After my 'find me a frame' thread.. How about 'do I get this crack fixed' thread
I managed to buy a nice but rough Orange Alpine 160. It has a few knocks etc but is solid apart from this (below) ‘X’ shaped crack around a vent hole in the swing arm brace (behind the seat tube).
The seller says it hasn’t changed in some time but I am somewhat heavy on kit.
Do I get her welded up or leave it because it won’t get worse?
Please either reply with some technical knowledge or prior experience…I’m not one to have bags of cash to just go and replace it all.
I have dealt with numerous cracks etc but never one like this-hence the thread.
Posted 4 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
YETIboyJAY – Member
Pretty impressive isn’t it! He’s quite a geek when it comes to Tig welding, absolutely loves it. The welds actually look better than the originals-he reckoned orange let the apprentice have a bash at welding this one!
Hand Made, a sure sign of quality 😉Posted 4 years ago
Cheers guys, i am well happy with it. If it holds up- which according to my buddy when its all done it will be stronger then its been a winner.
The external welds on the frame were ok, its the more hidden ones like in and around this area on the swingarm, some of them were so tall and blobby. Im no expert but the visual difference in what i have had done and what Orange did is night and day.
I ordered a proper Orange decal kit and headbadge yesterday so all being well it will be like new.
JayPosted 4 years ago
Ok now I’m done ‘flashing it’ ha ha. Only change coming is a shock change. The Monarch doesn’t feel great. Hopefully an RP23 or similar will go on there.
Little change Of use on the HT badge. Stuck with the original ‘orange’ wings up front and modified this for the swing arm.Posted 4 years ago
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