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March 21, 2011, 10:50 AM

The turn signal brackets that mount up to my tail light has holes that are just barely too small for the turn signals I bought. They are made of steel - and I want to widen the holes just a bit so the turn signals go in. Any suggestions on what I can use for that? I have very limited power drill experience... The holes are made for an 8mm diameter stalk but the turn signal stalk is like 8.1-8.2mm, probably a US size thing.


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March 21, 2011, 10:57 AM

How thick is the bracket?

If it's thin you could probably just use a round file to open it up a little. A drill would be the quickest and easiet way though, just be careful because small thin metal parts can get teaked pretty easy when you're trying to open up an existing hole when the drill bit catches, and it probably will.
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Use a 5/16" bit, that's the standard equivalent to an 8mm. If the hold is still too small, work the bit around the hole with the drill on. If you need help, just let me know and I can take care of it for you.

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Hmm good idea, never thought to just try filing. Thought steel was too hard. The bracket is probably only 2 mm so thick. The one that comes with the DRC Edge tail light.

If I use a bit do I need any particular type for steel?


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Hmm good idea, never thought to just try filing. Thought steel was too hard. The bracket is probably only 2 mm so thick. The one that comes with the DRC Edge tail light.

If I use a bit do I need any particular type for steel?
Nope, any kind will work. It's when you start drilling through your cast iron, stainless steel, thick steel that you'll need a cobalt bit. But you're good to go with the cheap ones from the hardware store.


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Hmm good idea, never thought to just try filing. Thought steel was too hard. The bracket is probably only 2 mm so thick. The one that comes with the DRC Edge tail light.

If I use a bit do I need any particular type for steel?
A chainsaw file for example would do the job. As to drill bits. A cheap M2 highspeed bit will be fine.

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What are the turn signal stalks made of?

If they're plastic and you're 1mm off in diameter, that means you only need to sand out .5 mm of plastic all the way around. That'd take maybe 10 minutes with sand paper in your hand per light and no hackery of the bike required.


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Amen. I have a couple of standard Dremel tools and a rotozip. Love'em!

But it sounded like the op was looking for a solution that would be inexpensive as possible.
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Actually, I do have a dremel handy as well. I'm sure i'll get it sorted out tonight. Thanks for all the info!


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Is a stone grinder bit on a dremel the right bit to use?


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Is a stone grinder bit on a dremel the right bit to use?
Sure, that'll work as long as it will fit in the current hole. You want to make it bigger, not taper the hole.


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