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Forum: The Garage Yesterday, 05:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 172
Posted By hillbillypolack
Backfill and water drainage

Living in the wet upper Midwest, rain and drainage causes some problems. Fortunately I've tried to learn a bit about how to manage runoff but I do have a question.

Last week I finally had a new...
Forum: The Garage Yesterday, 05:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 236
Posted By hillbillypolack
Gas heater for sure. Your size garage should be...

Gas heater for sure. Your size garage should be about 45k BTU. Reznor and Modine make great heaters. Installed one last year.
Forum: The Garage 10-19-2014, 05:14 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,611
Posted By hillbillypolack
Nice shop space. I just poured a new slab...

Nice shop space.

I just poured a new slab in our garage, foam under floor with vapor barrier. After a lot of consideration for floor surface, I'll be going with a grind and polish on the floor....
Forum: The Garage 10-16-2014, 05:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,183
Posted By hillbillypolack
Started the job yesterday. Crew was on site early...

Started the job yesterday. Crew was on site early AM and by noon most of the slabs were out. Moisture in the sand below, so the garage was excavated to allow for compacted gravel, then 2" foam, vapor...
Forum: The Garage 10-12-2014, 07:34 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,201
Posted By hillbillypolack
Neat thread I completely agree on piece cost...

Neat thread

I completely agree on piece cost vs retail cost. Most of that could come from the tooling setup and (limited) production run. Trying to regain investment from a few dozen or a few...
Forum: Road warriors 10-09-2014, 05:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,903
Posted By hillbillypolack
Test ride it first. Rode a Brutale 910 years ago-...

Test ride it first. Rode a Brutale 910 years ago- perfect besides the fact it wanted to be pinned on its ear or flat out. Test rode another three years later which felt like it had gravel in the...
Forum: The Garage 10-07-2014, 06:31 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,925
Posted By hillbillypolack
end grain wood. Had a workbench that was made in...

end grain wood. Had a workbench that was made in the 20s, found that very easy to use, and 'soft' for most metals (didn't ding or mar the metals, engine castings etc).

Styrene sheet over any wood...
Forum: Road warriors 10-07-2014, 06:22 PM
Replies: 2,905
Views: 611,360
Posted By hillbillypolack
Not particularly. Maybe the fork rake? ...

Not particularly. Maybe the fork rake?

The Japanese headlight and the stumpy look of the R detracts from what should have been an athletic looking standard. I'm sure the experience behind the...
Forum: The Garage 10-07-2014, 07:41 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,183
Posted By hillbillypolack
Am finding out that a better prep of compacted...

Am finding out that a better prep of compacted gravel is preferable in outside applications (fewer fines - sand sized granules). Spoke with a cement supplier this morning, who said a 4" base of...
Forum: Road warriors 10-06-2014, 05:25 PM
Replies: 230
Views: 24,972
Posted By hillbillypolack
Hmmm. Been swayed by BMs styling after it grows...

Hmmm. Been swayed by BMs styling after it grows on me for a few months. WCGS was like that. NineT not so much.

The R with the red frame looks good, though not a fan of the Jap headlight....
Forum: The Garage 10-06-2014, 01:07 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,183
Posted By hillbillypolack
I agree with your thinking, re: the vapor...

I agree with your thinking, re: the vapor barrier. I was surfing online and (of course) you can find anything you want, but wanted to ask people with real world experience.

I guess my partial...
Forum: The Garage 10-06-2014, 11:58 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,183
Posted By hillbillypolack
Allrighty. Prep is scheduled to start next week....

Allrighty. Prep is scheduled to start next week. I've opted to change a few details from the existing cement- namely a flat garage floor with no 'riser' step along the walls. The current floor has a...
Forum: Road warriors 10-05-2014, 08:37 AM
Replies: 319
Views: 41,093
Posted By hillbillypolack
I have to give kudos to Ducati in one area- the...

I have to give kudos to Ducati in one area- the seat layout.

