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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 03-14-2011, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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Custom engine guard/hi-way bars!!

Hey there fellow Vulcan Riders,

I am in the process of making some custom Engine Guard / Hi-way Bars for my Vulcan.
They will be a ripoff of the Wingerline ones, but made alot cheaper and not chrome.

First, Does anyone have a set of the Wingerline guards? If so, can you take some measurements or draw up a print with measurements? That would be great!!

Next, If anyone else is interested in this, it may be possible for me to whip out a few and ship it to you.

I have access to 1" stainless steel pipe, and 1" cold roll steel pipe.
I have a local guy who will bend the pipes for me, and i can have the mounting tabs made and welded on at work very easily.

So in all, its going to cost the price of the pipe and mounting tabs, should be like $30 or less. Plus whatever the bender guy charges, and then shipping prices.


Now the stainless steel 1" pipe can easily be polished up to shine like chrome, and will never rust. Or you can go with the CRS (cold roll steel) and paint it yourself.

Attached is a picture of the wingerline bars, if anyone can get me measurements that would be awesome!

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post #2 of 43 (permalink) Old 03-14-2011, 10:15 PM
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Sounds interesting, been wanting some highway bars for a while now
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If I had a set available I could draw up the plans no problem but I do not have any. I would be interested in purchasing some from you if you get this going.
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If I had a set available I could draw up the plans no problem but I do not have any. I would be interested in purchasing some from you if you get this going.
Anyone who is interested please let me know...
once i figure out what material cost and what not, i will let you know and if you are still interested i will have them made for you.

but i would like to kind of get a head count on how many i should possibly make..

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Sounds interesting

I'm interested in one or two of these myself, depending on your final cost estimate for the SS version. What sort of peg mount would you put on the guard, or would you leave that to each individual?
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i would be interested in a ss one.
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I would be interested in 2 of the ss ones depending on the final cost before shipping
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I would be interested in the SS ones myself!!! Let me know on the cost!!! Final pics of one would be nice!!!

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So far I have a few people interested.

I still haven't gotten any measurements from anyone with the wingerline bars. So if i don't get some measurements soon, I'm just gonna wing it (no pun intended) and figure something out myself.

So far for material, i have approximate costs:

1" Stainless Steel with 11ga wall about $4.50 a foot
1" non stainless with 11 ga wall about $1.87 a foot

Those figures are with my employee discount on materials.

I will still need the flat steel (probably 1/4 or 3/8 thick) pieces for bolting on the bars.
Getting those pieces shouldn't be a problem and should be cheap, I can probably find pieces in the scrap bin that will work.

Anyway, I got to figure out how many feet i will need. I will try to take some measurements tomorrow, and then i will start on my own set and when done I will post pics and more info.




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I'm interested in one or two of these myself, depending on your final cost estimate for the SS version. What sort of peg mount would you put on the guard, or would you leave that to each individual?
Peg mounts, i havent figured that out, may leave that up to the individual to use clamp on pegs or something, or i could have a flat piece welded on with ahole to mount a stiff peg or something.

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gcextreme,

You can use mild steel for those flat pieces and weld it to the stainless steel tubing using the right type of welding rod or by tig welding it, however, you will get some galvanic corrosion of the mild steel due to the dissimilar metals and a joint that will probably be okay in this application, but certainly not as strong as it would be if you used the same type of metals. If you can find a source for some 1/4" or 3/8" thick stainless steel flat stock it would be a better choice. Your weld will be stronger and no galvanic reaction. Personally, I'd be willing to pay the extra cost to have it all made from SS.

I just re-read your post and realized that I am assuming your "scrap pile" at work is not stainless steel, which it may be, so if I ran down a rabbit trail please forgive me.

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