I am purchasing a 2001 gsxr 1000 , and it has 2 small hairline cracks in the frame near the steering stem area. I was going to have it welded or I might even try to weld it if I ever get my welding down to a art and am confident enough to weld it. I am just not sure what filler rod would be best on this type of frame. It is a suzuki motorcycle notorious for frame problems. Has anyone had experience in the area of welding this type of aluminum frame before? I have heard about people using 4043 and 5356 fillers but just not sure. Here are a couple pics
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02-11-2010, 07:59 AM #1
Tig welding a aluminum motorcycle frame?
02-11-2010, 08:19 AM #2Senior Member
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suzuki is not notorious for frame problems. most likely the bike was dropped hard from high again and again or even crashed. you may want to have a expert look at that before you part with cash.
02-11-2010, 09:41 AM #3Member
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02-11-2010, 09:41 AM #4Senior Member
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I agree that it was probably dropped,A crack around the steering stem area is pretty dangerous,I would take it to a shop and have it assessed.Mike
02-11-2010, 10:41 AM #5
Im not saying all suzuki frames are notorious for frame problems but certain models were. The 1986-90's gsxr 1100 frames were known to crack around the steering stem from coming down from wheelies to often. Also suzuki had a frame recall in 2005-2006 for there gsxr 1000 frames to replace frames that cracked and the ones that didnt crack already they designed a brace for dealers to put on. Also the 2001-2002 gsxr 1000 frame was redesigned. But its a 2000 dollar price tag to buy the redesigned frame.
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02-11-2010, 10:57 AM #6Senior Member
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Does anyone know if after welding is complete the factory does any type of heat treating on the Aluminum frame? Mike
02-11-2010, 11:49 AM #7
I will attempt to provide you some information & advice to, perhaps, save you some serious problems & maybe, your naive a$$ from physical destruction of your bodily parts. My response is to, hopefully, try to engage some "gray matter", if you have any, to really consider your endeavor into such a project.
To allow you an understanding of my qualifications to give you a response & opinion, I have owned/ridden motorcycles for 56yrs & welded as a profession for 47yrs. My opinions are based on experience, not on conjecture.
First: You post indicates you have no idea of the parameters that a motorcycle frame is designed & fabricated to meet the specifications of strength &, primarily, SAFETY! Since you know this motorcycle is damaged at the most critical point of stress & fabrication, that would certainly indicate abuse by the owner. Apparently, it means nothing to you.....probably because you think you're going to get a real good(cheap) price to own it. Your thought patterns are typical of the youngsters & newbies who "think" they know-it-all, yet fail to do some serious homework to understand the total forces engaged on a motorcycle frame. Those forces are generally applied over-excessively by you youngsters who have to test your mettle with speed & stupidity that eventually results in injury to yourselves and/or others.
Second: You post a query on the discussion forum regarding the differences between 4043 & 5356 weld filler.....DUUUUHHHHH! Pure evidence that you know nothing about welding & associated parameters to have a solid & secure weld that would meet the specifications the factories employ with their engineering, design, & construction of their motorcycle frames. You make a dumb statement that these frames were manufactured with defects......another DUUUHHHH! No factory in this world would risk this kind of liability. The you latest post that: "I'm not saying all Suzuki frames are notorious for frame problems but certain models were." Then you clarify the reason is because of the "wheelies too often".......DUUUHHHH!
I'm sure any experienced welder here or any other forum is going to give you advice or suggestions to do a repair that may entail a liability because of mis-information. You walk on extremely thin ice youngster.....if you fall thru, it's the result of your choice/decision..... so you have to live with the results of stupid choices.
02-11-2010, 12:01 PM #8
03-22-2010, 02:06 AM #9Junior Member
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my 2 cents
I worked for one of the largest motorcycle, dirtbike, 4wheeler, ect (cant say who because of confidentiality agreements) repairing rejected frames including aluminum dirtbike frames which believe it or not were designed to take much more abuse than their aluminum street bike frame. If this happened in house I would have repaired it and customers would never have known. I have actually seen one that I repaired at a local dealership. This is all I will say about it, I cant afford a law suit or 12 year prison sentence
03-22-2010, 08:56 AM #10
Not knowing the condition of the alloy ( heat treatment ), not knowing the base alloy, and having a "tenderfoot" do the work..........yikes. This is a no-brainer........either find out EXACTLY what your working on, or DONT DO IT. Of course there is probably some "buddy" of yours that will weld it up for you.....there always is. If a couple of us seem harsh, thick of it as a warning shot for your own safety to "engage brain before performing work" , and if the task is too difficult, find someone qualified to make the determination for you. And please for the love of God, dont ask an internet forum what the alloy of your frame is and if its heat treated."Better Metalworking Through Research"
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