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I am in the process of trying to find someone to make new axles out of Chromoly with the option of having them gun drilled and heat treated for weight savings and strength. I have no idea of cost yet. Obviously the more wanted or ordered the cheaper they will be. I am open to ideas and input. Thanks. Jim
 

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If Chromoly or another strong exotic alloy is used the wall thickness could be less at the same strength or greater. Reducing weight in the process. Jim
 

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I made some from .150 ( if I remember correctly) moly tube. Material was about $20 each and machining about another $40. I'd drop to .090 or .120 if I did it again. No one else was interested. I saved about 1.75 lbs. on the rear.
 

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I made some from .150 ( if I remember correctly) moly tube. Material was about $20 each and machining about another $40. I'd drop to .090 or .120 if I did it again. No one else was interested. I saved about 1.75 lbs. on the rear.
Man I could save that weight taking a dump! :D
 

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I made some from .150 ( if I remember correctly) moly tube. Material was about $20 each and machining about another $40. I'd drop to .090 or .120 if I did it again. No one else was interested. I saved about 1.75 lbs. on the rear.
More info and pics please. Thanks Jim
 

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you want to save weight, there are much better ways to accomplish that. I will say that Titanium Axles are the best way to approach that. You'd have to find someone to machine them for you though. Just by replacing all of my major bolts on my bike with Ti I probably saved about 5lbs.
 

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you want to save weight, there are much better ways to accomplish that. I will say that Titanium Axles are the best way to approach that. You'd have to find someone to machine them for you though. Just by replacing all of my major bolts on my bike with Ti I probably saved about 5lbs.
Any ideas on where to start? There was someone on here that made his own but isn't interested on making anymore. Jim
 

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Switching from a the stock solid front axle on my R to the hollow axle of an XR-1200 (same part number used on '08 and later V-Rods) saved 1.5 lbs. The solid axle is 3 lbs and the hollow 25 mm axle is 1.5 lbs. Now, if I could save 2 lbs off the rear axle I would do it.
 

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switching from jack and coke to straight jack has saved me almost 15lbs.. easier mod than making a axle
 

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The 08 and newer front axles have a hole all that way through them.
I used the 08 axle on my 2003 with the Buell wheel conversion. The 08 axle is pretty darn light compared to the stock 03. Why go exotic when you can pick these up cheap?
 

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I used the 08 axle on my 2003 with the Buell wheel conversion. The 08 axle is pretty darn light compared to the stock 03. Why go exotic when you can pick these up cheap?
I wasn't aware of that as an option. I would assume since I have an 09 I already have that? Jim
 

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