The other welding I needed to do was to restore six captive nuts that had split away from the frame. Three were M8s for the exhaust mounting brackets, two M8s for the grab rail and rear fairing panels, one was an M8 for the left-hand rear indicator bracket, and one M6 for the right-hand rear fairing panel. The mini-grinder came out again to get enough shiny metal for me to weld to. This was very tricky as it turned out because of restricted access to all but the M6. In each case, I wound a bolt tight into the nut to ensure there was good electrical contact, then welded some wire into the frame near it, running up to the nut itself.
|A captive nut - that's captive again!|
|Rear subframe after all welding |
and grinding was complete.
|Rear subframe after derusting and priming|