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Offline Douglas52

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EW350 welding a kickstart lever
« on: 08 Sep 2014 at 11:58 »
Of my two kickstart levers, one is broken in two about halfway down, and the other is cracked about 40mm from the splined boss. The lever metal appears rather odd; some sort of forging with the triangular crossection section formed by the lever being folded back on itself. Not a lot of ductility or strength evident. The metal is quite fine grained but whitish, not unlike cast iron.
Thinking about stick welding the broken lever using a straight nickel electrode. Considered brazing the crack using bronze but could be troublesome if it doesn't work out.
Any ideas?

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Re: EW350 welding a kickstart lever
« Reply #1 on: 08 Sep 2014 at 13:55 »

The EW kick start lever is a steel stamping. They were forged 'straight' and then the bends applied. Weld with any good electrode for steel, such as a low-hydrogen rod. I do not believe the original levers had any sort of heat treatment that you need to worry about.