I've seen it a hundreds times somebody puts a fender cut at the hinge or a front fender on the rear & the just hack saw through the strut, leave a squared off open end and it looks like hell.
Take the 45 minuets and do it right.
This is the third set I've had to do and it's always pretty quick and easy.
I always measure 2 inches for the bend over section you'll cut probably a half inch off before welding but the extra makes it a bit easier to bend.
I use a small Jet bands saw to make the cuts but a hack saw will work fine & that's how I did the first set.
clean up the radius with a file and angle grinder
Last edited by billdozer; 09-20-2009 at 8:02 PM.
Vise up and bend using a hammer & I also use an adjustable wrench to straighten out any twisting.
Cut the extra bit and bend it in flush.
Now use your hammer to tap out any kinks in the outside radius. However there is plenty of material and you'll easily be able to shape it perfect post welding.
For my booger thrower mig I turn the heat up and slow the wire down and make a slow gob weld in hopes of not having to chase porosity later.
Take your time, grind, file, sand and you'll never be able to tell they were cut down.
Ready for Plating or paint.
Come pick these up Oscar.
Damn it! And I just did it the old fashioned way about two weeks ago. Oh well, great tech, hopefully I can use it next time.
Hey Kim, what'ca making...
Fender struts or a set of Redline cranks?
Awesome how-to. Thanks!
Oh Man, I think the original flight cranks were made better than that & we all know the 3rd generation ones were not. hence all the pedals laying around the street course/flat bottom.
Thanks for taking the time to do this Kim.
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It's going to the Greatest Hits section...
that's clever and crafty!
Last edited by captainawesome; 09-14-2009 at 10:56 PM.
You don't need to own a Harley to recognize this kind off art!
Absolutely beautiful job!
Fucken sweet,but where were you 3 month's ago when I did mine!Different method same results well almost.....
a nice little piece of tech, that will no doubt improve the looks of more than one bike.
that is pretty funny i was thinking they looked like some old cranks i used to runn haha. isnt it crazy where bmx tech has gone. i think its rad when people can recycle parts like this on there motos and still have a custom look.