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tips on drilling bolts for safety wire?

tips, suggestions, bit types, bit sizes?

anyone got suggestions?

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Drill press, Don't force the bit down and take your time. Practice on a bolt or something laying around the house.

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I made this aluminum block that has different size thread pitches tapped in it. I screw the desired bolts in the block then put the block in the vise to drill them out. I use a hand drill.

Not sure about exact bit sizes or types. I just use what I have.
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JimGoFast said you can buy predrilled oil plugs Should be available for the Gixxers.

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JimGoFast said you can buy predrilled oil plugs Should be available for the Gixxers.
they arent cheap though, and i want to do more than just my drain plug.

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I have jigs that the nuts or bolts fit into and have a hole drilled where the bit fits in and is held in place while the piece is being drilled out.

In the absence of a jig, I would get some new bits with the titanium nitride coating to use. Use a drill press with a vice if you can. Press lightly, start slowly, use a light oil to cool.

When drilling the threaded portion of a bolt, you can easily make a jig by drilling through a nut on the first pass then use that nut for your jig on the subsequent bolts.

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Where's my dam safety wire Chris?
easy .....they sent me the last spool and yours has been on back order.

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cook, i got a drill press if you wanna come by one day with the bike, just bring some wire and saftey wire plyers



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the cheap way it to mark the bolt, pull it off, and hold it with vise-grips while you drill. Use small titanium bits, oil, and drill slowly.

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the cheap way it to mark the bolt, pull it off, and hold it with vise-grips while you drill. Use small titanium bits, oil, and drill slowly.
Be careful you don't damage the threads on the bolt using this method. Thats why I made the aluminum block. It's way easier to hold on to the bolt. If you have a tap set this works pretty well.

I bought a cheap tap set at Menards for 25 bucks. And then I found a block of billet aluminum to tap into. Works good.

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Be careful you don't damage the threads on the bolt using this method. Thats why I made the aluminum block. It's way easier to hold on to the bolt. If you have a tap set this works pretty well.

I bought a cheap tap set at Menards for 25 bucks. And then I found a block of billet aluminum to tap into. Works good.

All I did was copy a part I saw in the LP USA parts catalogue. SHHHHHH! Don't tell anyone
It'd be really trick if you milled the block on an angle so it would hold the bolt at an angle in the vise

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ok, what kind of oil should i use for cooling while drilling? I have access to a small vice and drill press.

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I just used a little motor oil.


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ok, what kind of oil should i use for cooling while drilling? I have access to a small vice and drill press.

The special patented "Evil Monkey Racing Oil" wont work for ya?
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Chris,

Nick's trick with the aluminium bolt will work, but it's too much work, I just use a block of hardwood, which I have always laying around, I also have a drill press vise. I don't know if your closer to Ken's place or my place, your welcome to use my drill press and vise.

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Be careful you don't damage the threads on the bolt using this method. Thats why I made the aluminum block. It's way easier to hold on to the bolt. If you have a tap set this works pretty well.

I bought a cheap tap set at Menards for 25 bucks. And then I found a block of billet aluminum to tap into. Works good.

All I did was copy a part I saw in the LP USA parts catalogue. SHHHHHH! Don't tell anyone
DUUUUDE,
I don't grab the threads!!!!!! Grab the flats, drill, turn and drill to meet the other hole.

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I don't grab the threads!!!!!! Grab the flats, drill, turn and drill to meet the other hole.
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what do you guys think, do you generally go through the middle or do the corners? corners seems like a better route but might be more work.

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I like around the corner since it causes tension in one direction, but anything holding it in place is good.

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what do you guys think, do you generally go through the middle or do the corners? corners seems like a better route but might be more work.

Do the corners if you a glutton for punishment I always do the middle, dimple it first, then drill away, I always use a spray cutting lubricants. If your going to do the corner, use a small triangle mill file, put a small notch in it, then your punch won't skate all over, dimple it and drill way, then if you have any burrs, carefully remove them with a mill file, one or two stroke should do the trick.

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I like around the corner since it causes tension in one direction, but anything holding it in place is good.
You can still put the proper tension on the bolt if you go through the center. You just have to use the wire the correct way and make sure it wraps around the head of the bolt and pulls in the proper direction.

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Where's my dam safety wire Chris?
HF was backordered then shipped me the wrong damn part. i just got off the phone with them, they are shipping me the correct stuff now. Should be here soon.

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You can still put the proper tension on the bolt if you go through the center. You just have to use the wire the correct way and make sure it wraps around the head of the bolt and pulls in the proper direction.
You'll have to 'splain it to me sometime, when I do that they tend to pop over the top of the head.

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You'll have to 'splain it to me sometime, when I do that they tend to pop over the top of the head.
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Here, check this out.

http://www.ultralightnews.com/pilots...safetywire.htm

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