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...

Friday, November 26, 2010

retro Suzuki Colleda rear pipe repair

There are mainly two types of two stroke mufflers found on motorbikes, one type is welded shut and cannot be cleaned easily without cutting open the muffler with a disc grinder or by using a cutting torch. cleaning this type of two stroke muffler can also be done by tossing it in a furnace or by blow torching to melt the oil sludge inside the pipe.

Another type of two stoke muffler is the like a cartridge and can be opened for cleaning. Most racer or for competition two stroke motorbikes have cartridge type mufflers and can be easily cleaned and the muffler wool easily replaced. These photos below shows a retro Suzuki Colleda 50cc two stroke motorbike that have a clogged tail muffler. It was so clogged-up with oil sludge that the engine wouldn't start. Before I disassembled the muffler, first I inserted a long screw driver inside the tail pipe to free some crap and to make way for a small hole so that the engine could breath. After doing this, the engine fired up but there was lots of white smoke coming out from the muffler which is good for eliminating mosquitos but never good for the rider nor the pedestrians. Engine lacks power because it cannot breath but after cleaning the tail pipe, I was able to easily pop a wheelie. So easy that I enjoyed doing it too much that I dented the rear fender (lol). To make things short, there was lots of power after cleaning the muffler. I will not say much about how I did the repairs, just look at the photos and see how straight forward the repair is... The tools I used for cleaning are very basic hand tools like a socket for removing the tail pipe from the muffler, screw driver, wire brush, parts cleaner and a piece of rag. Some tail pipes needs a drill, a rivet tool and some muffler wool but it was not needed on this project.  The electric drill and the other tools on the photos was for another project that I was also doing at that time...