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I'm thinking about building one of these, but before I do, I wonder if anybody is getting rid of one. Or has any ideas about building one. I've got a couple thoughts about it, but I could be way off base.
Any suggestions anybody???...

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I suspected as much, but when I walk into Aubuchon, all I can find are paint rollers, which look about right, but I don't think they'll hold up.
I was actually thinking about canibalizing a treadmill for the mechanisms, except that would require a treadmill, and I don't have one...
Then I was thinking about using the motor from my Sears Craftsman table saw, since I really don't think I'll ever use it for anything other than a table, but that doesn't solve the starer roller problem...
Another problem is that I've never actually seen one of these things, so I really don't know what I'm doing, which lead me to post this in the wanted section, where someone might look if they were trying to get rid of their racing shit because baby number 3 is on the way, and mom really needs the garage space for her Esuvee...


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you can also run a small honda four stroke lawnmower engine (cheap if you find a dead lawn mower) then go to a local company that makes conveyors. There are lots of them, people need conveyors. check out their dumpsters, all you need is about a foot or two feet of the stuff. (X2) weld up a frame, mount the engine, gear it with one roller, and if you can, run a foot accelerator with a foot operated shut off and you're good to go. Looks like the one pictured below, but you don't need electricity.

PS. There are very few bikes, IMHO, that need starter rollers. Tuned properly for the race track, the bike should start easily. That doesn't mean you might need someone to help push. Rollers are great when diagnosing and you need help. The big problem with most roller set ups is that they have to go under a car, and then you need a second person. But if you have a second person to run the rollers, they can just as easily push. (unless they are female and weigh 230 lbs.)
 

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Pushing is alright if the bike is an easy starter and will pop right off. However, there are some big twins and singles that wear people out at a fairly quick rate as they sometimes have a bit too much compression and bump over once and then skid. When I was driving for Sandy last year, people would flee when we rolled that car out on the tarmac, it was really nasty. It started one time and one of the guys that was pushing fell as the car shot out from in front of him.

Scott Evil then sold me a set of rollers and that was the ticket. The car would start right up, but it needed a couple of good revolutions to pop it off. I would recomend just plain rollers as they're cheap, or easily fabricated, and while people don't like to push, they don't mind going over and running a vehicle on a set of rollers.

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DGY, Magnetoczar, I want first dibs on those rollers if you ever want to get rid of em!!

After all, i sold em to you.
 

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I built this set of rollers for Fritz Augustine...they were giant...made to start a high compression Guzzi...he couldn't find a set anywhere large enough to grip the tires right.
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Edited by - jbranson on Mar 17 2006 10:45:34 AM
 

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quote:
DGY, Magnetoczar, I want first dibs on those rollers if you ever want to get rid of em!!

After all, i sold em to you.
If you want em' back, keep your eye on the obit' page, cause then they'll be available. You never know when you'll need a set of those mothers.

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Dgy
 
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