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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by kirkster70, Oct 3, 2010.
Back to normal scale.
Lids will be flush with the top rack like Jim's.
Time for afternoon coffee!
Love it. Love everything about it.
No point, it is pretty common in this thread!
My weldor buddy from work had a pretty neat idea that I thought I would try. I drew it out and saw that it could work, so I go for it.
His idea? Bend just the ends long instead of everything so I don't have as much to trim for the gasket. Yeah, let's try that.
Only one problem...then I have extra trimming to fit the ends in place - plus extra welding to do now. Hmmm. Plus, it adds extra complexity. I'm trying to reduce that, not add to it.
I was thinking a Greenlee 3" k.o. punch might be awesome for popping out the corners. I might have to borrow the one from work next time.
Potential benefits to this way would include a stronger corner joint (maybe), and a built-in square when I tack it together. I'll know more about what I think about this method after I start weld-up after dinner.
My lovely assistant enters the garage and I have to show her my feats of strength and bravery.
The DOM tube is light and very strong. I'm lifting the bike off the ground by just the crossbar. Sweet!
Maybe more to see this evening. Maybe...
On my next bike, you are definitely building the racks and crash bars.
That went together very well!
I recall a few pages back that Rhyno was telling me to "weld towards mass". (to keep from undercutting my flange corners) I remembered that. There is plenty of time for thinking while TIG welding.
The reason I weld the top flange from out to in is basically because that's the direction I'm going in. I always go back to front, and bottom to top because I'm anal. It was difficult, but I rememberer what Rhyno said and went backwards and did in to out on the flange.
The result? No undercut! Thanks, Rhyno!
It's always good to learn something new. Kewlio!
Exhaust side done. Right side will get welded in the a.m.
Initial reaction: Panic
Second reaction: I can't wait to show that off!
It's very stout. You'll see...
That's how I move my KLR and my old XRL around...grab the crossbar and just drag it around while on the sidestand.
It makes moving bikes around in small areas very, very easy.
Happy Trails mounts are spaced to allow fore and aft adjustment.
Anther gold nugget of info. gleaned from JVB: leave enough room for key clearance.
Lid fab begins after lunch...
You boys and your junky BMWs are going to make me get a junky BMW of my own.
Stare at the picture. You can hear it calling you...
More picture frames.
Checking for fit after tacking...
Weld towards mass, weld towards mass...GOT IT!
AWWWWW YEAHHHHH BOYYYYYYYYYYY!
On my KLR bag lids like this, I also bent a reverse bend in this piece. The brake could do the short end easily, but not the long end - the apron felt like it wanted to spring, so I let off and finished the long ends by hammer forming on the vise.
This will get another flange welded to it for the "trap door" storage compartment. Still figuring things out as I go...
I know!!!!! You guys are wearing me DOWN!!!!
After a bad experience with a Ducati and a Triumph, I swore it was all Jap bikes from here on out, but...but...
These darn GSes are calling out to me!
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Looking great Kirk! I'm really liking your new lid design!
I dunno... I think stuff inside might get a little wet if it ever rains...