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Grogtronics
02-05-2006, 03:32 PM
I was thinking of building some oil cooler parts for my bike and I was thinking of silver soldering the parts together. Has anyone silver soldered mild steel before ?

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TexasCustom
02-09-2006, 03:55 AM
It will work to hold pieces together, but is prone to cracking , brittle.
Don't think an oil cooler on a harley would hold up too long.

Jamorris
02-09-2006, 12:46 PM
It will work to hold pieces together, but is prone to cracking , brittle.
Don't think an oil cooler on a harley would hold up too long.

Depends on the fitting of the pre-soldered parts. If you can silver solder a gunbarrel, ain't no Harley gonna beat that! It is the prep that matters. It will take artwork.

It ain't the silver solder, it is the fitting. It has to be close and tight. It needs to hold itself together, even before the solder goes in. The solder is a fine thin joint. The heated metal pulls it into the joint by cappilary action. When you section a fine silver soldered joint, the solder is barely visible.

And there is no Harley going to genrate the heat needed to remelt the solder. If it does, the soldered joint is not a worry.

Personally, I'd repfer a well done TIG weld.

Jerry