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NortwestRider 02-05-2011 06:09 PM

The 12X12 build...'m calling this the 12X12 build because it's all being built in my 12X12 shed.The bad part of this is that the door is not big enough to get the bike with the car attached thru it.Anyway,I have been planning this build for over a year,I have been asking lots of questions and sourcing parts.Today I bought all the steel for the frame ( I used 1.5"X1.5"X.120 )..$65.00,not to bad I didn't think.My goal is to complete this for under $1,000,( if I buy the subframe from DMC,that budget is shot to hell).So here is what I got done today.

boxertwin 02-05-2011 06:12 PM


NortwestRider 02-05-2011 06:14 PM

Here's some more pics.

vortexau 02-05-2011 07:10 PM

NorthwestRider said:

The bad part of this is that the door is not big enough to get the bike with the car attached thru it.
Time to fit that shed with a w-i-d-e-r door? :ear

NortwestRider 02-05-2011 07:52 PM

I thought about that,but the way the yard is layed out it would be difficult.I will pull the bike in and fit it all up and then take it off and reassemble outside.It sounds like a pain in the ass and I'm sure it will be,BUT" ya work with ya got "!!

NortwestRider 02-05-2011 08:56 PM

I have the room for a nice garage,but I lack the $$$$.I will have one next year,but the hack can't wait.!!!

brstar 02-06-2011 12:15 AM

I feel spoilt now I got 4metres by about 9metres. That would be 13' x 29' ish.
But no door apart from some crates. Still the show must go on. The american system for wall thickness in tubing I don't get. I remember the imperial measurement days as an apprentice. But we used fractions of an inch more if I am correct and for sheet metal it was a certain gauge thickness. I think 10 gauge is 1/8th inch thick. I suppose yours is in thousanths of an inch correct?

Cheers Bruce.

cleatusj 02-06-2011 03:35 AM

Brstar, .120 is the same as 11 ga. and some call it 1/8 inch.

NortwestRider 02-06-2011 04:38 PM

I was going to use 1/4" thick but I thought that might be over kill.I can get good penetration with my small fluxcore wire feed welder with .120.

NortwestRider 02-06-2011 05:12 PM

A little progress today..

NortwestRider 02-06-2011 05:13 PM

Ahhhh,the wonders of modern tech,a laptop on the frame with pics of my new suspension ( thats not here yet)..

cleatusj 02-06-2011 06:33 PM

With out them little advances you can't get to the end.

NortwestRider 02-06-2011 06:52 PM

I have till May to finish,BUT I'm hoping for the end of March.The next 2 weekends are a bust.Next weekend is a romantic get away to the ocean( the happier SHE is the more sidecar stuff I get),the next weekend is S/TEP class.

cleatusj 02-06-2011 07:59 PM

I understand keeping her happy after 33yrs. I'll be taking her to photograph eagles.

brstar 02-07-2011 02:56 AM


Originally Posted by cleatusj (Post 15122270)
Brstar, .120 is the same as 11 ga. and some call it 1/8 inch.

Typical even your gauge sounds different. :lol3
1/8th inch is close as to 3mm so 1 1/2" by .120 is now let me see 25.4 to the inch plus 12.7 is 38.1 mm x 3mm wall thickness. Yup should do good.

Nor West I have a wire feed welder as well but we run 240volts so It may have a bit more bite. I max out at about 3/8th 10mm when its being joined to something a lot thinner so useful for brackets as well. I have a 15amp power point as well that helps make the most of domestic supply.
Lookin good.
Happy wife. happy life.
Cheers Bruce.

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