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i'm searching info and real stories about  frame fabrications from scratches..plenty for harleys and choppers, nothing for vinduro\cross\twinshocks dirty thumpers?

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Re: any of you guys did built his own vinduro bike from the frame?
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2020, 08:59:54 AM »
I did build a complete sidecar called " The Sting" in 1999 . It was based on the WASP . We made the frame , wheels , tank, fiber glass ,998 engine and of course my own suspension.All in house.There was a detailed write up about the project in the early VMX mag . I think it was issue #4.If you need more info ,please PM.
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Re: any of you guys did built his own vinduro bike from the frame?
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2020, 11:18:10 AM »
Its something on my list of stuff to do. Currently modifying frames to get what I want.
Current bikes. KTM MC 250 77 Husky CR 360 77, Husky 82 420 Auto Bitsa XR 200 project. Dont need a pickle just need to ride my motorcickle

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Re: any of you guys did built his own vinduro bike from the frame?
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2020, 02:30:00 PM »
Its pretty easy to build a herley frame. You just get some plumbing pipes from bunnings get your grinder,pipe bender and stick welder and of you go
With offroad frames it is a bit harder. CrMo tubing is harder to buy(unless you want to buy a ton) and cost lot more. Than you must be good with Acetilene or Tig torch and CrMo tubing is harder to bend and shape. Then when you got as far as finishing your frame you really want to have it heat treated so it does not crack after a couple of jumps. You don't find a place that heat treats frames on every corner. Custom/replica frame will cost you around 4-5 thousand dollars for a reason.

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Re: any of you guys did built his own vinduro bike from the frame?
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2020, 01:35:44 AM »
thankyou guys; actually i'm now thinking to modify a BETA 250 1977 frame to put in a yamaha XT250 2 valves motor (the goal is to build a little HL..do you now if this particular frame is made in cromoly? can i stick weld on this? if yes what rods i should use? the bike will be not raced or jumped in any ways..actually i use the bike on tarmac for 99%, albeit roads are not so smooth here
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Re: any of you guys did built his own vinduro bike from the frame?
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2020, 04:01:36 AM »
I don't know how you would identify the steel used on a frame easily ,
but you could have a close look at the existing welding for a clue
if the existing welds are - MIG or Stick , then its probably not CroMo
if the existing welds are - TIG or Bronze welded then it more likely is CroMo or something similar
whatever steel it is I would try and avoid stick welding if possible

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Re: any of you guys did built his own vinduro bike from the frame?
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2020, 09:46:41 AM »
Beta frames are a bit rare , try not to cut one up to fit a XT motor.
What are you really trying to do here? It maybe easier to modify the XT frame to get what you want. Explain in detail and I will try and help.
Stick welding frames is not a good method. If you can post photo of what Beta stuff you have.
Current bikes. KTM MC 250 77 Husky CR 360 77, Husky 82 420 Auto Bitsa XR 200 project. Dont need a pickle just need to ride my motorcickle

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Re: any of you guys did built his own vinduro bike from the frame?
« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2020, 10:13:28 AM »
thankyou guys; actually i'm now thinking to modify a BETA 250 1977 frame to put in a yamaha XT250 2 valves motor (the goal is to build a little HL..do you now if this particular frame is made in cromoly? can i stick weld on this? if yes what rods i should use? the bike will be not raced or jumped in any ways..actually i use the bike on tarmac for 99%, albeit roads are not so smooth here

Use the grinder on a part of the frame that does not matter . The sparks will tell you straight away what it is . If you are not familiar with the austenite or cementite structure of steel , get some body to take a pic of the sparks and then compare it on the net or a good tradesman for ID. Hope that helps.
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Re: any of you guys did built his own vinduro bike from the frame?
« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2020, 02:11:40 PM »
I do have A3 color chart from Uni days , but can not upload pics . So I found this for you https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spark_testing
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« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2020, 06:18:24 PM »
here in italy these BETA frames (and also complete bikes of this era) are pretty commons and low priced too..actually i already built a twinshock XT250 with the original XT frame (KLX250 swingarm\IT250 forks);  the bike is nice and goes well, has been my daily drive for the last 4 seasons (april - october i use only 2 wheels for everyday moving)..only problem: it's a bit too long wheelbase (1500mm): this doesnt hurt the handling at all: i can U turn at low speed just as with a Vespa.. it's the look that i dont like 100 percent..

back to the welding: i guess back in the days these frames where welded with oxy\acetiline torch..

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« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2020, 10:22:32 PM »
well i just tried to glue a piece of mildsteel to the cromoly(?), 3mm thick both parts, used 6013 rod 95 amps, looks not bad..unfortunatelly i'm not so good to upload pics on this board yet..

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Re: any of you guys did built his own vinduro bike from the frame?
« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2020, 09:35:26 AM »
Hi. Brazing is the way to goo. Check this http://www.mojomotorbikes.co.uk/yamaha.html  No heat treatment needed.

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« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2020, 10:23:30 AM »
Hi. Brazing is the way to goo. Check this http://www.mojomotorbikes.co.uk/yamaha.html  No heat treatment needed.

Wow - some frame porn on that link!!

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Re: any of you guys did built his own vinduro bike from the frame?
« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2020, 01:16:09 PM »
   My Brother has aways used CIG/BOC PINK Nickal/Bronze Rods for Gas Welding. They are flux coated.

   He has used them on Maico Frames for repairing upper and lower shock mounts and on one frame that had a crack at the
   steering head area.They have never failed. Also cracked or broken brackets and fitting a threaded mount for a chain roller.
   He has fitted this mod to some ten Maicos.
           
   The Welding does not Crystalise the metal and only requires the flux to be completly cleaned off .

    Note .  There are some Chinese made rods of this type. They are rubbish.
     

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Re: any of you guys did built his own vinduro bike from the frame?
« Reply #14 on: April 07, 2020, 03:51:03 PM »
Hi. Brazing is the way to goo. Check this http://www.mojomotorbikes.co.uk/yamaha.html  No heat treatment needed.
Brazing is pretty archaic. The poms used WW2 Spitfire frame leftovers and Reynolds tube for building car and bike space frames and brazed this hard to work with material.
The pragmatic and better resourced Yanks developed 4130 Chrome moly specifically for ease of welding- TIG, MIG etc.
If you love it, lube it.