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Reader Question: Splicing Brake Lines?

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Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply!  Rob asks: I've read it's not safe to section together two piece of brake line that have been cut (as to remove a...

Drop Forged . . .

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There’s an old joke you may have heard about tools made in (say it like Trump)  . . . China. It says "drop forged" on the box it came in. Yup...

Reader Question: States Where Insurance Isn’t Mandatory?

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Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Brian writes: You've always talked about the immorality of forced insurance. You live in Virginia. Is insurance really not required in Virginia? Or...

“Savings” that’ll Cost You . . .

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No one ever saved money by spending it.  People who have money understand this principle - often having made a lot of it as salesmen, convincing other people of its opposite. The...

Reader Question: More About Storing Bikes Indoors . . .

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Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Phil asks: I've been silently following the earlier back-and-forth about the pros (and cons) of keeping a motorcycle inside the house. Someone recently...

Kit

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In military lingo, "kit" refers to "a set of articles or equipment needed for a specific purpose." Such as not being helpless if your vehicle stops working - or moving -...

Reader Question: Replacing Both Tires?

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Here's the latest reader question, along with  my reply! Dave asks: I popped a curb last week and it tore my driver's side rear tire on the sidewall. Went to a tire...

Premature vs. “Planned” Obsolescence

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You may have heard the term, planned obsolescence. It refers to the policy of General Motors (and others) back in the '50s and '60s to egg-on the purchase of new cars...

The Methuselean Manual

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Manual transmissions are interesting things in that they are probably one of the last things about moden cars that haven’t been turned into electronic things. They are still essentially mechanical things -...

Reader Question: Aftermarket Alternatives?

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Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Mike asks: I've got a cracked (plastic) headlight that won't pass state safety inspection in my state. The dealer wants an obnoxious sum...
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