I am often in need of special tools that are not available in the marketplace, or when they are, come from unreliable sources and have very poor specs. Recently I have been tooling up our CNC milling machine with quick … Continue reading
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Tagged Alan Kraus, Kraus Motor Co., lathe, tools, Tormack
I’m Kirk Taylor and my shop, Custom Design Studios, has been in business since 1988. We started by satisfying the needs of the motorcycle community because there weren’t many good, reliable painters in this area. Now, by way of background, … Continue reading
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Previously, we made a wooden buck for building our tank, now the fun begins. Select the material you want to use for the tank. Options commonly include steel, aluminum, and copper. Selection depends partially on your skill level. If you … Continue reading
Shaping your tank, making your buck/ Part 1
Gasket Installation Techniques and Considerations In these tough economic times, many riders are choosing to service their bikes at home rather than take them to their local shop or dealership. This can be a way to save a few bucks … Continue reading
A commonly asked question we hear is: “If I use this (insert parts list here) combination of parts what will my compression be?” This appears to be one of the most misunderstood areas involved in building a performance engine. In … Continue reading
It’s Wintertime and the smell of fire is in the air. At the Berner household we enjoy having fires at home during the winter months. I don’t know that it does much for heating our house… I have a feeling … Continue reading
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Tips and techniques to mount your tank Now that you have your fully welded tank, we can move on the all the little details like filler neck, petcock bung, tunnel, and tank mounts. I like to do the tunnel first … Continue reading
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On the way back from the remote mountain campout last weekend, I hit a bad, sudden dip in the road followed by several nasty bumps that I couldn’t avoid. That first one broke the shock mounting bolt. After getting replacement … Continue reading
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A check of the paperwork revealed that a few weeks ago, literally 13 years to the day that I first got the front end for my FXR back from Race Tech, I ‘d sent it in again – for the … Continue reading
By Steve “Posie” Pfaff It is pretty safe bet to say that everyone has their own opinion of what camshaft dynamics should be used for a particular engines style and function … kind of like cooks in a kitchen …
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Tagged 45dgree, 45dgree_tech, Camshaft tech, Posie, Steve Pfaff
It is pretty safe bet to say that everyone has their own opinion of what camshaft dynamics should be used for a particular engines style and function … kind of like cooks in a kitchen … take 15 cooks and … Continue reading
Installed back in 1994, the 22amp Cycle Electric charging system on my 1986 FXR had finally given up the ghost by the end of the 2010 riding season. The packing in the regulator had started to melt and drip from … Continue reading
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When it comes to my bike getting worked on, as much as possible I try to do all the work myself. I’m not trying to make myself out to be a great mechanic, far from it. But with the way … Continue reading
We got this image from one of our top secret operatives in Nor Cal. Details to follow.
As I mentioned in my last post, it takes a certain breed of crazy to imagine swapping out the engine of a motorcycle with that of a car. The resulting Frankenstein monster is a machine embodying a high power-to-weight ratio … Continue reading
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If there is one thing I have been certain of, and it has been my experience to be true, that you are going to have some sort of breakdown along the road. Some you can deal with and limp home … Continue reading
If you’ve got a bike with a 39mm Narrow Glide front end (Dyna or Sportster) and want to have a proportionate fairing that has the capability of providing musical entertainment and protection from the elements, Hoppe Industries has just what … Continue reading
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Tagged 45dgree, 45dgree_product reviuew, DOUGZ, Hoppe Industries
In this installment we’re going to discuss the polishing process. Sometimes you get dust or dirt nibs in your final clear coats. If you want a show quality finish, you should consider taking it that last step. Sometimes you just … Continue reading
Milan, Italy, May 17, 2012 – Pirelli brings around 1800 tires to each grand prix, but the destiny of these tires is mapped out long before they arrive at the circuit. The tires for each race are made in a … Continue reading
We know two riders, friends, who both travel long distances, both of whom had never expressed any interest in windshields. When Windvest came out with these low key affairs, I was intrigued and asked them if they’d pick out units … Continue reading
Wearing your pads to this point indicates you are not paying attention and should probably NOT be riding a bike.
Join Baker Drivetrain at the Power Sports Institute main campus in Cleveland Ohio in Saturday April 21, 2012 for a full day Drivetrain Seminar with Bert and the BAKER Crew. This will be a very comprehensive hands-on seminar covering every … Continue reading
Manufacturer’s are learning that when a product is submitted to 45dgree for use & review – it gets used & reviewed. We are not going to simply tell our viewers that the part/product was installed with “no problem ” and … Continue reading