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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 10-06-2019, 01:52 PM   #1
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are there angled frame insert slugs out there folks? plenty of straight ones with differing diameters but wonder if there was like a 20 degree bend slug? cheers.
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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 10-06-2019, 02:50 PM   #2
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reckon it,ll be straight slugs with the bend in the subframe
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Default Re: angled frame slugs

Would it be asking for trouble to get a straight one, cut it at an angle and weld the two halves as required? Like a piecut.

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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 10-06-2019, 04:57 PM   #4
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Default Re: angled frame slugs

just bend a bit of tube, weld one end to frame t,other to slug
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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 10-07-2019, 01:20 PM   #5
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Default Re: angled frame slugs

i did think the easiest solution would be to bend the tubing but thought i would ask the question. however, on that subject...would you guys advocate bending pipe at home. i am only looking at 20 degrees for instance and don't have a pipe bender. was thinking about the sand filled tube bending method or is that a bit too ghetto to be safe?

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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 10-07-2019, 01:31 PM   #6
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Default Re: angled frame slugs

As long as the tube doesn't get a kink in it you'll be fine. If it flattens a touch you'll still be fine provided it isn't a super critical piece.

OEM's never slug when they tee pieces of tubing together, like on a subframe.
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As long as the tube doesn't get a kink in it you'll be fine. If it flattens a touch you'll still be fine provided it isn't a super critical piece.

OEM's never slug when they tee pieces of tubing together, like on a subframe.
how has it become the go to option for custom subframes? my bandit seems to have like a twin wall construction on the tube coming away from the main spar for a few cm. i guess frame slugs are belt and braces?
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custom builders usually don.t have the software to stress test structures, just build it strong
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Default Re: angled frame slugs

Using slugs also make it easier to align the parts and produce a welded part that looks like one solid piece (allowing you to safely grind the weld down). It may even be necessary for strength in some applications. I'd wager if converting a Hog to a hard tail, slugging the connections is a legit requirement; vibration could fatigue crack anything less.

It may just have passed on from there as "the right / best way to do it" even if overkill in most cases.
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Default Re: angled frame slugs

Hardtail a Harley or Triumph using slugs at the welds for strength... same as when you rake or de-rake the frame in the frame down tubes. Not over-kill at all. Also as Sebwiers stated this method will allow you to safely grind down the welds for aesthetic reasons.

So for a sub-frame well... If your a big-un like myself, I would use slugs.

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