Stuff That Works

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Stuff That Works

Post by rougaroo » Sun Apr 07, 2019 2:44 pm

Hoping to start a thread here appropriate to the header - Stuff That Works. Doesn't have to be the best in the world or the rarest, just something you yourself have tried that makes you step back and go, "Damn - that works!"

First up for me, cleaning the bike this weekend and tried "California Custom Purple Metal Polish"
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(http://www.californiacustom.com/purple_ ... olish.html)

Yeah, it's a metal polish and does a good job on aluminum, brass and like that. But I read the label and it said it was good for small scratches on motorcycle windshields, glass, and plexiglass, too, so I tried it on the tub windshield. Mine had small hairline crazes and general fading. Poof! Gone.

This stuff works -

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Post by Lofty » Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:24 pm

Milwaukee M12 12V screwdriver, Cat. No. 2401-20. I'm fairly well invested in the M12 line, and I've used all of them at least a few times. My go-to tool for most jobs, though, is this reliable little driver. It's more worn than the photo would suggest, and it continues to punch above its weight.
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Home-brew penetrating fluid. 50/50 ATF and acetone. I mixed a batch out of necessity when my pricey can of Kroil ran dry. The home brew works just as well as the pro stuff, for a fraction of the price. I discovered that the acetone content, which separates naturally from the ATF, will slowly evaporate from plastic bottles. This changes the mix ratio. I repurposed an empty quart can of kerosene to solve that issue.
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Bel Ray Super Clean Chain Lubricant. I have a small collection of several almost-full cans of chain lube that did not perform anywhere close to the manufacturer's claims. The BR Super Clean lube, on the other hand, doesn't fling off or attract road & trail detritus like the rest. It cost me a few $$ to finally find the right stuff. Here it is.
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Dawn dishwashing liquid. Although a "gentle" cleaning solution, it's remarkably effective for a variety of applications. No pic; use your imagination. :wink:
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Re: Stuff That Works

Post by rougaroo » Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:32 pm

I read a technical review of penetrating oils including Kroil, and that 50/50 mixture of ATF and acetone came out on top. Haven't needed it (yet), but glad for your confirmation.

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Post by Lmo » Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:39 pm

Barkeepers Friend: dissolves rust on more stuff... sinks, porcelain, motorcycle parts, etc.
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Simichrome: old stand by polish for chrome and aluminum parts.
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Spaten Optimator: removes, or at least lessens, most stubborn problems.
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Post by chaos2 » Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:56 pm

Harbor Freight's 1/4" SAE & Mertic set, been my go to for anything smaller than 13mm for years now. They're actually decent, the smaller ratchet keeps from overturquing and best of all the holder keeps everything together, mobile, and a small footprint.
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Post by Tomcatfixer » Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:19 pm

I repurposed an empty quart can of kerosene to solve that issue.
Speaking of kerosene, want an inexpensive and effective degreaser than won't attack rubber parts? Kerosene is my go-to.
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Also, got a two-wheeler you need to transport, but don't want to risk damaging paint with ratchet strap hooks? The Canyon Dancer bar harness is a godsend. http://www.canyondancer.com/
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Re: Stuff That Works

Post by Lofty » Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:33 pm

Tomcatfixer wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:19 pm
I repurposed an empty quart can of kerosene to solve that issue.
Speaking of kerosene, want an inexpensive and effective degreaser than won't attack rubber parts? Kerosene is my go-to.
Already there, Chad. :wink:

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Post by stagewex » Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:26 pm

I've alway wondered if all those Marvel Mystery Oil videos on youtube really work as a metal and engine cleaner, especially when it comes to oxidation.
It does!
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Post by Waffl6 » Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:31 pm

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Simple Green Heavy Duty, I use this stuff in my ultrasonic cleaner to clean carburetors. Regular Simple Green discolors brass parts, the heavy duty one doesn't. Good stuff.
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Re: Stuff That Works

Post by Ironhorse 332 » Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:39 pm

50/50 mix of Pine Sol and water to soak a carburetor overnight.
Warning, if carb is painted, it won't be when your done

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Post by rougaroo » Sun Apr 28, 2019 4:43 pm

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Yeah, we all know Dawn dishwashing detergent, but I fell into this stuff and can't go back. Only available at industrial cleaning places or janitorial supply houses, this stuff is like 5x Dawn power. It is called Dawn Professional Power Dissolver. I'd rank it with Simple Green for degreasing, but it won't eat the aluminum if you leave it on too long. Plus it doesn't smell like industrial solvents, so your better half lets you back in the house without leaving the clothes outside.

This is my go-to stuff now for using on the engine, final drive, and hubs. I'm not putting it on the paint, but then I've got a shiny Ural.

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Post by sKiZo » Fri May 03, 2019 12:11 am

For minor adjustments ...

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Post by Lofty » Fri May 03, 2019 8:42 am

We call that "percussive maintenance."
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Re: Stuff That Works

Post by jaybird » Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:58 pm

Here’s a small trick that works for me, it may work for you as well.
In my cars and pickups that I travel in, not my work trucks or local use vehicles, I sometimes need to add oil or other fluids on the road.
Instead of a funnel which tends to collect dirt and leak oil in your vehicle, I carry an empty quart oil bottle under the hood. When I need to add a quart of oil, I cut the bottom off of the empty quart bottle and use it as a funnel, then toss it in the trash/recycle bin. Then I place my newly empty quart bottle under the hood and I’m ready for next time. Cheap, easy, and effective.

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Re: Stuff That Works

Post by Speedbump » Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:12 am

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This stuff works great to keep the stainless pipes looking new. (Not for use on spokes)
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