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PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2011 12:29 am 
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Frank, it dont looks so

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It isnt my bike, its badbushido's from Switzerland

http://s496.photobucket.com/albums/rr328/oldschoolracing/bicycles/1986%20Yeti%20FRO%20-Bed-/?start=all


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2011 12:59 am 
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ftwelder wrote:
Is there a hole drilled in the bottom of that cap that has been plug welded?


You mean this one?

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Its my Accu-Trax labeled fork.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kadaverfleischwald


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2011 4:29 am 
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bmx4130crmo wrote:
ftwelder wrote:
Is there a hole drilled in the bottom of that cap that has been plug welded?


You mean this one?

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Its my Accu-Trax labeled fork.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kadaverfleischwald

Mine looks just like this one, with the plug weld in the cap. Same dropouts.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 1:39 am 
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whoa, seeing that pic of the cap with no hole gave me shivers. That is a really old one, from the bikes made in San Fernando or Burbank. When I started welding the forks, I was gradually allowed to make subtle changes (as mentioned) Among those, was using a vent hole. Since John lived near the beach and salty air, he wanted the frames "sealed". I was welding fast enough to need an additional vent hole (later to be filled). Dare I say it might pre-date FTW?

Funny story: Before I worked for Yeti, I was a BMX production welder for Mongoose (actually a contractor C&L welding.) and was welding over 150 forks a day with no problem. I was getting paid $1.50 each and making very good money for the day. I also worked in engineering and could design and build nice fixtures. Specially for forks.

When I first met John, who was making Yeti forks one at a time, I worked using his methods (NOT production friendly) for a couple of days and made a deal with him to make forks for $25.00 each (labor) With him thinking I could make one a day.. LOL. I was able to make 100 forks the next week and his bill was $2500 ! (perhaps 4-5 weeks wages for the average worker) I ended up making a deal and secure position with an awesome company for my efforts.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 9:29 am 
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ftwelder wrote:
whoa, seeing that pic of the cap with no hole gave me shivers. That is a really old one, from the bikes made in San Fernando or Burbank. When I started welding the forks, I was gradually allowed to make subtle changes (as mentioned) Among those, was using a vent hole. Since John lived near the beach and salty air, he wanted the frames "sealed". I was welding fast enough to need an additional vent hole (later to be filled). Dare I say it might pre-date FTW?

Funny story: Before I worked for Yeti, I was a BMX production welder for Mongoose (actually a contractor C&L welding.) and was welding over 150 forks a day with no problem. I was getting paid $1.50 each and making very good money for the day. I also worked in engineering and could design and build nice fixtures. Specially for forks.

When I first met John, who was making Yeti forks one at a time, I worked using his methods (NOT production friendly) for a couple of days and made a deal with him to make forks for $25.00 each (labor) With him thinking I could make one a day.. LOL. I was able to make 100 forks the next week and his bill was $2500 ! (perhaps 4-5 weeks wages for the average worker) I ended up making a deal and secure position with an awesome company for my efforts.


thanks for this lovely anecdote 8)

I got a reply from the seller of my round top tube fro, will send it to you.

cheers michael


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 4:21 pm 
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I've got a couple of Yeti/Accu-trax forks I was hoping to get some more info about...FTW, did you make these? I was told they were made in Durango, for Dean...any insight is appreciated, THANKS!


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 5:32 pm 
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anyone else got a set of these ?
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only pair iv'e seen apart from a magazine article


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