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Old 01-30-2013, 07:45 PM   #1516
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I think that sort of skid plate should be a 2 piece, with the thick 3/16" only at the bottom and possibly 12ga up higher as is more of a mud protection, doubt you would be putting the weight of that bike anyplace other than the bottom when hitting a rock, log, animal or fellow rider.
I think a thinner material is fine for more street use, but for hard-core, rock-busting offroading, 3/16" is what I personally would use for the whole bash plate.

I have 1/8" aluminum on my first KLR bash plate, but I mainly commute on mine. Plus, it's what I had on hand at the time. If I were to do it again, it would be 3/16"all over.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:46 PM   #1517
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absolutely incredible, watching your improvement and shop grow in this thread is nothing short of inspiring for others out there who want to build stuff.

the panniers really have my attn as i am getting into the type riding, and bike, that i want a pair.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:51 PM   #1518
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Yeah, a thicker bash plate is a necessity for me and my style. After I typed the message, I got to thinking that maybe I'll design and make my own. Not sure when I'll have time, but I figured I'm crafty enough to make a cardboard template, cut the pattern, score the bends, weld the backside of the bends, and connect the edges. We'll see.

Kirk- if you have the tools to do the thicker material before I get the time for DIY, then we'll talk.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:07 PM   #1519
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Yeah, a thicker bash plate is a necessity for me and my style. After I typed the message, I got to thinking that maybe I'll design and make my own. Not sure when I'll have time, but I figured I'm crafty enough to make a cardboard template, cut the pattern, score the bends, weld the backside of the bends, and connect the edges. We'll see.

Kirk- if you have the tools to do the thicker material before I get the time for DIY, then we'll talk.


MegaBash is all 3/16" al. plate. I can bend it now with my homemade brake.

I could make you one off your dimensions, but I'd be afraid of it not fitting w/o mocking up to an actual 1st gen KLR650. That would sucketh.
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Old 01-31-2013, 04:05 AM   #1520
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Nice tool! I'm guessing the V-shaped piece is for laying out angle or square tube?

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I thought about renaming it one day. Some of us do have that power, y'know.

If you'd like a title change, Kirk, just let me know.

Picked this up this morning.



The guy at the tool store asked me how much I'd like to spend. I told him I wanted a quality set, something much better than the big box crap.

He said he had a set from Starett for around $275.

I said thanks, but I was looking for something in between that, and the retail junk. I ended up spending about $90, and it will serve me well for years to come, I'm sure.
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Old 01-31-2013, 04:33 AM   #1521
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Nice tool! I'm guessing the V-shaped piece is for laying out angle or square tube?
Its used to find center.



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Old 01-31-2013, 04:40 AM   #1522
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Nice tool! I'm guessing the V-shaped piece is for laying out angle or square tube?
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Its used to find center.
That is a great tool. You guys continue to motivate me!
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:47 AM   #1523
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That is a great tool. You guys continue to motivate me!
I know!!! ANOTHER tool I need to have!!!!
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:05 AM   #1524
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Alright - there is a sense of excitement in the air for me. Even more so than usual. Got some kewl piccys to show off!

Let's get the basics out of the way first...



"Basic" pannier lid laid out. Corners trimmed with some Wiss snips. Yes. A corner notcher is in my forseeable future. Should I just take out a second mortgage on the house now? I thought I could at least wait until the kid's college.



Long ends bent while the brake was in the straight apron mode. Fingers installed and adjusted for the short ends.





Yeah boy! Now we're doing it like it's supposed to be done!

Corners TIGged on the lids, and everything is QCed. I haven't had any takers on this set yet, so I guess they're going to be mine.

...off to the powder coater!!!!!!!


And what do we see? JimVonB's goodies on the rack!!



The coater told me that he's going full-out on this set with the same material he uses for Mil Spec. Everything is first bead blasted, then primed with a chromate coating, and then will be shot in a coating more durable than any standard powder coat on the market. He called the coating "super durable". He said only Uncle Sam and the aviation industry currently use it.

Without a doubt, he's doing a top-notch job. I just hope I can afford the powder coater without having to take a bath. I still do not have a fixed price on his work. I roll the dice and give him the set I just made. He will run both at the same time.



The shop is huge with 5 ovens and military hardware scattered about. I love it here!!!





The Alphas are even sitting outside in various stages of completion. My kids will be upset they didn't get to see this, but they will get to see when I pick everything up.

This company can also do silk screening in powder. You know - like a business logo? It really got my mind a churning. How cool would it be to have my logo baked onto the bags? Only problem - I don't have one and was planning on flying under the radar for a bit until I get my bearings on this whole thing.

It's been a good day so far! I have just enough sheet to make another set of bags. I think I will throw a raw set of basics on ebay to pay the coater!!!!!!

Until next time!!!
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:23 AM   #1525
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:51 AM   #1526
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What he said!

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Old 01-31-2013, 01:01 PM   #1527
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and I want one of these.
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Until next time!!!

About about rookie fab for the company name and RFI (industries) for the logo? I am going to try to make something....don't hold your breath.
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:14 PM   #1528
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:54 PM   #1529
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This is a cool site!

http://cooltext.com/

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Old 01-31-2013, 03:17 PM   #1530
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quickie
Looks too much like ESPN...

Plus, it stands for Request For Information...
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