Is my bike ok?
I use one of the pencil torches that Harbor Freight sells. Used to be about $8 and using a flame gives damn near instant joints.
That there is. I think the most important thing is, if you are doing crimps, get a good crimping tool and make sure your crimps are done properly. If you are doing solder, make sure you don't get cold joints. I'd support either with quality heat shrink regardless.There's arguments for & against both methods. I do both depending on what I'm doing.
With a good crimper and a little practice, they are much easier and faster than soldering.I'm afraid of using crimp splices, only because of lack of experience.
Some of you guys never miss a thing.on the suspension bolts, is that just a center in the threaded end or are they drilled most of the way through?
Yes, in order to support the end of the part when threading, you have to use a live center. It goes into an angled hole in the end... but the walls on the hole there appear straight so I was thinking it might go (almost) all the way through to save weight.Some of you guys never miss a thing.
Machinist had to put a divot in the threaded end, I guess, to hold it properly in the lathe for cutting the threads, etc.
Very happy Bill called me and asked if a divot is okay.
Fuck no, it's not okay. None of my other hardware has that. I told Bill to drill it out. I do have plenty of drilled/lightened bolts.
Because I'm no engineer, I don't know how much I can drill out of the suspension bolts.
On these bolts, the hole doesn't go very far past the threads. Not fully drilled, for safety.