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post #1 of 5 Old Nov 26th, 2005, 8:11 pm Thread Starter
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Talking Fixed rear PTT

Hello, everyone:

This will be (I hope) the final post on my CB installation. As you may recall, I had trouble with the dealer who installed the J&M CB on Mein Byk and managed to ruin the rear PTT button by compressing it below the rear seat support. I confronted him and was refunded my money as well as the cost of the PTT. Today I decided to takle the problem myself. I found the crushed area, cut it and spliced it back together by soldering and reinsulating the wires. I went a bit further, though, by taking this velcro PTT button, which would normally be strapped to the grab bar on the left saddlebag, thereby making it impossible to open without first undoing the velcro, and installing it "professionally." I drilled a 1/2 in hole in the black plastic that surrounds the rear seat, and enlarged it just enough for the button to fit snugly. I then found a tubular spacer that came from a set of Kuryakun grips I installed on a friend's bike and used it as a support from below the button. To my great surprise, it fit perfectly and the button doesn't slip back through the hole. I secured the support with some black silicone and buttoned everything back up. I now have a functional rear PTT button that looks like it was always there. Just wanted to share this small accomplishment with all of you.
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post #2 of 5 Old Nov 26th, 2005, 8:24 pm
 
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Same spot, but on the opposite side is where I installed three inline volume controls for my intercom. Accessible, yet out-of-the-way. Great minds do think alike! Or, maybe it's just a "Joe thing".
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Now tell the truth Joe. Did you do it without some handing you the tools?

Looks great.

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Now tell the truth Joe. Did you do it without some handing you the tools?

Looks great.

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Thanks for the complement. Actually, yes I did do it without a helper. I set up a little TV tray table next to me and put my lamp, wiring stuff, soldering iron, etc. on it. My family had gone out and I was on call, so I couldn't really go anywhere far. I must be within 15 minutes of the hospital. Having trained in a public hospital where one had to fend for oneself, I can put in an IV by myself and usually can draw blood on a squirming newborn without help. This was easy in comparison. Doing it this way is something I'm used to. I must confess, soldering the tiny wires with only my two hands was a bit tedious, though. I could have used an extra pair of hands, but, such is life.

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Iíve got two sets of helping hands to help with soldering. Alligator clips on swivel joints on a heavy small stands.

Alligator clips mounted to 10-12 gauge solid conductor wire can sub for helping hands on a bike.

In a pinch, Iíve used the wire ties for garbage bags.

I like the TV tray idea!

Iím allergic to dust. So, when Iím in my garage, I ware a dust mask. Would be useful to get a head band with a lite on it. Maybe a little paper hat to go with the light?

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