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Plates for engine should have used 3/8 dual. That's what they did use in the last millennium.
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Plates for engine should have used 3/8 dual. That's what they did use in the last millennium.
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Not necessarily.

Dresda used 1/4 plate IIRC. Obviously Degens preferred the lighter weight material but he also said that 3/8 alloy, or steel, vibrated more.

Far more important, is to allow more material in the vertical plane. For example, most Pre Unit Triton engine plates break the rear gearbox plates, either through the adjuster slots or because they taper too much where they meet the top rear frame mounts. Adding depth in these areas solves that.

Unit construct plates of the design shown in this thread will NOT break unless they are fitted under tension and submitted to excessive vibration.
 
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Not necessarily.

Dresda used 1/4 plate IIRC. Obviously Degens preferred the lighter weight material but he also said that 3/8 alloy, or steel, vibrated more.

Far more important, is to allow more material in the vertical plane. For example, most Pre Unit Triton engine plates break the rear gearbox plates, either through the adjuster slots or because they taper too much where they meet the top rear frame mounts. Adding depth in these areas solves that.

Unit construct plates of the design shown in this thread will NOT break unless they are fitted under tension and submitted to excessive vibration.
You're right Eddie,
I remember that when researching my build that Degans had tried thicker plates and that the bike vibrated more. I think that 1/4" aluminium is the sweet spot. I'll also add that if you are going to make your own plates you would be better going with something like 2020-T3 aluminium, this would be less likely to crack than say using something harder such as 7075.
 

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