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Shorty tube cutting

#231297 by tdorey » Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:55 pm

I want to cut off 12" of my tubes. I know most people disassemble the Ss to so this.

I was wondering if anyone has just put a jack lift type thing under the tubes and removed the left legs and cut the tubes while the headstock and right side is still assembled.

I can't think of a reason why it wouldn't work as long as I can get something under it to hold the machine up and level.

Thoughts?

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Re: Shorty tube cutting

#231299 by JPG » Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:19 pm

What are you using to cut them? If a pipe cutter, the tubes will interfere with each other. If a hacksaw(or anything else), securing the tube being cut can be an issue.

A complete breakdown may actually be the path of least resistance.


P.S. If you cut them with the base casting still attached, you have no good reference to the ends to determine where "12" inches is. Also you will end up with 4 flapping tubes.

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Re: Shorty tube cutting

#231300 by oldiron » Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:29 pm

JMO, A lot can go wrong with not taking things apart.Stay safe!!!!

Mike

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Re: Shorty tube cutting

#231338 by tdorey » Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:05 am

I was going to use a Sawsall.

This is what I was thinking.

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Re: Shorty tube cutting

#231339 by tdorey » Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:08 am

I also understand the tubes are different lengths so I need to remove the same amount from each one, Not line it up like the images shows.

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Re: Shorty tube cutting

#231343 by dusty » Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:41 pm

I sense that you are doing it the way you want, no matter what. However, I feel compelled to say - WRONG.

Dismantle, modify and reassemble.

Good Luck

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Re: Shorty tube cutting

#231346 by JPG » Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:05 pm

dusty wrote:I sense that you are doing it the way you want, no matter what. However, I feel compelled to say - WRONG.

Dismantle, modify and reassemble.

Good Luck

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Re: Shorty tube cutting

#231348 by tdorey » Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:32 pm

I'm not 100% decided on this method, I just haven't really heard explanations why not too. Excepts "things can go wrong" and "its a bad idea". Just because it isn't they way you did it doesn't mean its worse.

Reasons not to disassemble,

Taking everything apart is a more detailed process, Everything would need to be re-calibrated and lined up.

Powerpro headstock is heavy, Sliding that thing off and then putting it on the ground, then picking it back up and sliding it back on those tubes is a back breaker.

Time, My method, shouldn't take long.

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Re: Shorty tube cutting

#231356 by JPG » Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:52 pm

tdorey wrote:I'm not 100% decided on this method, I just haven't really heard explanations why not too. Excepts "things can go wrong" and "its a bad idea". Just because it isn't they way you did it doesn't mean its worse.

Reasons not to disassemble,

Taking everything apart is a more detailed process, Everything would need to be re-calibrated and lined up.

Powerpro headstock is heavy, Sliding that thing off and then putting it on the ground, then picking it back up and sliding it back on those tubes is a back breaker.

Time, My method, shouldn't take long.


Time will tell.

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