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Old 10-19-2015, 01:49 PM   #21
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I think the J is a fine cam for a Shovel. Very stock-like reliability. Nothing but an improvement, if you ask me.
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Old 10-20-2015, 06:57 PM   #22
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Little filler:
Front end is on its way, and should be around in the next few days. Unfortunately I have to go back to work for two weeks (engineer on a tugboat in New York harbor), so I won't be able to get to it until I'm back.
I did pick up a new, peanut style, tank from Factory Metal Works. Overall it looks great, but the front mounting tab is a little crooked. I'll take it on the boat with me, modify that and hit it with a little primer. Not totally sure on mounting options. I don't want to drill through the top tube for the rear tab, for the front tab it would be pretty tough with all that bondo underneath the paint. Luckily I have two weeks to think about it!



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Old 10-23-2015, 10:20 PM   #23
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Can anyone running a 1.5" BDL belt drive give a little feedback?
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Old 10-24-2015, 02:17 AM   #24
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I run mostly a similar setup. Not particular to brands and like the stockish clutch. What is it you need feed back for?
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Old 10-24-2015, 06:58 AM   #25
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I run mostly a similar setup. Not particular to brands and like the stockish clutch. What is it you need feed back for?
Just curious how power transfer is compared to a chain driven primary, how durable compared to chain. Are you running it open or closed?

My train of thought at the moment is to run an open belt drive, and fab up a backing plate to keep the motor and trans aligned
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Old 10-24-2015, 11:55 AM   #26
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I've not ran a chain primary in years. The 1.5 has held up with all the abuse I threw at it, idler length and the shorter ones designed not to have an idler.
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Old 10-24-2015, 10:03 PM   #27
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Never had issue except one bike. That bike should have had a plate between the trans and motor. The five finger stock style (stock is three so this was slightly better) clutch couldn't handle the motor. Trans would sometimes come out of alignment and the clutch would slip.... The belt never gave issue or came off and got the power to the clutch fine.
Also, I rode it like an idiot.....
All of mine are open, none have had mid plates....... Not saying thats the right way to do it. Only the one was nasty enough to need it in my opinion.
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Old 10-30-2015, 12:46 AM   #28
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Man, this looks great already! If my red frame was like that it would have stayed!
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Ran out of gloves, and greasy hands don't pair well with cameras, so minimal photos from the shop last night. But front end is on and rear wheel is mocked. Need a tire for the front wheel, but once that's on I'll have a better idea on roughly final stance. May end up getting 2 over tubes but won't be totally sure until the tire comes in. For now it sits like this
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I like what I'm seeing.
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Old 11-06-2015, 03:48 PM   #31
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Looks good.

I also like 1.5" belt drives. I have one on each of my Shovels, one an 8mm and one an 11mm. The 11mm has blown up once when I was riding like an asshole, but it's also one of those tensioned ones, so I think it sees some heat. I also need my primary on there for the starter and the mid, so that probably also holds in heat.

I also ran a 2" on an Evo I had, that held up beautifully too. I like belts.

I don't have any type of plates tying my motors or trannies together... they don't ever seem to move.
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That really does look good man. I like that it'll be lifted a bit in the front
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Thanks guys!

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That really does look good man. I like that it'll be lifted a bit in the front
I have a feeling it will definitely have a little lift in the front, and I think thats definitely the aesthetic I'm shooting for which will draw more attention to the awesome lines of these frames.

After installing the narrow glide front end I noticed the steering stops on the lower tree do their job correctly, but will definitely chip/ding the bondo on the neck of frame. Seems simple enough to just get some round rubber stock or tubing and slip it over the stops.

I'm in the process of moving everything from my current shop to a larger (and more importantly, HEATED) garage around the corner from my apt. Once I'm all settled in I'll pull the motor, finish assembly and start really moving forward with this build.
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On mine, I drilled and tapped for some 8-32 polished stainless button heads for the fork stops to contact.
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On mine, I drilled and tapped for some 8-32 polished stainless button heads for the fork stops to contact.
Done this before and it works great for keeping the paint from getting beat. Take your time drilling/tapping and you'll be happy with the result.
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Are you going to run that rear fender? Or swap out to something a little skinnier?
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Are you going to run that rear fender? Or swap out to something a little skinnier?
Definitely going skinnier, probably a ribbed Wassail style painted fender. Going with a taller sissy bar too
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Old 11-12-2015, 06:03 PM   #39
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Very cool build! Will be following for sure!
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killer bike. I really dig that old chopper frame and old paint.
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