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The SOHC4 Nugget Thread
« on: August 09, 2010, 02:25:30 pm »
Kinda like the Babe thread without the pictures, but more like Man-Laws. 
Thoughts and Ideas we SOHC4'ers need to know and should live by.

Post your best (or a few) of your quick Nuggets of Wisdom, so that newbies can be new no longer, and old dogs might learn new tricks.


#1 Folded cardboard helps keep front caliper pads apart when front wheel is off.

#2 Auto windshield washer tubing makes good, cheap, temp carb overflow tubing.
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Re: The SOHC4 Nugget Thread
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2010, 02:33:02 pm »
#3 Simple green cleans most parts, well.
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Re: The SOHC4 Nugget Thread
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2010, 02:36:12 pm »
Mag wheel cleaner is great for cleaning the motor, spray it on rinse it off.

I use the turtle wax brand.

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Re: The SOHC4 Nugget Thread
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2010, 02:57:51 pm »
NoobMove: Con rods, then cases. Unless you like practice with TripleBond...
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Re: The SOHC4 Nugget Thread
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2010, 03:03:42 pm »
Read the manual, it's pretty good.
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Re: The SOHC4 Nugget Thread
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2010, 06:43:42 pm »
Spend more time mastering the SEARCH function than you spend in the 'inspiration gallery'....but less time than you spend viewing the Babe Thread.

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Re: The SOHC4 Nugget Thread
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2010, 08:40:46 am »
If your bike is running poorly do a COMPLETE tune-up first.  Then, and only then, if it's still not running right come here and ask questions. 

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Re: The SOHC4 Nugget Thread
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2010, 08:43:55 am »
If you ever plan on parking your bike on anything other than cold asphalt or concrete, keep a small piece of plywood or a section of old license plate under your seat to put the end of your kick-stand on.   

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Re: The SOHC4 Nugget Thread
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2010, 03:50:43 pm »
If you ever plan on parking your bike on anything other than cold asphalt or concrete, keep a small piece of plywood or a section of old license plate under your seat to put the end of your kick-stand on.   

or the nifty little disc they handed out a the msf course works great.
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Re: The SOHC4 Nugget Thread
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2010, 07:23:40 pm »
Is the ignition on and does it have fuel (check the simple things first)?

Manufactures are cheap baztards, they don't put parts on just for fun (you probably need that)

When working on a motorcycle, never be in a hurry to go for a ride.  While riding a perfectly tuned motorcycle, never be in a hurry to get home.



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Re: The SOHC4 Nugget Thread
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2010, 07:37:30 pm »
Always blame the PO in public, but never forget your mistakes in private.
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Re: The SOHC4 Nugget Thread
« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2010, 09:40:03 am »
It always helps to have another bike to ride so that you won't cut corners on your project bike.

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Re: The SOHC4 Nugget Thread
« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2010, 10:25:22 am »
Don't kick-start your bike to impress onlookers unless you're positive you can start it by the third kick. 

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Re: The SOHC4 Nugget Thread
« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2010, 10:43:31 am »
playing with your idle set screw more than once at a stoplight doesnt make you more cool.


great nuggets guys...keep 'em coming!  8)
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Re: The SOHC4 Nugget Thread
« Reply #14 on: August 11, 2010, 10:52:54 am »
When removing parts from your bike to work on it, whenever possible immediately put all nuts and bolts back on the bolts or in the holes they came out of.  This eliminates the guess-n-check procedure otherwise required to figure out where they're supposed to go after you've had several beers and are attempting to put things back together. 

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Re: The SOHC4 Nugget Thread
« Reply #15 on: August 11, 2010, 10:53:20 am »
Never attempt to put your bike back together after having several beers. 8)

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Re: The SOHC4 Nugget Thread
« Reply #16 on: August 11, 2010, 10:56:50 am »
Never squeeze the front brake when your front wheel is off due to a puncture and you are in the middle of nowhere with no way to push the brake piston back in ::)

Dont forget to hook up the oil return line between engine and oil tank and dont ride off after an engine rebuild with this disconnected.
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Re: The SOHC4 Nugget Thread
« Reply #17 on: August 11, 2010, 10:59:08 am »
#1 - It helps to have a bike to go for a ride.

#2 - If looking for a bike on C-list (see #1), don't wait to call if you see "the one".  It will be gone (within 2 hours).

#3 - Go ahead and ask me how I know.

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Re: The SOHC4 Nugget Thread
« Reply #18 on: August 11, 2010, 11:02:17 am »
Portable sidestand discs are good to have. I had a disc welded to the bottom of mine. Removed enough material from the stand foot first to offset the thickness of the disc.
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Re: The SOHC4 Nugget Thread
« Reply #19 on: August 11, 2010, 11:09:20 am »
Portable sidestand discs are good to have. I had a disc welded to the bottom of mine. Removed enough material from the stand foot first to offset the thickness of the disc.


That's beautiful welding !!
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Re: The SOHC4 Nugget Thread
« Reply #20 on: August 11, 2010, 11:21:39 am »
Nor I. Saldana Racing Products: Brownsburg IN.  High end aluminum frames, racing tanks and radiators...or low end junk like mine. Same welder.
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Re: The SOHC4 Nugget Thread
« Reply #21 on: August 11, 2010, 11:27:25 am »
Wow...tha weld is amazing!...if that wasn't a ROBOT...the person who laid that bead deserves a GOLD star FOR SURE! nice!

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Re: The SOHC4 Nugget Thread
« Reply #22 on: August 11, 2010, 11:28:46 am »
Just Bob. Bob the Welder.  ;D
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Re: The SOHC4 Nugget Thread
« Reply #23 on: August 11, 2010, 11:33:28 am »
BOB THE WELDER! That's excellent!.... BOB THE WELDMASTER-BEADBURNER!!!  truely awesome!

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Re: The SOHC4 Nugget Thread
« Reply #24 on: August 11, 2010, 11:43:45 am »
WD-40 gets rid of oxidation on unpainted aluminum parts. Also breaks down grease, oil, and tar so it can be wiped off easily. WD-40 is cheaper than those highly toxic degreasers, smells better, and doesn't burn your skin. Once you see how easily it breaks down grease and oil, you'll understand why it is a bad idea to use it as a cable lube.
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