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    hole in the sidewall

    I break them down by hand. I have a bead breaker tool that I use with a sledge hammer, but before I go to swinging a sledge on that thing, I get the tire and wheel on the ground and stand on it and work my feet around the edge of the bead to work the tire bead away from the rim a little. That helps me get the head of that breaker in place. It makes the work much easier.
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    Vintage Frankenbike project!!! YZ/XT

    I think it's a pretty cool bike and a nice project. Good work DuggyT
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    Ugliest XL250

    That is unbelievably bad. And he wanted $250 for it too. It looks like something left over from the Mad Max movies. That guy was proud of it too and from NY. Think it might be one of the OCC chopper guys selling it? Jeese!
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    1979 honda xl500s turn signals

    I agree with kdn on this one. It sounds like you have some 12V components in your 6v system. On the other hand, if the lights are nice and bright, you might have a defective flasher. Check your bulbs and flasher and make sure they are all rated for 6v and if so, try another flasher. Let us know what you find.
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    Found THIS in my oil !?!?!

    I totally agree with this post. that key is held captive while what ever it would go to is assembled. It can't just fall out. It had to be dropped in at the factory or someone lost one in it when it was opened for service. If it's running, I'd leave it alone and enjoy it. I think if you tore the entire engine down, you'd find it's an "extra part". If it runs good, run it till something goes wrong. If someone accidentally dropped one in, they knew it would either break something or go to the bottom of the crank case and get caught on the magnet, just like it did. The engine ran fine so they let it go.
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    Found THIS in my oil !?!?!

    Yep, I agree, it's a woodruff key. If you bike is running ok, I'd not worry about it. I'd imagine, they lost one at the factory and you just found it. I remember dropping a screw in an xray machine years ago. I tipped it over to get it out and a double hand full of nuts and bolts fell out. LOL. I guess they were a bit sloppy at the factory that day.
  7. Me too, I'd like to know where that information came from and more specifics about it.
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    hole in the sidewall

    Yep, if you can get it to hold, run with it!
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    hole in the sidewall

    heck try something and see how long it holds!
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    hole in the sidewall

    It's tough to get a side wall repair to hold because of the flexing of the side wall. Even if you put a tube in it, the flexing of the side wall, tends to make the tire bite a hole in the tube, mainly from the friction. If the tire is tubeless, you might try a goofy redneck repair, a bolt and a couple of fender washers with some rtv. I fixed a lawn mower tire with a sheetmetal screw and rtv once. It might be worth a try if it's an expensive tire.
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    What do you think of my restored bike.

    That is a excellent restoration! Great Job!
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    1979 honda xl500s brake light

    Hey man, a good wiring diagram might help you out. This guy has a lot of diagrams posted on his site. He doesn't have your model, but perhaps there is one that is close enough to help you trouble shoot your problems.
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    SL70 handlebar restoration?

    Your a bit confused on the abrasive issue. 3 and 4 - 0 steel wool can scratch chrome, however the scratches are so small, they are difficult or impossible to see with the naked eye. Essentially, it doesn't appear to scratch. The same principle applies when you do a sand and buff on a new paint job, You use a very fine sand paper, to smooth the top of the paint and cut down orange peel, possible runs and over spray. While sanding with the very fine paper, the paint can develop a little shine. That is followed up with buffing with compound which is also abrasive and possibly then, wax or mirror glaze. Personally, I stop after the compound and have a very high luster. The compound and fine paper certainly remove material and scratch because they are abrasive, however the scratches get smaller and smaller and the paint appears to take on a "flawless appearance". Now, if what your saying is true, then you could do the same thing with 80 grit as you could with 2000. This is simply not the case. You can prove the principle to yourself. Take some 3 or 4 - 0 steel wool and scrub the He)) out of half your windshield, Try your wife's minivan again. Bear down on it good. Then Scrub the driver's side with your SOS pad. Use the same agressiveness. There is no question in my mind you will see scratches on the driver's side where you used SOS and you won't see scratches where you used 3 or 4 - 0. You'll get the same results on chrome. SOS will clean chrome, but it will change the finish too. If your looking for a "brushed finish" then that would be the right tool. If you want it as bright as possible as it was originally, then you need a much higher grade of steel wool than a pot scrubber. That's about all I have to say about it,
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    SL70 handlebar restoration?

    Hey man, steel wool comes in different grades just like sand paper. You don't use, 80 grit for finish work just like you don't want to use coarse steel wool for polishing.
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    tool kit storage location for a 1972 honda xl250

    fasterfaster, you nailed it. I saw a picture of that tray you described on a european website for honda's. I had no idea what it was really for because it looked shallow and it wasn't described as a tool tray. That had to be what your talking about. I can't find any other place it could possibly fit. Thanks a lot!