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post #1 of 12 Old 01-31-2010, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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Dumpster diving !

I'm starting 12 hour shifts doing midnites starting Monday nite so I pulled an all-nighter last evening and did my old pastime, dumpster diving.

The local HD shop offered up a stock header which I totally need about 10 inches of to make my new exhaust outlet w/ the bend in it to deflect away from my relocated turn signals. Off to the Honda shop I did a lil' better. The tire recycling rack was full of cooked-to-the-cords phat street tires, and about 7 or 8 knobbies!! The two I kept (both 17 inchers obviously) were about half worn dirt tires with no dryrot. One was a dualsport. I'll spoon 'em on just for giggles when the stocker wears out. Also they get checked THOROUGHLY for defects in the carcass, bead, and cords.
I was becomming famous for this at the HD forum from 2000 to 2005.
Insurance jobs were the best. When some dude dropped his Harley on either side, pairs of everything got replaced. I'd keep the "good" mirror, footpeg, handlebar lever, etc from the highside of the crash. When diving once or twice a week it was only a matter of time before matching pairs of perfect stuff started showing up. At our internet gatherings, I'd give away a whole saddlebag of crap in perfect condition since I was already farkled to the max. Those big chrome primary cases would have scrapes on the bottom where no one could see anyway, and plenty of stock takeoff exhausts to boot. I took my pickup truck to one of the gatherings there was so much stuff!

Things are slow this time of year plus the slow economy so I won't head out again until spring fever hits. This trip was worth the gas n' time spent, tho. Pickin's are usually much better and I have to reject stuff to save time and space. Not last nite. Very little to choose from.

There's no longer any reason to doubt my online name.

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post #2 of 12 Old 01-31-2010, 09:21 PM
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Why the hell didn't I ever think of this.

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post #3 of 12 Old 01-31-2010, 09:28 PM
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That's it, I'm diving tomorrow.
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post #4 of 12 Old 02-01-2010, 09:43 PM
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I remember "decades" ago when "day old" donuts went into the dumpster. If your timing was right....you could get to them before the mice and rats did. This was waaay before selling day old donuts at half price was fashionable.
Gross I know but.....what the hey

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post #5 of 12 Old 02-01-2010, 09:58 PM
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You don't worry about the cops trying to get you for trespassing on the property of the dealership at night??

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There's a fine line there.
Garbage is garbage. The old dudes collecting cans do it every nite at the bars n' restaurants, etc.
The cop I talked with said "If there's not a no trespassing sign to go for it.
If it's posted, and someone calls, I'll have to do my job."

The fine line is get busy when no one's looking. LOLOLOL
Only one shop I visit in the local area of 5 shops I visit has this posting.
And that's the one with the good tires.....I have only hit it twice, each a couple of years apart. Then I can play stoopid and say it's just trash, recycling old tires, didn't see the sign, etc.
I figure there'll be a lecture or warning, but not too many 43 year olds show up in the police column in the paper for raiding trash bins.

As a side note: The grocer down the road slices open ALL the meat packages before tossing them in the hopper but this time of year everything stays frozen and my dogs LOVE me !!!!! (No I'd never eat tossed meat.)
When I was drinking and semi-homeless in the 90's hitting the pizza places right after closing was a sure bet. Clean and fresh food still in a box! We leave it on the counter in our regular lives overnite anyway, why not grab a fresh one? That was the mentality at the time. Never got sick, except from the vodka. LOL

Time for work, got bills to pay, and I ain't going back to homelessness!

Have a good nite,
Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeap (and sober)
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I knew a guy that started like you, problem was he didnt know where to stop. Within a year you couldnt move in his three car garage, too much "good" stuff. Im in construction and there is always building material being thrown away, I learned a long time ago if I cant use it today or tomorrow dont take it home. Seems you do it right and manage to make good use of the stuff, thats cool.

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post #8 of 12 Old 02-07-2010, 05:09 PM
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One man's trash is another man's treasure.

I work for a fab shop that uses a lot of expensive stainless steel. The steel companies usually use a new sheet of 1/2" osb (wafer board) to protect the finish on the sheet steel. Come spring I'll have more than enough to build the KLR a new home....Al
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post #9 of 12 Old 02-08-2010, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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OK, so I wasn't going out until spring, but have one more "job".

I also pulled a couple of very nice fronts even tho I'm nowhere needing them yet.
Still having HD on the brain I took 19's !!
Whoopsie. I remember a PERFECT full knobby that was a 21 incher.
Either the cops here don't know any better,or just don't care, or even notice these
things, but I have to grab my knob tonight, so to speak. LOLOLOL
(Before it's gone. Hauled off to a tire pile in central Wyoming or something.)

As long as they are free, tread life and wear aren't an issue and
the Cheapster will be running block-tread tires henceforth.

Plus, I have my "doo" to doo and have the tools on loan so tech-day is
approaching real fast. If the weather doesn't break into the 40's for
a day REAL soon, I'm running a droplite and space heater into the shed.

Cabin fever's getting really bad here for the whole fam. My 8 year old's
out in the shoveled driveway shooting baskets in 22 degree weather, the
two teenager's are wearing only hoodies to the bus stop, twin daughters
on the swingset, etc. It's getting nutty 'round here!
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I had this buddy back at Motorola in the '80's that was an engineer like me but had a bizarre "hobby". Maybe it was because he was front the "upper P", a "uupper" if you know what that means (trivia there). Anyway each Spring was "ROAD WRENCH" season! He would watch the edges of the roads for craftsman or whatever brand tools that people left on the engine block after doing oil changes, air filter, tune ups, etc. and forgot. Then the said tool would become a "road wrench", let the games begin! He was always so proud to bring said tool into the office to show it off. He specifically wanted Craftsman tools as no matter how beat up they were from being run over numerous times, he'd take them down to Sears for a new version. The ultimate dumpster diver....


Farkled probably WAY too much, but good 20' footer for sure. '96 KLR, '06 HD VROD, (girl friend hauler), '05 HD Electra-Glide, heh it's a HD and I'm old now ;-) and I'm proud of riding a 800+ pound bike at my age :-)
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