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Old 03-11-2013, 05:56 PM   #1186
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Hey! I guess I shoulda set up an e-mail notification for this. Sorry....
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:09 PM   #1187
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Hey! I guess I shoulda set up an e-mail notification for this. Sorry....
He he.....I think you need to make sure and merge your threads. I miss this one.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:49 PM   #1188
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School's hitting me hard the week before Spring Break. I'll try to post something later this week.

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Old 03-12-2013, 12:28 PM   #1189
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:14 PM   #1190
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@Jenna and Fred: Welding exhausts is a blast. It'll blow through if you don't go fast enough. We NEED to get together some time to weld up new exhausts for your bikes. I went by the tubing shop today and got 2 more sets of 'header pipes.' I don't have enough 45s and 90s to make another exhaust yet but the head of the shop said he'd let me know when they finish up the next 1.5" job. I've already got a high-pipe for the Dobber worked out in my head....

Man I wish I had a TIG. I hate that my welds are going to rust even though the steel's stainless.
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:25 PM   #1191
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:58 PM   #1192
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Shoot them with a clear coat....a high temp clear coat. Does that even exist??

Post up a pic of the Y......
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:13 PM   #1193
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I've got a homework due by midnight. I wouldn't be in such a rush if I hadn't been welding all afternoon though



It was actually pretty easy to get the seam tight for the intersection. I put a cutting wheel in the grinder and cut a straight line on both pipes. I centered the cut on the spot where they touched when I mocked them up.

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Old 03-12-2013, 08:18 PM   #1194
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Uhmmm....first of all...you're welds look great! Did you get a bottle? Second......isn't that the hyabusa muffler you just bought on your bench? Cut in half?? We can't have anything nice.

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I've got a homework due by midnight. I wouldn't be in such a rush if I hadn't been welding all afternoon though



It was actually pretty easy to get the seam tight for the intersection. I put a cutting wheel in the grinder and cut a straight line on both pipes. I centered the cut on the spot where they touched when I mocked them up.

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Old 03-12-2013, 08:41 PM   #1195
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Man I wish I had a TIG. I hate that my welds are going to rust even though the steel's stainless.
I finally bought one and it's on its way. I took a welding course about 10 years ago and have wanted a decent welder ever since. Not having a welder has severely limited my possibilities and has probably also prevented the destruction of otherwise usable motorcycle parts, but I can do without no longer.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:33 PM   #1196
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Lucky bum. TIG welding looks like a lot of fun. These wire-fed welders are kinda like glue guns for steel. You're playing with the metal a bit more directly with a TIG.

It's nice to only have to use one hand though. Makes it a bit easier when you're tacking a pipe under your gearbox. When I get a bottle I can run stainless wire. I may wait for the bottle before I make another one of these.

What are you going to use a welder for anyways? You've already got awesome pipes and you're running soft bags so you don't need some crazy rack system. You're going to have to build a new bike so you'll have a reason to play with the welder.
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Old 03-13-2013, 12:36 AM   #1197
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What are you going to use a welder for anyways?
Yeah, don't you dare touch that frame!
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:29 AM   #1198
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Yeah, don't you dare touch that frame!
No way I'd touch THAT frame, but maybe my GSPD...

It needs stuff. A better swingarm, a way to attach the shock of said better swingarm, a better side stand, a centerstand that isn't bent, a bigger lighter air box, a battery box for a smaller battery to make room for the new shock mount, etc.

The HPN still needs a front cover, a big underseat tool box, and a sidestand.

I also was thinking of taking a crack at some superlight valve covers for the road racers out there.

Yes, the list is long.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:32 AM   #1199
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a battery box for a smaller battery to make room for the new shock mount
Are you thinking of doing a mono shock in the middle? I've got a r65 block I'm chopping up the way you did. If I already had that engine I think I'd put the battery in front of the starter. It should fit laying down or standing up. It's something to think about anyways.

I threw this together last week. I literally looked at what scrap metal I had on the floor and the work bench and used what I found. I needed clearance for the 3 tranny bolts so I had to space the battery up and back a bit and 1/2" tubing made that easy.





I'm going to throw a small ratchet strap around it and call it a day. The tabs are so tight the battery's hard to remove without the strap so I don't think it'll move even offroad.

This wasn't a well thought-out plan. I had just chopped up some stuff for my racks and I was about 3 or 4 beers in at that point. If you've got a better idea for a battery box I'm all ears. This one works but I'm not convinced it's the best way to do it. *edit: for one thing, I'd rather it was aluminum. It's only .68 pounds but I'd replace half the stuff I've made with aluminum if I could irregardless of how small a weight difference it is. Let me get my hands on AL welder and I'd replace the whole subframe.
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:12 AM   #1200
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I have problems welding SS with the MIG, this is with SS wire and C25, it welds more gooey, for lack of a better word. Welds dirtier than steel. I'm no welder though.

Brad don't use heavier metal than needed..your bat brackets are heavier than they need to be..
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