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Old 02-16-2006, 02:17 PM
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Flared Hole Die Thread

This is where we are going to post pictures of things we have done with Flared Hole dies (Dimple Dies)....I started this for all of those who just purchased these new tools, but it is also for for those that already own them and anyone who finds cool pictures of work done with Flared hole dies.....

so get to posting.....
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Old 02-16-2006, 02:55 PM
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Here are the Dimple dies from Light Racing ordered through Keith (Xtreme Crawlers)
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Old 02-16-2006, 03:03 PM
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Sweet! Man I wish they would have put those on a polisher or something and put a shine to them. I know they are going to get dirty, but when you buy something new I want it shiny. Although shiny probably costs another $100 buck ha ha....


I am still amazed at how fast you got them.......
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Old 02-16-2006, 03:18 PM
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Sheesh, looks like the didn't even wipe them off after HT. Since there is no post HT machining, I hope they don't shift much. When I worked in tool and die, we always had to clean up (machine) stuff after HT due to shifting...
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Old 02-16-2006, 03:20 PM
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Well I am only 1 state away from the manufacturer so I guess thats part of it.

The pics they show on their website are probably after machining. The way they come like my pictures above is the result of heat treating. (edit: too slow- baddog got ahead of me) Sure it would be nice if they had a blingin' finish but no complaints here.

The half of the die that looks shiney in my pic is probably the result of the camera flash, the finish is the same as the others, just sightly more clean.
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Old 02-16-2006, 03:31 PM
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Probably just hit them with a wire brush to get some of the oxide off them, then oil 'em up for storage and/or use.
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Old 02-21-2006, 05:19 PM
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I recieved mine this weekend and they look the same, im pretty sure it's because they must heat treat the dies to harden them.
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Old 02-21-2006, 06:05 PM
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The owner from Light Racing called me and said the finish is due to the harden/carburized process that is being used. The units will have a slight film that can be rubbed off and the finish will be what they are.

I just wish they would clean them before they send them out.....
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Old 02-21-2006, 06:17 PM
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Mine cleaned up nicely with a wire brush followed by red scotch brite pad for areas the wire brush didn't reach. Then wiped down with a oily rag to limit rust. Looks very nice now and didn't take long at all. I'm very satisfied, though I've not had a chance to use them yet.
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First Project

It's not much and i had just enought material laying around to build my self a cool place to put tools to keep them from falling of my welding table.
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Very cool! Where they easy to use?
Oh and Smash, thanks for the lead with the AFB......they bought some big ass Dimple Dies.......
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Ooh! I like. <bow> But I would be careful with that MIG gun turned up that far, could kink it if you leave it there (though I suspect it's like my holster in that it's only a temp holder while working, not storage).
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Old 02-22-2006, 03:28 PM
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Very cool! Where they easy to use?
Oh and Smash, thanks for the lead with the AFB......they bought some big ass Dimple Dies.......
No problem on the lead, i can't wait to play with with them big ass one's when they show up!
One tip thought, I played around with some Aluminium and the die's. I work great just make sure that the inside of the hole to be flared is cleaned up smooth with some sand paper. If not you'll crack the edge of the flare, More so in the larger diameter dies cause they move more material.
Other than that, EASY TO USE. I tryed them in a Vice, and an Arbor press. Both ways worked great. I think the thickness of the metal i used was about .060-.070 mild steel. A little tricker to use in a vice just because it's a balancing act to get things in place but it can be done. I my self am going to keep my eye's open for an Arbor Press, allthought there hand opperated they apply alot of force and will be ideal for what i need.
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Not bad at all Smash. I'm still in need of building a welding table, and I believe I'll have to pirate your idea.
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Aw man, I'm jealous! Flared holes are kickass!
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Is there a discount on these? I was looking at the site and the set was $290 for 5 sizes. Just curious on how much to ship to Canada if you can ship USPS it would save me a HUGE amount.

I have wanted a set of these for a LONG time.
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Not bad at all Smash. I'm still in need of building a welding table, and I believe I'll have to pirate your idea.
Pirate all you want, I'll have to give you a little advise though. If you need to put shelves under your table use expanded steel. This way the grinding dust and welding slag created will fall through instead of building up on the shelves!
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Agreed, see the welding table article here...
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I agree. I appreciate the advice. I have built a couple of welding tables, and they both had expanded metal bottoms. Your right, a flat bottom can sure get messy. To bad I had to give them away, too big and heavy to transport to NC.
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I agree. I appreciate the advice. I have built a couple of welding tables, and they both had expanded metal bottoms. Your right, a flat bottom can sure get messy. To bad I had to give them away, too big and heavy to transport to NC.
One of the down falls of working for uncle sam, when orders come down and it's time to move you'll end up giving most of your stuff away! Only 12 more years untill retirement and I too wont have to worry about it.
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