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Anybody made their own frame sliders?

Bear with me, I know it might sound unwise but being a machining student with tools at hand to do so, I thought it might be a nice alternative to dropping 100+ on sliders.

So I'm just feeling out if anybody's done it before and what type of steel did you use if you did?


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Some one made front fork sliders on here once. But i haven't seen anything else...Theses are under a hunderd bucks..http://t-rex-racing.com/catalog.php?item=164

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I haven't built my own, but FWIW, I had the LSL sliders on my bike for about a year, before installed crash bars for more adventurous riding, and they worked very well (bike got knocked over a couple times in parking lots by other cars, etc. dropped it once, when I was getting used to the height, right after getting it).

They were made of billet AL alloy, with a delrin 'rub button'. The only steel components in them were the bolts attaching the mounting pads to the frame, and the long through bolts that replaced the stock front engine mounting bolts - all grade 10.

Since you have the necessary tools and equipment at your disposal, I would think machining some basic copies would be pretty rudimentary. Do some digging around for pics, etc.

http://www.spieglerusa.com/crash-pro...me-slider.html
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Thanks for the replies guys! Think your correct, going to see if I can run by a friends house and get some specs for the ones he has


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Not sure if this counts but I've mounted 3 small bar ends on each side. One in the top fairing screw hole, one in the rad guard fairing and one in the bottom fairing. Used some washers to move them out a bit and SS bolts.

I've dropped it twice and not a scratch.

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If you decide to give this a shot I've always though that skateboard wheels would make very good 'pucks' for this purpose...


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The bar ends for sliders is a pretty nifty idea! I actually should probably make some bar ends for my bike too as they're a little scraped up from an incident...

Skateboard wheels seems like a good idea too although I have no idea what they're made of.

Should be fun this summer!



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I made some small sliders to mount in the upper fairing holes. They are of nylon billet that I got from Grainger (looks good: kinda carbon fiber-ish). They were (unfortunately) tested a couple of years ago and found to work to protect the fairing. They and the crash bars did a pretty good job. Some internal parts/tubing were made to support the sliders under the pucks and inside the holes. If you email I'll send a pic (don't know how to post one).
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I made some crash bars last year. They turned out well. I used 1" conduit. Though they work well enough I definitly recomendd using something with larger wall thickness. It only took the weekend to make them.

With the tools at your disposal I'd guess you could knock something out prettty quick.
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Nothing impossible or unwise here. If you have access to machines then its unwise not to use them. Derlin (skateboards wheels) would be best candidate for sliders. Common materials are Delrin, acetal or nylon, aluminium will work probably as well but will not the best choice. I know locally guy who has access to machinery and makes sliders from nylon for sales.

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