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How to Make Motorcycle Frame Sliders on the Lathe -- I made it at TechShop!

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In this instructable, I will go through the fabrication of frame sliders for a motorcycle. I have chosen, as an example, a Ducati Panigale.

In the event of a crash, frame sliders help to protect your bike against excessive damage. They space the body off of the pavement, thereby protecting portions of the bike from harm. We will fabricate these out of Delrin, a Polyoxymethylene plastic that takes abrasion very well. You may use any similar material.

TOOLS:

- Bridgeport, Jet, or comparable metal lathe
- Fine grit sandpaper

MATERIALS:

- Delrin
- Duct tape
- Ducati Panigale


Step 1: Measure and plan

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Use a ruler to determine how far your wheel sliders will have to protrude in order to protect your bodywork. This can be eyeballed and erring on the longer side is usually a safe bet. Also measure the inner diameter of the axle.

This is very important. You'll want to use some calipers to get as exact a measurement as you can to ensure a good fit.

You'll want to have an inner sleeve that goes into the axle about an inch or so to give the sliders some structural rigidity. Factor that into your cutting plan.
 
That is a very nice bike
crazypj1 year ago
It would probably be better and safer to get a HSS tool blank and grind to rounded or chamfered profile
File works and is quick but if repeatability is required a form cutter would be better
Could probably use a damaged/blunt circular saw blade although it's a bit thin