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  • 85 350X Frame Repair

    Hey guys. . . long time since i have done anything BIG to any of my bikes besides maintenance. . . .but this was a biggie

    AT the end of July at the Oregon Dunes near Florence, I was tooling around on my 350X and found a nice jump. . . Long story short broke my frame clear through
    http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g3...framebreak.jpg

    IT was a definate downer. . .had to ride it to the car that was over a mile away. . the crack chattering the whole way. . . luckily my buddy that was coming up for the day brought my 86R to finish out the weekend.

    So a couple of weeks ago I finally decided to tear into it and weld, gusset and paint the frame.

    Here is how it went:
    TEARDOWN
    http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g3...air/nobody.jpg
    http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g3...r/halfgone.jpg

    MOTOR (that beast is a tight fit! OH and a tip for someone doing this the first time, take off the intake and rear valve adjust cover for a tad more clearance)
    http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g3...mptycradle.jpg
    http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g3...toronbench.jpg

  • #2
    SO after getting all the odds and ends, and front and rear ends off the frame i was able to look at the damage closer
    http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g3.../bareframe.jpg
    http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g3...ackoutside.jpg
    http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g3...rackinside.jpg

    I ground the powdercoat away from the areas to be welded/gusseted and got to welding
    http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g3...r/gussets5.jpg
    http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g3...r/gussets6.jpg
    http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g3...r/gussets1.jpg
    http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g3...r/gussets3.jpg
    http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g3...r/gussets4.jpg

    Now my welds may not be all that pretty but they will hold

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    • #3
      So now for the finish. . . .

      After some grinding and some sanding. . .I shot it with some self etching primer

      For color . . . i found the Dupli color Automotive touch up paints (Color is Flash Red) is really close to 200X/350X red
      http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g3...pair/base1.jpg
      http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g3...pair/base2.jpg
      http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g3...pair/base4.jpg

      After the Basecoat had cured for twelve hours i shot it with Automotive Polyureathane Clearcoat. I did 3 heavy coats. . . .more in high abuse areas like where ankles rub, downtube, and subframe.

      http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g3...arwtriples.jpg

      ONLY got one shot of the clearcoat, cuz it doesnt show up much different in pictures to me

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      • #4
        Now for the finale

        I didnt get too many pictures of final assembly because i was alone and it was around 1am when i started. But here is what I have

        http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g3...llerwmotor.jpg
        http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g3.../75percent.jpg

        Now the last picture was where i was in about 2 hours. . . worked my ass off. . . then went to work. .

        After about another half hour or 45 mins here is the finished product
        http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g3...r/donehigh.jpg
        http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g3...r/donepipe.jpg
        http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g3...ir/donelow.jpg
        http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g3.../doneclose.jpg

        So thats my latest project Finished. . . soon i will have the updates on my 86 250R posted

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        • #5
          Very nice work! That would have taken me 2 months! LOL!!!!!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by dovesprings250R
            Very nice work! That would have taken me 2 months! LOL!!!!!
            I really missed my thumper

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            • #7
              Really appreciate the photos.

              Couldn't remember where all the bracing was, the last project was deleted suddenly.

              Been waiting to fix two frames with the same problems. Been too hot to work on them for the last couple of months. Now that winter is here and my new mig welder is supposed to arrive this afternoon, I'm after it this weekend. Luckily, still have one 350X that's rideable.

              BTW, what gauge did you use for the gussets?

              Thanks again.

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              • #8
                Thats alot of work! and yours came out way nice than mine. The good news is now you wont have to worry about it any more. Mines been holding up well. I dont really do any jumping. but the terrain around here is quite rough.

                I just noticed I have my gussets on the outter side compared to yours being on the inside. I dont think that makes much of a diffrence.. but I kinda blended it into the frame using some sort of liquid metal filler.

                The second pic is the before pic. I kept having problems with the frame cracking back near the rear grab bar. A pretty common problem with the 85 frames I rekon. The second frame I used is an 86 but I still gusseted it up just incase. I really couldnt find any diffrences between the two years.

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                • #9
                  I would be willing to bet that the wall thickness of the tubing between the two years 85- 86 is different? Has anybody ever checked it?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Tank's350X
                    I would be willing to bet that the wall thickness of the tubing between the two years 85- 86 is different? Has anybody ever checked it?

                    Nope, same stuff..... Oddly enough, it's just that teenie tiny bit of extra motor mount material that seems to make it hold up in that area.

                    Your gonna get the full treatment there spanky, and very soon too

                    I'll reinforce that whole subframe and the motor mount frame tube area will be wrapped all the way around.

                    I just hope my propane torch and soldering gun will be strong enough

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by likestrikes
                      Nope, same stuff..... Oddly enough, it's just that teenie tiny bit of extra motor mount material that seems to make it hold up in that area.

                      Your gonna get the full treatment there spanky, and very soon too

                      I'll reinforce that whole subframe and the motor mount frame tube area will be wrapped all the way around.

                      I just hope my propane torch and soldering gun will be strong enough
                      propane torch and soldering gun? Why not use some super glue or something like that, or better yet, make up a sling with popscicle sticks and some tape
                      Last edited by Tank's350X; 12-01-2008, 05:42 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Tank's350X
                        propane torch and soldering gun? Why not use some super glue or something like that
                        DUCK TAPE

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