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    Today I have the most boring update ever, I put my stock exhaust back on. I was waiting on an exhaust clamp so ended up driving around for a week with one stock muffler and one aftermarket and even that was too loud. Stock is much better. AMGs sound good from the factory, I'll deal with the clearance issue that originally motivated the aftermarket exhaust (they don't hang as low as stock) by putting some sliders on that also protect the exhaust.

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    most boring?

    I'll raise you... 2 weekends ago I replaced my interior door handle bar (not the actual handle that you pull to open the door but one you grab to close it from the inside) for the purpose of replacing this clip that has been broken since I bought the truck that made my window and lock button trim bounce around unsecure. pretty lame I had to buy the whole door pull handle thing to fix it because that's where the vulnerable clip is located.. had to do it on both driver and passenger doors too

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    Speaking of most boring, I went through about 10 drill bits trying to drill the bolt holes out of my exhaust clamps before I finally wised up, cut off the old ones and just put new clamps on. Might be time to look into a drill bit sharpener.

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    speedkills previously posted:
    "Might be time to look into a drill bit sharpener."

    For general purpose twist drills (that aren't too small in dia), consider taking one to a grinding stone / bench grinder and hand holding it for a sharpen. You might find that the result is reasonable with no dedicated sharpening tool consuming shop space.

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    Jim previously posted:
    "For general purpose twist drills (that aren't too small in dia), consider taking one to a grinding stone / bench grinder and hand holding it for a sharpen. You might find that the result is reasonable with no dedicated sharpening tool consuming shop space."

    My father showed me how to do it by hand when I was about 12. Have never used a sharpener. Most decent grinders have a groove in the tool guide to assist.
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    Makes sense, I guess I'd just shoot for about a 30 degree angle. Easy enough to try.

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    Did you use oil and slow speed while drilling? If not thats the reason you dulled so many bits.
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    I used oil and high speed. Oops.

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    speedkills previously posted:
    "I used oil and high speed. Oops."

    After wasting quite a few bits drilling on my old jeep, I learned the value of drilling slow. You should be able to watch curls of metal shavings peeling off. I also started using KT drilling and tapping fluid from Murdochs or TSC or similar, and it really helps. Drilling by hand is always tougher as many drills are hard to manage slow speed, and its tough on the motor as it will overheat quickly without air flow for cooling. Using the drill press on the slowest setting whenever possibly is really nice.
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    I enjoyed This Old Tony's drill bit sharpening video. Quite a bit of Why along with the How. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8oORR6jyh8

    Also, are those exhaust clamps made of stainless steel? It tends to work harden easily which may explain why you went through so many bits. When drilling stainless it's even more important to keep the speed down.

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    I haven't been watching them lately but I have really enjoyed This Old Tony's videos. It wasn't the clamps themselves I was trying to drill out, it was the bolts which had corroded into place so strongly they were basically welded into the clamps. To remove the exhausts originally I had just cut the bolts off as there was no way they coming out, but then when I wanted to put them back on I tried to drill the old bolts out so I could re-use them. In the end replacing the old clamps was much easier, but the tips on drill bit speed and sharpening will still prove useful in the future.

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    One more NSFW pic. The portal vendor didn't have installation instructions so they borrowed a G-Wagon from a friend and are making an install video for me. Here is a shot from that process, fully installed except there is a weld on brace to the axle that of course they didn't install in the process.


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    wow this is going to be exciting, what have you been practicing to learn welding with?

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    Just metal I have around the house but I don't have the confidence to weld on the axle so I'll take it to a professional for that. They said no problem driving on the road without the brace as long as I take it easy to get to the welding shop.

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    Just throwing my $0.02 in here... I used a metal specific bit and lubed the drill spot with used gear oil I have left form the last diff change, turning the bit at a slow enough rate to watch the curls form. Like buttah.

    Speed kills the drill bit.


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    let's get practicing, Shane!

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    I'm getting surgery on my left hand this Friday, I won't be joining any runs or updating the build thread for a month or so according to my doctor but I'll be back soon enough.

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    speedkills previously posted:
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    That makes you a no for the red cone run right?
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    Best wishes for good result!

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