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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 12-03-2019, 03:29 PM   #1
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So first project is welding tubes of 6061 to the stock inlets which are cast...

Never welded cast before... I was gonna soak em in acetone and cook them.. Could also dip them in lye.. The internet is also devided about which rod to use..
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i use 4043 for everything, weld wheels, cast frame sections, engine covers, new tube
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Dish detergent + warm water + clean stainless wire brush is a good prep for new and cast aluminum. Depending on thickness, you can preheat the part with a heat gun.

I also use 4043 for 99% of my AL welds, but I do have some 5356 for parts that might live outside and/or in salty climes.

Stay away from chlorinated brake cleaners for weld prep - acetone is fine provided you make sure it's all flashed off prior to welding.

ETA - I started using automotive aluminum cleaner for critical welds. Mild phosphoric acid in a pump spray bottle, find it at car parts stores.

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I also use 4043. No particular reason. It's what the welding shop had and I haven't had any failures, so I don't rock the boat.

I cook really dirty castings in the oven after degreasing, blasting or whatever. Otherwise I'll just scuff and use acetone or alcohol.
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