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Thread: Common Mechanical Questions Megathread - How do I change my headlight fluid?

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    Common Mechanical Questions Megathread - How do I change my headlight fluid?

    Paging Sookie.

    Here is the place for all your questions. What tyre pressures should I run? What's a torque wrench for? Where do I plug the PCIII into my carby? Why does my headlight fluid taste like Cherry Coke?

    For any new and contemplating riders, why not try a little experiment and keep common questions in a single place? The noise:bullshit ratio is getting a little out of control otherwise.

    I'll work on updating the OP as time allows (or shit, any moderator can feel free to) with decent questions and answers that come up over the course of the thread.

    Barfridge or Rich might even want to merge some particular questions asked into this thread for future ease of use. Or sticky it, or delete it, or whatever.

    **edit: No bullshit. Yes, I wanted to draw some new kids attention to a single point of information. No, I'm not trolling. Any brain damaged posts are going to get reported, and I'm pretty sure Rich hasn't got the patience to *not* probate people for them.

    Serious thread is attempting to be serious, please don't fuck it up.
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    Reserving fist porst for future / further information.
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    I would like to add
    A great tool for newbies is the newbie freindly social rides.
    These are not for showing off awsome skillz and doing wheelies and shit.
    These are both social and a great way to learn road craft, how to fix your shit, maintain your shit and bike stuff in general.
    Get out into the wider comunity and meet the riders who have made all the mistakes crashed the crashes tested the gear and come out with stories of woe and wonder.
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    I just watched a how to oil my chain you tube vid, and that's not how I do it. Why is he doing it the wrong way?
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    I gotsta question!! Ive asked a few people already and thinking of going ahead with it but.
    Would a carby bike with a slip on exhaust and k&n filter need the carby retuned to avoid running lean??
    Name: Chris Location: Perth Hills
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    On my seventies Norton, I remove the joining link in the non-o ring chain, and wash it in petrol in a flat tin. When it is clean and dry, I leave it in a tin of chain wax on a stove, until it is nice and hot . When the black waxy goodness has permeated every orifice, I lift it out and hang it up to drip off until it cools and hardens. I then refit it using the joioning link (correct way around, please) adjust and use. And yes, I realise this has absolutely nil relevance to 99.9% of the chains used on the motorcycles which inhabit this site.
    Sookie, please do not use this method on your bike.
    my next post will be on how to balance and tune Mk1 Amal concentric carbs


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    Quote Originally Posted by ranmar850 View Post
    On my seventies Norton, I remove the joining link in the non-o ring chain, and wash it in petrol in a flat tin. When it is clean and dry, I leave it in a tin of chain wax on a stove, until it is nice and hot . When the black waxy goodness has permeated every orifice, I lift it out and hang it up to drip off until it cools and hardens. I then refit it using the joioning link (correct way around, please) adjust and use. And yes, I realise this has absolutely nil relevance to 99.9% of the chains used on the motorcycles which inhabit this site.
    Sookie, please do not use this method on your bike.
    my next post will be on how to balance and tune Mk1 Amal concentric carbs


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    Quote Originally Posted by chew View Post
    Where do we acquire carbon fibre sleeves for mufflers without buying them from OS?
    Ala Roo Racing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tactix View Post
    I gotsta question!! Ive asked a few people already and thinking of going ahead with it but.
    Would a carby bike with a slip on exhaust and k&n filter need the carby retuned to avoid running lean??
    Results all seem to point to more noise without more measurable power. If you really want the can, go for it but you're not going to improve bikes performance, power, etc. You're not going to lose a bunch either.

    Better bang for buck in spending the cash on tyres or saving it for bigger bike time.
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    Cam,

    Is there a way I can wash my bike with a product that can stop waterdrops/dirt forming on it? Due to winter I don't want to have to keep washing it every 2-3 days as that becomes old very quick I've read somewhere about using a hard type of wax on a bike but wouldn't this possibly damage the plastic or something???

    What do you use ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sookie View Post
    Is there a way I can wash my bike with a product that can stop waterdrops/dirt forming on it?
    No.

    Edit: ('cause I don't want another yellow card)
    Any car shop/supermarket will have heaps of "hard" waxes to choose from. They don't keep the bike clean, but it makes the tank nice and smooth and real enjoyable to fondle while waiting at the lights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sookie View Post
    What do you use ?
    I'm totally the wrong dude to ask about keeping a bike clean... I'm horrendous at it.

    I only wash the thing maybe once a month, and it'll get waxed when I do it (I use a liquid wax with a soft application pad) but water marks and the like are going to be a fact of motorcycling for me. I ride all weather, so it's just something I honestly ignore. It's just going to get wet and occasionally muddy.

    Hopefully other people have better wax info than I do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cam View Post
    Ala Roo Racing?
    That sort of thing, tried them, they seemed disinterested and suggested OS. Cant blame them, not their product. May even try sourcing stainless and getting my contacts to roll and weld. But easier is good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tactix View Post
    I gotsta question!! Ive asked a few people already and thinking of going ahead with it but.
    Would a carby bike with a slip on exhaust and k&n filter need the carby retuned to avoid running lean??
    Generally yes it will what bike is it for??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sookie View Post
    Is there a way I can wash my bike with a product that can stop waterdrops/dirt forming on it?
    Used to use CT20 when up north.
    It seemed to provide a 'protective' layer that minimised salt and water marking.
    Chemtech: Exterior Care - CT20

    NOTE: The link is informational only, you can buy this stuff elsewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sookie View Post
    Cam,

    Is there a way I can wash my bike with a product that can stop waterdrops/dirt forming on it? Due to winter I don't want to have to keep washing it every 2-3 days as that becomes old very quick I've read somewhere about using a hard type of wax on a bike but wouldn't this possibly damage the plastic or something???

    What do you use ?
    I use plexus on my bike, it doesn't bead the water off like a wax would, but when it gets some water marks on it, it's wiped off easily with a microfibre cloth. The stuff is awesome, just don't put it on the seat and watch for overspray on tyres.
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    Meguiars

    I get it from Malz for around $30/tin. One tin will last you as long as your bike will.

    Works beautifully, easy to apply and polish off. Doesn't leave white marks on plastics.

    It says you don't even need to wash the bike before using... but I definitely wouldn't recommend that. Get rid of the microscopic abrasives with a good wash. Dry thoroughly with a chamois and then wax.

    Oh... and one coat shines beautifully. 2 or 3 coats looks just amazing.
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    What do you use on the matt paint then?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaos-incarnate View Post
    What do you use on the matt paint then?
    clear lacquer
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    OK, here's a noob question.

    Is suspension tuning something reserved to pros or are them some guidelines one can follow to see if they are able to get the bike setup to their liking?
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