[url=http://page3.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/c257475208]megaton seems to be cool too and made in Kawaguchi near Tokyo
Sorethumb, sorry to hear that your welds didn't cut it. It always seems to simple, doesn't it? Before you weld? Then you start sparking and arcing and before you know it doesn't look quite like you imagined.
I went through this myself when working on my extended kickstand. Welding is frustrating! I look forward to perfecting it though.
Also looking forward to following your build!
Thanks, Catamount! I am taking pics along the way and plan on starting a thread about my build when there is a bit more accomplished. Between your build and the pictures that Mame Shiba keeps putting up I have a lot to live up to though! This is my first bike build so hopefully you guys will go easy one me.
Yeah, it was disappointing how terrible the swingarm looked after welding. You're right, you think, "How hard can this be? Cut here, weld there, grind, er, grind...crap."
It's super strong, but you can only grind so much. The square corners of the swingarm also turned wavy near the weld sites and there was no way to fix it. It looks great from 30 yards away and not so great at 3 feet away. Just not what I was looking for in a pure street build.
I am now leaning toward the Megaton swingarm from Japan. Looks like a small fabrication shop, and the work looks great. Plus the kit comes with the extended brake rod so that solves an additional problem I was facing.
This board is great and when (note I said when, not if) my next problem crops up, I'll be here begging for help!