Lmo wrote: ↑
Sat Aug 17, 2019 3:09 pm
They're not ugly, they're... they're...(sniffle)...beautiful.
But also bloody expensive in $Aus. I know you lot are saying what I was thinking of would be just as, if not more expensive, but my discussion with the welder never got as far as that.
I had thought it would be a reasonably simple job. No cutting the pipe ends off, just weld a couple of aluminium plates on the butt ends of them, with a hole through the middle to let the exhaust pipe through (I'm not saying I'm right
in this thought, just what I was thinking). The exhaust pipes would have to be worked on, but I'm already going to have to do that, as after a change in gearbox (swapped out a ural for a mt9) the kickstarter keeps hitting the pipe, and the pipe gets in the way of where the sidecar bolts on to the bike anyway.
So there's definitely the feel that "If I'm going to change the exhaust, might as well do the lot"
But no, that clamp is beautiful. And expensive. And I can make one... Just need a 48x2 jam nut, cut it in half, and weld some nuts on the outside to tighten it together. Done.
In the meantime, I've cleaned the muck out of the thread, and I can get a good, solid bite in the last 5mm, which doesn't leave much room for any gaskets, but with some putty may do for the short term.
I'm starting to agree that the welder just doesn't want that particular job. He's an experienced welder who's done all the other work on the bike, but maybe he's had a bad experience in the past with old cast aluminium? Who knows.