Greased Drill Bit
Drilling in an area where metal shavings can cause catastrophic damage can be extremely tricky. I was recently faced with this task while modifying a vent for our upcoming Teryx project, and if I couldn't find a way to contain the metal particles while drilling, I would have been forced to remove the cylinder head. By keeping a drill bit coated with thick grease and cleaning it at regular intervals, I was able to drill the hole without the risk of loose particles going astray and entering the engine. A rag coated with the same grease was placed on the backside of the hole to catch any particles that would have unknowingly slipped through.
Swingarm Pivot Bolt
When was the last time you removed your swingarm pivot bolt and thoroughly greased the bearings? If this answer requires extensive thought, your bearings are probably screaming for attention. Grease is much cheaper than new bearings and a pivot bolt, so stop procrastinating.
Tape On Frame
Stripping down an ATV frame to be painted or powdercoated is a great deal of work. Reassembling the machine without inflicting damage to the coating can be just as demanding, so it is best to take your time and protect the frame as much as possible. Installing a couple of layers of masking or duct tape to shield the frame when installing large components such as the engine or swingarm is a great way to prevent unsightly nicks and scrapes.
New graphics can completely change the look of your machine, and if installed correctly, they will stick around for ages. Thoroughly cleaning the plastic is the most important step to prevent peeling. Electrical contact cleaner works extremely well for graphic preparation and will remove any dirt, oil or sticker residue. It dries quickly, leaving the plastic squeaky clean and ready to take on a bold new look.