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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-26-2011, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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composition of the stock backrest

It looks like its made of aluminum casting...or maybe a Magnesium alloy...anyone know the composition of the stock backrest? You know, the funny U-shaped bit of shiny metal? My reason for asking is that I want to know if its possible to cut it down several inches and weld it back together.

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It looks like its made of aluminum casting...or maybe a Magnesium alloy...anyone know the composition of the stock backrest? You know, the funny U-shaped bit of shiny metal? My reason for asking is that I want to know if its possible to cut it down several inches and weld it back together.

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Made of chrome-plated aluminum. It can be welded, it already is.

Why does this say chrome plated steel? http://www.cruisercustomizing.com/de...aki_750_Vulcan

READ next post. OlHoss says aluminum.

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I see from your sigline that your Vucan is an `86.
According to the history, the sissybar and grabrails on the 85 and 86 models are aluminum. No telling what specific alloy it might be.
87 and later are chrome.

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thanks gents! I'll be getting that done before long. It's getting close to my last planned mod! Next, all that's left is driving the beast, woot!

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It looks like its made of aluminum casting...or maybe a Magnesium alloy....
Magnesium? That be odd on a 6 grand bike ... if it was ..it sure be neat to be there when you tried welding it.




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