View Full Version : How I make a bikefender fast = cheap
02-07-2011, 02:36 PM
Hi all metalfreaks!
One day a young guy came to my shop with his bike a Kawasaki ,asking
for some cooler than the plastic ducktail shaped rear fender....:o
He has 3 wishes for the project:
1.Keep the original brackets, no cutting in the bike....:cry:
2.Still have to pickup girls for a ride....:twisted:
3.A real low cost...max 10 hours total...:lol:
And I say...no problem....:cool:
I hope the pics talk more than words, I also make the fill panel betwen the brackets to support the girlie seat..
The result is ok with this limit for the cost and stricly no changing more than
it can bee built back to original.
So here we go again....:)
Nice :) plastik are for kids toys :lol:
02-07-2011, 03:53 PM
very nice work
02-07-2011, 05:37 PM
That's a lot of work for only 10 hours.
How long did it really take?????
02-07-2011, 07:09 PM
Is that a wired edge or just a rolled lip looks great.
02-07-2011, 11:57 PM
Thanks for your kind words!
The edge is just a rolled "bead", no time for wireedging ther:rolleyes:
I hold the time 10 hours on this, but I had the "buck" since a nother fender
who had a similar shape..so that save a little time:)
As you may can see I start to make a bend in the center piece, that one
way to go faster with the shaping, the "fold line" gone later when you wheel it:D
All the best!
02-09-2011, 09:56 AM
Again Very nice work. Looking at the heat affected zone, it looks like you used the back step procedure when doing the final welding.
That is a good technique to use.
Did you also alternate sides as you welded?
02-09-2011, 12:02 PM
I jump around so much as possible when I do the final welding, and I go from one side to the other in this case, when I do it that way the part not change shape much after the welding is done:)
When Iīm in a hurry, like in this project, I use a wet rag to cooldown the part, so I can force the welding:lol::lol:
When you do the final welding it can be hard to judge the heat of the panel,
my way to do this is, when I can hold the bare hand on the panel itīs ok to go on with the welding ....if you have the time :cool:
Anyway, itīs not that hard to weld parts like a fender with much shape becouse the shape makes itīs really stiff and forgiving...Itīs so much harder to weld a bodypanel on a car of the 80īs, the box designed cars with pretty flat panels:eek: hard but not the coolest work to do:-P
Nice to read your inputs and questions, that make me stop up and think how I do it :D
All the best!
02-10-2011, 09:37 PM
Very nice !
03-10-2011, 10:15 AM
Thats the way I make them
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