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Old 11-02-2012, 10:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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71 T120 Possible Frame Bodge?

Is this angle correct or did a previous owner "Modify" it? Not the most elegant welding job I have seen (and can anyone guess the fender color?)



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Old 11-03-2012, 02:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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There shouldn't be a weld behind the shocker mounts.The tube would originally be one continuous loop.
The cross-brace/mudguard mount s a welded-in extra modification.The original mudguard mount was made from flat steel and bolted to the shocker bolts.
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The fender paint appears similar to a 1970 Bonnie.
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:50 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have a similar issue on a 72 Bonnie, I suspect someone was bobbing it and changed their mind. The rear loop on mine also looks like a kid bent it, not a very smooth curve. I have been wondering what to do about it.
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Crappy welding but the angle looks about right. I guess as long as that weld is strong enough (only takes weight of the loop plus part weight of mudguard), and if it isn't seen when the seat's down, should be ok.
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:15 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the input. That makes sense it was cut and put back on. I just did not know why. That might explain why the distances between the hinges are 'just' a bit off. The welding is ugly but looks solid. The bike came with another rear hoop that had been cut from some other bike. If that is a normal enough angle then fine.
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The metal 'strap' running from one side of the hoop to the to the other that has one hole for a bolt is bent inward (concave). If this is supposed to be flat then that might explain why the two rear grab rail bolt mounts do not quite line up with the holes in the fender. This can be fixed with a big hammer I suppose.
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Duh OK, reading the posts fully first would help;
""The cross-brace/mudguard mount s a welded-in extra modification.The original mudguard mount was made from flat steel and bolted to the shocker bolts.""

Thanks Pete. I would then think that means I can cut that brace out and remount as needed. I thought the angle on that brace looked funny.
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The cross brace is pushing your fender down. The fender is supposed to sit withing the frame loop not below it. There is an indentation on the seat pan to accomodate the fender. With that said, everything looks off. The grab bar is angled down and it shouldn't be. The fender is too low. Cut that extra brace off and you will see things start to look right. BTW the angle of the rear loop looks about right.

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Thanks Rookster. The angle of the cross brace might seem to be off because it is only 'softly' mounted. I will take care of the cross brace soon.
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