CB Radio Install Step 2

I have been dwelling on how to mount the antenna bracket for my CB for a few years now… so I have had plenty of time to figure it out in my head. You see they give you this bracket that has slots in it so you thread your license plate bolts through it and fasten it to the backside of your license plate holder. Problem is my Harley-Davidson layflat license plate holder uses fake stick on bolts!

layflat license plate holder with fake bolts and now 2 new holes

Success would rely on being able to drill new holes through the license plate holder. I can leave the fake stick on bolts in place and put a set of real bolts behind the license plate. Only problem is the head of the bolt can only be about 1/8″ or the license plate will bulge out. So I would have to shave off some of the bolt head to make it real flat. I was able to drill the holes (shown above) but they were so close to the fake stick on bolts that I would also need to cut off a portion of the bolt heads. This was good because I wouldn’t need to hold the bolts with a wrench to keep them from spinning when I tighten them.

custom bolts

I customized the stainless steel bolts (shown above in a before and after photo). I love cutting things with my Craftsmen Rotary Tool (Dremel) and a Gyros Fiber Disk 11-41502.

I wanted to find some chrome acorn nuts and washers but I had to live with stainless steel ones from Sears because I have no idea where you can pop in and select just two chrome fastners. All went together pretty well. Amazing what you can acomplish if you dwell on something for about three years!

FLAT BOLTS IN PLACE

BOLTS ARE THROUGH

ACORN NUTS AND ALL

all done!

As a perfectionist I don’t like how you can see the new bolts peeking over the top edge of the license plate. I might have to get a decorative license plate frame. Besides that I am happy with how this came together.

CB Radio Install Step 1

Bike In House 1

It’s winter time and I don’t have a garage. I have a small enclosed porch that is frigid and a tight fit for two Harley-Davidsons. If I’m going to install a CB radio in January, step one is getting my motorcycle into my house! I never brought my motorcycle into the house before. I decided to bring the Dyna into my wood shop through the rear sliding french doors.

Bike In House 2

I assumed the french sliders were wider than the front door but it turns out I was wrong. I rode the Harley from the enclosed porch, back around the slick back yard and up onto the rotting back porch at it’s lowest point. I’m glad the motorcycle didn’t go through the porch, that would have been a pain in rear! Mind you my foot has gone through that rotting thing I call a porch so the fact that the Harley didn’t is nothing short of a Christmas miracle!

Bike In House 3

It would have been smart to take the engine guard off but smart just isn’t my thing. The guard was just a smidge wider than the opening in the sliders and made for a very difficult entry. I had to call in the wife for help! The two of us wrestled with the bike to no avail. Then we encorporated the Craftsman motorcycle lift as a dolly… but it wouldn’t roll across the rotten bowing deck slats. I backed the motorcycle off the deck and put down a sheet of aluminum as a deck floor. The Harley didn’t want to start. Then it just wanted to spin the tire in mud. I had to roll back off the deck and getting a rolling start to get back up on the deck and into the doorway. Then we tried the lift again. It was easier to roll the lift on the aluminum sheet. Eventually we twisted the motorcycle through the doorway and into the shop.

Step one complete! Owe my aching back!

C What I Got for Christmas

J&M CB Radio from Cycle Accessory Store

Diana did it once again! She is awesome. She bought me the J&M handlebar mounted CB radio from Cycle Accesory Store for Christmas… again!

She bought me one for Christmas a few years ago but I thought it was too expensive and exchanged it for two Chatterboxes so we could talk to each other. Those things didn’t work and I sent them back. That has been a sore spot since. I will probably never exchange another gift from my very thoughtful wife ever again!

Diana eventually came into a unit like this that was used. She is the third owner. The two previous owners were members of our HOG Chapter and both upgraded to touring bikes that had CB’s after owning this one for a short spell. So Diana has been using this radio with much success… at half the investment of a new one!

