Motorized Bicycle Take a Tip...Leave a Tip

Discussion in 'Motorized Bicycle General Discussion' started by deacon, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. CTripps

    CTripps Active Member

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    Temperature plays a big factor in (spray) painting I've found.. if the metal's cold, the paint won't behave the way it should.
     
  2. dodge dude94

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    Surface prep also plays a huge part. I've been painting my project truck and had some issues with the paint crinkling on the tailgate. Turns out I had not let it dry well enough before acetoning and shooting clear...then base since I had to fix it.

    Make sure everything is clean and properly dry. When shooting primer, I like to let it cure overnight before I shoot my base. Probably not entirely necessary, but when you're doing entire body panels on a pickup, it takes a long time. lol
     
  3. truckd

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    I am a stickler for detail and cleaning is of the up most importance during all stages of paint and I also found out that all paint & clear has to be about 60 degrees with a very patient dry & cure time on my part.
     
  4. GearNut

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    Every time I use a tack cloth I get a linty, somewhat sticky residue that ruins the next coat.
    It seems like an anti-cleaning cloth to me.
    What do you all do to avoid this?
     
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  5. dodge dude94

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    I have the same issue when I use acetone it seems. I just try to brush it off before shooting my primer or base.
     
  6. truckd

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    I blow it off an air compressor, but first use an old T-shirt rag to wipe it.
     
  7. hotshots22

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    My Tip: Removing the Coaster Brake

    Yesterday I removed the coaster as it been a problem from the start. First couldn't get around the new 44t gear.. 2nd couldn't make a bracket to hold the new bent arm.. 3rd Make bracket and it broke when riding 3 times getting home..
    4th Removing the whole coaster brake pads from the hub and adding 3 washers.. 5th find out that now it free wheels nice but it takes 2 cycles to get the gear to engage..

    Solution:

    Ended up taking everyones idea and did the washers and spring action. Ill attached a photo of what it looks like and so far tonight it works.

    What I did is build from the axle the cone > bearing > 2 washers > Spring from coaster clutch > 2 more washers > then the clutch > and the rest of the build leaving the same.

    How it runs:

    It engages right off the bat ! Quickly every time no soft spot.. problem back peddling is not really there.. 1 or 2 back pedals and everything gets tight and you can feel the spring..

    Not sure how long this will hold up but its very tight and hopefully will be my trick..

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  8. Cody

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    I just go to walmart and buy foam tubes, no air=no flats, only issue is a little more road vibration
     
  9. Jumpa

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    Gotta love riding in New England
    this is fro riding on the tar roads I think the dirt roads may be cleaner
     

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  10. Jumpa

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    When I look at that hub all i see is PAIN .. I wouldn't trust that over 5 mph
    !!
     
  11. hotshots22

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    Well I now trust the hub more than my clutch cable as that went currplunk as soon as the motor started hitting a solid 35mph
     
  12. Jumpa

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    are those cracks in the hub?
     
  13. hotshots22

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    Looking at the picture it does look like cracks but I polished the components before grease and they are all in great condition.

    I can tell you if you take your feet off the peddal sit will keep spinng in the forward direction but so far so good
     
  14. motorbikemike88

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    Don't use gasbike.net, they sell parts that don't even work with standered motorbikes, I had to pay to send the non-functioning part back because they didn't send a return sticker, they then told me I have to pay so they can put it back on the shelve, and for 3 months still havnt seen my return. No one is responding to my e-mails and no one can help on the phone. Horrible company, wouldn't recommend the company. Poor poor service, to no service at all... Allot of d.I.y. projects, awesome.

    Things I've changed:

    The gas tank, full gallon
    Changed front end fork to front end Springer
    Replaced muffler, because it dirtys one shoe with a long pipe muffler a.k.a. poo poo pipe
    flipped ans slammed handle bars for a boardtrack bike vibe
    Just a few things I could think of that Ive changed
     
  15. boxkite

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    I see Bikeguy Joe posted a tip on balancing your wheels. I understand the value of a well balanced wheel. But can you tell me the method you use in determining where on the wheel you should place the weights?
     
  16. GearNut

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    First make doubly sure that the wheel bearings are in good condition, well greased and adjusted properly.
    I recommend using an old front fork clamped in a vice as a wheel stand or another bike with the same sized wheels resting up-side-down so you can use the fork as a wheel stand.
    Spin the wheel and let is come to a stop on it's own. It will come to a stop with the heaviest part down. Add some weight to the spoke nipple at the top of the wheel and repeat the spin and let it stop procedure.
    Spin it again to be sure that the wheel stops in the same position to be sure that the wheel is still out of balance.
    If it is still out of balance, once again the heaviest part will be down.
    Repeat the add weight to the top and spin procedures until the wheel stops randomly.
    The wheel will be balanced when it comes to a stop at random positions, not favoring a particular spot a the bottom after each spin.
     
  17. boxkite

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    Thank you Gearnut. Lots of help.
     
  18. desertsteve

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    A little off the current line of discussion but I just felt the urge to throw this in. This came up on another thread but it applies here also. When I first started riding motorized bicycles one of the first things I did was go down to the local Harbor Freight and bought the brightest safety vest they had. I put it on every time I ride, no exceptions.
     
  19. boxkite

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    Absolutely desertsteve. 2 reasons I decided to build one of these. 1 I think they're cool. 2 I want some way of fighting the ever growing fuel prices. Motorcycles prices seemed to have sky rocketed over the past 5 years or so. Hard to find a good used one for a decent price that don't need a ton of work.
    My ride to work is 15 miles one way. Thank God it's all country roads with little traffic, but I still want to be seen. So I have already thought about getting a good safety vest. It should look good over my leather jacket. lol. I might even try and get me one of them orange bicycle flags if you could still find them.
     
  20. Southgate Jonny

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    I ALWAYS ride with this super bright orange pack:
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    Under 25 bucks from red flare kits.
     

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