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12-23-2002, 12:36 AM
I am going to modify a luggage rack for my dual purpose motorcycle by moving the turn signal brackets inward. The rack appears to have been made with tubing that is about 16-18 gauge. The pieces I will be installing to hold the turn signals will be either 16 ga or 1/8" steel. I need a little bit of stiffness so the bracket won't bend in a fall on the trail (I have been known to do that occasionally). What would be the best technique for welding two pieces of different thicknesses together? Thanks , Tim. Also to Rocky D., I took your advice and switched to .035 wire and it really made a difference. Here's a fillet weld on 1/8" scrap
12-23-2002, 07:54 AM
what size wire were you using before ? and what kind of welder are you using ?
12-23-2002, 05:32 PM
When welding on steels of different thickness always keep heat directed more so on the heavier gauge and wash onto the thinner one.
J P Streets Welding
12-23-2002, 07:33 PM
Originally posted by Tim135
Also to Rocky D., I took your advice and switched to .035 wire and it really made a difference. Here's a fillet weld on 1/8" scrap
Really nice, Tim! Looks like you got it! :)
12-24-2002, 12:41 AM
Jack, I am using a Hobart Handler 135 and was using .030 flux core wire. Now I am using .035 flux core wire.:)
12-24-2002, 12:43 AM
Thanks, Rocky. I will submit some lap and butt welds later on for your perusal, Tim.:)
12-24-2002, 12:45 AM
You know, I really should learn to put all my replies in one post, but I'll get it eventually. Jerry, thanks for the advice, Tim.