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To get equal axel to swingarm distance, cut a piece of 3/8" rod about 20" long. On a bench grinder put a pointed tip on one end then about 3" back from the point bend it 90 degrees. Now put a small zip-tie on the long end and sharpen the remaining tab to a point leaving about 2". To use put the pointed rod end in the center of the swingarm bolt and slide the pointed zip-tie to the center of the axel bolt. Now verify the same distance on the other side.
So you cut yourself with that new knife of yours and don't have time to get it sewed up, or you think doctors are to much like lawyers just afer your money. Use superglue, it works better than a butterfly bandage and chances are you won't even leave your garage.
Got water spots, use windex on chrome for a quick touch up and rubbing alcohol on aluminum (polished or billet)
So you have white walls and keeping'em clean is a bitch, I use a little car wash detergent , clorox and a scotchbrite pad. And no it won't hurt your chrome or aluminum,but be sure to rinse with plenty of water
Rather than taking that 70 MPH ride to blow off your scoot after a wash, use your 150 MPH leaf blower. Its twice as fast and the ol'lady will thank you next time she does the wash. (No its not whats in your shorts, I'm talking about the towels)
Tired of that dull gray look your "EVO" engine has taken on? Well don't waste your cash on S-100 engine brightener, instead get "Clear Guard" by turtle wax. This shit beats S-100 hands down and at a 50% savings. (spray it on and let it burn off, no funky smells, just a new look that last)
Next time you change the oil in that evo try upgrading to the new "Fathead" oil filter. It traps particles as small as 10 microns as compared to the standard of 25 microns. Its a simple bolt on item requiring no modifications, but it does cost more. Pay now or pay more later.
Try the five quart oil change every 4th or 5th oil change. Top off the oil tank and fire up your scoot before installing the filter. Let the sludgy oil run out until it cleans up (bout 1 quart or less). Then install filter and top off, this cleans up the oil passages and you'll be sure to get 100K out of that evo. Old timers called this the 5 quart change.
Use a tie wrap to pull your chain together prior to installation of the master link
A corner of a plastic baggy cut diagonally with a hole in the tip secured to your cable housing with a rubber band, Don't let the cable end seat against the housing, this allows the oil to flow. Use a light oil or a moly base.Fill with oil and leave over night. This will lubricate your cable for another year.
le dab of Testors (Model paint) Silver paint inside of those hex bolts, Allen heads ect., will prevent rusting.
Use that old inner tube, Cut strips into rubber bands. Excellent for securing power cords and what ever else you can imagine. (like the ol' lady)
Use tape on bike parts that are prone to scratching prior to removal. An arts supply store will have "drafting type" easy lift masking tape that will not leave gum residue on you paint. Additionally tape those plier jaws to prevent marring.
A Dremel tool works great to polish those hard to reach areas. (if your that anal retentive)
A Shop vac used for gasket removal. Just hang the suction end over the gasket base and start scrapping. Use an artist razor to prevent marring of the base metal surfaces. The vacuum will suck up those small pieces that always seem to "disappear" and leaves both hand free.
Do you always seem to short a gasket or two during those week end projects? In times of crisis, use a cereal box to make that gasket, (not for long term) I,ve used these with good results. While your at it punch those holes with a spent rifle or pistol cartridge, you'll need more than one though.
You ever notice how many wheel cleaners claim they don't damage your rims? I had some light etching on my "Fatboy" rims. I used a little rubbing compound and followed up with Mothers Aluminum polish for a "like new shine". I don't recommend this for chrome or highly polished aluminum rims.
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