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...

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Improvised A-frame, lol!

There are times that we may need to pull an engine out but lack resources or tools. I've removed engines from big bikes several times using an aluminum ladder. There were times that friends gave me a bikes that were stored at the back of their garage or warehouses where moving the bikes was impossible because of all the crap around the bikes and all I needed was the engine (same here with the jet ski). Here I've used several bike ratchet straps to lift the engine and pieces of wood to pry it out :)

Using an aluminum ladder as an A-frame is a bit of a balancing act but it does the job well as long as you know your ladder's weight capacity, plus it will be best or a lot safer if you have someone to spot/hold/guide you when you are removing or installing the engine especially if you are working on unstable grounds. The ladder may topple and fall once you've raised the engine because the legs of the ladder might sink or dig in the ground causing the ladder to fall. Make sure that you have secured your ladder on something solid like strapping the ladder on a wall, a car, a strong fence, etc. before raising the engine. Many people have done this and it works.

Just be careful, work slow and use common sense. Stay clear of the engine while it is lifted and if your engine is falling, don't be a super hero trying to catch it because you can't. 

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