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    Quote Originally Posted by Hydrotoys View Post
    Why? Do you think taking a dead-weight of 25ish lbs off the starboard side of the nose of a RXP would be a good thing?

    Okay, I've seen a couple of mounts for the RXP. One is other the gas tank, right where the intake hole is in front of the seat. The other is down where the old outlet was, similar to what I'm trying to do here.


    in the rear by the old exhaust outlet would be ideal, but if you have an external IC theres probably some space issues. Do you have any pics of either setup?


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    Looks great mark.

    Aside from your many skills and talents, the one i envy the most is your ability to weld. Everyday i wake up wishing I knew how to weld. I'm sure I could learn, but it's one of those things that takes that fair chunk of initial investment so you can have the equipment to teach yourself. Maybe one day!

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    Hey Steve,
    I started welding because I wanted to make engine mounts for the vigilante. I went overboard with the Miller Passport welder. Any of the basic mig gas shielded welders would have done.

    My advice is to get a MIG welder. Buy a ten minute video. Find out who your local metal supply house is. Buy some scrap and have at it.

    Also, there is a ****LOAD of good welders on this board that can help. I'm not a good welder. But I'm learning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mxl16 View Post


    in the rear by the old exhaust outlet would be ideal, but if you have an external IC theres probably some space issues. Do you have any pics of either setup?
    Nope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hydrotoys View Post
    Hey Steve,
    I started welding because I wanted to make engine mounts for the vigilante. I went overboard with the Miller Passport welder. Any of the basic mig gas shielded welders would have done.

    My advice is to get a MIG welder. Buy a ten minute video. Find out who your local metal supply house is. Buy some scrap and have at it.

    Also, there is a ****LOAD of good welders on this board that can help. I'm not a good welder. But I'm learning.
    Rule #1 for welding. You are only as good of a welder as you are a grinder.

    I just got a new to me Mig and set it up for aluminum stainless and steel. Had to relearn aluminum. After a few passes to dial the setting in I am back in form. Bad weld top good weld bottom.
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    BD,
    how do I set up my mig for aluminum? I have argon and aluminum wire. What type of feed? Spool gun or otherwise? I've crushed the aluminum both times I've tried to feed it.

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    You do not need a spool gun. make sure the wire feed tube is clean. Keep the feed harness as straight as possible. Argon 100% at a flow of 30 CFH or around 15psi for my setup. It is recommended to use a round grove drive roller or use light tension on the drive roller as not to deform the wire. Also use a tip that is sized one up from the wire dia. I use .030 wire and a .035 tip. The wire tends to expand when heated that is the reason for the larger tip. Feed rate high. amps around 80-100. use a 5-10 deg push angle. The hard thing is seeing what is happening the puddle does not glow red it is more like a puddle. Recap High feed and high rate of weld gun movement.

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    Saved. Thanks.

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    beer, is there anything you can't do

    He's right Mark. Hot & fast. preheat the piece if you can with a torch. Also make sure you have a teflon liner in your gun and keep the hose as straight as possible.

    I can't wait to see that ski in next june!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!

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    Macgyver!!!

    One more thing. Hold the gun aprox 3/4-1" above and watch the wire melt up into the gun that is a good indication of the correct wire feed and amps. I will try and shoot some vids tomorrow as i weld up my SLT rideplate

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