“99” Problems and Fixes To Them

Article And Photos By: Daniel Donley

Originally Published In The January 2020 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine


Over the last few months I have been reaching out to readers and industry professionals looking for problems or situations and their fixes. So, here are some of the problems, from being broke down on the side of the road to some situations in the shop including fabrication, painting, electrical, troubleshooting etc… Here is a good mix of some of the “99” Problems!

Recently I ran across this nifty tool by “ClampTite”, This is a tool that can take ordinary wire, yes even a coat hanger to create a clamp. I have tried this tool on many different types of materials from steel to rubber hose and let me tell you, this thing works great! I find that I use it mostly for hose clamping as an alternative to a standard worm gear style hose clamp. For all you custom guys out there the options with this are limitless. The “ClampTite” tool comes in different sizes from large to small and they have a new “Mini” version which works great for all powersports applications and those hard to get in areas.


The neighbor guy comes over and asks, “Hey man, can I borrow your grinder?” Thinking nothing of it, you say sure but then the next time you go to use your grinding wheel you see that it has a big groove in it. A dressing stone will put a fresh straight surface on the wheel. You can purchase these anywhere you can buy grinding wheels.


Submitted by : Mike Swafford

Phillips screws were designed for the bit to spin out of the head at a certain torque. There is also another Philips style screw called JIS, Japanese Industry Standard. JIS Screws are used on metric motorcycles from the early 70’s on and are typically identified with a dot or indentation on the head of the screw. So, they are alike yet different. While doing the research on this I found out that the Carbs that are made in Japan (Honda, Suzuki, etc) use the JIS Screwes, not the US Standard Phillips head! If you’re camming out and damaging screws using a Phillips® tip screwdriver, then chances are it may not be a Phillips® screw. It may be a “JIS” (Japanese Industrial Standard) screw so you’ll need a Japanese cross-point screwdriver for the job. Use the right tool for the job!


You know that real small tip that you use to blow up a kid’s basketball or football? Well, it works great for blowing out crud from an internal threaded hole. A small shot of carb or brake clean here also helps. Be sure you wear safety glasses…you will be surprised at what all comes out of these little holes.


The drill bit tool gauge is something that everyone needs in a toolbox. This gauge is used to make sure that when you are putting a fresh tip on a drill bit that it is at the correct angle and on point center. I know that grinding drill bits is voodoo art, but it was junk to begin with and all you can do Is make it better. So, give it a try.


Submitted by: Stitch from Idaho.

So, you just got a fresh new engine and you are getting everything put back together. But…did you remember to take the oil tank off and clean the inside of the tank out? Also, did you clean or install new oil lines? Both of these are part of the life blood system to your engine. If you didn’t clean or replace those components, then all you are doing is taking all of the junk that was left in the tank and lines and pumping it into your fresh clean engine. Simple…Clean or replace the veins and tank!


Submitted by Lee From Seattle Lee 2007 Softtail wheelie machine. He said I always see you changing tires on the floor in your tech articles. He is 70 plus years old. When he called, Lee said to me “I can’t get up and down like you youngsters do. When I change tires or service bearings. I set my tire on a 20-gallon drum or trashcan like equivalent. This gets it up off the floor for easy maintenance at a comfortable work height”. I tried this the other day and Lee is exactly right! Lee also said take a piece of rubber hose and slice one side of it lengthwise and put on the lip of the drum, this will help keep the rim from sliding around and scratching.


Building a bike with a fresh chassis? Here is a little fab trick for you. When mounting fenders, use a piece of old chain between the tire and the fender; this will give you approximately a half inch between them for that nice tight look. Also, you will notice the nuts used between the tire sidewall and the fender. This works great to properly space the fender so you can come up with the mounting tabs of your dreams.


Hose on Hose… Take a piece of hose and slice one side lengthwise, this allows you to slide it over the top of an already installed hose to help protect from heat or abrasive situations, use a couple zip ties to help hold into place. This works very well on the fuel line that runs between the cylinders to the carburetor on your V-Twin to help prevent fuel vapor lock.


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