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Old 09-21-2016, 10:20 AM   #1
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The end goal is a up/out 1", de-raked 28-29 degrees and shortened rear chopper/mild hotrod.

Got a little creative with this one... banks will finance a title sometimes up to 120% of the NADA value of the motorcycle, they think you're buying a complete bike. Didn't feel like spending years collecting parts for this one and just financed everything. Just fyi before you start wondering how I could afford this stuff. (I can't haha!) I'm not upside down on it though. Yet.

Picked up a fat tire chopper basket case for the drive train.


Met a guy at Wauseon for a titled '95 FXSTS frame


Can't turn back. My friend is doing the major frame fab.










The motor ended up having damaged cases. Looked like someone dropped it at one point and the flywheels were pinched between the cases.



So excuse to get some better cases...


Stock Heads releaved for 30 degree angle top pistons/ported, beehives, resurfaced & man compression releases at Tman Performance. Before & after




Motor parts have been showing up. 85ci Axtell cylinders, 10:1 compression, head work and Mikuni 45mm should get decent reliable power.






Never seen a brand new Morris M5 before....


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Old 09-21-2016, 11:45 AM   #2
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Im interested to see how this comes out - some nice components on the bench
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What bubbles said....
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Well, this ought to be interesting. I like it so far.
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Old 09-21-2016, 12:43 PM   #5
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Forgot this one. The front half of a softail frame is really close to that of a 4spd frame. Just lop off the softail swingarm section and you can make any weld on 4spd hardtail work with some persuasion.

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Old 09-21-2016, 01:08 PM   #6
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This looks like its going to be pretty cool. Always thought a softy would make a good start to a chop.
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Old 09-21-2016, 01:19 PM   #7
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interesting....
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Want to part with the cut off and swingarm?
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Old 09-21-2016, 05:16 PM   #9
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Want to part with the cut off and swingarm?
Did your back and kidneys make you ask this question Joe?
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Did your back and kidneys make you ask this question Joe?
No, it's more like my diaphragm and all my innard's. No more rigid's with frame mounted seats, spring seat or suspension only.
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No, it's more like my diaphragm and all my innard's. No more rigid's with frame mounted seats, spring seat or suspension only.
I'm going to hold on to it, some day it may need to be returned to stock
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Ok.
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Interesting. I am curious about that gpr stabilizer
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Interesting. I am curious about that gpr stabilizer
Going to make it fit to a 39mm front end.

Didn't accomplish much on my day off, cleaned up the cases. Hard to see in the pic but they're decently shiny again. They were already polished but must of sat around for a long time.

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Old 10-13-2016, 11:36 AM   #16
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Started polishing motor parts, spent an afternoon and they still look like shit. Hate polishing.


here's a before pic of the wheels. Tapered bearings off an '85 fxr. Sent them out for gloss black powder yesterday. When they get back I will lay a stripe of metalic gold 1 shot down the lines of the spokes. Gonna try to get the roller mocked up soon and didn't want to put my fresh tires on dirty old wheels.
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The hardtail and that new top tube really clean the lines of that softail frame. And Irish Rich said it would not fit. Tsk, Tsk....
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Well done thus far.
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The hardtail and that new top tube really clean the lines of that softail frame. And Irish Rich said it would not fit. Tsk, Tsk....
I actually got inspired from one of his tech articles. It should throw some people off at first glance.
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The hardtail and that new top tube really clean the lines of that softail frame. And Irish Rich said it would not fit. Tsk, Tsk....
Why I aughtta....I didn't say it wouldn't fit, I said it wouldn't be a "plug-n-play" like it would be with a 4 speed swingarm frame, as far as lining up, because of the height difference in the backbone/seatpost area of the Softie vs. the 4 speed swingarm frame. And, I also said that you'd have to modify that area & backbone to get the mating & frame lines right (and I made suggestions on what most likely would need to be done), which crazy b found necessary to get it to work. Sheesh!
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