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Old 10-14-2016, 03:13 PM   #21
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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!
Yeap, seatpost is going to be a tad longer to straighten that line out/make it fit. Plus it also gets rid of that big nasty triangle section. Thanks for your write up, basically what spawned all this Rich! haha
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Old 10-19-2016, 08:11 PM   #22
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Got wheels back with fresh gloss black powder and painted some metallic gold stripes.



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Old 11-03-2016, 03:25 PM   #23
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Decided against the de-rake after mocking it up.





The Franken Tranny really hangs out there, 3" belt drive I scored should even it out.
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Old 11-03-2016, 05:17 PM   #24
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Goddamn, you're cooking right along.
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Old 11-18-2016, 03:05 PM   #25
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Started assembling the motor.



Frame is all welded up, starting the body work. Going to have most of the time into this, not looking forward to it.

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Old 12-02-2016, 11:24 AM   #26
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I don't get much free time outside of work.. bottom end has all been sized, trued and pretty much complete minus waiting on some cam chest washers to set cam/breather enplay. Top end is all brand new and set up for the cam so the rest of the motor should go together pretty quick next week...



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Old 12-16-2016, 06:10 PM   #27
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Feuling put 8 long head bolts in my kit rather than 4 long & 4 short, would be complete if it weren't for that. They were happy to fix it and send me the right ones.
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Old 12-23-2016, 09:28 AM   #28
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Old 12-31-2016, 11:01 PM   #29
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Hey Rich, where do I find a copy of your write up? I've been dreaming of hard-tailing a softail twin cam for quite a while.

(Hey FYI this is Chris - who you helped fix up my terrible terrible panhead frame neck last year!)
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Old 01-01-2017, 12:28 AM   #30
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Scratch that - found it

http://www.hotbikeweb.com/tech/softy...-bike-magazine
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Old 01-01-2017, 12:52 PM   #31
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Hey Rich, where do I find a copy of your write up? I've been dreaming of hard-tailing a softail twin cam for quite a while.

(Hey FYI this is Chris - who you helped fix up my terrible terrible panhead frame neck last year!)
Hey Chris, hoped you were still working on that bike, haven't seen any update photos on your IG page. post up!

Not to hijack crazy b's thread, but if you're thinking of hardtailing a softail frame for a TC A, that article will help you along, with the addition of an adapter plate for the engine to fit a Evo softail frame. But, if it's a TC B softail frame you're starting with, it'll be a lot more work. I've done a few, and there are other variations people have done, but this is how I did it.

Because the TC B has the engine & transmission bolted together, the uprights for the softail swingarm are also the rear mounts for the transmission case. When you cut that section out, you loose them, so.....

You'll have to make a crossmember and mounts to support the rear of the transmission case, and leave clearance for the drivechain or belt.....


Then, you'll need a support for the upper frame area, because TC B softail's have a "faux" seatpost. Some have done it with uprights between the hardtail rails, I did it with a bolt-in center brace from the transmission to the upper hardtail rails. This way the trans can come out w/o pulling the engine....


Here's a photo with everything in place. You can barely see the upright between the trans and the upper frame area....


Here's what the bare frame looked like fresh from powdercoating...
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Old 01-23-2017, 10:32 PM   #32
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Compared to an stock frame.




cleaning up the front end





I need a nice matching short lever.

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Old 03-06-2017, 05:22 PM   #33
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I haven't posted anything in a while (I don't know that anyone is really that interested in this anyways) partly because I was just in a pretty bad motorcycle wreck two weeks ago. Lady ran a stop sign and t-boned me. The bike was drug under her SUV almost taking me with it but I managed to roll out of the way and then it caught fire. Broke all my ribs, collapsed both lungs, broke my left leg in half tib/fib and a torn aorta that almost killed me. I'll be down another 5-6 weeks and about 8 weeks before I can start walking on my broken leg. Strange thing is this happened to me a little over a year ago, a block away from the same spot on the same bike and totaled it that time as well. Almost lost my left foot on that one. This was my daily rider built a few years ago, '79 swingarm chop. A lot of love and time up in smoke. I'm excited to finish the evo and make it even more special now.




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I'm really sorry you got hit and hurt. Glad you survived, and it sounds like your good attitude survived as well. Get better soon.
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I'm really sorry you got hit and hurt. Glad you survived, and it sounds like your good attitude survived as well. Get better soon.
Thanks man, it was bad but could have been much worse. So many people stepped up to help me out too made me realize how lucky I am.
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Holy shit, you are lucky!

Rest up and do whatever it takes to heal well.
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Hello, This is a damn shame.
I am sorry for your pain and lost.
I wish you a speedy recovery and all the best.
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Old 03-08-2017, 04:14 AM   #38
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That was a nice bike Glad you made it out alive.

I for one have been watching this particular build, so I hope you keep updating.
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Old 03-09-2017, 09:50 PM   #39
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That was a nice bike Glad you made it out alive.

I for one have been watching this particular build, so I hope you keep updating.
Thanks man, I've been watching your Knuckle project since the start. I'm really jealous of those Flathead Power heads! I think a Frankenstein knucklehead motor is going to be my next project after this one is done.
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Shoooot man. Glad you get to keep building/riding, with some time albeit. Dig the build I've have the same basic frame/donor idea in mind for a bit(wearing real thin on breaking shovels) cool to see one coming together.
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