I recently made 3 successful torque links from a furler
extrusion piece and have detailed below the procedure I created to make them.
JB Weld SteelStik (one entire tube makes 3 torque links)
Grinder with a metal cutting disc
Long #2 Phillips screwdriver
At least one original torque link
Step 1: Cut a 4" section of the furler extrusion and place the original torque link (TL) into the corresponding hole in the rod. Mark the end of the TL on the outside of the extrusion rod in pencil.
Step 2: Cut the extrusion horizontally down the side, resulting in two equal halves. From here, you will only need the half holding the torque link. Clean up the rough edges at both ends using the file. Make sure that the TL slides freely through the extrusion.
Step 3: Throughly clean the inside of the extrusion using a wire brush and a SOS pad. Once dry, oil
the inside of the extrusion using the cooking
oil and place a piece of plastic wrap over the extrusion, making sure to cover each groove and leave excess plastic wrap hanging over the sides.
Step 4: Dispense 1/3 of the tube of JB Weld SteelStik and prepare it appropriately according to the package. Place it evenly into the plastic wrapped extrusion cavity and press it firmly with your fingers to create the molded link. Place the long #2 Phillips screwdriver down the center of the horizontal link to create the clearance for the forestay. As the SteelStik presses out from the middle, flatten out the sides.
Step 5: Let the SteelStik cure for 4 minutes and gently pull the extra plastic around the edges at one end to slide out the molded piece.
Step 6: Allow the newly formed TL to continue to dry and set for 2 hours. Once completely dry, clean up and rough edges using the file.
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