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  1. #3211
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    Quote Originally Posted by FJRider View Post
    Not as easy a process as you would think to cut and weld a motorcycle chassis ...

    Easy to get done ... but ... The "System" ... has other ideas ...

    It would then it would require LVV Certification after the welding was done. And the person that did the welding ... would need to show they were qualified to do the welding.

    There are enough "Hoops" to jump through in the official process already ... with using just a "Donor" chassis ...
    That really depends on whether you wanted to inform the system that welding had taken place, doesn't it?

    I did get certification done on a couple of items I had welded. Competency of the welder wasn't questioned , and the testing and certification provided wasn't that expensive
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    Quote Originally Posted by FJRider View Post
    Not as easy a process as you would think to cut and weld a motorcycle chassis ...

    Easy to get done ... but ... The "System" ... has other ideas ...

    It would then it would require LVV Certification after the welding was done. And the person that did the welding ... would need to show they were qualified to do the welding.

    There are enough "Hoops" to jump through in the official process already ... with using just a "Donor" chassis ...
    That really depends on whether you want to inform the system that welding has taken place, doesn't it? A competent welder should be able to make joins that don't scream "a budgie perched here" . Anyway when is the last time a WoF inspection included checking the frame structure that closely?

    FWIW I have had a couple of welded components tested and certified. The competency of the welder wasn't called into consideration and the testing and subsequent certificate was not too expensive or time consuming.
    it's not a bad thing till you throw a KLR into the mix.
    those cheap ass bitches can do anything with ductape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pete376403 View Post
    That really depends on whether you want to inform the system that welding has taken place, doesn't it? A competent welder should be able to make joins that don't scream "a budgie perched here" . Anyway when is the last time a WoF inspection included checking the frame structure that closely?

    FWIW I have had a couple of welded components tested and certified. The competency of the welder wasn't called into consideration and the testing and subsequent certificate was not too expensive or time consuming.
    Times have changed ... Having the personal authority to issue a WOF is for some an asset their livelihood depends on. ANY issue that might place that ability in doubt is carefully managed.

    And what check are made ... would depend on the bike's need for Re-vin or WOF ... or one tester "needing" to ask questions as to what is required to fulfill "Policy" as they see's it ...

    I have had obvious welding ignored in the past ... as they knew me ... and knew who I would have got to do the welding (The quality of welding was obvious). Such was life in a small town. I doubt if that would ever occur again. Even in the same circumstances ... and with same people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pete376403 View Post
    That really depends on whether you wanted to inform the system that welding had taken place, doesn't it?

    I did get certification done on a couple of items I had welded. Competency of the welder wasn't questioned , and the testing and certification provided wasn't that expensive
    Trying to HIDE such things can (sometimes) be more detrimental than helpful at times. Especially if a weld fails (as it may do in an accident). Even if the weld failure has nothing to do with the cause of the accident.

    Hardly a policy I'd recommend. Or encourage in this day and age.

    Personal choice I guess ..
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    Thanks for the suggestions. I appreciate the support. I have contacted every wrecker I can think of. I did get a response from one in Wellington but he sold the frame to someone else almost immediately after contacting me... I did check about welding on the frame with the certifier. He was very clear that welding would not be accepted on the frame, unless it was done by the factory. He also said that it was usual to check the frame for any change in type/colour of paint which may be covering up welding or beating into shape. So,...I'm still looking for the elusive DR650 frame, somewhere in someone's shed, probably getting a gentle coat of antique rust.

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    I think there would be heaps of restored bikes with powder coated frames
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    There's a fella in Tasmania wrecking a 2004 DR. https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/brig...klx/1257983428

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    Quote Originally Posted by rupert View Post
    Still looking for a DR650 frame. Everyone must be holding onto their frames/running gear in case they get a replacement motor for the one that died. DR650 must be one of the most common bikes in NZ but very hard to find a frame in good condition.
    There is a frame for sale on the NZ Dr650 page on FB with rego.
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