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I will check tonight where it broke,  the 1st time it broke I replaced it but the 2nd time it was tig welded, my bike had the horn and ignition switch mounted to it, I lost the horn 

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31 minutes ago, SOHC said:

I will check tonight where it broke,  the 1st time it broke I replaced it but the 2nd time it was tig welded, my bike had the horn and ignition switch mounted to it, I lost the horn 

I suspect it brakes in the sharp bend. I was toying with the idea of backing it up with a fillet weld, so this is convenient timing talking about possible cracking issues...so I will do that now as cheap insurance.

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Soooo...

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Turned the tig up to "eleventy" and gave it some jandal!!! I ran it over all the mig welds and melted them into the parent metal hard core. Then used a heap of filler to create a 45° web in the highest stress points.

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I'll smooth the corner fillet weld a touch more with some sandpaper or flap disc (wont need much) and call it done, then send it out for chrome.

Actually really happy with it now.

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My exhaust had a terrible bracket on it that sucked!

My OCD couldn't handle the fact that the two pipes weren't parallel. Over a 400mm section where they run along side each other, the gap was out by 10mm from front to back.

I saw this as an opportunity to fix two problems.

1) make it look right to the eye

2) raise the lower pipe by 15mm and the upper pipe by 5mm.

This will really help with ground clearance, maybe not completely solve it...but certainly won't hurt.

So:

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Marking out, lifting the holes by 10mm.

 

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And looking at the pipes for nice sweeping parallel lines.

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Success!!!

So, lower pipe is now 15mm higher than before, with nice clearance around all the bits you don't want a hot exhaust touching. Happy as fuck!

I'm probably going to cut the lower pipe mid span and shorten it by about 40mm to bring it inline with the upper pipe and my frame angle where it heads up to meet the axle. But that can wait for another day.

 

 

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A small package with lots of mandarin writing on it that I can't read arrived today. I get pretty dam excited by these, it's like Christmas everytime...as I've usually long forgotten what it could be inside, so its always a fun surprise opening them up.

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Ah yes, I remember...a choke cable. No, not the one my wife ordered from the 50 shades catalog (we're still waiting on that one), a choke cable for the harley.

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Looks easy enough to install, I'll just unbolt the old fucked one and put it back together with the new replacement as it's a direct factory part eh?

Ummmm no...no I won't...cunts!!!!

Someone in china decided that they'd mix imperial and metric. To be fair Harley's already are, been a mix of American and Japanese parts as is. But then the Chinese get involved in the aftermarket parts world and fuck with it again.

Yup, wont fit. My engine steady/choke mount is 5/16UNC in size. The part supplied is M10x1.0!!!! WTF???? Who makes a M10x1.0 bolt for a non specific application??? No one in their right fucking mind is the answer.

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This isn't the be all in tap and die sets, but its fairly comprehensive. Nope, no M10x1.0 in here, nor in my other 2 tap sets either.

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So fuck it...drilling it out and getting rid of the thread altogether. 

I looked at it and thought "hmmm, why does it even matter", it's got a collar on one side and I can use the nut supplied on the other side...then drilled the fucker out to 10mm.

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And it works perfectly. So problem averted.

 

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Improvements made to bracket. Looked "a little heavy" for my liking...so off to Jenny Craig's she goes!

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Nice hole, with a cheeky peek up her skirt.

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Rounded all the corners with a generous radius. Ready for paint now.

Much happier with its appearance. If something is ugly, it's best to not draw attention towards it, so by doing these extra steps hopefully it'll become less visible and go unnoticed.

 

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