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post #1 of 3 Old Apr 2nd, 2010, 4:52 pm Thread Starter
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What did I accomplish this winter? Farkles and more…

We had an extremely hard and long winter this year so I had quite a bit of garage time with my bike. As I did not have any cool farkle ideas to start with I decided to concentrate on the maintenance side. I guess I explained that part already before but in short:
- new clutch
- all new seals
- new final drive
- new throttle cables
- new K&N air filter
- new fuel filter
- pulled and cleaned the throttle bodies
- new engine, trans and FD oils
- new reverser switches (broke the old ones myself)

While having the bike apart I did get some farkle ideas though. The first one I mentioned before was to make a “lane splitting flashers” out of my aux halogen driving and fog lights. I got my electrical schematics worked out so got it working with a help of one regular turn signal flasher relay and two extra relays. So now I can make my Hella Micro FF driving lights and my similar Hella fog light to flash “wig-wag” style. So this should make me more visible during the lane splitting...

The second one concerned my GSM alarm system. I had been unhappy with the present system for more than a year since the bike had created a habit of giving me a call every time 3 - 4 hours after arming the alarm system. And this happened every time, even if the bike was in the garage and nobody was messing with it. So either the bike was feeling lonely over the night or there was something wrong with my cell phone alarm system…
So I found a new gadget! It is called Tramigo. http://www.tramigo.net/
This is a combined GSM / GPS tracking unit that is commanded by SMS messages. Now I have the unit installed and I can arm the unit from my own cell phone. If somebody messes with my bike or it’s equipment the unit will send a SMS to my cell phone. Then I can ask the unit to give me a call and I can listen to the possible conversation around the bike before I go and greet them with baseball bat. And if the bike would get stolen (very unlikely) I could track it by the GPS and if the unit reports that it is being ridden I can shut off the fuel pump by a text message and that should give the thieves a small headache. Of course the remote shut off of the fuel pump is something I can do BEFORE the bike is even being started which would mean that the OEM stopper device would have to be bypassed already…

Farkle #3: Electrical reverse actuator. After riding the GL 1800 last year to CCR I got attracted to the push button reverse actuator of the Wing. Although I needed the reverse less often with a Wing because of it’s lower CoG…

Anyway, Now I’m obsessed with building a push button reverse to my LT. It is not done yet, but I have the idea pretty much figured out. I would use a similar actuator that is used for cars electrical locks etc. For instance something like this http://www.1aauto.com/1A/DoorLockActuators

Now my only concern is: How to protect the unit from the exhaust pipe heat? I’m afraid the environment around the reverse lever gets too high for these plastic covered actuators. A solenoid relay could be more heat resistant, but will I find units that can both pull and push?

What do you guys say?

I will make a picture presentation of my installations later on the spring…


Ari "the Farkle-Freak-Finn" Ignatius

Hyvinkää, Finland
2004 ('05) LT, Dark Graphite, "Sunset Cruiser II"

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post #2 of 3 Old Apr 2nd, 2010, 7:55 pm
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Re: What did I accomplish this winter? Farkles and more…

My experience with door lock actuators is they work in both directions. They are for the most part an electrical motor and a rack and pinion output for the linear movement. You reverse the current flow and they go the other way. Fairly potent push as well. My only concern would be stalling the motor if the reverse gears were not lined up. You have felt that as you flip the knob. Sounds like another fun project.

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Re: What did I accomplish this winter? Farkles and more…

The door lock actuators on my 84 chevrolet pickup were a more robust design. They had a metal housing and a much more powerful motor. Check it out. It may suit your needs better than a newer plastic version.

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