Your favorite Macgyver moments\tricks

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

  1. Baroquenride

    Baroquenride Everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives.

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    A week ago I was coming back from a 4000 mile roadtrip and about 800 miles from home, I stopped in Livingston, MT for a water and stretch break and when we went to go again I felt and heard a clunk, clunk, clunk. Ah, Scheisse! Thinking a wheel bearing had gone out, I instead saw that the front brake pad was dangling.
    The brake pad retaining bracket was missing and had worn the bottom edge of the caliper allowing the 'stationary side' pad to now dangle freely. (I discovered today that the inner part where the moveable pad is, is also worn quite a bit as a result of the bracket missing for many miles.)

    Crap, now what?!? Having that overwhelming feeling so far from home, not knowing how to tackle it, and after thinking it over for several minutes, my buddy said he had some wire which is all I needed to be inspired, get my head back in the game, and dive in and wire the pad back in. I wired it up in two places then went for a ride, came back and thought I'd wire it up some more for a total of four separate pieces of baleing wire. I've also carried a roll of wire for about the last 6 years in my tool kit and used it also for this fix with the thought that at least one or two pieces of the different wires will hold the pad in place. They looked the same but neither was 'safety wire' and of unknown strength. This was all almost 800 miles from home and I was pretty proud of my 'on road' fix! About 300 miles later and some confidence I was able to tackle Lolo Pass and still have fun.

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  2. Pete Pilot

    Pete Pilot Been here awhile

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    Took home a 2020 ttr230 yesterday. Does anyone know an easy way for me to remove those annoying 5 reflectors that are on the bike? Thanks!
  3. bluestar

    bluestar sheep shagger

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  4. Pete Pilot

    Pete Pilot Been here awhile

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    Already got one quite similar to that one. Although barrel on mine bout 3 inches less!!!!
  5. Zubb

    Zubb he went that-a-way... Supporter

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    My dad taught me early in life, always carry some bailing wire. And I do.
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  6. 12bridn

    12bridn I need throttle therapy

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    Just remembered I had a flat out near the Mississippi. I had a spare tube and the group had canned air to fix but no way of propping up the bike. Nothing around to lean it on or anything like that. Took my gloves and helmet off, set the gloves on the helmet and voila! Impromptu center stand.
  7. Blackshirt

    Blackshirt Been here awhile

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    Remove stick-on reflectors with a heat gun and some dental floss. Clean up the residual glue with Goof-Off.
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  8. MiteyF

    MiteyF Long timer

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    Goof Off fucks with some plastics. Try WD40 first.
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  9. waylongway

    waylongway madmax Supporter

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    I find this takes lots of STUFF OFF w/ no ill effects.....:-)

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  10. Bob_M

    Bob_M Been here awhile

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  11. thumpism

    thumpism Between bikes

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    Somebody just liked this post, which I'd forgotten about. I retired on the last day of that year ('14), shaved my beard of 32 years for the last day of work and have not grown it out again since. Interesting.
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  12. Clampett

    Clampett Uncle Jed

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    First I search for something I could make.
    I found this on YT:

    Yeah, I can make this......but I don't want to go to the store.
    I got the plastic from the side of an old garbage can.
    Cut 2 washers. Then I made the 2 black washers as follows.
    One side to go against the switch housing and one against the grip.
    1 1/8" hole and put the grip on the plastic to cut the outside.
    I cut a small indent into the piece next to the switch housing.
    I cut the one next to the grip with a handle. I then put a screw from an electric switch at 90 degrees from the small handle (lever). The two on the left. One side of the indent on the left washer will be slanted and the other side of the indent is flat cut. This just depends on which way you want the slide to work, up or down. I cut on on each side, opposite ends to try both way.
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    Here are the parts on a pvc joint for better view
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    You can see the ramp on the left side of the indent and the head of the screw will drop into the indent when not used. Then I mounted it and it seemed to work good. On the road trial, the washer with the screw would stick against the throttle grip and didn't work as intended.
    That's why I returned and made the white washer out of a thin piece of cutting mat. That works as a slick interface between the washer with the screw and the throttle grip.
    Slid them onto the throttle tube and went for another test. Works perfect.
    I used velcro to stick the inside washer to the switch housing so it wouldn't turn.
    If I ever redo it, I'll use double sided sticky tape. But after I got this final design, I cut another one that looked a little better for permanent mounting.
    20191014_191619.jpg Once the grip is remounted against the DIY lock, it is very light action. On the washer with the lever is rotated with the thumb, there is just enough pressure against the grip to lock it into position with friction.
    Pushing the lever back to the position so the screw head is in the indent will unlock it.
    The friction is very light, so a normal touch is all that is needed to control the throttle just like normal.
    I kept the palm control on the end of the Kury grips also.
    Total cost was maybe 2cents of electricity to run my dremel tool to cut the parts from stuff that would usually go to the trash bin.
  13. zap2504

    zap2504 Dave E.

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    Yes, but you probably used up maybe 3 hours (maybe more) of labor designing, creating, re-doing. So if you value your labor at $10/hour (for such inventiveness) that's $30 when you could have purchased something similar for less than a third of that and rode your cycle for 3 hours. It's the same question I have reading all the Instructibles I get in my email - is this really important enough to you to spend your time on?
  14. Clampett

    Clampett Uncle Jed

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    I was already killing time pidding in the garage. So I turned idle time into something I wanted. I recycled. And I didn't settle for a product I didn't want.
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  15. zap2504

    zap2504 Dave E.

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    ^ As I said, labor of love. No need to talk about $ saved.
  16. zipweee

    zipweee Been here awhile

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    Macgyver's not talked about step brother
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  17. tntmo

    tntmo Oops, I did it again.

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    My buddy wanted a hand changing his tire before a ride tomorrow. Well, he didn’t have the large Allen wrench for removing the front axle. Problem solved!

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  18. Richarde1605

    Richarde1605 Long timer

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    Good use of the bottom bracket spanner
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  19. discochris

    discochris Stayin' Alive

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    I went to adjust the valves on the XL350R today (locknut adjusters). I used to have a little tool to turn the adjuster screw, and then hold the screw in place while tightening the nut. But I don't know where it is.

    The head of the adjuster screw is square. So I was able to use one of these to turn it and hold it in place. It worked perfectly.

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  20. relz

    relz n00b

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    Nice improvisation. But, just for future reference, I never need that allen wrench for changing front tires...

    If you leave the pinch bolts tightened you can remove the axle nut without the Allen wrench, once you've losened the axle nut you can go ahead and loosen the pinch bolts. Same but opposite when returning the axle, first put the axle in position, then tighten the pinch bolts, and at last tighten the axle nut.
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