I love to teach my son how to ride and repair stuffs the old fashion way. Here I will share some of our cheap DIY projects and repairs. I will also share some of my experience as a biker and as a pro mechanic. I am not a mechanic anymore but I still do repairs but mostly for my own machineries and this is why I try to keep everything easy and cheap. I also don't race anymore but I still love riding up the mountains where there is little or no help and all I can rely on is my small tool pouch and my monkey repair skills to bring me home whenever my bike or my friends bike breaks down.

If you are a tech-wiz or some kind of high-tech repair guru who likes spending too much $$$s buying stuffs and spends most of your time at a coffee shop posing your best biker battle gear clown costume and talking how great a biker you are then THIS IS NOT FOR YOU... Here we seriously ride our bikes and we try to keep everything simple, easy and cheap. Most of what I will share here are intended for riders who usually break their bikes to peices and may not be needed by other bikers.

I will also be sharing some cheap ways how I repaired my cars and computers. And for laughs, I will also add some weird / funny / odd stuffs that I or we did that worked and didn't work. Sorry about this blog's style, set-up or whatever you may call it, I'm an old school biker and its easier for me wrenching cars and bikes than typing on my keyboard...

Monday, October 11, 2010

cheap two stroke muffler (rear end) overhaul

If you have an end pipe that can be dismantled and opened (MX racers, trials racers, and some aftermarket performance pipes for 2 strokers) you can salvage or use asbestos insulators but best to stay away with asbestos. Some use fiberglass sheets also. I change my end end pipe's glass wool 3 times/year and the price of glass wool is not really cheap, I have used the real stuff (muffler's glass wool), fiber glass sheets (used for repairing fiberglass bumpers, spoilers, bike's fairings, etc.) but since I scrap lots of cars... I also use these materials... If you look under a car's bonnet, you may find an insulator neatly fitted on it or behind the car's engine w/c is called firewall insulator. I use these materials also. Some house walls especially ceilings have similar insulators also that you may salvage for your bike's muffs. 

Always make sure that the material that you'll be using is fire proof. HOW TO CHECK simple... get a small peice and light it. If the material burns it is no good.

As warned... ASBESTOS is bad for your health! 
next time: how to clean the center pipe.


  1. Love reading all the stuff you have posted in your blog, this is the kind of grass roots information that I am constantly seeking being an old schooler myself.