Blood, Sweat, and Titanium

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Parepin, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. Parepin

    Parepin The Filthy Nomad

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    So I'm sitting here in bed where I've been for over a week now. I've been propped up and surrounded by pillows like a newborn at a distant relative's house during New Years Eve festivities. On the end table beside me is a stack of syringes, several orange and brightly stickered bottles, and half a 3-liter bottle of apple juice. I'm in this situation after hitting the undo button on a lesson learned back in 2009. A lesson involving high speed, medium grade octane, and a low sense of danger.

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    As I said, I've since gone through the necessary steps to reverse what has been ram-set into my 20 year old dude-bone and left the hospital on a frigid February afternoon clutching a bottle of pills, half a chicken salad sandwich, and a large bag of hardware that looks to have come straight out of a Mcmaster Carr catalog.

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    Everything that is blue/green is titanium. Everything that is silver/chrome is stainless.

    I'm posting this in The Garage because I'm looking for some input from you avid tinkerers and garage handymen out there. I'd like to do something with these pieces. They're way too cool to throw away, and hanging them on my wall serves no purpose as I don't often have a wall to hang it on. I'd love to turn these into something for the bike, or somehow incorporate it. I've considered everything from crash bars to suicide shifters, but nothing quite speaks to me. I could always just zip tie it to the frame or luggage somewhere and just consider it another piece of flair, but it would be really cool if I could make it functional.

    My steed the last time I spoke with her:
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    Considering its finish and the material, I'd really rather avoid cutting, drilling, grinding, or threading the rod. There are several threaded holes at either end and all of the tools used were either flat head screwdrivers or hex/allen.

    Let those creative juices flow, what've ya got?
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  2. Benesesso

    Benesesso Long timer

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    Cut the Ti rod into short pieces and screw them to the heel of your riding boots. At night, just lower your heel to the pavement and there will be a neat shower of white sparks following you. Great way to pick up chicks.

    Caution: Make sure the pavement is smooth, don't wanna get your foot ripped off. :1drink

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  3. Langanobob

    Langanobob Been here awhile

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    My suggestion, and only since you asked, is to toss 'em into the bin and get on with the rest of your life.

    - Bob
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  4. Switchblade315

    Switchblade315 Long timer

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    The stainless piece could be made into a GPS mount or something like that fairly easy. i got nothing on the other.
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  5. troidus

    troidus Long timer

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    Save 'em for next time? (Hopefully not.)
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  6. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    I had a rod in my right femur for 19 years. It was removed to make way for an artificial hip, and I wanted to keep the rod, just for fun.

    It ended up on the luggage rack of my KLR for use as a prop rod when doing flat repairs. Worked great, too! :deal
    It's the shiny thing running just below the rear fender.

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  7. Parepin

    Parepin The Filthy Nomad

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    That's... a tough one to answer
    I've gotta say, I'm disappointed with what I've seen so far. I like the GPS mount, and the jack-stand would be useful no doubt. But overall, I thought there'd be a little more enthusiasm.

    The sparks have great shits N giggles potential, I'll probably end up rigging something up with the titanium screws to throw some sparks. But the rod needs to be given some sort of purpose.

    Then again, maybe I've just got too much time on my hands.

    ...sad face
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  8. Switchblade315

    Switchblade315 Long timer

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    I was thinking a custom prop rod with the long rod maybe have it ingraved with the date of the crash the date it was installed and then removed.
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  9. groundrules

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    I like how they just safety-wired that all together. KLR rider to the bone.
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  10. Motomedic

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    At the risk of sounding a bit too much like JettinJim, you've already blown it by asking for ideas. :D

    Those pieces of metal have a purpose in this world. Let go, and the energy within will find its equilibrium and present the proper usage, when the time is correct. :evil
    (although I'm diggin' the ti spark-makers! I usually just use my centerstand...)

    Glad to see you are on the road to recovery, and I'm looking forward to hoisting a brew or two when you make your way back out here. :freaky
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  11. Flashmo

    Flashmo Whatever...

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  12. D.T.

    D.T. Difficult but useful

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    Winner!! :clap

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  13. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Post in JoMama for all sorts of suggestions.:D
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  14. bwringer

    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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    Dammit, they wouldn't give me my old hardware back when I re-broke my leg. :bluduh No idea why. Maybe they get $$$ from recycling.

    I didn't have any firm plans for it, other than I would have liked to make a chunk of it into a key fob.
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  15. rapidoxidationman

    rapidoxidationman Easily trainable

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    The stick of titanium in my tibia was itemized on my bill as something worth more than 8,000 dollars... You might be on to something. That said, if I ever get it pulled out you bet your ass I'm getting it back.
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  16. Benesesso

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    As scrap, it's probably worth ~$5-10. When was it installed? The docs used to use a strong "aircraft" Ti alloy known as Ti-6-4, meaning 6% Al and 4% Vanadium. Then they discovered some/many? people were allergic to V, so a strong V-free Ti alloy was developed.
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  17. rapidoxidationman

    rapidoxidationman Easily trainable

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    The pics I had the ER nurses take with my cell phone shows 3:45 PM May 15 2010 as the time they started drilling the core out in my tibia.
    At 4:16 they were screwing the top anchor screw in place.
    Not that I was keeping track or anything - those bastards wouldn't even let me look behind the curtain to see what the man was doing!:lol3

    I know that stick isn't worth a whole lot. I was blown away with how much they charge for it though. Pretty good markup.
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  18. Parepin

    Parepin The Filthy Nomad

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    That's... a tough one to answer
    Are you telling me you were conscious during the procedure? Sweet jebus, man. That's hard core.

    I was out cold, on top of having a nerve block. It was the most pain-free awakening I've ever experienced. Having hospitalized myself several times now, I've discovered just what a beautiful thing a nerve block is.
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  19. troidus

    troidus Long timer

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    Back when I was a student, a friend repeated a story told by one of his biology professors. The professor needed foot surgery and got the docs to give her a local so she could sit up and watch what they were doing. I'd turn green, blow chunks, and pass out.
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  20. Motomedic

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    To chime in on that one, I was conscious during the installation of the screws in my ankle. They even set up a mirror so I could critique their performance! :D

    (and no, the "medic" part of my name does not confer any medical knowledge- I fix motorcycles)

    I swear, the cordless drill he used looked just like my Makita, only white.
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