Tips and Tricks?

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  1. j1mmy

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    I would like to suggest a tips and tricks section similar to http://www.bmwtips.com/ on the left side. This would be an area where procedural items in a given category would be written and submitted to you or other key, experienced individuals for approval. They would then be posted on the tips and tricks section and used as a reference for individuals making a purchase, doing a repair, doing maintenance, etc. This would handle repeat questions and answers. In some ways this is covered by the board but not in a way that can be controlled and used as a reference for all. Thoughts? Thanks


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  3. Beedo

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    I think that is a great idea!

    One tip I would like to post is this:

    Click on the search command above but pick "advanced search"
    on the advanced search dialogue, leave the search term blank, but
    in the "find posts by user name" put the name racerx in the form and hit search.

    read, read and read all those posts! great stuff!
     
  4. yeasayer

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    tip // installing steering bearings

    I see its already been suggested..I agree.
    The clutch cover screws seem to be a problem.

    As are getting those stubbern tires off!

    it would be nice to have a search feature or be kept by alphabet.

    You experienced trouble shooters know the common problems and how to get around them. After all it seems most of us have been doing this since our "earlier" childhood.:) Not that we don't want to talk to you but what happens when you grow up?:D

    Here's a tip I use for steering bearings:
    After greesing races so balls stick when put in place. I have a fine finish nail set that I magnitzed. I clean the balls and then place them on a clean lightly greased surface (so they stay put also so they will have a bit of grease on them and if they fall they don't roll far) You can easily now pick a ball with the nailset and place on race. The grease will overpower the magnet and release. At first i put a dab of grease on athe nailset to hold the ball but sometimes it fell off. A few strokes across a strong magnet took care of that. You want the magnet just strong enough to carry the ball. I use the nailset because if the slight concave surface of the tip..a sharpend and slightly flattened phillips screwdriver may work as well..I just had a nailset handy.

    I also use a strong magnet in the palm of my hand while lowering the stems I cup my hand around the stem and loose balls end up attached to magnet instead of on shop floor.

    Maybe you all didn't learn the hard way like I did. self taught:confused: Just trying to help.

    I've used this method for a while now and it seems to work very well.
     
  5. mtkawboy

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    Great idea, like why does my motor only run with the choke on?:confused: How many times has that been answered? The solution, run the carb dry or drain it every time you ride it and it will never happen again. You can not leave stale gas in them, the slow jet holes are too small and will plug up. If the gas is over 2 months old drain it, its only a little more then 1/2 a gallon. Perhaps an FAQ tech section is needed
     
  6. Tiedgen

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    It is in the works. I am getting together a Tech Tips / FAQ section on this website along with a whole site worth of material for Honda mini trails. for a sample check http://s87907731.onlinehome.us/. Its still in the works, but i promise with the little time I have I am working hard on it.
    Keep checking back for updates!

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    I'm bumping this up and hoping it'll make a comeback. I have a few and hope to learn a few.
     
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    Another good trick is to keep a box of Zip lock bags in the garage. Aside from the obvious they are a excellent way to mix epoxies/JBweld etc. Squirt some into the corner, zip it, then knead it in the bag by hand. Cut a tiny piece off the corner, then you can squirt your goop right where you need it. Keep your favorite grease in the corner of another. Works like a charm.
     
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    My old Chevy's trailer hitch was rusty inside, which made it a chore every time I tried to install the hitch ball mount to use my trailer. I'd have to chisel file and scrape out rust to get the mount into the receiver (if I'm using the correct terminology). Anyway, I recently had a idea that ended up working really well and thought I'd share. I used my Sawzall with a 12" long blade with aggressive wood/nail teeth to get in there and knock all of the heavy rust loose. Then blew it all out and greased it up.

    Took about 15-20 minutes to do a good thorough job of it.

    I searched around online for a solution but wasn't finding much. The sawzall worked great.
     
  11. racerx

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    IDK, Mr. B. wouldn't an ounce of prevention be less work? :39:

    You've gotta remove the rust anyway. So, why not follow that with an application of black POR-15? The "ultimate" would be following that up with silicone brake grease, applied maybe every 4-6 months.
     
  12. kirrbby

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    Naa, way too logical. Preventive maintenance...phooey.

    Why do today what you can put off till tomorrow. :)

    Considering that my truck is a 98 Chevy, AND my pm phooey philosophy...my truck probably only has another 15 or 20 good years left in it.

    Then I'll be lookin for another one.
     
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    You slay me, brother!:34:

    As Mark Twain once wrote: "never put off till tomorrow, that which can just as easily be done the day after."
     
  14. kirrbby

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    I've been playing with minibikes for a good long while now, and this little mallet has proven to be one of my go-to tools. I reach for it VERY often. I'm gonna recommend it for all y'all. If you come across one at your local hardware...buy it. Crisp dollar bill is to show scale.

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    I mentioned my tip of putting grease in the corner of a ziploc bag...

    I recently used the same trick to place all 42 loose ball bearings in my Z50.
    Put the bearings into the Ziploc, nip a corner to make a right-sized hole to give a slightly tight squeeze for the bearings. Squirt a good bead of grease into all 4 races. Then put 21 balls into the grease in the top race of the frame, and 21 into the grease on the bottom race on the triple tree. Then carefully assemble.
    You just kinda squeeze each ball out thru the hole, but the hole is tight enough to keep the ball from falling out before you need it.
    Worked really good.
     
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    I think this is a common problem. Overtighten the TL lens screw, and it breaks through the lens.
    We use this solvent/glue at work for gluing...basically welding, Lexan and Plexiglas. It works pretty well on these TL lenses too. I just clean up the area to be glued with some denatured alcohol...fit the pieces together tightly...then dribble the "glue" into the joint. It's super thin like solvent and it just wicks right into the joint, softens the plastic, creating a weld. If you have a plastics supply in your area, they could hook you up with this stuff. Theymight even make the repair for you while you wait/watch. My plastics supply house does fabrication too...so, they would glue up a quick job like this for a few bucks I'd imagine.

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    kirrbby Well-Known Member

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    This is a good tip or trick...

    I bought a couple bikes from a guy a while back...years back. One was a HK1 that he had wired up and added turn signals. I recently dug into the bike a little to take it back to...stockish. first thing was removing the signals, and putting a good repop wire harness into it. When I got all of the wiring removed, I was happy to see what he had done.
    Looks like he used some of the wires from the original wire harness, plus a few extra wires and ends to build a turn signal circuit. Then he just added it along side of a new repop K1 wire harness.

    3 wires that run from the HL bucket, to the TL bracket...green w yellow...blue...and he used a brown as the orange.

    He made up 2 little pigtails with dbl female and single male bullet ends...a red and a green.
    And, he made one red pigtail for the TS relay. It has a female spade, and male bullet.
    Then he bought a Honda switch that replaced the horn button on the right bar...and has the TS control.

    This setup allowed him to simply plug in to the stock wire harness without cutting or changing anything to add turn signals.
    I was happy to see the bike has a good, intact, repop K1 wire harness in it already.

    I think this is a good bit of info for anyone who might want to add signals...it looks quite simple.
    The red dbl female goes in, between the rectifier and the battery...and provides the xtra female end to plug the relay into.

    The green with yellow is for the other relay plug in.

    The green with dbl female goes in, between the speedo green and one green female on the main harness...in the bucket, and provides the green female for the turn signal switch.

    The blue and brown(orange) are the TS...right and left.

    This setup will work on a K0 or K1 CT70 to add signals without causing ANY harm to the original wire harness. Should work on a K1 Z50 too.

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