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The Garage is where we work on a wide range of tech tips including articles on tools and performance.

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ULTIMATE BDL Pressure Plate

Lots of Options for Big Twins

By Bandit with photos by Wrench
I stumbled into a meeting at BDL and found out about the Ultimate BDL pressure plate options. The next thing I knew we were in the shop installing one.
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OptiMate6 Model TM181 Automatic Battery Charger

Nothing lasts forever and motorcycle batteries are no exception.

By Bruce Snyder
The original equipment battery on my 2012 FLD Dyna Switchback had been dragging occasionally, after enduring a couple of summers and bad-ass winters in northern Virginia, plus another sweltering summer in the Conch Republic of south Florida.
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JIMS NEW 135-INCH RACING MONSTER

The latest from the House of JIMS will be the Power House behind the 5-Ball Belly Tank

By Bandit, Paul Platts, with photos from the JIMS crew and a George Fleming illo
We’ve worked with JIMS staff for maybe 30 years, maybe longer. Jim Thiessen has one of the most solid companies in the industry. When the custom world is on fire JIMS keeps rolling along. So, when we decided to create something completely nuts for Bonneville in a Belly Tank configuration I discussed it with Jim and he immediately wanted to be involved. I reached out to Paul Platts and quizzed ...
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Aeromach Meets Indian

Paul Aiken Buys an Indian Classic and Goes to Work

By Bandit with photos by Wrench
A few years ago Paul Aiken, out of Charlotte needed something to do. He loved motorcycles, was a machinist, and had a creative nature, so he bought a very small parts company called Aeromach. Paul’s shop was akin to Geppetto’s workshop in a storybook.
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CV CARB MADNESS

There’s more to a CV carb than meets the eye

By Bandit with photos by Wrench
CV carbs have a strong reputation in the industry. Years ago I did an article with Trock on his mods. I finally ran his modified CV on my Mudflap Girl FXR and it was terrific. I experienced sharp throttle response and almost 50 miles to the gallon out of the box. Then I tore the Mudflap baby down ...
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How to Test Your Motorcycle Charging System

Staying out of trouble by keeping tabs on your bike's charging system will save you major hassles

By J&P Cycles
As a general rule, modern charging systems are efficient, reliable and maintenance free; however, there are exceptions to every rule and few problems will leave you stranded as quickly as charging system that’s gone kaput. Fortunately keeping tabs on the system is relatively easy; all it takes is a simple DC voltmeter or battery tester.
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Bikernet Headquarter’s Wings

The Headquarters Receives its First Set of Wings

By Bandit with photos by Wrench and Ray C. Wheeler
Recently a Bikernet Contributor screamed at me in all caps, “Goddammit Bandit get off your ass and write something, give us a tech. Do something even if it’s wrong.” An easy assignment albeit daunting. For some reason the last couple of months scrambled like a holiday on meth. What happened? Hell I don’t know? So here goes the wheeled wing story.
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Tubeless Motorcycle Tire Repair

A quick tech to help you get back on the road quicker after a flat

By J&P Cycles
If there’s anything that is worse than being stranded with a flat tire, it’s being stranded with no way to repair it. Picture it: you’re out on a beautiful Sunday morning, the bikes purring like Tony Bennett crooning I left my heart, and all of sudden the tire loses pressure. What moments ago was a pristine example of motorcycle design in motion is now about as a...
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