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General Discussion / What ever happened to event promotions?
« on: March 11, 2018, 09:55:59 AM »
Doesn't seem to be much info around for events of late.
The OZVMX resto is happening at the moment but I cant find any threads about it on here apart from 'tickets for sale' from last year.
I keep hearing that everyone has moved to Facebook but looking at the OZVMX Facebook page isn't very inspiring, the whole discussion page seems to be about people selling stuff, hardly any decent conversations are taking place that I can see.

Apparently we had the Mr VMX round at Broadford recently, another best kept secret, an event in my own backyard that I knew nothing of...
..guess I will go crawl back under my rock!

General Discussion / Re: Greedzuckerburg reduces 3rd party ransom
« on: February 04, 2018, 11:33:39 PM »
Been bombarded with deals for months now.
You'd be pissed if you hadv'e paid the $500 only to find now they are doing it cheaper.
I wouldn't pay them anything on principle

Tech Talk / Re: Need help with 240 volt tig welder selection please
« on: February 04, 2018, 11:31:13 PM »
You need AC to TIG alloy, as Sleepy says its to lift the oxides so you can create and control the weld pool.
When the Alternating current flows to the electrode it lifts the oxides and when it flows towards the work piece it creates the weld pool
Normally AC alternates 50 times a second (the electrical gurus here might know better than me), but the modern welders can vary higher and lower than this which creates different advantages when welding.
I find it hard to fathom how it can change so often every second but then I also find it hard to imagine how a four stroke valve can open and close 5000 times a minute :o

Zirconiated tungstens are the go for AC welding
Thoriated tungstens used to be the go for DC welding but the 2% of thorium in them has been deemed dangerous when grinding them so they are getting harder to find as Retailers/manufacturers now try to avoid them
Alternatives are now Lanthanated and Circoniated which I beleive can be used on both AC & DC
I have been using the Lanthanated for DC now for quite a few years but still use the Zirconiated for AC

Also note that you should reverse the polarity of you DC machine when you want to arc weld, this is due to the electrode flow, when TIG welding you want the workpiece to absorb the heat and save the non consumable electrode but when arc welding you want the consumable electrode to absorb the heat to melt into the workpiece.
Some modern machines can do this with a switch rather than physically swapping the leads over.

Tech Talk / Re: Need help with 240 volt tig welder selection please
« on: February 04, 2018, 11:07:30 PM »
These old EMF welders were good value, my father bought one like this long before I was born, its been in the family longer than I have! I used it for quite a few years when I first started but now its just a bench to hold up the radio and phone. Haven't been able to plug it in for many years now, decades even.
Yes they are 200 amps but the Miller inverter 200 I switched to was more powerful and has a smoother arc.
They are actually 2 phase-480 volts, they only use 2 of the 3 phase legs and this option can be found in some places that don't have 3 phase.
Those DC converters were sort after decades ago, I was going to buy one once but they were over a grand new and rarely came up for grabs, times change and DC welders are now as common as mud

General Discussion / Re: CZ Sidepiper build
« on: January 30, 2018, 09:45:43 PM »
sometimes I look at the computer and think, this bloody thing knows more about me than I know about it.

When I try to text on my phone it's always trying to preempt what I want to say and comes up with all sorts of illogical gobbledy gook.
Maybe my phone knows I just talk a lot of shit :o

Tech Talk / Re: Need help with 240 volt tig welder selection please
« on: January 30, 2018, 09:41:41 PM »
200 amp will do 8mm okay and more
Foot controls are over rated
For thick material though you will need a water cooled torch.

Unimigs used to be good welders but I don't know what they are like these days, hardly anybody makes there own welders anymore, most of them are rebadged to suit the seller.

Quality units are $5-6 grand
There are a lot of these style of units around between $1-2 grand
The old story; you get what you pay for.
Its the duty cycle that comes into it if your going to be welding all day long.

Have you TIG welded before?
If not then factor in a couple of bottles of argon and lost of scraps to get the hang of it.
Controlled melting, you have to develop judgements, not unlike buying a MX bike and then learning to ride

Same thing here but I know nothing of the seller

General Discussion / Re: Just an Idea to maybe help forum
« on: January 28, 2018, 11:09:02 PM »
For OZVMX to have an account for everyone to use may be an option but paying there ransom fee once would not open up every ones account

I think there are still free or cheap options to be used long before Pissbucket should receive any payment.
Its almost unusable with its adds, and isn't it supposed to be that you pay for a service to avoid adds or you go the free service that has adds? But instead PB want you to pay for a service that is clogged with adds. :o

I imagine they didn't get a lot of people paying there ransom fee as I keep getting all sorts of offers emailed to me for cheap plans, little do they realize my photos still seem to be able to be viewed on this site, unless they only show up for me?

General Discussion / Re: CZ Sidepiper build
« on: January 28, 2018, 11:00:13 PM »
I assume this is the thread you have been updating your pictures to, both your computer skills and resto skills are coming along nicely

General Discussion / Re: Side-Piper build
« on: January 28, 2018, 10:58:43 PM »
I don't think editing a post will bump it back up, only new posts

Depends on how 'bush' you want to go.
I had a DR600 many years back, there was no way you could just give it a quick jab to start it so I can fully understand the usefullness of electric start.
I took it on a few trail rides under sufferance when I didn't have a 'real trail bike' on hand, took it down some tight tracks and it wasn't a lot of fun.
It wasn't that great on the road either but it was definitely at home on outback style dirt roads (rode it to Burke)
I imagine the later models (any brand) would be a lot better and smoother and I wouldn't mind one myself but I can't imagine any of them being any fun on the trails.

Ended up trading it in on a GPX 600 and couldn't believe how much faster and smoother the 4 cyl 600 was

General Discussion / Re: Another new friggin tax
« on: December 22, 2017, 03:24:35 PM »
I remember the old days of doing 'bottle drives' for the Scouts
We used to collect long necks to sell them back to the breweries, a line of us would be throwing bottles to each other from the bottle stack to the trailer, then from the trailer to a stack at the Scout hall for the Brewery to pick up.
It helped to fund camping equipment.

I doubt kids would be allowed to throw glass bottles to each other nowadays, OH&S would be all over everyone.
Christ, I was refused to be allowed to put a bottle or Argon in my ute last week as it seems OH&S now demand that bottles be carried upright. Like the gas knows which way is up or down :o
Couldn't carry the bottle upright without a special rack to hold it so had to wait for them to deliver it instead. Lost a days welding waiting for it to turn up >:(

General Discussion / Re: Better than Tattslotto
« on: December 22, 2017, 03:15:16 PM »
No their not taking the piss.
A slow reply, because I have been in therapy for selling you the winning ticket that I nearly kept for myself :o

Congrats, look forward to hearing some stories when you get back.

Vintage Track / Re: KX125 hagon track master
« on: December 22, 2017, 03:09:38 PM »
Kerry may have moved it on?
I built a chamber for just such a beast early last year for a guy in SA
It was also a KX motor with some KE bits

Yamaha / Re: dt1 question
« on: December 22, 2017, 03:06:05 PM »

Maybe they've heard about me!

Would you really want to belong to a club that would have the likes of you as a member?

General Discussion / Re: Better than Tattslotto
« on: October 23, 2017, 09:09:23 PM »
Ticket sales have finished and I have taken the order form down from my website now.

On behalf of the Whitsunday Motorcycle club I thank you for your support.

Not long now till the draw
Good luck to all who entered


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