Damages

First time for everything…

First time I’ve ever UN hot wired a vehicle! 😉 

Back story is as follows; A buddy had his ATV stolen out of his yard in May. Insurance payed off and he got a new one… 3 weeks later, the troopers said “hey, we got your wheeler back”.

He’s run out of time for projects this summer, but would like to sell it to cover the difference between the cost of the new one and the insurance paid. 

So, I’m putting it back together and selling it for him.

If it was a horse I’d say rode hard, put up wet… They didn’t baby it, but I wouldn’t say they thrashed it. 

 Needs a few things cleaned up, and put back together since they had started to strip it.  

First up was fixing the hacked hot wire job. Then test ridding to make sure they didn’t screw the driveline etc.. It all works great!  

Wiring like this isn’t too hard when you have a full wiring diagram to start with (free download of full factory service manual!) 

And, your supplied with a new switch, and the proper plug for it.  Got wire extension colors close on a couple… 

Scrounged and shortened the harness wires for an aftermarket switch pod I’d bought for mine. 

The harness wires to the switch had been cut so short I had to add something, but having them all one color would be a pain. 

The next guy is going to wonder what the heck, but at least he won’t be fighting to track a wire in a bundle of all red or all black wires..  

Voila;

😆

Couple days work on a few little cosmetic details and rewiring a winch, and then you should see it on Craigslist Fairbanks.  ðŸ™‚

Categories: ATV, ATVing, Automotive Work, Damages, EDC/MT use, Improviser, Modifications, Outdoors, Vehicles, Wiring, Wrenching | 1 Comment

ATV Clutch repair! (Part 4) 

The previous parts of this saga, were;

1.

The clutch going out.

 A weight bushing and shaft worn, and a broken weight roller on the spider, jamming between weight and roller, late last fall. 

Parked it for the winter.

2.

Then this spring, I decided that if I took out the pivot shafycfir the weight, and that the weight couldn’t come out without disassembly of the clutch, it wouldn’t bind and jam,  and should work on 3 weights. 

Which it did, flawlessly.

For about 3 months. 

3.

Then it managed to get the magic amount of rpm, clearance,  and weight orientation to throw the weight. About 3.5 weeks ago. 

Turned out at that point, that when still “floating” in the clutch, even though the weight wasn’t helping engage the clutch, that it’s trapped weight/mass was balancing the clutch! 

Horrendous vibration ensued, causing engine over heating, a high pitched hum, and increasing belt slipage. And eventually would no doubt eat engine bearings… 

I rode it some for work around the homestead,  but I’m the clutch slippage was getting worse every time I ran it. 

So… part 4.

I decided to replace the weight shaft, and bushing, making both myself to save cost. 

To add back the weight, but held in this time as intended to be, and eliminate the play that allowed it to bind up. The broken roller on the spider could wait a little while. 

Being lazy won out over being broke. Twice. First time about 3 weeks ago, I was going to lathe turn a new pivot shaft. 
Was easier to buy a new one. 

This time I was going to make the bushing for the weight … Never had the time or drive to do it for over a week. 

Found a atv/cycle parts place with amazingly reasonable shipping rates to Alaska (bikebandit.com). 

Few days later I have shiny little parts! 

Got 4 since everything online says you’ll crush a couple learning to press them in.

 Uhuh. 

I used a new bushing over the old shaft, slid through the old bushing/weight, nut on top to act as a stop, and drove the old one out while seating the new one…  

Slight bur created on end of new one trimmed out with a drill bit by hand. Took 5 min total, if that. And I have 3 bushings left! 

If nothing else I have the bushings to later do the other 3 weights. 
Then came instalation in the clutch.

REALLY wanted to do this without pulling the clutch off the engine. I bought a puller last winter, but there are a lot of horror stories about broken clutch pullers, and having to then cut the clutch up to get it off. If you got a cheap puller.  I did get a cheap, but not the cheapest puller… 

Yeah. 

