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Old 01-25-2009, 10:28 PM   #1
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Default A Change of Pace: My first Harley build.

About 2 years ago I bought my first Motorcycle, a 1998 Dyna Lowrider. It wasn't long after that I started making it my own.
This is what it looked like when I bought it.




And this is what it looked like just before this years snowfall.




Well I had big plans this winter and went on the hunt for parts.
I found an original cat face light, a pretty much NOS Goodyear speedgrip, got a cheng shin ribbed 21" tire for my 21" spool wheel I have that needs bearings. Also got a set of old FLH shocks because ever since I seen them on Black Crown's bike I've been in love.

Going into this I wanted to do 2 things. Make a cool bike, and make it functionable, which is kind of hard to do with a swing arm bike.
My girlfriend has cerebral palsy and loves to go for rides, so my main concern was ditch the struts, make it comfy enough and keep everything functionable.








I had to replace the entire backbone, seen here:




This is where I'm at now.



I know the fender being that high is kind of an eyesore and the open space is too, but the fender needs to be up that high and there is a battery going in the open space.

















That tank isn't going on there I don't think, i just put it on there to make myself feel better because the low tunnel GME Peanut tank i have looked ridiculous on there.

Sorry if this is too much, I'm just excited as to how it's coming a long. I'll keep you updated...

p.s. here is a pic of my daughter and I

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Old 01-25-2009, 10:32 PM   #2
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Default Re: A Change of Pace: My first Harley build.

Heres one more:



and here is how i mount the fender. The fender is notched and slides into it. Still need to build some mounting brackets.

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Old 01-25-2009, 11:34 PM   #3
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Why not go for an ultra small tank, and use an oil tank as auxillary fuel. Looking good so far.
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Old 01-25-2009, 11:34 PM   #4
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And mids. And please send me your speedo tacho.
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Old 01-26-2009, 12:37 AM   #5
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Yamahad, You really should consider welding a gusset behind the neck where the backbone meets it. Even though your FXD is a rubber mount, your frame is prone to stress cracks without the gusset in place. It doesn't have a center post either, so that makes it even more imperative that you strengthen the neck area. Doing so will strengthen the entire frame as a unit. You should do some gusseting near the shock area too. Simple triangular pieces may do the job, but you could get more creative if you wanted to.

Good Luck and let us know how it goes.

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Old 01-26-2009, 12:47 AM   #6
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looks good. I LoVE the bars!

that headlight braket will not last too long...
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Old 01-26-2009, 12:55 AM   #7
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Default Re: A Change of Pace: My first Harley build.

Here is how I did the headlight mounts on my front end Because Its the same one. You can smooth off the casting ridge on the top tree with a file and some paper. Just a suggestion for little details I know you got that headlight cover around somewhere. I like your bike much better now, nice work.
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Old 01-26-2009, 02:03 AM   #8
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Default Re: A Change of Pace: My first Harley build.

I would be a bit leery to put my OL on the back of that. One good bump and it may bend the whole fender onto the tire.
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Old 01-26-2009, 02:36 AM   #9
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Default Re: A Change of Pace: My first Harley build.

except for the fender everything else is coming along great!
mount that thing to the swingarm ; )
just my .02
keep up the good work

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Old 01-26-2009, 11:28 AM   #10
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NIce 1,

keep on truckin.

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Old 01-26-2009, 08:51 PM   #11
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I would be a bit leery to put my OL on the back of that. One good bump and it may bend the whole fender onto the tire.

I put 400+ pounds on it and bounced with it and it didn't hit the tire... I think she'll be okay... she doesn't weigh THAT much.



I plan to gusset/ reinforce everything. And that headlight mount is actually sturdier than it looks. I like it cause it looks like it will break... we'll see.

Also, I would've liked to mount it to the swingarm but I want to ride my lady on it, and if I did that I might as well make it a rigid.
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Old 01-26-2009, 10:17 PM   #12
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No way! I thought you were black Yamahad.

Great transformation, great work!
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Old 01-26-2009, 10:50 PM   #13
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Yeah, but even 100 Lbs on a big bump will create havoc on that. I'd rather see it mounted on the swingarm myself. Just think about it, I'm having a similar issue with my build. I don't want my sweetie smashing down onto the tire.

Love the bars though, bikes lookin good
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that headlight braket will not last too long...
i'll second that,,^^

the headlight will vibrate like mad, you'll get sick of replacing bulb's, till it fall's off,
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Old 01-27-2009, 09:32 AM   #15
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Yeah, but even 100 Lbs on a big bump will create havoc on that.

How is 100lbs on a big bump bouncing on it worse than 400lbs bouncing on it as hard as we could simulating a bump and it didn't flex at all and didn't rub the tire?

appreciate the concerns.
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Old 01-27-2009, 09:41 AM   #16
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i think the bike looks awesome. the rear fender is a little weird for me but i know what your saying about riding your old lady on the back. the head light bracket looks a little shady but hey you like it thats all that mattters....
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Old 01-27-2009, 09:54 AM   #17
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I like it cause it looks like it will break... we'll see.
Then you probably really like this guy's work:

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Old 01-27-2009, 10:05 AM   #18
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Then you probably really like this guy's work:



Haha what I meant was that I liked it because it looked minimalistic yet was strong enough. Almost like the 7/8" tubing on Arlen Ness frames...
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Old 01-27-2009, 10:30 AM   #19
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Glad to see You cut out that ugly backbone. That's the only way You'll ever get an FXD looking decent. Mine was stock when I bought it also. I would probably soak in some of the constructive criticism Your getting. I would hate to see You prove them right the hard way. Like the progress though. Thanks for posting!
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Old 01-27-2009, 10:46 AM   #20
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Ahhh the future little motorhead is adorable! +1 with the rear fender,be careful with that! You got a good start goin and like the tank.
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