The return of the 'long bun', familiar from classic Brit bikes, early CBs and now on Triumphs is (more or less) more social. Probably...
Forum: Road warriors 10-04-2014, 09:09 PM
Replies: 319
Views: 41,093
Posted By hillbillypolack
Since all 3 will be on-road standards, how are...

Since all 3 will be on-road standards, how are these not in a similar category? Maybe offer what you see as the Scrambler's peers.
Forum: Road warriors 10-04-2014, 09:05 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 5,224
Posted By hillbillypolack
New bikes, hands down. Owned loads of bikes from...

New bikes, hands down. Owned loads of bikes from a 67 HD to a 2012 GS

While all bikes need maintenance and basic mechanical understanding, FI fueling and suspension technology makes new bikes...
Forum: Road warriors 10-04-2014, 06:58 PM
Replies: 319
Views: 41,093
Posted By hillbillypolack
Well, considering Ducati is offering cast wheels...

Well, considering Ducati is offering cast wheels and limited suspension travel, I'd say the Bonnie & Sporty are direct competition for sure.

What "could" differentiate the Scrambler is some...
Forum: Road warriors 10-04-2014, 04:05 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 10,966
Posted By hillbillypolack
Not much I've ridden that tempts me more than...

Not much I've ridden that tempts me more than what's in the garage.

A toss up between the GS and a Monster. Though I'd like to test ride the new MultiStrada.
Forum: Road warriors 10-02-2014, 05:52 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,036
Posted By hillbillypolack
Nearly every bike shifts smoothly. It...

Nearly every bike shifts smoothly.

It depends whether you want to learn it (preload the shift lever, timing the clutch). Even my GS shifts smoothly depending on the situation. Yes, even clutch...
Forum: Road warriors 10-02-2014, 11:55 AM
Replies: 319
Views: 41,093
Posted By hillbillypolack
Yes. Which also makes me wonder what power plant...

Yes. Which also makes me wonder what power plant the Scramblers will have in a few years. They're only Euro 3, most everything else has gone to awaited cooling for emissions reasons.
Forum: Road warriors 10-01-2014, 05:58 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,265
Posted By hillbillypolack
Because nothing says 'stodgy old coot' more than...

Because nothing says 'stodgy old coot' more than that pic.
Forum: Road warriors 10-01-2014, 05:31 PM
Replies: 319
Views: 41,093
Posted By hillbillypolack
I'm not disagreeing. I doubt their quest for 'new...

I'm not disagreeing. I doubt their quest for 'new customers' won't recall the disconnect with the original Scrambler name. Nor have issue with low pipes instead of highs, and limited travel...
Forum: Road warriors 10-01-2014, 05:28 PM
Replies: 195
Views: 25,983
Posted By hillbillypolack
Awesome. I smell smoked rear tire & dream of...

Awesome. I smell smoked rear tire & dream of backing that into a few corners.
Forum: Road warriors 10-01-2014, 05:25 PM
Replies: 195
Views: 25,983
Posted By hillbillypolack
I hope you're kidding. That Yam beats the Nine-T...

I hope you're kidding. That Yam beats the Nine-T all week long & twice on Sunday.
Forum: Road warriors 10-01-2014, 05:12 PM
Replies: 319
Views: 41,093
Posted By hillbillypolack
Interesting. Market a bike whose glory days...

Interesting.

Market a bike whose glory days were basically the birthdays of its target audience. Not sure the hipsters will make the connection. Not to mention the Scramblers were singles, not a...
Forum: Road warriors 09-29-2014, 06:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 956
Posted By hillbillypolack
Funny that it's not a water cooled Monster.

Funny that it's not a water cooled Monster.
Forum: The Garage 09-17-2014, 05:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,183
Posted By hillbillypolack
Also considering a 'flat' floor in the garage...

Also considering a 'flat' floor in the garage instead of the pitched floor currently in there. It'll be a hobbyist garage, no real need for drainage.

Looking to have it semi-polished afterward...
Forum: Road warriors 09-16-2014, 07:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,165
Posted By hillbillypolack
Single biggest bitch I have about plastic is the...

