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Tinker Talk – June 2019: Broken Carburetor Fuel Inlet Replacement

By Justin James Nearly all OEM H-D Keihin carburetors from 1970 to 2006, and many other large bore Keihin carburetors, are equipped with a plastic/brass fuel inlet. This piece of junk will eventually leak or break. Unfortunately, many people fail when trying to repair or replace the inlet and end up replacing the entire carb. Over the years I have ...

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Tinker Talk – May 2019

By Justin James An engine’s spark plugs are a small component tasked with a big job. Being able to understand them can turn out to be useful. In this edition of Tinker Talk we will go over the basics of spark plug electrode material, heat range and inspection. Inspection: Spark plugs should be inspected at the specified service intervals or ...

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TINKER TALK: Assault On The Battery Round 2

Some of you may remember my May 2018 edition of Tinker Talk where I went over testing a motorcycle battery. While at Run-a-mucca Motorcycle & Music Festival last year I was approached by a gentleman who read that one and suggested that I also do one on battery replacement. Ask and you shall receive, my friend. Obviously, every bike is ...

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Tinker Talk January 2019

Playing Matchmaker with Motorcycle Parts With it being the middle of winter I am certain that many of you are embarking on significant projects pertaining to your motorcycles. In order to complete these projects in time for riding season, efficiency is key. One of the things that challenges efficiency is downtime. During the off season many motorcycle related businesses are ...

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TINKER TALK: The Purest Form of Hand Made

By Justin James It seems as though there is an automated process or a machine that does everything for us these days. We have an app for this, a program for that and so on. Our worlds are so dependent on technology that we rarely take the time to do things manually or by hand. When I say by hand ...

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Hack Attack: Emergency Roadside Repairs – Tinker Talk 5

We have all heard or made cracks about tape, bailing wire and zip tie repairs. Most repair hacks are not intended to be permanent but they can get you by in a pinch. Being able to perform these types of repairs can make or break your ride. Do yourself a favor and equip your mental tool box with some useful ...

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Primary Oil Change – Tinker Talk 4

Many American V-twin motorcycles on the road utilize a wet primary drive system. The oil within a wet primary case is tasked with cooling and lubricating the critical components housed inside. In Sportster/Buell applications the primary oil is also shared with the transmission. Primary oil tends to become quite dirty since several of the internal components are wearable. Once this ...

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A Job Well Done – Tinker Talk 3

Anything worth doing is worth doing right. You should always strive to complete a job in its entirety the very first time it is attempted. We are all faced with the temptation to cut corners every now and then. Cutting these corners may save time and/or money but may often result in having to perform the job a second time. ...

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Assault on the Battery – Tinker Talk 2

A motorcycle’s battery is the heart of the entire electrical system. Waiting until the battery light comes on is not the ideal time to test its health. The basic health of a battery can be determined by conducting a few simple tests with a common multimeter. In this article you will be provided with instructions on how to perform these ...

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The Right Tool For The Job – Tinker Talk 1

The ability to improvise, adapt and overcome is a skill every motorcycle enthusiast could put to use. One area where this skill can be beneficial is easily revealed with a look into our tool boxes. Absolutely nobody owns every tool, to perform every job, on every bike out there. Not even the life long technicians who have handed their tool ...

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