A Baffle For the Van and an Evening Dirt Bike Ride

Sunday August 15, 2021 Guerneville CA.

Van work

I had been checking out this big hole in front of the van’s radiator where hot air from the engine compartment can get back in front of the radiator which likely isn’t good as I tend to have an over heating problem on hot days and long highway hill climbs.

Making a baffle

So I need to make a baffle to block that big hole and a couple other ones to block air going around the sides of the radiator too.



Design and cut

So I measured and drew up some plans and got this piece of sheet  metal out to cut some pieces from it. I laid out the parts to cut.metal


And cut the three parts out with  my tin snips.cut3



I bent over the sides about a half inch to  make it all stiffer using this bending method, it works.bending4


New baffle

I tried the new baffle and it fit so it was time for some chair hopping and a good break.baffle5


I attempted to start the other two baffles but got hungry so went in and got something to eat and then another nap so never did get to the other two baffles.

Evening ride

Instead I hopped on the dirt bike and went up into the hills for an evening ride.

Here I am at the Guerneville overlook. It’s a bit smoky out there.Guerneville6


Then I rode up the ridge to this fire break and rode down it.road7


Road work

I stopped here to do some road work. There’s lots of rocks on the road here and it’s hard on the bike’s tires so I stopped to clear some of them off the road mostly kicking them with my feet.bike8


It’s better than it was so I left it at that and rode on.rocky9


This is one of the wider roads so I moved right along.road10


And went down this road.road11


And across this fire break and turned left just up ahead and took another road.break12


To the Talking Tree Trail which I rode down headed for home.trail12


It was almost dark when I got home so I did some chair hopping for a bit until the day started to cool.

Nice day.

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One Response to A Baffle For the Van and an Evening Dirt Bike Ride

  1. Ken+Solbakken says:

    Bob, I’ve got handed it to you, you never seem to give up on a project! Let me know when you’re going to started it up. It would be fun to hear the motor roared to life again.
    Good luck, Ken

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