Single biggest bitch I have about plastic is the texture. You scuff it, you can't fix it to looking new. You break it, it's near impossible to mend and again look as new. You have to get a new one. ...
Forum: The Garage 09-15-2014, 06:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,119
Posted By hillbillypolack
I could never be that retentive. Though I...

I could never be that retentive.

Though I need to organize a bit more yet, my system is more about shelf organization, bins and parts in plain sight. The moment something is hidden or buried...
Forum: The Garage 09-15-2014, 06:29 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,183
Posted By hillbillypolack
That's a great post. Lots of info. Oddly...

That's a great post. Lots of info.

Oddly enough I spoke to Contractor A about the slump water this morning as I was considering a vapor barrier below the slab on the driveway. He explained the...
Forum: The Garage 09-15-2014, 10:17 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,183
Posted By hillbillypolack
True. Kind of hoping for an Indian Summer...

True.

Kind of hoping for an Indian Summer kind of thing this year. As I understand it, the temp shouldn't dip below 32 for the first 24 hours while it's initially setting up.

Keeping leaves...
Forum: The Garage 09-15-2014, 10:14 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,183
Posted By hillbillypolack
I think contractor A meant wire mesh- I...

I think contractor A meant wire mesh- I understand what you mean about the difference. Rebar being the heavy gauge freeway prep bar.

As I understand it, fiberglass helps in the drying process to...
Forum: The Garage 09-15-2014, 09:55 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,183
Posted By hillbillypolack
Best time / temp to pour concrete driveway

In the spirit of keeping things simple, I've decided to opt 'only' for a new garage floor and driveway. Through asking two reputable contractors, both have slightly different methods of the mix &...
Forum: The Garage 09-13-2014, 06:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,401
Posted By hillbillypolack
It wasn't the contractor who spec'd it. He had...

It wasn't the contractor who spec'd it. He had done it for an engineer who did his homework. He did some thermo studies evidently. I'm not saying it works, but the contractor claims the drive is...
Forum: The Garage 09-11-2014, 05:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,401
Posted By hillbillypolack
All great points to consider. I'm having a...

All great points to consider.

I'm having a contractor come out early next week to discuss. He sounds like a sensible enough guy and I plan on asking him about running costs and maintenance. I...
Forum: The Garage 09-10-2014, 07:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,401
Posted By hillbillypolack
Heated (snowmelt) driveway - questions

Getting quotes on removing our hobo driveway and garage pads and having them replaced with new concrete. The two contractors who gave estimates were within $200 of each other and seem very...
Forum: The Garage 09-10-2014, 07:44 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 7,071
Posted By hillbillypolack
It's been suggested already, but EZ outs are your...

It's been suggested already, but EZ outs are your best bet.

I don't know anyone on God's green earth who could 'weld on a nut' in an aluminum triple clamp without melting the surrounding...
Forum: Road warriors 09-10-2014, 07:27 PM
Replies: 2,905
Views: 611,360
Posted By hillbillypolack
I'd be interested to know if you'd had the...

I'd be interested to know if you'd had the software update for your MM. Seems that was a fix for some boxers from the 07-09 Boxers. I know it helped my 07 GS considerably when I had that bike.
...
Forum: Road warriors 09-07-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 2,905
Views: 611,360
Posted By hillbillypolack
Why are you looking to replace the silencer...

Why are you looking to replace the silencer baffles? I've just removed mine this weekend, and they only make a subtle difference in sound, even at higher revs. The smoothness in response is...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-03-2014, 06:21 PM
Replies: 4,478
Views: 1,933,063
Posted By hillbillypolack
I understand your dilemma, especially when...

I understand your dilemma, especially when looking to paint an OEM looking finish.

I'm guessing the paint on the HP2 is yellow(er) due to aging, heat cycling or the primer and metal beneath it....
Forum: The Garage 08-13-2014, 06:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 974
Posted By hillbillypolack
Whole House Surge Suppressors - school me

Our area is horrible with brownouts, power spikes and outages. Seems the infrastructure was wired in the late 1700s and never updated beyond pedaled dynamo electricity.

All kidding aside, we had...
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