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    Default Not just lower yoke - Frame is cracked too!

    Just when I thought my troubles were over and I'd found a replacement for my cracked lower fork yoke, I took a close look at the head area and discovered a hairline crack in a top tube. Then found another.

    It seems that this is a very common issue with the 93-96 SS frames. Quite a few were replaced under warranty, some outside warranty. Examination showed that mine has already had welding repairs in the head area.

    This is turning into a full rebuild situation now. Either that, or consider breaking the bike for spares.
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    Back in 2002 my 1995 900SS developed a cracked frame behind the steering head. I managed to get a new frame from Ducati despite the bike being 7 years old. I doubt if you'd get one now though. It can be welded, some owners have fitted additional gusseting to help prevent reoccurrence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek View Post
    Back in 2002 my 1995 900SS developed a cracked frame behind the steering head. I managed to get a new frame from Ducati despite the bike being 7 years old. I doubt if you'd get one now though. It can be welded, some owners have fitted additional gusseting to help prevent reoccurrence.
    Did some research and tig welding seems to be the answer, maybe with added gusset, although opinion seems to be split on that topic.

    Quite shocking to discover from the various Ducati forums just how common this is. One dealer in the states said he fitted so many replacement frames to Supersports that he could turn the job around in four hours!

    I do know a guy who's expert at tig-welding and he might even be able to do it in-situ (with battery removed).

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    Snap!


    Sorry... STILL awaiting repair here ..



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    Quote Originally Posted by Wheelnut View Post
    Did some research and tig welding seems to be the answer, maybe with added gusset, although opinion seems to be split on that topic.

    Quite shocking to discover from the various Ducati forums just how common this is. One dealer in the states said he fitted so many replacement frames to Supersports that he could turn the job around in four hours!

    I do know a guy who's expert at tig-welding and he might even be able to do it in-situ (with battery removed).
    Install the gusset there is someone supplying a bracing tube that can be fitted without welding using a split collet on each end of the additional tube but cant remember who give it a google, but you will need the frame welded where it has cracked first.
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    Steve Bailey is the Gent who sells the bracing tube:


    http://www.bbbfabrications.com/


    I'll be going the gusset route as I'd already bought these from Nichols Manufacturing in the States, can try and make a template if you wish?


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