Tes they do like a crack repair, and the one on the left has cracked again. Too much weld reinforcement ( the height of the weld above the parent metal) combined with I would bet lack of penetration have made stress at the edge of the weld. Good news is it can be repaired again.do those small tig welds look like crack repairs?
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Thanks, I'm gonna need some luck alright. Needs a new battery right now. It would barely crank this morning. Took out the battery, filled with water, charged and equalized it while I was cleaning the carbs. Now it's worse than it was, drops down to 6 volts and no crank at all. My first Ducati!!You'll need to clean the FCRs if they have sat a long time (which I assume they have).
There's no way around it, they just get gummed up if allowed to sit.
One thing that might be worth scoping out is one of the outdoor bead blaster setups with wood chips.
You might be able to clean things up "in situ" if the wood chips just clean off the surface and do not really degrade it like sand or a more aggressive media would.
I have heard they just clean things up
Gravity Feed Blaster Gun with 20 oz. Hopper
Best of luck with the project.
Well, on the bright side, if you go through them and get them sorted, the FCRs are worth close to $1K as the kits are now $1350 or so.$2200
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So, are you aware of the issue with the belts?My first Ducati!!
I can give you some negative feedback on a BBB brace if you want.Nice. Y'know there are a few members here that do EXCELLENT carb cleaning and repairs.
As has been mentioned that frame needs some metalwork done. After the frame has been repaired add one of these to it (frame brace, bolted on, cost = about $80 bucks, well worth the money). I'd suggest having the frame welded and then add the brace. Why not have the frame built up with a welded-in brace? My own experience with welding around the headstock area is tricky, and unless you have some actual experience with 1990s era 900cc Supersport frame modification/repair you're more likely to fuditup than you are making thing "better" .... "you" being the rhetorical ~you~ ... as in ~a person~.
(This is my own frame brace that Steve made up for me ... I painted it black, they come without any finish on them with w fresh bead blasted finish that will develop surface rust in a hot minute if you don't paint it ... even your fingerprints will show up as very light rust spots on metal that's been freshly bead or sand blasted. My bike as well .... ~yes~ I've washed it ... previous owner used the $1.00 u-do-it car wash thing and called it good, so you're looking at years of dirt/grime build up .... I rarely wash a streetbike with a hose).
Every remark or comment here in this forum about these BBB frame braces is positive ... I've yet to read a single negative syllable around here about installing/using this brace. I use blue loctite on the threads (Loctite 242). Stainless steel Allen headed bolts as well.
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Frame brace is hand made in England by a fella named Steve ... he owns "BBB FAB" there .....
LINK: bbbfabrications.com - Home
This brace is a well known ~fix~ for the 1990s era Ducati Supersports (SS, FE, CR, etc..). The wizards 'round here give it their stamp of approval ... even moreso than welding in reinforcements or other fabrications. I agree with that notion as well.
A lot of people can weld (as in stick two pieces of metal together). But understanding how to disperse loads and spread out load in a region of the headstock all "you're" going to do is guarantee needing more frame work at some point. There are airbox and other considerations, that said just be super careful about ~who~ you allow in there to repair the frame in the headstock region.
My opinions aren't very popular, so take what I've said here with the proverbial grain of salt.
Last point; ..... dude, you have fallen face first into the most experienced and helpful Ducati motorcycle membership on the interwebs. There are some outstanding people amongst our midst here, some deeply competent Ducati "mechanics" with a combined life experience hitting a couple of centuries among them. Just know that if you're about to jump off of a cliff (unwittingly) they'll be here to talk you off of the edge ... and there may even be some "tough love" thrown your way. Know that it only comes from the best places in their hearts. But also know that if some decision comes down to ~you~ or ~the motorcycle~ .... we're not choosing you. You'll note that pretty much any piece of advice given to you will be for the benefit if the bike, not for the benefit of some fanciful whims of the owner. This is a good thing.
Good luck and have fun.