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Rivet on bottle bosses

PirahnaPirahna Posts: 1,315
edited January 2008 in Workshop
If I were to buy an aluminium frame that needed bottle bosses, any issues about drilling the frame and fitting rivet on bottle bosses?


  • Monty DogMonty Dog Posts: 20,614
    No reason to worry, provided you're comfortable that you can mark and drill the holes in the frame accurately - you may need a right-angle drill head. The holes need to be clean and free from burrs and be careful to ensure no swarf gets inside the frame to rattle annoyingly. Most of the commercial rivet bushes require a special insertion tool - best to check with a local sheet-metal fabricator who will have the right tools knowledge for the job rather than risk getting it wrong and potentially ruining a frame.
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  • PirahnaPirahna Posts: 1,315
    Cheers Monty.
  • geoff_ssgeoff_ss Posts: 1,201
    Before you mark out and drill the frame stick some masking tape over the area. That not only makes it easier to mark out but protects from scratching if you make a minor slip. Don't know about aluminium frames but on a steel frame swarf could find its way into the bottom bracket shell. Might be as well to check that doesn't happen and clean it out if it does.

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