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BREW DUDE on Bolt Failures and Torque Settings

Grades, Stretching, Threads, Coatings, Thread Locker, and Bolt Quality

By Steve "BrewDude" Garn, originally published in Deluxe magazine
Bikernet tech: So, a bolt you tightened down completely failed and broke into two pieces. Why did it happen? Did you tighten it and use a torque wrench to insure the proper tightness?
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Bikernet Tech: Overview of Voltage Regulator Types

(Mosfet vs. Thyristor)

The linked material below is a collection of information which provides an overview of both the mosfet and thyristor type voltage regulators. If using a thyristor type voltage regulator and it fails, upgrading to a mosfet based voltage regulator will offer longer lifespan and better charging system performance. Heat buildup in the voltage regulator kills the SCRs, whereas mosfets are more effici...
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Classic 2007 Softail Receives Paint Touch-Up

Copper Leaf from Doug Starbuck and Pinstriping by Mike Lamberson

Photos and text by PJ Hyland
Bikernet Tech: Last year I bought the bike I had been dreaming about since it made its debut in the Harley line-up in 2007. How cool it would be if the stylized feathers, outlined on the tank, could be filled in with swirled copper leaf.
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Biker’s Choice TWIN-POWER Ignition Tech

With a V-Plus Engine, V-Power Lithium Battery, Vulcan Ignition and V-Power Mini Coil

By Bandit with photos by Wrench and assistance from the Redhead
I recently rambled about never giving up. This tech is an example in not giving up, and looking for opportunities for success. James Simonelli recently went to work for Biker’s Choice and it’s a company constantly looking for opportunities to succeed.
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BIKERNET SUPREME TECH: The Brew on Busted Bolts

Removing the Dreaded Busted Bolt Tech Discovered in Geno's Car Kulture Magazoon

By Steve “Brewdude” Garn with photos by Brewdude & Richard Kronk
A Bikernet Tech Find: Anyone who has ever worked on older vehicles has experienced the dreaded broken bolt malady. It may be on your bike or on someone else’s, but it always ruins our day!
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BIKERNET TECH—Welcome to BDI Exhaust

Installing the BDI 5150 Raw Dyna Exhaust

By Wrench, Jeremiah Soto, with photos by the Cub
One of our Bikernet San Pedro riders got ahold of one of the new BDI 5150 Raw systems for a Dyna, and we went to work installing it at Peak Performance Customs in Harbor City.
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BIKERNET SEAT TECH: With El Waggs and Saddlemen, Part 1

There’s nothing like a Fiberglass Seat Pan for Fit

By Jim Waggaman with photos by El Waggs
I’ve known Jim Waggaman of Air Stream Studios for maybe 30 years. He helped me with my ’92 Dyna custom with Mike Maldonado, and I rode it to Sturgis in ’94. Hell, I rode it 400 miles in the rain with Dr. Hamster to the Billet Bar in Phoenix, from Los Angeles, for a drink. By the time we arrived we needed two and a hot shower. Hang on for this Bikernet Tech with Jim's help.
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BIKERNET TECH: Latest Motherwell Fender Rack Installed

Just Right for a Traveling Indian Chief

By Bandit with photos by the Redhead
This Bikernet Tech started with a couple of notions. The Triking Viking, who road tests lots of bikes, wanted to take my 2014 Indian for an Iron Butt ride, but needed a luggage rack.
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