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Old 06-23-10, 10:30 PM   #1
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Adding front fork braze-ons. Will it weaken?

Well title pretty much states my question, basically wanting to upgrade a 70's Peugeot for touring and want to add a lowrider front rack, so I'd need braze-ons in the middle of the forks for mounts (already have eyelets near axle for lower mounts), now will this weaken my forks too much? or is it a safe thing to do?

Also on a side note, the axle dropouts seem to be just barely narrow of what I need to fit a modern axle, would grinding them ever so slightly wider do anything harmful?

Thanks in advance.
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Tubus makes a Great Clamp on mount to do what you need Done , buy a set of those . They are nicely machined .

In general the Boss reinforces the hole , and the trick is to really clean and flux the metal and then Heat it with the torch Just Enough to melt the brazing filler.

dirty hinders molten brass flow, and minimal heating is best.

part 2, HAND FILE , buy a nice new sharp file. grinding takes off metal too fast for precision.
and a file is like a saw, it only cuts in one direction, It's not like sandpaper.
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I'd advise against adding the lowrider mounts to your current fork, it's not likely to be cost effective. There are plenty of forks available for cheap, so I'd just keep an eye out.

It's also worth considering if you really need lowrider mounts; they can be nice if you have a heavy load, but for lighter touring you can easily make due without front painners.
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I'd advise against adding the lowrider mounts to your current fork, it's not likely to be cost effective. There are plenty of forks available for cheap, so I'd just keep an eye out.

It's also worth considering if you really need lowrider mounts; they can be nice if you have a heavy load, but for lighter touring you can easily make due without front painners.
Yeah I thought about getting new forks to clear up some issues with the whole French threading and spacing bull****... but I read somewhere that it affects handling or something like that (can't remember) unless I read wrong?

haha I think I'll need 'em, doing a very long solo tour =P
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Also on a side note, the axle dropouts seem to be just barely narrow of what I need to fit a modern axle, would grinding them ever so slightly wider do anything harmful?

Thanks in advance.
YES it will - axle may not grip properly, weaker. Cold set to wider hub.
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