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Postby drgnlegs » Sun Feb 06, 2005 4:31 pm

So this is for the gear heads, to discuss the process of rebuilding or building from scratch, motorcycles. I noticed there were no threads really containing this material in depth. I am currently working on a honda xr250. I am in the proccess of pulling apart the engine and rebuilding it.
Let's hear what you have to say on anything bike related!
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Postby Bone » Mon Feb 07, 2005 2:08 am

Working as a motorcycle mechanic/bussiness owener and enthusist... what do you wanna discuss... I can talk mechanics to accessories, to apperal, to sweet ride routes.
Are you looking for info/ thoughts on your rebuild? or jusr general Chat?
I know there are several of us who are regular riders on this board (and a few more that are somewhat regular riders). All of of love talkin bikes!
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Postby drgnlegs » Mon Feb 07, 2005 8:25 am

Looking for any chat really! I am still studying motorcycle mechanics. I just finished a section on electrical work and I am starting one on brakes, frames, and suspensions. I found that personally I have an easier time with the electrical work than any thing else, most people I know hate the electrical work. leave it to me to adore the part everyone else hates. I had an easy time understanding 4 strokes and a devil of a time with 2 strokes, I know its a little backwards. I am looking to get a flywheel puller so I can continue working on my motor for my bike, I need to know where I get this tool reasonably priced as well as what brands are the best quality.
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Postby jjenisis » Mon Feb 07, 2005 10:01 am

heh he said "stroke"

wanders off giggling....

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Postby drgnlegs » Mon Feb 07, 2005 10:15 am

Last time I checked I had Boobs but yes I did say stroke and it is a little funny! Now I am thinking I will have to start a conversation on petcocks! No, no this is supposed to be about bikes, what you are thinking is another subjuct all together.
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Postby KL » Mon Feb 07, 2005 6:42 pm

Dude, you get good at electrical systems and you may never have to pay for a drink again for the rest of your life.
Let's get down to brass tacks. How much for the ape?

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Postby Bone » Tue Feb 08, 2005 11:49 am

drgnlegs wrote:Looking for any chat really! I am still studying motorcycle mechanics. I just finished a section on electrical work and I am starting one on brakes, frames, and suspensions. I found that personally I have an easier time with the electrical work than any thing else, most people I know hate the electrical work. leave it to me to adore the part everyone else hates. I had an easy time understanding 4 strokes and a devil of a time with 2 strokes, I know its a little backwards. I am looking to get a flywheel puller so I can continue working on my motor for my bike, I need to know where I get this tool reasonably priced as well as what brands are the best quality.


Tools... my love and downfall.
If you are going to be doing mechaincs for a living, consider the best. You pay A LOT more for em, but, a mechanic can only be as good as their tools.... Don't go there

Best lines of tools - Snap On, or Mac. Again pricey but worth the cost if your making a living off of em. No wrench feels better in your hand than a good Snap On, or Mac & both are lifetime warrenty. Craftsmen works well for those on a budget, but believe me they're still not the quality of Mac or Snap On. Also a side note, if you are working as a professional Mechanic, you craftsmen warrenty is voided, so don't tell em your a mechanic. Don't even bother with cheap tools, they're not worth the headaches, and broken tools.

For some of the odd ball specialty pullers and motorcycle specific tools - K&L Supply (available for order through most motorcycle shops) makes some great stuff. Sometimes you just ahve to buy a special tool direct from dealer... those suck the worst to have to buy, but sometimes it just takes that SPECIFIC tool and ya gotta have it.


Electric work is a strong area to be good in. The motorcycle mechanical field is moving more to the technition and less of the mechanic. That means those good with electronics are going to do well. Personnally thats my favorite area to work in too!
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Postby drgnlegs » Tue Feb 08, 2005 7:29 pm

Thanks for the advice! I think I am going to bite the bullet and have a friend of mine that owns a shop order me a flywheel puller. I cant do any thing else on my engine till I get that stupid thing off and prying with a screwdriver is not a good or recomended idea. Misuse of a screwdriver #3564.
Are there any places that I can order goods (like wiring and componants) with out a middle man, maybe online? :?:
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