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post #1 of 12 Old 11-20-12, 22:29 Thread Starter
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Safety Wiring

So I'd like to prep my bike to try my hand at racing. I don't have a drill press or have access to one. Can anyone tell me if there are kits for predrilled bolts and the sort?


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yoyodyne sells them, pro bolt sells them.
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There are pre-drilled sets out there, but to do it on the cheap you'll probably manage with just a vice, a cordless drill and some patience. That's how I did it.

Mind you, you'll need fresh, sharp drill bits if you start working on stainless, but it can be done.



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There are pre-drilled sets out there, but to do it on the cheap you'll probably manage with just a vice, a cordless drill and some patience. That's how I did it.

Mind you, you'll need fresh, sharp drill bits if you start working on stainless, but it can be done.



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Thanks guys. I contacted pro nuts and it looks like its best to come up with a precise list of the bolts needing holes- otherwise it's cost prohibitive for me. Looks like I've got some homework to do. However- if anyone has a list then I'd gladly take that- cheers!


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Thanks guys. I contacted pro nuts and it looks like its best to come up with a precise list of the bolts needing holes- otherwise it's cost prohibitive for me. Looks like I've got some homework to do. However- if anyone has a list then I'd gladly take that- cheers!


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you can get a drill press at sears for under and around $100. if you're racing, you're gonna need one...you'll never stop safety wiring new bolts/nuts/covers/etc. use cobalt bits and buy twice as many as you think you'll need. doing it with a hand drill is OK in the pits when you have no options, but to drill an entire bike you'll spend as much in broken bits as you would a press...especially when drilling adjacent faces on a hex.
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you can get a drill press at sears for under and around $100. if you're racing, you're gonna need one...you'll never stop safety wiring new bolts/nuts/covers/etc. use cobalt bits and buy twice as many as you think you'll need. doing it with a hand drill is OK in the pits when you have no options, but to drill an entire bike you'll spend as much in broken bits as you would a press...especially when drilling adjacent faces on a hex.
+1 on cobalt bits. Also be sure to get cutting oil and a spring loaded punch to make a divot/dot for where you want to drill. Doing this will prevent the drill bit from walking.

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+1 on cobalt bits. Also be sure to get cutting oil and a spring loaded punch to make a divot/dot for where you want to drill. Doing this will prevent the drill bit from walking.
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I strongly *shakes fist* recommend "Tap Magic" for the cutting oil.


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Copy! Drill press with lots of cobalt bits and some Tap Magic. I thought I'd just buy some predrilled bolts but I'm thinking I'll be way ahead by doing it myself in the long run. Thanks for the advice.


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