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    Finally, a Real Light (TM) for a Real Man (TM)

    None of this machining nonsense, XYsandwhatsits and all that jazz. I'm going to be rending a light with cold bare hands (cue Charlton Heston voice), some entirely inappropriate tools, a dash of incompetence and even my teeth if necessary.

    So, after that intentionally inflammatory and attention grabbing title, can anyone guess what this simply awesome light will be made out of?

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    hopes and dreams?
    I WANT TO BUY YOUR MAGICSHINE LIGHTS! Working or not.

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    nope, not bright enough

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    A quad XM-L urologist's scope?

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    unicorn tears?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobdotorg View Post
    A quad XM-L urologist's scope?
    ooh, interesting. I did read proctologist for some reason, which is a touch disturbing. Either way, bacteria, cancer, anything really wouldn't stand much chance with that..

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    ... and if we just ...

    Edited: delete failed attempt at humour
    Last edited by find_bruce; 05-30-2011 at 03:45 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
    unicorn tears?
    hadn't thought of that actually.

    Sadly, now I've hyped it all up the answer is much more prosaic:



    however, if I had to choose between a small lump of aluminium and 6ft of 1in.sq. tubing with which to fight an angry bear, the tubing would get it every time (quickly followed by me, I guess)

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    might as well get into the meat and potatoes of it.

    Meant to take a pic of the 3 sled pieces but it was a bit boring so I didn't.

    here's the back end of the sled, about to be chopped up



    after being chopped up



    and with its matching front sled pieces loosely bolted on



    driver (h6flex) goes in the middle, LEDs on the end and switch/cable/remote cable go on the other end (top, in the picture).

    Have to cut the outside bits (from my bear-beating, Real Man 6ft length of tumultuous tubing) off tomorrow and haphazardly cut them to size

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    I'm making a similar build, but using a DIY Class A Amp heat sink as the base. A hacksaw, file, drill and tap should get most if it done. Maybe I can finally put the cordless Dremel to good use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by find_bruce View Post
    Oh oh oh I got it.

    You are going to make a tail light, by using your hands to take one of these

    and put it where you think the sunshine come from.

    You have been told you are not competent to find the appropriate receptacle with both hands, so you will be using tools to help you locate it.

    Finally you will use your teeth if necessary to trim your nails so you don't give yourself an injury.

    Did I get it?
    how do you guys come up with this stuff? Genius

    Funnily enough (hence the morbid dwelling on proctologists), I heard a funny saying the other day:

    "may your proctologist have thin fingers"

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobdotorg View Post
    I'm making a similar build, but using a DIY Class A Amp heat sink as the base. A hacksaw, file, drill and tap should get most if it done. Maybe I can finally put the cordless Dremel to good use.
    neat! You'll have to do a build report so we can see how you did it.

    Sadly, I have all the imagination of a snail, so all my lights are made out of exactly the same material. As a technological improvement akin to the invention of the steam engine, I am now using a jigsaw with a metal blade to cut off the lumps. Takes a couple of minutes and the bits end up relatively square, as opposed to 30min plus and like an Escher drawing using my Dremel


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    Long days of Northern Hemisphere Summer are upon us. Building slows.
    Order your parts now from DX and KD and maybe they will be here in time to build lights for winter riding season.
    In the mean time be thankful for hyperactive worm wranglers hacking lights out of tubing and keeping this forum going.

    Appreciate the entertainment and good luck with the new light. Thanks.

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    Come on Matt please talk x y and z, its the only language I understand

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    New bombproof light with 10*XML? (:

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    Quote Originally Posted by odtexas View Post
    Long days of Northern Hemisphere Summer are upon us. Building slows.
    Order your parts now from DX and KD and maybe they will be here in time to build lights for winter riding season.
    In the mean time be thankful for hyperactive worm wranglers hacking lights out of tubing and keeping this forum going.

    Appreciate the entertainment and good luck with the new light. Thanks.
    don't forget the boyz dahn unda, they're starting to hit "winter" about now

    funnily enough, I ordered some of the parts for this light back in January, I've just been futzing around doing other bits and pieces in the meantime (although I do now have a very neat rear facing dome light for my Focus wagon). Plus, my helmet light is actually pretty decent, it's mostly the fact that I ride v. rocky trails but can't see the rocks (no shadows) that prompted building this light. And the fact that it'll piss off my riding buddy with his Seca 700

    on the subject of funny, I built my commuter light when it was ~ -20C in the garage and you could barely see me under all my clothes, now it's ~ +30C and I'm getting bits of Dremel disk pinging off my chest. Crazy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldigger View Post
    Come on Matt please talk x y and z, its the only language I understand
    and to think we're both from the Motherland, sniff

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    Quote Originally Posted by klynk View Post
    New bombproof light with 10*XML? (:
    I wish! On both points!

    It will however have a completely mismatched set of hacked up computer heatsinks cooling (possibly) it down so it doesn't self combust

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    computer heatsinks...

    +1 !!

    and Artic Silver epoxy and lexan and ...

    Good luck !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldigger View Post
    Come on Matt please talk x y and z, its the only language I understand
    Jay, what about A & B axis when you convert the SX2 beast into a 5 axis milling machine

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjPCE...embedded#at=11
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    Quote Originally Posted by brad72 View Post
    Jay, what about A & B axis when you convert the SX2 beast into a 5 axis milling machine

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjPCE...embedded#at=11
    Thats just crazy

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    Quote Originally Posted by brad72 View Post
    Jay, what about A & B axis when you convert the SX2 beast into a 5 axis milling machine

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjPCE...embedded#at=11
    whaaat? Stop speaking in tongues will you!

    I see the invidious (perfidious?) influence of the machining monkeys is seeping into this thread. I must stamp it out at once!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TTGV View Post
    computer heatsinks...
    they're the best ones! You get added brownie points the older they are - the one I have in mind is from a PII (that's Pentium, not Phenom) slot heatsink. There's a risk that it'll make the light look like Dame Edna's glasses, but that's a risk I'm willing to take..


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    Whouaou !
    What a night bird look ! Do you often cross this cyclist ?
    The hairs make me say that you should have a go for a violet ano on your PII heatsinks !
    Ah, and diamonds are the best for heat conduction....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattthemuppet View Post
    whaaat? Stop speaking in tongues will you!

    I see the invidious (perfidious?) influence of the machining monkeys is seeping into this thread. I must stamp it out at once!
    when words like invidious and perfidious are being used, it is time to get the hand tools out. Hand scrape the flats where the led dies sit and file the heatsink grooves. Must say though if my workshop was sitting at around -20 i would want to have a hack saw or file in my hand to get the blood pumping.

    As for heatsinks, I found one from about 15-20 years ago. Perhaps I should donate it to the national trust or perhaps attach it to my mill made light to keep it real

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