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Old 07-05-2011, 08:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Welding Chain Sissybar

I seen a bike with a sissy bar that was made out of a normal chain, each link was welded together and it looked really good. Dude just welded the bottom links to 1/2 stock metal and slid that into a normal sissy bar bracket and painted it black. Well I want to do the same thing. I've had a mig welder for about a year and been messing around with it. Anyway has anyone done this? Any problems I may run into or any tips to make it easier? I'm thinking it may be tough to get the exact shape I'm looking for. Any help is much appreciated.
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Old 07-05-2011, 09:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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make a layout jig on a sheet of plywood
make sure your chain is clean of oil
and you will have to move your ground a lot, I would think that it would be hard to carry ground thru all the links
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Old 07-06-2011, 12:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Ground first link weld will make ground from there!
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good point
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Old 07-06-2011, 07:22 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Yeah that makes sense. I'm pretty new to the whole fabricating thing, when you say make a jig out of plywood your saying cut out a template of the exact dimensions of the sissy bar right? Or would I just draw the sissy bar dimensions on the plywood then lay the chain on that template and start welding? Thanks
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Old 07-06-2011, 07:27 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I would draw exactly what you want, and then go through an drive in a series of large nails, or put in a series of screws or bolts that forms the shape of what you want and holds the chain in place
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Old 07-06-2011, 07:51 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Ok I can dig it, that way it aint moving around so much and it keeps the shape I want. I figure the first time through each link I would tack it then go back through and weld each link completely right? Then I'll try and clean up the welds, paint it black and clear coat it.
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Old 07-06-2011, 09:05 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Along the line of what RB says, you may wanna cut out some cardboard and mock it up on your scoot, height, angle, etc. May help cut down on some changes along the way.

Either way, at least it will have your own personal touch and you get the pride of knowing you did it yourself.
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and post pics. be cool to see a series of pics as you are building it, like a step by step tutorial
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Old 07-06-2011, 01:25 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the info. Yeah I'll try and get some pics on here of the progress.
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