That’s right folks, the first track day of the year is getting close. The first for this year will be held at Putnam Park Road Course, with Midwest Cafe Racers Association. We will be heading out on Friday, April 19th, for the weekend. The preparations already began a few weeks ago, actually over a month ago. This year I am not only prepping my track bike, but also my friends track bike. The best part is, I am learning more and more about his bike, and the bells and whistles that it has.
One of the many parts to prepping the bike for the track was changing out the coolant to a non-glycol based coolant, changing the tires, removing all glass / plastic from the bike. Not to mention drilling and safety wiring the oil filler cap, oil drain plug, and oil filter. Those are simply the necessities, we have taken it a step further and changed out some other stock parts for nicer track ready parts. The main obstacle has been that he elected to go with a non-branded rear set foot control. These were copies of a very large name brand rear set foot control. Everything seemed to fit together until I went to install the shift linkage. The linkage length should be 9″ long, the one they sent with the new set was actually 9-5/8″ long. Because of this it actually placed the shift lever about 3″ too low and will not work. Luckily, I have the knowledge and ability to modify things like this. After cutting the extra length off and re-tapping the hole, the linkage is now to the correct length on the bike, and ready to go racing.
The point to the story is this: my friend went with the company who said they were just as good if not better than the big name brand, yet considerably cheaper and not made locally. In the end the quality of the product was not what they made claims of over the internet and they don’t have near the level of support that the brand name does. After some fixing, the units will work but it could have been a costly replacement as the manufacturer of these doesn’t stand directly behind their product.
Here at EXAIR we have instilled quality into our product and customer service. If you were to receive a part that doesn’t work, we will be here to help figure out why, and then make the correct actions to remedy your problem as fast as possible. So don’t always believe what you read on the internet about how great some products are when they are so much cheaper than a well established, market leading brand.
This past weekend I converted my SV 650 back to near stock equipment. This meant changing the front end back to stock, the rear sets (foot pegs), and rear wheel. While it wasn’t that hard I still have to make sure all the pieces were there (which they weren’t) and then make something work in their place.
The bike went back together smoothly and I made sure everything was snug, or at least I thought. Then on my way in to EXAIR on Wednesday, I was on the highway and tried to shift when I found out there was no shift lever! The shift linkage had come loose and was dangling by one end waiting to fall off. I immediately pulled off to the side and tightened the linkage back up and got it to work. When I checked the linkage before I left for the day, it appeared fine. Then on the way home when I was on the highway, the same thing happened. By the time I made it to the shoulder this time, the shift linkage was gone. Luckily I was close to my exit to get off the highway so I cut through downtown Cincinnati. The only problem now was that I only had first gear which meant that I was red lining the engine to keep up with traffic and to be able to stop and go. Other than everyone staring at me because my motorcycle was screaming like a banshee, I made it home safe and sound. The picture below shows the part that fell off.
This reminded me of a time when I found a very valuable piece to be missing off a vacuum I use in the garage, the part that holds the filter on. This little piece must have done the same as my shift linkage and vibrated free, then gotten thrown away with the debris.
If I would have been using an EXAIR Chip Vac or Heavy Duty Dry Vac, I wouldn’t have had to worry about missing pieces or vibrations from a motor causing something to come loose. There’s no internal moving parts that are going to come loose or fall off. Everything is compressed air driven so I don’t even have to worry about heat build-up, bearings, seals, or even the prongs on the plug getting bent.
It’s not just Industrial Housekeeping Products that have no internal moving parts, it’s virtually all of our products here at EXAIR. So if you have a vacuum that has stopped working or lost some pieces, just give us a call and we’ll help find an EXAIR product that will work for your application.
I know everyone has that list (that hangs somewhere in your house or in your head) of things that need to get done. Something that has jumped to the top of my list to get done this weekend is installing an electronic brake controller on my brother’s 2009 Chevy Silverado. Along with race prepping the bike for the final track day of the year. (It’s ok if you cry. It’s a sad time of year when we don’t get to ride anymore.)
While I am no stranger to electronics in vehicles through my experience as a MECP Installer, I am always a little hesitant to deal with the electronics which handle the brakes for the vehicle. So I checked out all the installation instructions and wiring diagrams and found an easy “How To” video that will help me to install the unit.
Then once the unit is installed I will have to test drive with the race trailer empty just to ensure the trailer brakes are in fact working and something like below doesn’t happen.
As long as everything is good then next weekend my friends and I will be on our last trip to Putnam for the year and we will hopefully all be coming back with our MCRA Race License.