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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 07-10-2019, 11:52 PM   #1441
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You can ground to aluminum just fine. Breaker panels use aluminum bus bars and almost all electrical services cables are aluminum. But, running electricity through painted aluminum can cause the paint to lift. I don't know the science behind it, but lots of people who convert old buses and such in to RV's struggle with this. I don't know if it would have the same affect with anodized aluminum or not, but anodizing works as an electrical insulator, so you may have to clean off the anodizing if you really need to ground to a certain area.

As long as your stator or ignition systems doesn't require the engine cases to be grounded within the circuit you shouldn't have any problems floating a ground circuit and not allowing the frame or engine to be grounded.
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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 07-11-2019, 12:32 AM   #1442
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I've used several M-units on builds. It doesn't make sense to run separate ground wires for everything back to the battery negative. If you use motogaget momentary switches it is easiest to ground the switch to the housing and that grounds through the bars back through the frame. You can ground everything to the frame and aluminum is no problem. Sometimes I will run one ground wire from m-unit ground to tie in to all the lights. Just make sure all mounting surfaces are clean like bars to clamps, frame to engine etc. Also I found running a ground wire from triple tree to the frame is necessary because the steering head bearings don't ground to the frame very well.
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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 07-11-2019, 12:38 AM   #1443
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the steering head bearings don't ground to the frame very well.
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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 07-11-2019, 02:47 AM   #1444
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I've used several M-units on builds. It doesn't make sense to run separate ground wires for everything back to the battery negative. If you use motogaget momentary switches it is easiest to ground the switch to the housing and that grounds through the bars back through the frame. You can ground everything to the frame and aluminum is no problem. Sometimes I will run one ground wire from m-unit ground to tie in to all the lights. Just make sure all mounting surfaces are clean like bars to clamps, frame to engine etc. Also I found running a ground wire from triple tree to the frame is necessary because the steering head bearings don't ground to the frame very well.
Not using Motogadget switches.

Was planning on combining the ground wires together, instead of running separate wires for everything. Not sure it's kosher.
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It's kosher, just make sure your main ground wire is of sufficient gauge to handle the max combined amperage.
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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 07-11-2019, 10:21 AM   #1446
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It's kosher, just make sure your main ground wire is of sufficient gauge to handle the max combined amperage.
This.

Also, in most cases, the battery negative cable goes to the frame whether it's steel or aluminum. In the builds I've done, I do a ground in the forward section of the harness to tie all the forward grounds to the frame at the front, and everything in the rear half goes to the end of the battery cable at the frame. I use copper washers for the ground bolts, and I learned the hard way to make sure the threaded hole is clean and the ground bolt is either raw or gold zinc coated - other coatings have caused poor ground connections and issues. I also had a ground issue where my threaded holes were not clean after powdercoat. The holes were plugged, but the iron phosphate prewash my coater uses for everything worked as an insulating coating. That one took a minute to figure out.

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More fuel tank design.



Shaped the bottom of the fuel tank to mimic the frame angles.



Plan to chop the lower part of the tank just above the upper frame rail.

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OEM aluminum on top, one-off titanium on the bottom.
Aluminum blocks = 3.0 oz Titanium blocks = 3.7 oz
Into the next batch for polishing. Should be gold nitride coating soon.




Cut the circle OD to match the titanium axle and nut.

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how did you cut the fairly tight internal corners? tiny little end mill? waterjet? hand file?

A steering damper dampens steering oscillations. If it starts to leak, it may become a steering dampener. There's no such thing as a dampner.

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OEM aluminum on top, one-off titanium on the bottom.
Aluminum blocks = 3.0 oz Titanium blocks = 3.7 oz
Into the next batch for polishing. Should be gold nitride coating soon.




Cut the circle OD to match the titanium axle and nut.

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