Rookie wanna-be weldor starting to make some cool things!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by kirkster70, Oct 3, 2010.

  1. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Thanks, Bob!

    ..and you are right, kubiak is an awesome fabricator! He has "the eye" for design.
  2. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    16GA would be fine. The lift is 2.5'X7', so two 4 foot sections would work perfectly. I'll have to check on the cost of the sheet.

    Thanks!

    Jim :brow
  3. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Next set of GSA pannniers going together...

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    Welds are getting tighter by the job...

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  4. Ride4Coffee

    Ride4Coffee Been here awhile

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    Oh Hell Yes! They're looking great!! I'm excited!

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  5. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Thanks!

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    One down, one to go! I'll get the exhaust side knocked out tomorrow night after work... :clap
  6. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Yours? If so, you will not be disappointed!:deal

    Jim :brow
  7. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Thanks, Jim!

    ...another set of GSAs ready for powder. :clap

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  8. xcflyn

    xcflyn Long timer

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    Not that you are getting bad marks from your brake and the fact you powder coat them this may not be of great value, but there is a tape out there you can put on the the fingers to eliminate the marks. On a box pan it is not too big of deal but on press brakes it really can do wonders when coining.
    Your welds are really looking good !
  9. XC Rider

    XC Rider Motorcycle Vagabond

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    Damn, those lockable latches look sweet! Any info on these lockable latches? Where to buy & how much? Might want to replace the latches & padlocks on my boxes with these!

    Thanks.

    PS. Love the thread and the work that you do.
  10. JimVonBaden

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    McMaster Carr. They were about $18 each! I really like them, very similar to the ones Jesse uses on his Safari bags.

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    Jim :brow
  11. kirkster70

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    Thanks, Dan!

    I'll have to look into that. I can also replace the jaw on the straight part of the brake. I'm going to call Roper Whitney Monday to see how much a replacement jaw costs...
  12. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Thank you! I'm having fun in the garage with the welders. :freaky
  13. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    ^ What he said. :D

    They are made by Southco, and sometimes they will pop up on ebay. The technical term is a load rated draw latch.
  14. bwalsh

    bwalsh Long timer

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    You've heard the term, "don't quit your day job" correct?

    Don't listen to em! :D

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    That stack of dimes is looking good! :clap

    BTW, you have a couple people talking about you in this thread...:deal

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=20735393&postcount=22872
  15. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Thanks, Bob!!!!

    4 days on and 4 days off is hard to beat for a day job! This is turning into day/night job #2! :clap

    I checked in and saw that! Awesome!!! That makes me feel on top of the world!

    ...and yes, I'll even sell that gent the original set (off my KLR for a sweetheart of a deal. :evil Unless he wants the latest/greatest. :lol3
  16. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    ...latest/greatest. :rofl


    I'm in between projects and decide to build some panniers just to figure out some things for myself...

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    I bought a nice EDPM rubber gasket to be used on Jim's GSA panniers. Only problem was it couldn't turn a hard 90 and wouldn't work anyway with the flange design I chose.

    So I have a 250' box of this stuff, and it was an arm and a leg. I want to use it.

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    I do some figuring with some scrap based upon manufacurer's specs for minimum bend radius.

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    So I fab some "wrap-around bevel" panniers with the top flange extra long to compensate for the radius to be cut out.

    I use a cutting wheel on the straights, and a jigsaw on the curves. I shape up with a file and then de-burr the backside with a de-burring tool. What else would I use? :D Good tip from a fellow inmate.

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    Oh heck yes! I'd say that's quite the upgrade!

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    I'm quite happy with that! I just learned a new trick.

    For my next trick I have two different lid designs I want to try. That's going to take some more figuring...
  17. JimVonBaden

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    Looks great!

    Jim :brow
  18. gunnabuild1

    gunnabuild1 Long timer

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    Looks great,fair amount of work but a more elegant solution than what I usually see.
    What I see mostly is the rubber cut at 45 degrees and welded together to form the corner,doesn't matter how well it's done it doesn't stand up over time.
    I like elegant solutions and that will last a long time,does that gasket clamp on to the edge?
    Any glue used to fix it ?
    Wheres the joint?
  19. Zombie_Stomp

    Zombie_Stomp Aspiring human

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    Well damn! I'm gonna have to build a set of those in addition to my racks when I make the trip up there. May I dare ask in public how much a set of the uncoated pannier boxes go for now??
  20. Hookdude

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    Good one!