Midland CB 75-822

mount midland cb to magnetic map holder

magnetic mount antenna on luggage rack

I on the other hand have been experimenting with a cheap substitution in the way of a Midland handheld unit wired up in a multitude of ways. At first it worked alright but by this year I could just use it for rudimentary communication. One word answers and such. I’m sure it’s partly my fault as I have never been a good listener but I can’t tell what anyone is saying half the time.

complete installation of midland Cb on low rider

Team Green Pit Crew At Work

Jay Screwing In Transmission Dip Stick

Diana cleaning drain plugs and installing new o-rings

Jay draining his fluids

Diana draining her fluids

Jay pouring fluids in

Fix My Hog Banner 4

Dark Custom Sinister Low Rider

Dark Custom Derby Cover, Timer Cover, Air Cleaner Cover

Christmas presents from Diana! She is the best isn’t she?! I wouldn’t spend a dime on cosmetic accessories but Christmas is a time to buy the ones you love something special they wouldn’t normally indulge in. So my wife got me these cool Dark Custom accessories for my 2007 Dyna Low Rider. The air cleaner cover on the left took several months to come in after being special ordered.

Here are the before pictures:

Not so evil Low Rider

Nice Clean Low Rider

The air cleaner cover is kind of funky the way it goes on. I didn’t think it was the right part. I had to make sure with Doug the Service Manager at Rommel Harley-Davidson and ask him how it went on. I was also surprised to find out the decorative timer cover really doesn’t cover anything at all except a hollow compartment. The derby cover requires the new flat round gasket part# 25416-99C.

Here is the novice mechanic at work wearing one of his Dark Custom caps (I should have worn my black one):

novice mechanic at work

Here is the primary side with new derby cover:

dark custom derby cover on 2007 dyna low rider

Everything went smoothly except… one of the screw holes in the timer cover… the threads just disintegrated. I didn’t apply any pressure and they just stripped right out. I’m glad this is strictly a cosmetic cover but the imperfection is driving me crazy! Please tell me what to do to fix this using the original screw and not tapping new threads. 

The motorcycle is looking evil and somewhat sinister and definitely dark and is now a little custom. So now the Transformer has become the Dark Sinister Evil Custom Low Rider with lots of practical removable accessories like saddlebags, windshield and sissybar.

Thanks for the presents babe! I love you because you make me omelets for breakfast every weekend, make the best ice cream deserts with strawberries and chocolate and caramel and whip cream, plan the best road trips and buy me cool presents like these. And you encouraged me to buy my first Harley-Davidson and always go for my dreams. Almost at the five year mark! I think you’re a keeper!

Multi-Fit Derby Cover Dark Custom – Part# 25562-09

Multi-Fit Timer Cover Dark Custom – Part# 32414-09

Multi-Fit Dark Custom Air Cleaner Cover – Part# 61300057

Sucker Turkey Tube

So you want to know how to get good oil out of a slightly overfilled Harley-Davidson engine? Or rather you want to know how I did it!

The night before I did my first Harley-Davidson oil change on my own we were at a First State HOG dinner and dance. I was telling our chapter maintenance guru about some issues I was having with my Dodge truck and how it had too much steering fluid in the steering reservoir. I had bought some clear tubing at Home Dept for $4.00 to siphon it off. My mentor told me not to do that! He said to go to the grocery store and buy a turkey baster for less than $2.00 and suck out just the exact amount! A lot easier and more accurate!

So I’m doing my first Harley oil change and I fill my motorcycle with too much oil! I’m freak’n out big time! I’m explaining frantically to Diana this is a big deal! It’s not like I can fit a turkey baster into that little hole and bend it around inside the engine and suck out the oil!!!! What am I gonna dooo?! My motorcycle is gonna be ruined!!! I’ll blow the valves or something horrible!

So I now have a turkey baster and clear tubing for the Dodge and a light bulb goes off in my sick demented head! The next day I cut off a foot long length of clear tubing and squeezed it into the opening of the turkey baster. Then I fed the tubing down into my engine and sucked up the oil 1/4 oz at a time for several hours until my oil was at the dead nuts on correct level. So that’s how I stuck a turkey baster into a small hole to suck up unwanted lubricant! Sounds like something out of that new American Pie movie. “One time at band camp…”