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Old 05-27-2004, 03:50 AM   #61
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I guess it was 20 yrs ago...maybe as early as 81, but no later than '84. I was outside Barry Higgins' shop in Mableton, Ga ( he moved out to Douglasville many yrs later) - chewing the fat with Barry, gleefully overstating the details of the bike trip to the Rockies I'd just returned from. And then it happened. I would not have believed it unless I'd seen it. Even to this day, maybe I think I dreamed it: some bonehead on a Yamaha cruiser wobbled up, chain dangling as low as I'd ever seen. He stops, turns off his engine and says, "hey, man...can you adjust my chain? I'll pay you".

The mind boggles. They are out there and they need help! But are they worth redeeming?
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Old 05-27-2004, 03:55 AM   #62
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Uhhh, I've got 20+ yrs experience assisting the likes of Auto dealers, machine shops, mechanics, millwrights, etc., with Safety & Health programs. If you change oil once a yr or so, a little oil is no big deal. But if you have a couple or three bikes, change oil 3-4x/yr and do your own car, own lawnmower, etc., dirty oil on the hands is not a small thing. Latex, nitrile or vinyl gloves ARE a damn good idea.

Don't believe me...hey, no problem. But remember...believing something is not so will not make it not so.
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Old 05-27-2004, 04:04 AM   #63
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I've owned so many cars, trucks and bikes there is no way I can count all of the oil changes I've done. I've only had one crush washer leak and I have hardly ever bothered to replaced one. I have had several occasions where the rubber "o" ring on the oil filter stuck to the base of the oil filter mounting surface. Makes for an interesting mess is you don't catch it and spin on the filter with two "o" rings in place. Most shop manuals will tell you to clean the mounting surface and if you do you will always catch that problem. It's kinda odd but it does happen.



And, after reading way too much about oil filter construction, I am now using Purolator filters when ever possible.
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Old 05-27-2004, 04:11 AM   #64
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Is that the part that flies off first?
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Old 05-27-2004, 04:17 AM   #65
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Ever get a headache after changing your oil? Use the gloves as suggested. They ARE a damn good idea. Maybe if we say it enough times people will listen. There are so many cancer causing, brain damaging pollutants in used oil that anything more than the most casual encounters with the stuff needs to be avoided. The post above is as true as it gets.
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Old 05-27-2004, 04:35 AM   #66
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You drove a freakin' TR6 from KY to Mexico!!?



You are the bravest man I've ever known.



Or the most foolhardy.



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Old 05-27-2004, 04:47 AM   #67
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Everything is easy after you've done it 1000 times but there's a first time for everyone. If articals like this help someone out then where's the harm?

You did remind me of my neighbor about the same time ('81 or so) who wanted to impress "the biker" (me) next door and do his own oil change. He puts his '70 something LTD up on the bumper jack, crawls underneath with his cresent wrench, yanks out the drain plug and pours 5 qts. of dity oil all over himself, his driveway, the storm drain, and eventually the Green River.

I was laughing so hard I dropped my bong....er...I mean beer.
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Old 05-27-2004, 04:57 AM   #68
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I, too, used to think the same. If you do any amount of serious work, however, they're indespensible. After a while, your skin gets stained, starts to crack due to use of harsh cleansers all the time, no to mention the wife doesn't want any of that business anywhere near her (if you know what I mean). If the phone rings, you grub up the phone. If you need to find something in a manual, you grub up the manual. Get the gloves, be a happy camper. Even for small jobs...it's all of like $.10. --Chris
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Old 05-27-2004, 05:16 AM   #69
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I use the gloves when changing oil or polishing chrome and such, but the real advantage is the looks you get when people see a box of 200 latex gloves in the garage, next to a bottle of Castrol...
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Old 05-27-2004, 05:31 AM   #70
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He never said he drove it back!
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