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A funny story...

So long story short, it's winter and I'm modding my Vulcan. I got the Ergo handlebars, a Meanstreak seat (from someone on Craigstlist in my area believe it or not!), and some handlebar grips. I also took off my baffles and thinking about slapping on some custom pipes off the goat's belly. Decision TBA...

Anyway, it took me a couple hours to get this all done (had to swap out the speedo cable too, speedometer hasn't worked in a while) after much frustration. I ordered a short KZ1000 clutch cable because I heard they fit the Ergo handlebars the best. Everything came off well, but then for some reason it didn't fit well enough on the clutch lever. After banging my head for at least a half hour I come to realize I'm missing the clutch cable adjuster that sits in the lever. Tearing my garage apart for at least another half hour and I can't find the damn thing, so I give up, say "well, maybe I hit the forum when I come inside to see if anyone has one to spare..."

I clean up, park the bike against the wall, grab the bike cover which was balled up in the corner, and this falls out...
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I do this type of thing often

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LOL I can relate to this, all shed's/garages/workshops have the unexplained wizardry of tools/parts vanishing from thin air only to reappear the in most unlikely of places when you've finally given up on the search or bought a replacement
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I just love a happy ending........don't you?!
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For me the part always waits to re appear after I've replaced it...

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I guess I get more anal with parts. I not have not only photographed where they go, I label them and place them in a dedicated container (those clear storage containers you are supposed to put food in work great)

Sometimes I'll even make a sketch on paper how parts go together. This likely will save me when I finally get around to putting together my Vulcan which has sat for a decade.

This can backfire when your wife decides to "clean up" the garage...which she did before we moved. To facilitate moving my project bike, I had to reinstall the front end. The complete set of parts for the steering head was in a plastic bag, and was sitting in top of a ratty piece of paper showing the order they went on the steering stem.... this paper mysteriously disappeared, but luckily after some thought I figured it out. Now, to avoid this in the future, the wife knows she isn't allowed to touch anything on the workbench without me there...
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I guess I get more anal with parts. I not have not only photographed where they go, I label them and place them in a dedicated container (those clear storage containers you are supposed to put food in work great)

Sometimes I'll even make a sketch on paper how parts go together. This likely will save me when I finally get around to putting together my Vulcan which has sat for a decade.



I wish I could be like that... although in fairness I've been a lot better with the Vulcan rebuild, labelled zip bags and dedicated shelves with new parts etc

However my shed has a tendency of being in organised confusion
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I'm glad I'm not the only one! It's the fairies really!!! Lol!
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I wish I could be like that... although in fairness I've been a lot better with the Vulcan rebuild, labelled zip bags and dedicated shelves with new parts etc

However my shed has a tendency of being in organised confusion
Organized confusion seems to work for me too. Every time I work on something I have a bowl that says "misc bolts and screws" I throw stuff in.

I'll have some pics up soon. I ordered the wrong size grips (apparently the 1" throttle grip is still too tight) so I'm waiting on that now.

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Organized confusion seems to work for me too. Every time I work on something I have a bowl that says "misc bolts and screws" I throw stuff in.

I'll have some pics up soon. I ordered the wrong size grips (apparently the 1" throttle grip is still too tight) so I'm waiting on that now.

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I've had wrong size grips issue twice now. I'm just ordering a set that comes with the throttle tube this time.

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