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I'm working on cutting down my Leo Vince this afternoon and am having the most difficult tim drilling out the rivets on the end of the can. I'm basically working with a conglomeration of handmedown tools so maybe the drill bits I'm using are worn? My method so far is using a punch in the center of the rivet to give the bit something to bite on and then slowly drilling the rivet, which is giving me no luck. Buy a new set of bits or is my method incorrect? Thanks in advance for any help.
 

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I'm working on cutting down my Leo Vince this afternoon and am having the most difficult tim drilling out the rivets on the end of the can. I'm basically working with a conglomeration of handmedown tools so maybe the drill bits I'm using are worn? My method so far is using a punch in the center of the rivet to give the bit something to bite on and then slowly drilling the rivet, which is giving me no luck. Buy a new set of bits or is my method incorrect? Thanks in advance for any help.
What do these rivets look like? When I think rivet, I am picturing something that already has a hole in the middle and takes exactly 5 seconds to drill out.
 

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If your drill bit can't cut into the fairly thin/soft material used for rivets, you can be sure that it's dulled. Get it sharpened or buy a new one/set. You can get a set of Ti coated bits from harbor freight for like 50 cents or something like that.
 

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Hey, I cut my LV SBK down I cut 8" off of it, and the sound is amazingly better.

Ok those rivets gave me hell too. start with the bottom one in case you mess up that way strap damage is minimal. then use a metal drill bit just a bit bigger than the hole in the center of the rivet. when you drill you do not have to go all the way through just enough to puncture the sides of the wall that is why you want it slightly bigger than the hole. once you get the first the rest are easy. make sure you pull out the inside before cutting though and use tape to keep scratching to a minimal. good luck man, I hope you enjoy the better sound it will produce
 

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Thanks for the input guys. Good to hear someone else had trouble with the rivets as well. Ill go pick up a new set of bits and hopefully that will do it. Thanks again!
 

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I too am in the process of cutting my Leo down. If you get a chance post some pics.. I am a little concerned about riviting the end cap back on, and how the internals of the can should be cut and put back together. If anybody has any sound clips of the cut leo I would love to hear them. thanks
 

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Thanks for the input guys. Good to hear someone else had trouble with the rivets as well. Ill go pick up a new set of bits and hopefully that will do it. Thanks again!
1/8"... (assuming these are regular 'ole rivets) and make sure the drill is spinning the correct direction. ;)
 

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Already been answered, but you need new bits. Use a little bit of cutting oil (forgot the name) to keep your bits sharp. Other than that, it it a breeze. What are you cutting it with? How much are you planning on chopping?


Here is my Chopped Leo:


 

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1/8"... (assuming these are regular 'ole rivets) and make sure the drill is spinning the correct direction. ;)

Weeeellll.... :laughing4:
 

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[email protected] the jokes. I was remodeling that bathroom and used it since it was my work area at the time notice the brand new toilet and fresh silicone on shower, lol.

That second pic was the night I deployed last year, I wasdrunk off my ass and my wife suggested I get that pic taken since I was putting the bike in garage for storage. I had rode it all day then prepp'd it. I remember I was way too drunk to back it in the garage and my dad had to help, lol.
only 4 hours later I would b on a plane headed back to Iraq for the third time. No worries though Im less than 6 weeks away from being back with her (the bike that is ;)
 

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Ain't no joke... Dear Foams baby! :thumbsup: I know whre you got them too. ;D
 

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oh snap, yeah walmart iirc, they have wool inside too. I get shot all the time from that pic since I am :squid: like in it. I cant believe how old and fat it makes me look.
 

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Thought I would post up a pic of the results. Sadly I haven't had a chance to hear it yet since we are getting snow tomorrow but I think it looks a ton better. Not quite a shorty but much better balanced.



 

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Good job. How much did you cut? Doesn't look like much though.
 

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Prob about 4.5 - 5 after grinding it flush. And yep still got the celica. :)
 
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