The 12X12 build...

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by NortwestRider, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    [​IMG]I'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.[​IMG]
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  2. boxertwin

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  3. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    Here's some more pics.
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  4. vortexau

    vortexau Outside the Pod-bay

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    NorthwestRider said:
    Time to fit that shed with a w-i-d-e-r door? :ear
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  5. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    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 "!!
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    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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

    brstar Been here awhile

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    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.
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  8. cleatusj

    cleatusj Dirt floor engineer

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

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    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.
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    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    A little progress today..

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    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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

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  12. cleatusj

    cleatusj Dirt floor engineer

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

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    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.
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  14. cleatusj

    cleatusj Dirt floor engineer

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

    brstar Been here awhile

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    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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    storch Been here awhile

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    Northwest:I bought a LL fork(Unit) for an FJ 1100 Yamaha.Adapting it now
    to a BMW K 1100.The tubes are 41 millimeter outside and a second tube is inserted to make inside diameter 25 millimeter.Wallthickness is a lot more than 0.12 inch. Had to shim the outside to fit the BMW triple trees and had to narrow the swingarm slightly.

    Gary
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  17. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    I also have a OLD stick welder that I have welded 1/2 flat with ( 220V),but I have to run a 50ft cord all thru my yard and move my dryer to plug it in ,so the little wire feed is MUCH easier !!.I know all about keeping HER happy,it's been 25 years and still going.I found the secret !!,let her by a $3,000 carbon fiber Bicycle ( she is a long distance bicycle rider)and I can get ALMOST anything I want...:clap
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    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    My suspension came today..YIPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE..
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  19. cleatusj

    cleatusj Dirt floor engineer

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    All right parts to keep you going.:evil
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  20. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    Here is the new suspension.

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