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RRBBO#7 First Entry: http://www.ratrodbikes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=67&t=56475
First of all, great work!
Not sure if you had done so already as i could not see it in the pics but, for a stronger way to weld 2 ends together you should find a pipe that has the diameter of the inside of the pipe. (A size just big enough to slide inside, preferably a tight fit.) So you would slide this pipe into the frame and slide the other part of the frame over the inner pipe leaving an 8th inch gap and then butt weld the frames together while also penetrating the inner pipe. This will add more strength and it will give you peace of mind as well so you have no worries of the welds cracking due to tension stress of the frame. Also instead of having 2 points welded together it will now be 3..
1=frame point A
2=inner pipe welded to both frame A & B
3=frame point B
I hope this makes sense. Lol you may have already done this as i think you said you had done so but i thought i would ask and or suggest this tip as it is the safer, stronger way to go when welding bike frames.
Thanks for the tip, but also kep in mind that the tubing on these choppers is oval, harder to find sleeve material, you can take something smaller and hammer it into an oval, but his welds look super.
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I totally didn't see that they were oval... that definitely makes it hard to shove a round pipe inside. Lol
It also says, on one of the pictures, "Here's a close-up. Those spots on either side of the seam are plug welds where we inserted tubing to reinforce the joint." so perhaps they did just that.
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