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Brass blobs on rear wishbones

PostPost by: The Veg » Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:05 am

I was stripping the rear wishbones to repaint them and noticed that each had a couple of blobs of brass in places on the tubes where there was no joint. Do these blobs perform some function, or are they merely symptoms of sloppiness during fabrication?

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PostPost by: snowyelan » Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:41 am

Probably covering vent holes to allow the tubes to breathe when the end brazing was done. Had to drill holes for the same function when adding turnbuckles recently...lesson learned on my part.
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PostPost by: The Veg » Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:39 pm

Makes sense.
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PostPost by: Mick6186 » Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:01 pm

I found brazing on one of my +2 rear wishbones. I believe this was from repairs after a rotoflex failure,
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PostPost by: Bigbaldybloke » Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:23 pm

From memory I think mine had similar blobs of brazing, I too concluded that it was vent holes plugged up after the rest of the joints had been made up. There was a dent in one tube that had been filled in with braze presumably foe aesthetic reasons as the tube was straight and otherwise un-damaged.
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