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Well done Mohawk, I recently purchased a brace and after installation what a difference, totally different bike . But it cost me $70.00 .

So well done mate, i am sure a lot of guys are gonna save loads of cash and with the installation tips loads of heartache...

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That is really using your head Mohawk, and I think this thread should be in the Reference forum and the Index.

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The aluminum billet they use to make the brace is a forging. Forging removes impurities and gas in the billet. Much stronger than a piece of standard aluminum stock. Steel outperform the aluminum forged billet? I doubt it. I agree the costly aluminum brace is overkill and over priced.

Stainless steel by it's definition, contains at least 12% chromium content. More costing than mild steel. Also much stronger. Which grade steel did you use? I would be nosy to see an LPI (Liquid penetrant inspection) or FPI (Fluorescent penetrant inspection) inspection of each brace after a year or two use. Shows cracks the eyes can't see. Now THAT'S overkill!


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I used two different types of Stainless Steel on the braces.

Type 316 Brushed Stainless Steel

And Type 304 Stainless.

The 316 is harder but overkill to an extent and for a part that is hidden the brushed appearance was a waste.

I machine tons of Forgings and Castings of various materials all the time in my job of programming for 73 different CNC Machines.

I also have seen Aluminum forgings get ripped apart in the machines by aggressive machining.

So for any side or transitional twisting force that these braces will see, I will put a Crisp $100 Bill on the Stainless Plate against any Aluminum forging.
Encountering the same forces on the Aluminum, The Forging's mounting holes will wallow out and the ride will become as loose no brace as a side effect.

Bet's on. Prove me wrong... Grin

I could copy the Super Brace style and wrritten a program to do it which I posted here somewhere.

But I think this Stainless Sheet Metal brace is all that is needed and it's much cheaper and easier for anybody to make or get a hold of.

Even .125 to .250 thick Aluminum plate will do the job.

Cold Rolled Sheet Steel is OK too except you would have to paint it.

Hot Rolled is stronger but still needs painting.

Thanks Guys,

C Ya This July where I will have a bunch to hand out to riders that want them.

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You machined them, I made them and had a stretch of metallurgy in my 40 year foundry career.

Not meant to throw stones, only a question. I have seen many a machinist rip the hell out of the best of castings and forgings. That damn making rate thing.....


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Good write-up Mohawk. Great information and pictures.

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Great Job, Mohawk. Will this same brace work on the 1200? If not, has anbody else done something similar for the 1200?

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For those of us that cant make it to Nassir 3 anyway we can get one of these plates? Thanks
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Wow, great job Mohawk. Put me on the list for one please.

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I plan on bringing 15 to 20 of them to NASSIR3 to hand out.

I must make sure that Steve and Wexy get a few, But should still have that many to hand out.

I could make more, But they are so heavy to bring to Buffalo on that Sorry NY Thruway. Grin.

Plus getting my hands on Material is tough and Machine time here at the plant is premium.

IF there is enough interest, just among us members, it would show there is enough interest in the wing world that I may approach management about making these as a sideline and see what they would actually charge for the part.

But then I would make it a kit. Longer bolts, Alignment studs and directions.
Plus I would have the edges finished some for a nicer appearance. Mine is right off the machine, Rough Tabs and all. That's how you are all getting them. Grin
A few seconds with a file or grinder will fix that though.

The Research & Development is already done for them and you guys are the testers. Grin.

Even if I had to buy the tools separate to make the parts, it's only 4 tools.

I can make 150 parts from one purchased 72 x 48 Sheet of Stainless Steel.

I will find out pricing for the tools and material before I look into going further with management.

Let me know what you all think?

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