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Homemade and Unique Tools

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Travis, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. 650Skull

    650Skull SSSSSSSSSlither Top Contributor

    Great and simple idea. I would weld a handle on the end so my fingernails didn't have to be worn off trying to grab the bar
  2. xjwmx

    xjwmx It's just the unknown. Top Contributor

    Hinge the lever where it joins on, so it swings in the direction of up in the last photo. Makes it easier to get the bike off with no effect on getting it on. Put locking pins in the frame to adjust height and have a useful commercial product. Made in U.S.A.! Happy days are here again!
  3. 650Skull

    650Skull SSSSSSSSSlither Top Contributor

    Don't know about the hinge?
  4. xjwmx

    xjwmx It's just the unknown. Top Contributor

    Yeah, about 3 1/2" from the frame. I could draw one, but a tin bender could make a better one. He'd reach for his ancient copy of "The Hinge, from Aresthosenes to Zalantos" and pick out a good one.
  5. Luke4554

    Luke4554 "PureBred Fabrications"

    Well the nice thing is the handle is open at the end of it .. but .. the angle of the crossbar seems perfect. I can put my index finger in the end of it and pick up with little effort and the bike lifts like its nothing. I made it so that i could center the bike with the rear wheel up in the air .. its fast and simple and keeps me from having to use a bottle jack w a 2X4 anymore, which makes me happy. I would tip the handle up at the end on the next one just for the sake of arguement but the way it is now still works for me..

  6. dj_elite

    dj_elite dj_elite

    I know A guy that makes these for Harleys. The end of the handle is bent up so when its down the handle is off the ground. His are also a little bigger too. And the handle folds in for storage. They work awesome!
  7. Atrvo

    Atrvo XS650 Member

    I have made an xs engine stand with car engine stand. I can rotate the engine upside down to work on the lower half or even have it on the side for putting the clutch assembly back together. The best thing is I can wheel it out to work on and then wheel it away.

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  8. pumps

    pumps XS650 Junkie

    JIS screws...sort of a philips but notice how a philips doesn't quite fit? JIS is japanese industrial standard I think. Ordered some bits from this guy on the recommendation of bluebikerblan.
  9. Jayar

    Jayar XS650 Member

    Great thread! Gotta dig up some of mine...
  10. gggGary

    gggGary I'm listening, change my mind XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    So I ordered some bits then noticed that they won't ship til late November! Out of the country. Just a heads up if you are in a hurry.
  11. flyboy

    flyboy XS650 Enthusiast

    Last edited: Dec 19, 2010
  12. gggGary

    gggGary I'm listening, change my mind XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Engine cleaning or welding or going to be sitting for a long time?
    You want your ports plugged to keep the nasties out.
    The exhaust is easy; head to a home store and get a pair of 1 1/2" dollar or test plugs. They are designed to plug an 1 1/2" PVC pipe, they fit in the exhaust port, tighten the wing nut and you are done.
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    The intakes are a little trickier because they are smaller and standard plumbing plugs don't fit.
    The easy way is the rubber collar from the handle bar mounts. it's an exact fit, a bolt two washers nut, tighten and the port is sealed. Rubber test tube corks work too. A number 7 is about right they come with a hole already in them. The plywood cover? Not so much. :doh:
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    Gotta love the PO that "customized" this poor XS engine.
  13. Dillrepair

    Dillrepair XS650 Member

    i just use a small c-clamp to hold the plug on its side to the fins on the jug... tight enough to keep it there but not bend the fins
  14. Rexxis

    Rexxis Almost there...

    found the answer to my question
  15. bobadame

    bobadame XS650 Addict

    content removed, tools not specific to motorcycles.:doh:
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2011
  16. yamchop

    yamchop XS650 Addict

    i made a soda blaster. tried it out last night, works ausome. its a presureized tank set up. made it for about 60 bucks with a bunch of parts laying around. i'll get some pics up later.
  17. merenat

    merenat XS650 New Member

    Whit a fridge compressor in five minutes you can change and purge all the brake liquid and also is great for test the vacuum fuel key. Only engage the pump connect to the blench and open make sure is always brake fluid in the reservoir.
    Sorry for my poor English i do my best.
  18. skrapper

    skrapper XS650 Member

    I made a jar with three spigots for a temporary gas tank to sync my carbs.
  19. ^ pics? How did you attach the three "spigots"?
  20. jmink427

    jmink427 XS650 Junkie

    Tubing notcher I made.


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