, crossed over, picked them up, declared them at Customs and then shipped them via Greyhound. Cost me $300 for the pair to my door. Since my Wee is locked away in a trailer I can't remember if they are Tourances or Distanzias :shog

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  15. Night_Wolf

    Night_Wolf Leg Humper

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    I have no problem buying locally as long as the prices are somewhat "competitive"

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  16. dwayne

    dwayne Silly Adventurer Supporter

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    wreckluse, is that ziggi's rig in your Avatar?
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  17. Borogove

    Borogove Been here awhile

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    Count me in guys. I have some KLR tools, mini-mill, mini-lathe, mig (no bottles yet), a good stock of raw metal (brass and steel) plus the normal assortment of automotive and houshold tools. Mostly I'll be able to supply enthusiasm and labor.

    P. B. in the Northwest
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  18. rob1313

    rob1313 Still learning

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    They are Tourances!!!!
    I've still got a new set sitting under my stairs. I love those tires. I used Motorcycle superstore for the tire order. I had them shipped to http://www.packageexpress.com/
    in Sumas Washington. I crossed over in a truck with a friend from Maple Ridge and we did the drop at Greyhound. I'm pretty well set up for tires and filters still this year so I'm not sure I'll be doing it again this year. If anyone wants more details on the process just PM em and I'll walk you through it. Mostly it was an excuse to go ride BC for 6 days off.....

    Rob
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  19. MCMXCIVRS

    MCMXCIVRS Long timer

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    I have the Beemer Balancer. It has worked on a couple other makes I've balanced wheels for.
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  20. MCMXCIVRS

    MCMXCIVRS Long timer

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    That would be sweet. I built a fixed work table a couple years ago, and have one of the bike jacks, but I'd ditch them both for a good lift table.
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