And they said millennials don't know how to get their hands dirty
Tag: Mods & Upgrades
Like they say: “If it ain’t broke, fix it ’til it is”. There’s nothing as rewarding as investing dozens of hours into a custom project, only to successfully create something unique that’s perfectly adapted to your needs and expectations. Regardless of whether it’s just a little store-bought trinket for your car or a full-blown, one-of-a-kind installation on your motorcycle, there are plenty of things you can do to indulge in some benevolent vanity.
Here are just a few suggestions and recommendations of awesome mods & upgrades worth checking out. Hopefully you’ll find something useful around here.
TPMS is one of the best accessories you can put on your bike as far as safety is concerned. If you’d like to keep an eye on your tire pressures while riding, nothing beats the convenience of a tire pressure monitoring system. However, as of yet they are seldom seen factory-installed on our two-wheeled vehicles. If you’re considering adding one to your motor bike, here’s a review of the best cheap motorcycle TPMS kit I’ve found so far.
Here’s a quick and easy upgrade if you’re looking for a project to keep busy during Winter. There’s an old saying that on cars, one quick way to judge if it has as many miles as the odometer claims is to look at the condition of the steering wheel. Something similar could be claimed about the area around a motorcycle’s ignition.
One peeve of mine are bikes that have the ignition area all scratched up from keys banging around. It looks bad, and it’s avoidable. Using cheap carbon fiber vinyl we’re gonna make a custom key scratch protector for motorcycles. This 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 (Z650) is today’s victim. Enjoy!
Did you just buy your first motorcycle, and it’s a 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 or 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300? If that’s the case, congratulations and I hope you enjoy it! Welcome to the brotherhood. And as part of the motorcycling community, you’ve probably noticed that customizing your bike is an integral part of the experience. If you’re looking for some inspiration, here’s my Kawasaki Ninja 300 upgrades list with all the improvements I’ve personally done to my motorcycle.
Through the years I’ve definitely tried some parts that were great, others so-so, and a few that downright sucked. Here’s what I ended up deciding are good enough to keep on this little motor bike. Also, I’ve written detailed DIYs on how to install more than a few of them – you’ll see them linked. Regardless of if you’re looking for a specific part or just need some motivation, keep reading. You might find something useful in here.
One chief reason why people give up exercising on a bicycle is seat pain. Thankfully, there’s an easy way to fix that. I was looking for the best exercise bike seat for my Schwinn 170, and after trying a few models here’s the best one I found – the Serfas Rx Exerciser EX-RXL. If you’re looking for an upgraded gel seat for your stationary bike, you’ll definitely want to give this model some consideration.
Nothing sucks more than turning your ignition key…only for nothing to happen. Well, almost nothing. It goes head-to-head with having to repair a flat tire on the go. The best way to avoid a dead battery is to check its voltage every once in a while. There are a few ways to make that job a bit easier. One interesting option I’ve found recently is the JS-8T Battery Voltage Indicator. What makes it pretty unique is that it’s compatible with any battery chemistry, including Lithium and Lead-Acid. That makes it perfect for cars, motorcycles and RC devices alike. Plus, it sure beats having to dust-off your jumper cables.
Installing an aftermarket operating system is one of the best ways to extend the life of your device. Given how today most devices have hardware that is pretty good, really it’s up-to-date software which makes all the difference. Here I’m going to go over, step-by-step, how to pull off an Amazon Fire 7 5th Gen custom ROM install. We’ll also be rooting the device in the process. Let’s start!
If you have a website, you probably use a link shortener or have considered getting one before. In case anyone isn’t familiar, basically it allows you to easily redirect short URLs to longer “complete” URLs on your site. There are many reasons to do this, like visitor traffic analytics, marketing, user experience or the constraints of social media. Thankfully, YOURLS makes creating your own custom URL shortener quick and painless! Nonetheless, registering a custom domain just for occasional link shortening can feel a bit wasteful. That’s why I created the ‘Fallback Domain Redirect with UTM’ Plugin for YOURLS, to give the domain a second purpose! Both are free and easy to use, so if you own a hosting plan, consider giving it a shot!
Most people wouldn’t believe how controversial this topic still is. Should I crimp or solder this connection? Ask this in any forum and you’ll find opponents willing to passionately debate the topic to death.
On one side you’ll find those who will quickly crimp a connection without giving it a second thought and go on with their day. On the other side you’ll find those more than happy to call the first group “hacks” or lazy. They will insist that a soldered connection is much more reliable and has better performance. But who is right? The truth of the matter isn’t that simple. This won’t settle the crimp or solder discussion, but it will provide valuable insight. Continue reading “Electrical Repair – To Crimp or Solder?”