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post #1 of 30 Old 08-30-2018, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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Broken luggage carrier

Anyone know the best and most inexpensive way to fix a broken pipe on the luggage carrier? I am using duct tape as a temporary fix.
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post #2 of 30 Old 08-30-2018, 12:53 PM
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Best and most inexpensive aren't in the same company.

#1, a good welding shop, reinforce the break with inserts, then weld it all together.

#2, buy a new rack.

Go cheap and it is your luggage falling off, possibly causing an accident for you and maybe even traffic around you.

What circumstances lead to this break? Heavy loads? Heavy loads on rough roads? Accident?
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Thank you for those options. I believe the break happened from maybe packing the luggage with a heavy load and riding over lots of washboards. I would love to learn how to weld it myself.
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How much should I expect a welding shop to charge for this?
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How much should I expect a welding shop to charge for this?
about as much as they think they can get away with.
that is steel, cheaper to weld than aluminum. you could get one of those 120 volt wire feed welders and practice a bunch on scrap metal until you have an ides of what you are doing. then weld it. then grind the excess weld down . the biggest challenge is usually positioning the work perfectly.. look closely at the wire welders. on some the wire is hot (electrically) and will spark against the work before the trigger is squeezed. that is not good. you want one where you can have the wire in contact with the work and it will not start welding until you pull the trigger. once you have a welder and know what you are doing, it will be handy to have around.
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Is there a Vocational/Technical school close to you? How about a muffler shop?

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Learning to weld on that isn't going to be fun. It's not a hard weld but it's not a good learning ground.

Find a good fab shop and get it welded properly. I imagine they will charge you their minimum charge, maybe like $100.

Then when it's fixed, buy a welder and start learning. Better yet, take a welding course and bring this in to weld in class once you have some skills.
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I must be lucky in the UK... I recently had a topbox bracket rewelded by a local company that makes gates... took them 5 mins and they just told me to give them whatever I thought.
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Thanks for the feedback on this.
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Taking a welding class a great idea. With little kids in the house though, there is not much time for that but maybe down the road.
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