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post #1 of 13 Old 11-17-2006, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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My home made guard

Well, as I was working on the bike today I started going through my scrap metal collection and got the idea to build my own rear brake guard. 1/8 in 306 stainless steel plate. I think it came out real well. Just wish I had something better than washers to space it out around the cylinder. I'd make more but I burned out my big drill bit doing the holes. Maybe I'll get another Sunday. :mrgreen:


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Nice! I just may work something like that up myself.
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Nice! I just may work something like that up myself.
If i perfect the idea I'll post the materials and method for making it. :smile:

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:si0098 A stud guard for a stud bike :c00201

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Those drill bits last longer if you use alluminum. That SS is hard on them.

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Those drill bits last longer if you use alluminum. That SS is hard on them.
Well, it was an old bit, but you can resharpen them for a while. Key to drilling SS is do it real slow. Hard to do with an underpowered drill. :lol:
I made another plate copying the one I had done already. I also got better washers. Wish I could find SS screws to put in there, but no one carries anything worth using. The final assembly uses the origional screw from the brake cylinder going through the plate with a brass 10M 1/8" thick washer with a lock washer and then a standard 1/16" 10M steel washer. I used the brass on top since it will not cause the SS to tarnish where it rubs.

Any marketing guinesses wanna buy the prototype? :mrgreen:

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Those drill bits last longer if you use alluminum. That SS is hard on them.

Any marketing guinesses wanna buy the prototype? :mrgreen:
Send me a free sample and I'll send you all the referrals. 50% commission sounds about right! I'll be your California sales manager and you don't even have to pay me a flat salary, just commission! I'm sure I could sell about 4 or 5 hundred units in the first month. So just forward me the one unit, and 50% of my first months estimated commission, and we'll be on the road to KLR riches! :lol:

Seriously brother, your brake guard looks good. It beats the snot out of the aluminum one I bought for $20.00 a couple years ago. Good job!
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Great Job! Thanks for the idea and the motivation. Looks great and works. I love DIY...
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Thanks guys. :mrgreen: Now if I had the tools to make a new bracket for the break pedal. From what HC told me they are broken far more often than the cylinder.

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Be sure and post it when you're done. :idea: I've been thinking 'bout the same thing.
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