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Offline connieklr

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Might As Well Start Now
« on: January 14, 2019, 12:41:37 pm »
Unless there is snow and ice occasionally on the roads (like now), or the yard hasn’t completely turned to mush due to excessive rain, the riding season really hasn’t ended for me; we’re fortunate like that here in the Mid-Atlantic Virginia Region most years. Still, it may be a good time to start getting the bikes up on the lift in prep for the upcoming (real) riding season to come. I plan on using them both to hit the rallies and events in the NE Area this year.

High on the list is replacing the coolant and hoses (both bikes), and the top o-ring in the Connies thermostat housing. It “disappeared” on me several years ago and caused a little (over-heating) concern when stuck in traffic down in Daytona. The level in the radiator wasn’t being replenished during cool down due to a vacuum leak in the cooling system, and coolant wasn’t being drawn up out of the overflow tank. With no visible evidence of a fluid leak, I didn’t find the culprit for a couple of days after I got back home.

Valves are good, as are the wheel bearings. I may drop the stems to grease their bearings, but will definitely be pulling both swing arms to grease their respective pivot points and associated linkage needle bearings. The Connies hub and drive splines will also get inspected and slathered up with fresh coat of Honda Moly Paste 60 during re-assembly.

I have all the known parts I’ll need, so will just have to flip a coin to see “who” goes first. Fun, games, and greasy hands to come.

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Re: Might As Well Start Now
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2019, 05:18:36 pm »
what do you use for heat in your shop Guy?  wood fired? 

my garage is too full of bikes/car/etc to even begin to work on the stuff i need to do (:<

additionally - as soon as there is risk of salt being on the road I have the bikes parked.  don;t need the rot that occurs with salt - it gets everywhere!

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Re: Might As Well Start Now
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2019, 07:54:49 pm »
Check the bearings in the suspension knuckle as well Guy. They often get neglected. Enjoy :D
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Re: Might As Well Start Now
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2019, 08:50:59 pm »
what do you use for heat in your shop Guy?  wood fired? 

my garage is too full of bikes/car/etc to even begin to work on the stuff i need to do (:<

additionally - as soon as there is risk of salt being on the road I have the bikes parked.  don;t need the rot that occurs with salt - it gets everywhere!

Cal

Wood? Nah, homey, but too messy. I have a propane heater that I crank up long enough to knock the chill off. I also wear insulated coveralls. Once I get moving I stay pretty comfortable. With an open loft and no insulation, it'd cost a fortune to heat the place so I could run around in a tee out there.

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The way I typically keep things in place, I can pretty much get to my lift anytime. If I need to get to the tire changer or the mill, then I have to shuffle things around with some things going outside if necessary. It is what it is, and I make do the best I can.









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Re: Might As Well Start Now
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2019, 08:53:03 pm »
Check the bearings in the suspension knuckle as well Guy. They often get neglected. Enjoy :D

Yup. I think I have a set of needle bearings for all the suspension joints - JIC.
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Re: Might As Well Start Now
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2019, 12:30:17 pm »
what do you use for heat in your shop Guy?  wood fired? 

my garage is too full of bikes/car/etc to even begin to work on the stuff i need to do (:<

additionally - as soon as there is risk of salt being on the road I have the bikes parked.  don;t need the rot that occurs with salt - it gets everywhere!

Cal

Big bike (Connie) has always stayed put if the roads are still wet from melting snow/ice. KLR, not so much. Used it for my commute when I had studded tired mounted. Those days are gone. Gave the tires away last year to a local + I'm retired.  These days I just walk back to "work."



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Re: Might As Well Start Now
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2019, 07:38:40 pm »
Hey, I got a rolling IV stand too! ;D They really come in handy.
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Re: Might As Well Start Now
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2019, 10:04:06 pm »
Nice looking shop, Guy!

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« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2019, 11:51:21 am »
Hey, I got a rolling IV stand too! ;D They really come in handy.

They do, especially for holding an auxiliary fuel source when a bike's tank is off. A local PA gave me that. Think I've worked on just about all his bikes, and he's had a slew of them.
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Re: Might As Well Start Now
« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2019, 01:41:19 pm »
A Bridgeport?? Wow, nice tool to have at your disposal.  :great:
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« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2019, 09:05:24 pm »
A Bridgeport?? Wow, nice tool to have at your disposal.  :great:

Yeah, when I built the garage back in 2011, I made a list of machine tools I wanted to try and acquire. Figured they’d be a good addition for the bike work I would be doing after I retired. I was always interested in machine work, but never had a chance to work with any, or learn how to use them. Two of these were a mill, and a lathe. I found the mill up in Jersey, and a South Bend 10L Heavy lathe about 6 miles from where I was working. Technically, I guess it came from up that way too. It was sold to Wella Corporation in NYC in 1943-44. It moved down here in the late 90’s when they opened a subsidiary plant. It was closed when they were sold to P&G and one of the operators bought it at their shutdown auction. He eventually passed and his wife decided to clear things out. I found it on Craig’s List and jumped at the opportunity.

I added a 4-axis (table X & Y, knee Z, quill Z prime) DRO to the mill. A combination box combines the Z and Z prime so I always know the depth of cut regardless of what method I use to place the cutter relative to the work. Admittedly, it’s a little overkill. It was a scheme I happened to stumble upon and it took several months for the specialized box to come in.
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Re: Might As Well Start Now
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2019, 09:53:59 pm »
so, come up here, and hang out with me next week and I promise not to bring up bikes..

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Re: Might As Well Start Now
« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2019, 11:32:11 pm »
  connieklr  nice shop my kind shop.  :great: :great: :great:

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Re: Might As Well Start Now
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2019, 03:51:48 pm »
so, come up here, and hang out with me next week and I promise not to bring up bikes..

Uh, did I seem bored??
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Re: Might As Well Start Now
« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2019, 07:03:20 pm »
Very nice shop! So What's in the big safe?

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« Reply #16 on: January 18, 2019, 08:35:02 pm »
Very nice shop! So What's in the big safe?

don't ask.... :rotflmao: :-X :-X
It's really just a refrigerator....
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Re: Might As Well Start Now
« Reply #17 on: January 19, 2019, 06:22:05 pm »
It was said before, but you have a really nice shop Guy. I take it the paint booth is behind the shop.  :great:
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Re: Might As Well Start Now
« Reply #18 on: January 19, 2019, 06:25:25 pm »
Very nice shop! So What's in the big safe?

don't ask.... :rotflmao: :-X :-X
It's really just a refrigerator....
Yuengling...  :beerchug: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:

Yeah, what Rich said.



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Belated PS: I have no idea what that means. Have never seen anything that would hold 24 "rounds" of beer cans...... but then again, I don't get out much.
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« Reply #19 on: January 19, 2019, 06:35:16 pm »
It was said before, but you have a really nice shop Guy. I take it the paint booth is behind the shop.  :great:

LOL!

Thank you, but no.

While I have dabbled with it a little, I really don't have the talent OR patience for bodywork or paint.

 :truce:

I'm more suited to this kinda stuff:




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