Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
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Matthew Schnurr won our custom fly by wire grips from a Facebook contest we held a few months back. The prize was a set of gray and black grips with large stitching kinda like the character Jack from Tim Burton’s “Nightmare Before Christmas”. Matt suggested the name Tim Burton grips. Turns out, Matt needed dual throttle cable grips instead of the fly by wire. As long as we’re re-doing them, he requested orange and black to match his bike. Since the original gray and black Tim Burton style stitching was not going to be used, Ralph decided to field test them. Good thing, because the large stitching allowed for the fabric to become loose from the twisting motion of the throttle. We changed the pattern and used orange and black Matt suggested.
Making your own high quality battery cables is simple to do. I like to use car audio power cable in either 4 or 8 gauge size. Car audio wire has hundreds of strands of wire that will flow more current vs. a standard cable with just a few strands. See, current flows on the outside of each strand of wire in a cable, not through the center of it like you might think. There for, the more strands in a cable, the better the current flow. This makes a car audio power cable a great choice; it’s also very flexible which makes it easy to route.
On a final note, most car audio places have scraps of this stuff lying around that are big enough to make your battery cables with, and that can save you some dough. So for this month we are going to make a set of custom battery cables for Chris’ “Ticket To Ride” Panhead. You can see more of this build in the book Custom Motorcycle Building Basics that will be on newsstands shortly. Let’s get started!
Keep in mind it is vital to be sure you drive your bike with safety. Make certain you use real carbon fiber helmets.