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Old 26-11-17, 09:45 PM   #1
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Now we are getting frosts overnight and it's my first winter owning engines any suggestions on keeping them safe in an unheated, drafty brick garage?.
So far I've thought run the carb dry, tank full or empty?, squirt of oil in the bore and turn over a couple of times, wipe light machine oil on bare metal then cover with something breathable.

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Old 26-11-17, 09:59 PM   #2
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Run them dry, close the fuel tap, put some clean diesel in the tank to prevent corrosion. Drain coolant if its water cooled. Oil any areas which could rust or corrode. Oil the bore. I would recommend taking the magneto inside or somewhere warm and finally put a sheet over them.
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Old 26-11-17, 10:00 PM   #3
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They aren't so fragile as some may think, only one of tend to worry about is my Stuart WD as it's made of mag alloy but the rest get a run and a blanket thrown over the top.
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Old 26-11-17, 10:04 PM   #4
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Drain the water after every run from engines and pumps.
No way would I remove magnetos, I want them ready to run.

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Old 26-11-17, 10:32 PM   #5
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I drain the water from everything, but if i were to remove the mags from all my engines at the start of winter, i'd have to start putting them straight back on again to be ready in time for the new season ! So they all get wrapped up in a cloth and dust cover over them !
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Old 26-11-17, 10:33 PM   #6
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I have placed a bit of plastic inbetween the magneto points to stop them furring up, it certainly made a difference for maybe more than a year stored up,

I just oil any bare metal, oil and wrap cling film on the flywheels when they are bare metal,

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Old 26-11-17, 10:52 PM   #7
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Some useful tips, thanks

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I just stop mine and drain the water.
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Old 26-11-17, 11:11 PM   #9
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Thats all I do with mine aswell.the CS lives out side under a sheet until the wind blows it off.
I've never taken the mags off just leave the engine in a well ventilated dry barn.

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Old 26-11-17, 11:22 PM   #10
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I'm probably overthinking it as I'm used to prepping motorcycles to lay up over winter (apart from my commuter bike), but I suppose these engines were built to be used and abused?

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