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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:29 am 
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danson67 wrote:
My normal procedure for a small crack is to remove the clear lacquer from the tube and take the polished finish down, as this often has loads of contaminants in it. Degrease the whole area, chamfer out the crack to allow full weld penetration from both sides, re-clean.
Starting at the outside edge, weld down the crack on the inside of the tube. Re-melt the start position and repeat down the outside of the tube. I use 100A peak/65A base AC pulsed at 150/sec, +65% balance.

File or grind weldment in and out back to original surface and polish a bit.
Ream out the head cup seat, face the tube and chamfer the inside edge of the tube face to reduce future stresses.

I use 5183 filler to get a good post-weld strength without heat treatment. The normal 5356 used on 7005 alloys needs time to age or a heat treat. It will work OK unheated, but is more prone to fatigue cracking.
Also use Tempguard gel to prevent the re-heat from getting near the old welds which could be over aged by it, and also makes for a quicker heat/weld/cool cycle, which is also better for the final strength.

All the best,


Right, i think ive got all that :shock: :lol:

Amazing finish on that Manitou repair 8)


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:00 am 
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Well guys mines gone off to my dad's engineering works so hopefully they can get it sorted


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:38 am 
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Need you to repair my bikes !!! Why are you so far from here ?...


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