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Old 04-20-2012, 01:13 PM   #1
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It's been a long time since I've posted here, mostly due to a lack of internet service, but anyway I am putting the finishing touches on my sportster. Made some changes from Z bars to SS apes from frontstreet, a new tank and new paint I did myself in the backyard. Can't wait to get back on the road and do a shit ton of riding this year. Still missing the other exhaust pipe, but I completed that today. Little by little....
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Old 04-20-2012, 01:59 PM   #2
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Ooh, I like that.
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Old 04-20-2012, 02:18 PM   #3
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Looks good. Paint looks great. Post a pic of the other side when you get the exhaust done.
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Old 04-20-2012, 02:19 PM   #4
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Im not into Sportsters but yours was fresh, nice build
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Old 04-20-2012, 06:39 PM   #5
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Thanks guys.

Two steps forward and one step back. While I was putting the other exhaust pipe on, I found that one of my front exhaust studs was chewing up nuts. I've gotta pull the stud out somehow, the trouble is there isn't enough thread to put two nuts back to back to turn the stud out. There also is not enough room to get vice grips in there.....
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:06 AM   #6
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stud removal tool fit? or could you rethread it in place?
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Old 04-22-2012, 11:01 AM   #7
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Or weld a nut on the end and back it out.
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:24 PM   #8
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Nice ride.
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Old 04-22-2012, 03:10 PM   #9
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awesome paint and look to that sporty, great job
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Old 04-22-2012, 03:38 PM   #10
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Nice looking machine and the paint came out great!
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:04 AM   #11
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Thanks everyone!

I did weld a nut onto the stud but it twisted the tip of the stud off. I ordered a socket style stud remover to do it the right way. I really don't want to snap it then have to drill it out. It's only about 1/2" into the head still, most of it came out, I just can't turn it anymore till I get that tool. Always a set back!
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:36 AM   #12
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Take your time and work it back and forth, it'll come.
Sporty looks fun btw.
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:36 PM   #13
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This bike is done up right. You should be quite pleased with yourself. I would love to know more about the paint job, with some pics perhaps?
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Old 04-23-2012, 01:50 PM   #14
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Thanks, I am very happy with how it came out as compared to what it was before. I'll post more pictures later today so everyone can see the steps I tool to get a trick paint job like this. It looks very complicated but once you think about it all it is is a bunch of masking in steps.
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Old 04-23-2012, 02:31 PM   #15
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Its Sweet!! from another SE masshole...Somtimes we use heat to get steel stud outta aluminium heads in boat motors,little hand held propane torch works evertime..Or you can soak the shit outta the stud with PB blaster Deep Creep thats the good stuff man.
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Old 04-23-2012, 02:59 PM   #16
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I'd like to see more on that riser setup with the offset plate... did I miss another thread somewhere on this bike??
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:17 PM   #18
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Badassbrutus, I have an oxy/act torch. Nothing can beat that for heat other than running the motor which is probably the best route. The head cools as fast as it heats up it seems. I'll get it out eventually, but I'll wait for my tool to get here.
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Old 04-23-2012, 05:28 PM   #19
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Ok so for the paint, this is what I did. Keep in mind that this is my first ever multi-color paint job I've ever attempted (though I have painted before), so even you can do it if you have everything, you don't even need a spray gun in some cases. My paint guy can mix any color paint i want and put it into your average type of spray can. Primer and clear can also be had in spray cans if your local paint shop can make their own.*

First, body work. Get those imperfections and high/low spots out. Feel the tank with your hands.*


I primered the tank, wetsanded it with 400 grit, touched up some areas I sanded through then wetsand again. Here is a picture of the Silver basecoat.*


Next, tape some patterns with lines. This took me a while to do since I'm no artist and had no idea what I wanted. I used pictures I found here and there for inspiration.*

Other side

And the fender..


Then I sprayed Gold basecoat.*


Next I airbrushed some black for shadowing.*



Peel off some tape on the fender (the tank waits for lace). Under the tape was the silver basecoat, I want this black. So tape up everything that is gold/shaded and spray black basecoat.*


Back to the tank, before I peeled the tape I wanted to put some lace over the parts I wanted laced. Then lightly spray the black till the lace changes color. This has to be a light coat to avoid runs/peeling.*


Peel off the lace and check it out.


Peel off all the tape (except for the lines) and tape up what wasn't just taped. Sorry I didn't take pictures during this step, I was too busy taping my nights away.*

I sprayed black basecoat then peeled off everything including the lines. Almost done!


Now the next step is very important; prepping the tank for clear. Use a wax and grease remover which you can get from your paint shop. I tried denatured alcohol which removed some paint so I had to respray. Rubbing alcohol doesn't eat the paint but may leave water behind once it dries since it's not pure. You want it clean clean! I am always washing my handing with soap when handling painted items. Wet the floor where you are working if possible to keep dust down. I was painting in a shed which is not ideal but it works!


At this point it's ALMOST done but there's still a lot of work to do. Once the clear has dried overnight I started wetsanding with 1000 grit with a sanding block to level the clear. I cleared my tank and fender 3 times and wet sanded with a block 3 times. On the final wetsand I did 1000, followed by 2000.*

After wetsanding with 2000 it's now ready to be cut with a polish. My paint guy recomended I use Meguiars Diamond Cut. I choose to use it with a rotary buff on a foam pad. The results are what you've seen on my bike above. I can't wax it till it's cured but that's no problem.*
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Old 04-23-2012, 05:51 PM   #20
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I'd like to see more on that riser setup with the offset plate... did I miss another thread somewhere on this bike??
I think I had a thread years ago, the pictures on it are likely gone.

My ugly risers are too wide to fit directly on the springer, and I didn't want to try to find and buy new ones. I found these plates on ebay for dna springers and decided to make my own to save money. 1/4" steel plate, lots of grinding, filing and measuring.



Hey it works and with the bars moved back it's a little more comfortable and fills in the space on the top tube well.
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