 Couldn’t compress the clutch into the belt loop (as it does when the clutch is working, to open the area around the weight) as I had hoped I could, with clamps.  

Suddenly realized I could enlarge that belt loop, and clearance in it, by letting the belt tighten on the secondary clutch!

 Pry open secondary clutch, pull belt foreward, press primary clutch half inward, hold in place with clamp, insert weight, drive in new shaft(light press fit in clutch), install nuts, tighten. 

Voila! That was amazingly easy. Not sure why, but God sure does like me!

 plugged in the belt safety switch in the cover, wired the cover to the rack as high as possible,  kept my leg out of the clutches for a short test ride in the yard (don’t try this at home kids).

 NO MORE VIBRATION! Works like a DREAM!!  Took less than an hour total! $50 max total spent, used a whopping $11 in parts! 

If I’d known that could go that easy, I’d have gotten the parts and done it months ago!  

Bolted cover on and rode it 10 miles; perfect! No vibration, no high pitch buzz, no belt slip, no motor over heating, good clutch engagement!! 

Back to the way it was last year(yikes, hard to believe its been 10 months it first messed up!) before any of the clutch issues!!  
Now, technically I still need to replace the clutch center spider, that houses the (broken)roller that the weight runs on. 

But given how little wear there is on the weight compared to the rest of the worn parts, I think it is causing very little damage, very slowly.   

I’m pretty sure it can wait a month or two of reasonable riding, for me to save the funds to get the spider,  and build the tools needed to disassemble the clutch to change it. 

I will also be periodically checking on the play in that weight on the shaft–

(and, as a side point it’s now the tightest of all four… the other 4 bushings could use done within a couple years m, I’m sure.)

–because,  there is a section where the wear had eaten into the weight, that the new bushing is unsupported. 

Probably be fine for a long time, but I’ll check it from time to time just to be sure.  

Might just weld up that spot when I have it apart to do the spider. Or spring for a new weight.   But unless it starts to bind again,  I can’t see this causing any wear being a problem, for a while anyway. 

I’ve also decided that even though it still looks great, this couldn’t have been good for the belt, and I gave no idea how old it is anyway. I’ll put a new belt on it as soon as I can afford it. Hopefully when I replace the clutch spider; Since the clutch has to come off to change the belt (what idiot thought that up??!?), and I’d like to minimize times I have to do that… 

Categories: Adventures, Alaska-Life, ATV, ATVing, Automotive Work, Damages, GetOutdoors, Improviser, MacGyver, Modifications, Outdoors, Riding, Vehicles, Wrenching | 1 Comment

Parts make the world spin…

Among other things that spin. I’ll just leave these here; 

Currently trying to find a new one that I can afford. Actually, afford to ship is more accurate. 


The pivot wear;


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(Bonus points awarded if you can tell me what it is 😉😎😈 )

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Recovered slugs.

Recovered bullets from shooting Saturday. 

On the right a 210 grain JHP, or what’s left of it, from my 41mag. On the left, a, as I recall, 240 grain JHP from a 44mag. Might be a 220 though  (a friend’s gun/ammo). .

Both went into a heavy dell computer case, and through a DVD drive sideways, and stopped against the inside of the steel case(denting it deep), @ about 25 yards. 

 The 41 mushroomed out to 0.725″ average, 0.800″ on one axis… The 44 went to 0.600″ average. 

The 41 lost a lot of mass though. I need to weigh them both when I get a chance. 

The other smaller one is the lead core from a crappy russian TulAnmo surplus .308win that had 165 grain JSPs in them… It went clear through the computer tower, possibly through a hard drive or DVD drive, and a couple inches into a wet punky cottonwood log. Not much left of it, jacket totally gone, Really stripped the lead off too.  But it did manage to mushroom to about 0.40″

The 41 was my Ruger Blackhawk, the 44 a friend’s Ruger Redhawk, and the 308 another friends Rock River Arms M16 A4. 

