Benefits of Custom Van Shelving on Your Utility Vehicle

If you use your van for a business or you use it as a mobile workstation, then you might need to make some changes to it and install a shelving solution. You can have a custom van shelving that will tailor fit the storage needs of your utility vehicle. In this way, you have the assurance that your tools and equipment will be in a location safe and remain undamaged. Shelving systems such as the modular systems, is an effective choice for your mobile workspace especially if you are aiming for a more organized, more efficient, more productive and orderly work environment.

There are countless utility vehicle shelving options and accessories that you can choose from when you want to have a more productive workspace in your van. It also offers you several selections for your storage system like cupboards, racks, shelves, and boxes. When choosing for your customized van shelving system, you need to consider first the equipments and tools that you will be putting in your storage and organizational systems.

There are several truck toolboxes and van racking that you can install for the interior and exterior parts of your vehicle. Side van racking on the exterior can help you carry longer ladders. You can also opt for cabinets, drawers or storage bins; each of them has their own configurations so that it can fit perfectly to your van needs. One flexible kind of arrangement that you can choose to install to your vehicle is the modular system.

Custom van shelving will be a very great help to ease you on the organization of your tools and equipments that you usually carry on your van. An effective shelving system and van storage system, both in the interior and exterior parts of your utility vehicle, will allow you for more professional-looking and competent workspace.

How and Why To Tighten Your Dirt Bike Chain

There are several reasons you should tighten the chain on your dirt bike regularly, but a less-than-obvious reason is to prevent a major catastrophe. If you ask someone, “Why do you tighten the chain?” they’ll probably say that “It will get loose and fall off if you don’t,” or “To prevent chain slap.” While these reasons are true, because chains can and will fall off, as well as slap around and wear parts out, the deadliest result is not far off from a chain falling off the sprocket.

KaBoom!!

Think about what happens when the chain comes off… Does it just keep spinning freely? No. Either the chain guard catches it and the chain grinds on it, or the chain gets caulked and spins up to the counter-shaft sprocket then seizing it because there’s no room and cracks the case because there’s so much rotating mass. There goes the crankcase, tranny, and possibly more. All this because you forgot to take five minutes and tighten the chain…

Dirty Chain=Problems

The first thing to do if you haven’t already is wash the bike. A bike full of dirt, clay, oil, and other foreign materials makes it much harder to work on. Cleaning the chain will make it last longer, so a strong soap, and wire brush will do a good job. Next thing to do is set-the bike up in an open area of your garage on a stand so the rear wheel is off the ground.

So Easy, So Simple, Why Doesn’t Everyone Do It?

Once the bike is all ready and you have the tools, take a wrench (usually 1 1/16″) and loosen the nut on the left side of the axle so it turns with no tension. Next you break loose the lock nuts (10mm) that are up against the swing-arm on both sides. Then, on the left side, turn the adjusting bolt out with a wrench until the chain is tight enough (more on that later). The reason you want to do the left side first is because you are adjusting the chain. If you start with the right side then you may have to do multiple adjustments.

Proper chain slack should be 1 1/2 – 2” (38-50mm) at the end of the chain guide. A relatively accurate way to check is to put two fingers in between the chain and chain guide; it should be pressing on them if it’s tightened properly. After the chain is tightened to spec on the left side, do the same thing on the right side. There are marks on the axle blocks and swing-arm. Adjust the right side so that the notch is in the exact position as the left side is. Failure to do this will result in a wheel that doesn’t spin straight, which could cause damage or a crash.

Let ‘er Buck!

After you tighten the lock-nuts, then go ahead and tighten the axle nut. Spray some chain lube on the chain and you’re ready to roll! Just remember to look at and clean the chain on your dirt bike every single ride. This will help prevent major disasters, and the chain will have a longer life.

Motorcycle Accidents – Check Your Bike for Safe Riding This Spring

Winter’s firmly in the rear view mirror and we’re heading rapidly towards warmer, drier days – perfect motorcycling weather. But before you pull the covers off your bike and head out on the road, take the opportunity to make sure both you and your bike are ready.

Although motor vehicles only have to be MOT’d once a year, it is your responsibility to ensure that your vehicle is roadworthy all year round. A winter laid up in the garage or under a cover can leave a bike with dangerous problems such as seized brake callipers and cylinders or low tyre pressures. So before you head out on the road, it’s time to give the bike a thorough check. Riding a bike that is not roadworthy could result in a serious accident, and the most likely person to suffer as a result is you. Motorcyclists make up a tiny percentage of road users but a disproportionately high number of traffic accident victims. While motorcycle accidents are often the result of other road user’s inattention, checking that your bike is safe prevents you from being the cause of your own misfortune.

Basic checks

If you’re not confident in your skills as a motorcycle mechanic, the best thing to do is book your bike in for a service at a reputable garage. However, there are plenty of things even amateur mechanics can do to avoid motorcycle accidents.

Tyres – the most obvious check is to ensure that your tyres are at the correct pressure, but take the opportunity to check the condition of them as well. Make sure that your tyres have the minimum tread depth across the whole width of the tyre and that there are no cracks, splits or damage particularly to the sides of the tyres.

Brakes – leaving a bike standing for any length of time can result in the brakes becoming stiff or even seizing on. Ensure that your brakes are fully operational and that there are no airlocks in the lines. Bleed the brakes through to remove any air in the system, and top up brake fluid levels.

Oil – changing the oil and oil filter can increase the efficiency of the engine and reduce emissions. It also prolongs the life of the engine and prevents dangerous situations such as the engine seizing whilst travelling.

Lights – although the days are getting longer, you will still need to ensure that all of your lights are working correctly, particularly brake lights. Replace any bulbs that don’t work.

Getting yourself ready

Once the bike is in good working order, it’s time to think about yourself. If you haven’t ridden for a few months, remember that the first time out your reaction times are going to be a little slower than normal, so take it easy and be far more aware of traffic on the road. Remember also that road conditions may have changed since your last ride, as winter weather damages the surface of the road so watch out for new potholes.