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Tito
04-10-2011, 11:21 PM
Now that I have the attention of the FBI....

Here's a simple and quick Registration/Insurance/Joint holder I made for my bike this weekend.

All the materials I used cost me about $12 out the door, and I am sure I could have found it cheaper.

You will need:
12" length of 1/2" copper pipe = $3
1/2" copper pipe endcap= $1
1/2" copper slip on joint to pipe thread fitting= $3
brass endcap= $5

I used MAPP gas for sweating the pipe fittings (these ones came pre-soldered), but propane will work. I used a tubing cutter to cut the pipe, a hacksaw works too. I already had the clamp in a greasy box of bolts. but if necessary, you can find the rubber lined clamps in the electrical section of the hardware store. You can also use any size black pipe, galvanized pipe, brass pipe, conduit, etc; whatever your taste. Also note, I am obviously not a plumber.

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First, think about how big you want to make this. I cut mine to about 5", and in retrospect, wish I'd done it about an inch smaller, as the caps and such add a bit to the final length.

Throw the fittings on there and make sure this is the length you want. Then take a little sandpaper, scotchbrite and clean the area where the fittings are going.

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Now, get out the torch and start evenly heating the fittings. If you hold it with the fitting upwards, the solder will flow downwards when its time to stop.

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It's gonna get ugly, the heat's gonna turn it colors, and it's gonna get REALLY hot. Have a beer or a pepsi while it cools off.

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Now this step is optional, but this is where I cleaned up the shitty chinese casting marks on the brass cap and I rounded the hex on the copper fitting.

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Also optional, but I cut off some thread length, as I wanted the brass cap to go all the way down, and not have a bunch of exposed threads (it's the little things)

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Here we go, all put together with some nice scotchbrite action.

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Time to twist one up...

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Now, find a suitable mounting point. Right behind my primary, mounted to my battery box. Nice.

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Now, sit back and enjoy.

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Sects
04-11-2011, 12:46 AM
Nice and easy. I didn't think about copper... I was going to use some clear hose... Like what you'd find on a gas tank for a sight, just bigger. Good call!

Tito
04-15-2011, 12:21 PM
Nice and easy. I didn't think about copper... I was going to use some clear hose... Like what you'd find on a gas tank for a sight, just bigger. Good call!

Yeah, I used a cheap aluminum cigar-tube on another bike. It worked, but it was kinda flimsy. This is super-heavy duty.

MegaDON666
04-15-2011, 2:47 PM
Thats pretty cool,

REV
04-15-2011, 7:49 PM
if i could add one thing, maybe put a plug in the bottom with a cord attached to the lid so you can pull the stuff inside out once its settled. that looks a little thin to just stick a finger in and get out easilly.

ridemore16
04-15-2011, 8:17 PM
Shit Tito! My Biltwell stash tube was delivered today. I didn't even think to make my own. Very cool (as always) thanks for posting!

SMChewy
04-15-2011, 9:58 PM
Nice work, but the real question here is what liner did you use on your shop floor? Ha ha. You happy with it? Did you do it yourself? Lookin at doin my garage floor this summer.:cheersmate:

me
04-15-2011, 11:33 PM
great simple tech and something i've been thinking about more and more latley....thanks

OldStfCycle
04-16-2011, 12:14 AM
pipe bomb... love it

Tito
04-16-2011, 1:16 AM
Nice work, but the real question here is what liner did you use on your shop floor? Ha ha. You happy with it? Did you do it yourself? Lookin at doin my garage floor this summer.:cheersmate:

I got the stuff at Sherwin Williams paint. It was 2 "kits" (each kit does one car garage), and about 5 bags of the paint flecks (they were on clearance at Home Depot). I think all the supplies ran me about $150. It was easy, but I did it in 105˚ heat two summers ago. The hard part was moving all the shit out of my garage, and cleaning up my garage cement. It had 60 years of grease and rust stains, so a lot of pressure washing, then hands and knees with a scrub brush, then more pressure washing, then a very liberal coat of muriatic acid to etch the surface. Wear a respirator. Then pressure wash again, then let dry completely. Then start rolling on the coating, and act quick.

It has held up amazingly well, and I am extremely happy I did it. Oil just wipes up, liquids don't absorb into it, and it reflects the overhead light very nicely.

Do it.

BeetleJuice
04-16-2011, 7:16 AM
Very nice man, I'm in the process of figuring out a tube for my legal stuff too...Thanks for the write up it gave me a few more ideas

TS
04-16-2011, 4:04 PM
Great write up! I'll have to give this one a try.

SMChewy
04-17-2011, 10:41 AM
I got the stuff at Sherwin Williams paint. It was 2 "kits" (each kit does one car garage), and about 5 bags of the paint flecks (they were on clearance at Home Depot). I think all the supplies ran me about $150. It was easy, but I did it in 105˚ heat two summers ago. The hard part was moving all the shit out of my garage, and cleaning up my garage cement. It had 60 years of grease and rust stains, so a lot of pressure washing, then hands and knees with a scrub brush, then more pressure washing, then a very liberal coat of muriatic acid to etch the surface. Wear a respirator. Then pressure wash again, then let dry completely. Then start rolling on the coating, and act quick.

It has held up amazingly well, and I am extremely happy I did it. Oil just wipes up, liquids don't absorb into it, and it reflects the overhead light very nicely.

Do it.

I was lucky enough when I bought my house 2 years ago to have a new slab in the garage and driveway. But my bike addiction has proceeded to fuck that up. Ha ha. Good to know that if prepped correctly the do it yourself stuff holds up. Thanks my man.