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Forum: The Garage 04-04-2015, 02:16 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,210
Posted By vfxdog
Use a small cutoff wheel in a Dremel and cut a...

Use a small cutoff wheel in a Dremel and cut a slot across the race (doesn't need to go all the way through). One whack in the slot with a sharp cold chisel should split the race.
Forum: The Garage 03-23-2015, 07:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,160
Posted By vfxdog
Make sure your master cylinder piston is...

Make sure your master cylinder piston is returning fully when you release the brake pedal. In fact, make sure that there is clearance between the piston and the actuator in the resting position...
Forum: The Garage 03-23-2015, 01:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,072
Posted By vfxdog
I just use two regular axle stands with the...

I just use two regular axle stands with the Parnes balancer.
Forum: The Garage 02-25-2015, 12:34 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 31,636
Posted By vfxdog
Did you by any chance have the kickstand down...

Did you by any chance have the kickstand down when you were trying to get the bike onto the lift (it's down in your photo).

That would be a dead cert to throw you off balance when it hits the lift...
Forum: The Garage 02-24-2015, 07:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,026
Posted By vfxdog
I just had a pair of Ducati fork stanchions...

I just had a pair of Ducati fork stanchions refurbed by a shop (in the UK) that specialises in hydraulic ram repair. The process for dealing with rams is pretty much the same as that required for...
Forum: The Garage 02-06-2015, 07:16 AM
Replies: 1,187
Views: 236,449
Posted By vfxdog
Don't want to hijack the thread, but when the...

Don't want to hijack the thread, but when the cleaner is not in use do you drain the solvent into an airtight container, or just leave it in the washer?
I'm thinking of buying a similar unit but am...
Forum: The Garage 02-05-2015, 01:24 PM
Replies: 1,187
Views: 236,449
Posted By vfxdog
Solvent?

What are you using as solvent in the parts washer?
Forum: The Garage 01-20-2015, 01:20 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,654
Posted By vfxdog
The name is an odd one to have on your back...

The name is an odd one to have on your back pocket, but I really like the Diamond Gusset brand.

Their Carpenter jean has a handy set of extra pockets on the right thigh, and in terms of comfort...
Forum: The Garage 12-12-2014, 01:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,288
Posted By vfxdog
I would have thought that instead of galvanic...

I would have thought that instead of galvanic corrosion, relative lack of strength and thread galling would be more of an issue with the OP's proposed use. Interesting table though - it would be good...
Forum: The Garage 11-27-2014, 09:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,524
Posted By vfxdog
It's not unusual in classic road racing to see...

It's not unusual in classic road racing to see r/h shift conversions. Usually fairly straightforward; often done running a shaft through the swingarm pivot which on many bikes is hollow.
There's...
Forum: The Garage 11-26-2014, 12:50 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,354
Posted By vfxdog
You can order the Carbtune on line direct from...

You can order the Carbtune on line direct from the manufacturer in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mine arrived in California within 5 days. It's very light so air postage isn't much.

The Twinmax is a...
Forum: The Garage 11-13-2014, 06:51 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,354
Posted By vfxdog
It should work. You may get some slight...

It should work. You may get some slight differences in readings given an equal vacuum to all four, but that's easy enough to compensate or adjust for. The other thing you will need with most of the...
Forum: The Garage 10-15-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 678
Posted By vfxdog
I've never tried the penny technique with that...

I've never tried the penny technique with that kind of spring.
However, another trick I've used a few times is to attach the spring both ends before putting the pivot bolt/s in. The stand itself...
Forum: The Garage 10-14-2014, 06:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 678
Posted By vfxdog
Stick one end in a vice, bend the spring as much...

Stick one end in a vice, bend the spring as much as you can, and push pennies into the gaps until the whole spring is spaced out enough to fit over its retaining hooks/pins.
Forum: Americas 09-30-2014, 09:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 639
Posted By vfxdog
Just wanted to add a thumbs up for Pack All. The...

Just wanted to add a thumbs up for Pack All. The best crating outfit I have ever used, with extremely reasonable prices. Shame they don't have branches all round the world.
Forum: The Garage 09-24-2014, 03:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,063
Posted By vfxdog
Yes, seen it done several times. Google Africa...

Yes, seen it done several times. Google Africa Twin sprocket weld for some examples. The Africa Twin arrangement does not have a nut holding the sprocket on in the conventional way but is the same as...
Forum: The Garage 09-23-2014, 06:55 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,063
Posted By vfxdog
Pretty common practice on Africa Twins. If you...

Pretty common practice on Africa Twins. If you have no spline left on the CS the weld is going to have to work mighty hard, but if there's some left it's a seemingly barbaric but effective repair....
Forum: Thumpers 09-09-2014, 07:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 692
Posted By vfxdog
Have you checked your sprockets, specifically the...

Have you checked your sprockets, specifically the front one?
Forum: The Garage 09-08-2014, 03:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 777
Posted By vfxdog
Is the lever/piston returning completely? If it...

Is the lever/piston returning completely? If it isn't, you won't recharge the cylinder with fresh fluid and it will then have nothing to pump.

I've encountered this with things like bad lever...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-01-2014, 03:29 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,137
Posted By vfxdog
If you're going to go tubeless, check that your...

If you're going to go tubeless, check that your rims have raised lips adjacent to the wheel well just inside where the tire bead would sit. Idea is that if you get a flat, this keeps the tire more or...
Forum: Road warriors 07-01-2014, 02:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,534
Posted By vfxdog
Toured France on an '85 V-Max 28 years ago (about...

