lol... misery loves company. If it is aluminum, it's a strange alloy. I took it to a pro that does aluminum all the time and he couldn't weld it. He was either blowing holes or warping it. In short, if you fail to heed our advice, expect to be looking for a replacement part. I also agree that those vibration dampers should be tossed more often than they usually are. Cheap way to avoid a broken crank.