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Old 03-16-2013, 02:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So Im kinda down right now, was doing some more repair work to my bike today and noticed I have a hairline crack going across the lower part of the frame, basically where I highlighted on this picture. Wondering what you guys think I should do at this point. Kinda pissed off as Ive bought mainly everything I needed to get the bike back in working condition besides my front wheel and fairings. So can it be repaired???? Or should I not risk it???
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Old 03-16-2013, 02:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's cracked across the weld there?
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Nope, theres no weld there just the frame. But yea the crack is almost all the way around the frame....guess I need to trash it....Looks like im about to build me a whole new bike.....

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Please Dont ask me how I never noticed this as the bike has been sitting in a mildly dark garage and Ive been working on the other side of the bike mostly.....
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Oh shit sorry, I thought there was a weld. I am not a welder, but I imagine someone decent could fix that up for you. I don't know if it'd need to be re-certified or what, though.

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Oh wow. Haven't ever cut into a bike frame so not sure what the best thing to do would be. Just for as far as I could see I personally would rather a tig weld than a mig the welder will have Much more control to.be sure that it gets a good penetration. I hate to say it but your probably gonna have to strip the bike its gonna have to go all the way through. At least its a but weld and didn't come apart to much so the frame probably isn't all bent to hell.

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so you think the frame is save-able???? Either way Im going to have to strip everything apart but Ive been reading a lot about people rewelding these frames and some say its not worth it as the weld can just crack again. Others say its possible to save....All I know is I dont want to pay 2k for a new frame lol....
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I am a welder ... I would defenatly go with a good tig welder, how thick is the frame ?

You will probably need to remove it and clean it to remove all contaminent that can mess the weld quality .

With the pulsed mode , a tig weld can look as good as the oem one on your bike , even better , but the biggest part will be to find a good welder!
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At that point its not very thick. Id Probably say about the same thickness as 10 sheets of paper
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Should be fixable as Fiveoh said, and a good weld by a good welder will probably actually be stronger than the original frame material.

As he said finding a good welder is key. If you are down for a road trip pack the frame up and bring it to Whitey ... lol
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