What we were shooting at, after all was said and done;

One of these trips I need to take along a truck bed full of old phone books and newspapers, some cans of water and do the boxes of wet newspaper concept. Along with my cronograph, do some more serious velocity and expansion comparisons. 

Categories: Damages, Electronics/Media, Guns, Hunting, Outdoors, Reloading

Trailer troubles. 

Was taking my little 4×8 folding utility trailer to loan it to a friend… wheel bearing started making a little noise. 

Turns out it didn’t loosen up and get better after it starting sticking and dragging the tire… 😯😕😓 .

I figured the trailer had sat a while(1.5 years, was used one, had sat 8 before that) and was stiff, little rusty maybe, it’d loosen if I ran it slow for a ways, then I’d grease it at the end. It did loosen. When the bearing ate itself and went out. Oops. .

Stopped part way to check it since it hadn’t stuck for a ways.. Wheel wobble was terrible, jacked it up and the wheel w/ the hub slid right off, and the roller bearings fell out. 

Oh. 

God’s grace alone that it didn’t come off going down the road! Thank You Lord! .

I feel like an idiot, but it could have loosened and been fine, so I shouldn’t feel dumb on making a choice, 50/50 odds I figure.. 

Just not the outcome I needed. Lol. .

Do feel dumb that I never ever thought to grease those bearings till they went out… that Was dumb! 😒😩 .

So now it’s sitting at a friends place while I figure out how to change the bearings, and where to get them. 

Worst part is that I was taking it to loan to another friend… not urgent, and he’s not in a bind for it, but… yeah. .

Ain’t life grand? Lol.

Categories: Adventures, Automotive Work, Damages, Vehicles

A Field Notes upgrade. 

​Pocket wear on the Field Notes that I use for church sermon and prayer notes was getting heavy, and it’s only 1/4 full… 

I have to use the Expedition version or a leather cover, else they get extremely rough before I fill one.

 Anyway, I wrapped the cover on this one in clear Gorilla packaging tape. Should help. Can’t hurt anyway. 

Also added a patch place with industrial grade adheasive backed velcro. The stuff sticks great to almost anything! 

Post coming shortly on that velcro and some other patches. ☺

Categories: Alaska-Life, Custom, Damages, EDC, Field Notes, Modifications, Notebooks

Rafting gear casualty.

I’ll have several gear posts from this trip, and unfortunately this one is for damaged stuff…

BUT, amazingly,  only one item suffered on the trip!

Somehow after half way through day 3, Friday, I lost the rotating bezel marker ring out of my Citizen Eco-Drive Diver. :o:(

I had used the timer function of that ring mid day, as a friend started through some unseen rapids around a bend ( to track how long to wait before going after him if we didnt hear from him in a set time span) but since he radioed back well under that time span, I never had to check the timing…

And while I checked the time a lot for the rest of that day, I was so busy/active that I  didn’t notice when the ring disappeared… Just noticed it was gone when I bedded down for the night.

Just before I’d used it and knew it was there, we’d just hiked the 2nd half of the portage, a 1/4 mile of tight steep winding rocky gorge, where I made three trips through total…  I probably clicked it on some rocks, and if it was already loose from previous use/abuse (not like this watch has led a cushy life so far!) it’s understandable that it could be loosened more and come out later in the day.

You can see in The pic where it half laps the rotating bezel ring and the crystal. Thankfully it’s not All of what holds the crystal in! 😉  And thus I’m still wearing the watch, as is, Every day. 😆

The model is discontinued,  but I’ll still contact Citizen and see if I can buy one. If not, I’ll go to the lathe and see if I can make one. 😆

Jason, my old friend(who passed away last fall) who gave me the watch would be proud I think… I’m wearing it and using it just like he did, not babying it!  (Miss you my friend!)

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Categories: Adventures, Damages, EDC, Outdoors, Watches

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