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    Tail swap started, needing help on how to mount this up-







    Need to keep it 2 up capable, alum welding? fab steel brackets and bolt on?
    Need experienced fabricator advice, what's safe?
    This is my first aluminum bike.
    Chopsmitty and snowfrog, is this something you can help me with?
    I don't even know where to get aluminum stock or what size/grade to look for?

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    That should be able to be done easily with some tig welding and like you said some flat alum stock. I suggest you PM chop or jon.
    ^^My $0.02 not yours^^
    -Chris
    aka Gas Man

    "Why pay somebody else to fuck up your bike?"
    "Custom don't bolt on!"

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    Great idea, thanx

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    i'll get ahold of him and show him the pic's. it may take a couple days to show him cause he HATES the internet. something about internet welders LOL

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    Hey! I tried to call you but your phone mailbox is full and won't accept new messages. If you bring the bike and leave it for a couple weekends, I'll do the work for $50. That's new machined 6061 alum tabs welded to the correct points, but you're going to have to repaint/refinish the areas I work on (I'll have to take the local areas down to bare clean alum.)
    www.chopsmitty.com
    616 836-3911

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    Hey, sorry I missed you, things have been a little crazy with the holidays, I have some time off soon.
    1. That is a ridiculously good price, but I think you underestimate the upper mounts, the tubes I have drilled through for mock up are totally hollow.
    They will have to be filled and gusseted I am sure.
    2. I would rather have you do this work than anyone else I have dealt with, but it would be a 6 hour round trip for me to drop it off, I at least have to try to find someone locally. The thought of 6 hours x2 in my little 4 banger ranger is kinda rough.
    3. Do you know anyone in the metro Detroit area who can weld aluminum?

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    The thought of 6 hours x2 in my little 4 banger ranger is kinda rough.
    I've done that drive many times in my little ranger. Take a buddy with you drop the bike off early head to Grand Rapids and hit up the bars hang out then stay at a cheap ass motel and come back the next day.
    Formerly known as Rugby66x


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    craz... I don't think you understand how talented chopsmitty is.
    ^^My $0.02 not yours^^
    -Chris
    aka Gas Man

    "Why pay somebody else to fuck up your bike?"
    "Custom don't bolt on!"

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    I know how you feel. I drive 100 miles a day in my 4 cyl/stick ranger... It's got 219,000 miles on it and has hundreds of thousands left in it. Offer still stands, just let me know if you can't find anyone closer.

    Only guy I would reccommend is primarily a car guy, but he has done bike stuff and is an excellent fabricator - http://gilsbachracecraft.com/
    Tell him I sent you.
    www.chopsmitty.com
    616 836-3911

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