Toured France on an '85 V-Max 28 years ago (about a 1500 mile trip). Fuel range was a problem but we planned refuelling stops carefully (95 miles on a tank).
Had a backpack, a small tank bag and a...
Forum: The Garage 06-11-2014, 07:44 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,183
Posted By vfxdog
Love my W&B. So do a lot of NASCAR engine...

Love my W&B.

So do a lot of NASCAR engine builders, apparently.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-20-2014, 09:33 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,504
Posted By vfxdog
As pointed out above, anodising is principally a...

As pointed out above, anodising is principally a treatment for aluminum, but it can be applied to steel. However wear resistance is poor.

Hard chroming is definitely the way to go. I recently had...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-19-2014, 03:02 PM
Replies: 543
Views: 202,044
Posted By vfxdog
There was a New Zealand-assembled version of...

There was a New Zealand-assembled version of these called an N-Zeta- no doubt the outcome of some strange exchange deal involving shipping lamb to the Czechs. We got their Bata shoes, too.

Had the...
Forum: The Garage 05-06-2014, 10:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,978
Posted By vfxdog
This.

This.
Forum: The Garage 05-04-2014, 01:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,527
Posted By vfxdog
I'm using an 8 Gal 5.5Hp gas compressor rated at...

I'm using an 8 Gal 5.5Hp gas compressor rated at 11.8 CFM@90psi, and it only just keeps up with demand from the HF unit.
Forum: Old's Cool 04-10-2014, 12:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,056
Posted By vfxdog
Have you tried running the engine with your float...

Have you tried running the engine with your float height check tubing in place to make sure you're not getting a fuel flow problem (blocked tank breather, that kind of thing)?
Forum: Old's Cool 04-05-2014, 08:40 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,299
Posted By vfxdog
I'd describe that bike as a rebuild rather than a...

I'd describe that bike as a rebuild rather than a restoration. There are several visible issues, so I would be wondering what's up with the bits we can't see.

Why it's white I can't imagine- the...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-18-2014, 03:31 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 14,806
Posted By vfxdog
I was recently given a couple of dismantled 305...

I was recently given a couple of dismantled 305 Supersports. I haven't yet figured out what is there and what isn't, but one question I do have is- what model year or market of the 305 Supersports...
Forum: The Garage 02-17-2014, 08:12 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,734
Posted By vfxdog
Aluminum wrenches will not be capable of dealing...

Aluminum wrenches will not be capable of dealing with normal steel fasteners, but if you hunt around you will find suppliers of titanium wrenches that will do the job perfectly; tire levers too.
Forum: Old's Cool 02-05-2014, 09:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 731
Posted By vfxdog
Looks like a James ML- Military Lightweight....

Looks like a James ML- Military Lightweight. Designed for use by British paratroopers and manufactured until around 1946. Engine is a Villiers 9D.

I have one, still in olive drab matte finish and...
Forum: The Garage 02-04-2014, 12:43 AM
Replies: 1,776
Views: 368,119
Posted By vfxdog
Not sure Cyclegear are still offering that...

Not sure Cyclegear are still offering that warranty. Used to be lifetime on the Megaboost range, but now it's 1 year.
Forum: The Garage 01-28-2014, 05:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,941
Posted By vfxdog
A friend has a barn full of bikes, and he's run...

A friend has a barn full of bikes, and he's run parallel bare cable pairs at about 8 feet height above each row of bikes. He runs a drop down to each bike which connects to pigtails; the overhead...
Forum: The Garage 01-21-2014, 10:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,495
Posted By vfxdog
I note the lower-capacity Xantrex is rated at...

I note the lower-capacity Xantrex is rated at 10A- does the unit regulate current down if charging a smaller battery for which 10A might be a bit on the high side?

Appreciate your posts and the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-10-2013, 03:10 PM
Replies: 231
Views: 14,225
Posted By vfxdog
You should be able to get new diaphragms from NRP...

You should be able to get new diaphragms from NRP in the UK- they're making them for a huge range of bikes and will manufacture to order if you want a non-stock item. For EFI on your Hawk look at...
Forum: The Garage 12-05-2013, 02:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,723
Posted By vfxdog
Good idea, but might it not be better to stay...

Good idea, but might it not be better to stay with the coarse thread and go 14 X 1.5?
Forum: Vendors 11-28-2013, 02:47 AM
Replies: 1,804
Views: 240,827
Posted By vfxdog
I too have had the alloy hooks come free, which...

I too have had the alloy hooks come free, which wouldn't have happened with the alternative design of hook shown. I lost my US30 off the back of my bike at speed, nearly bringing down the rider...
Forum: The Garage 11-20-2013, 09:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,596
Posted By vfxdog
It's good to read that K&N have done the decent...

It's good to read that K&N have done the decent thing and replaced a faulty part.

I had a bad experience with a K&N "engineer" a few years ago when I was looking for a filter they made, but I only...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-16-2013, 12:54 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,744
Posted By vfxdog
For shim checking the OP was on the right track...

For shim checking the OP was on the right track when he asked about getting a micrometer- a lot of folk have posted suggesting calipers, but in the valve shim world the micrometer is the better tool....
Forum: GS Boxers 11-13-2013, 01:24 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,744
Posted By vfxdog
Man wants to buy tools! No need to hold him back...

Man wants to buy tools! No need to hold him back from that primeval urge.

My suggestion to the OP- first of all make sure you get a metric micrometer, and if you think you are up to learning how...
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