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Old 01-24-2013, 03:28 PM   #21
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Fritz, a knuckle?! Awesome. I look forward to seeing this bike on some runs this year!
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:51 PM   #22
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Fritz's desire and vision are what anyone should aspire to have. There's not 2 parts he cant make work together. And they will work well too. His bikes always make it through the ride and usually without a hiccup. Always at the front of the pack as well. Thumbs up from me.
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:42 PM   #23
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Following this one for sure!
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:51 PM   #24
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Looking good!
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:53 PM   #25
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Thanks for all the compliments, you guys are making me blush.

Seriously though, don't set the bar too high for me on this one. This is a tight budget build and is not going to be a show stopper by any means!

On with it.......

The new lower legs use a 1" axle which I had, and the extra wheel was a REAR 16" with 1" bearings. However, I needed to mount a rotor to it and center it in the front caliper. I also needed to get my speedo drive unit in there somewhere. No such animal as a 1" I.D. cable speedo drive unit, they only come in 3/4".

First thing first, I mounted a tire on the rim with the directional rotation arrow indicating that the brake side of the hub was to the right. I then put 3 rotor spacer shims behind an 11" front rotor and bolted it to the hub(after drilling out the bolt holes to 3/8" from 5/16"). This allowed the rotor to sit fairly well centered in the caliper, but the wheel was still a bit off-center to the right.

I loosened all the right side spokes and tightened all the left side ones to offset the hoop with respect to the hub. This got me looking straight. Now it was time to get the speedo drive unit onto the left side.

I chucked the 1" axle in my lathe and squared my tool holder carriage with respect to the axle to within a thou over a span of three inches:


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The plan was to cut the axle down to 3/4" on the left(drive side) only for the area spanning the bearing and the drive unit.
Before:


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During:


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After:


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The finished axle after polishing with emmery cloth:


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Now I swapped the 1" bearing on the left side ONLY for a 3/4" bearing, and installed the axle thru it. Fit good, and the drive unit fits on nice too:


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Next problem is that the drive tang does not catch anything on the larger sealed hub's flange:


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No problem, I got a 5-pack of these rotor spacers:


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I'll mount a rotor spacer to the hub via the old belt pulleys 7/16" threaded mounting bolt holes:


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Now fab up a drive lug from an old FLH fender bracket:


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Ugly, but it should work:


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Welded to the rotor spacer:


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A little black paint to hide my ugly mig boogers:


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Back on the wheel, everything lines up and works:


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Wheel on bike, all seems good:



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I can finally roll this project around!


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Next time, I get started on tanks & fenders........
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:28 AM   #26
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Looking good so far! Have you decided what you are going to run for tires?
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:29 AM   #27
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just a quick question, why don t you take the speedo drive off the tranny?
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:09 AM   #28
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just a quick question, why don t you take the speedo drive off the tranny?

There is no provision for one on the tranny(not machined / no hole), and even if there were a provision, I don't think there is such a thing as a cable drive unit for a 5-speed.
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:29 AM   #29
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how do you plan to route the cable to the speedo ? or are you useing a fork mounted unit ?
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:16 PM   #30
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Looking good so far! Have you decided what you are going to run for tires?
Whatever is cheap, black, and round will work for me.


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how do you plan to route the cable to the speedo ? or are you useing a fork mounted unit ?
Up between the tanks and thru the frame hole like stock.


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Yesterday, I took my rolling chassis and some other pieces down to a place 10 minutes from
my home called J&D fabrication. There I met up with Jockey Journal member Jesse_in_NY.

I met Jesse about a year and a half ago, and we talked for the better part of an hour about
building bikes and such. He's cool as hell. I was recently checking out his build thread here
on the JJ and noticed his incredible tig welding skills.

Jesse's building a killer generator shovel in a rigid frame that he re-constructed. You can
check it out here: https://www.jockeyjournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=101098

Anyway, I contacted Jesse about welding some stuff on my project and he said "Hell Yeah!"
I wanted some nice looking welds that I wouldn't be ashamed of and boy did he knock it
out of the park. Thanks Jesse!

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The first thing I had jesse do was weld a floor into my oil tank. My tank is a re-pop of an
old style horseshoe tank, but there was absolutely no floor on the bottom of the tank
to support a battery. I made a floor and tacked it in place with my mig, but I was afraid
that I would burn thru the paper thin tank walls if I tried to lay a bead with my crude
machine/skills.

What I gave Jesse:


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Jesse making pretty blue light:



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Jesse made it look easy. His welds are so nice, I almost want to mount the tank upside
down so they can be seen:




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Next, I had Jesse weld up some threaded bungs to my fender mount adapters.
I can't stand the look of the big dresser fenders, so I cut down some stock fender brackets.
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From this:


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to this:


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to this:


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And finally trimmed down and ready to mount a smaller fender to them:


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Lastly I had Jesse weld a lower tank mount to my downtubes so I can bolt on a set of 3.5 gal
split tanks:



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I bolted up the front fender & tanks just to see what it looks like:



Thanks a bunch Jesse!
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Old 01-27-2013, 04:01 PM   #31
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Movin along Fritz. It will be done in no time now
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:20 PM   #32
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Just a question, everything looks badass, but will the speedo cable clear the hub bolts when it attaches to the drive? Hard to tell from the pictures.

Good work man, good work.
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:52 PM   #33
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I love watching this so far. It's like mixing and matching two different jigsaw puzzles, and making it look like it was supposed to be that way. Look forward to seeing what comes next.
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:14 PM   #34
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Thanks a bunch Jesse!

my pleasure Fritz! It was a nice break from wrestling with mine. Those fender brackets trimmed down nicely, looks great.
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:01 AM   #35
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There is no provision for one on the tranny(not machined / no hole), and even if there were a provision, I don't think there is such a thing as a cable drive unit for a 5-speed.
did nt know that, sorry only ever had 4 speeds, just presumed it would be carried forward to the 5 speed.
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:16 PM   #36
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It's been real cold this past week, that combined with an 8 to 5 job every day made for no daylight & no motivation.
I got a little something done recently though, I started out making an outboard bearing support for the transmission.

I cut down an inner primary till there was little else left but the bearing boss and support bolt bosses:

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The original bearing had a seal on the backside and was open to primary lube on the inside. I'll
be running an open belt however, so I installed a sealed ball bearing. The sealed bearing was a bit wider
than the original, so I was only able to secure it on the outside via the stock retaining ring & groove:

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On the backside, I milled out a recess, and then drilled and tapped for a small bolt to trap the bearing in place:


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I then moved on to the rear oil tank bracket. This simple triangular brace will be held to the gearbox via
the outer support bearing housing bolts:

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Like so:



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Now the oil tank(just back from my friend Rich the powdercoater), drops right in place:




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Next I'll share the rear fender fiasco.
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:30 PM   #37
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Next I'll share the rear fender fiasco.

Dude, that's so funny...I can't wait to see how you'll make it work though! And I'm positive you will.
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:08 PM   #38
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:41 PM   #39
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:38 AM   #40
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I've never followed a Harley build before, so excuse my naivety! Just a couple of point, if the speedo is up near the tank, and your running 16s front and rear, why not take the speedo drive from the rear wheel? Looks like the disc has a notch that you could have used for the drive. In my mind (it's a special place) it would reduce the number of cable going down the forks and look quite a lot more tidy.

Also a straight banjo on the rear brake line would draw less attention to your rear calliper, as it would point the line straight at the frame rail, minimising the amount on show. I guess this may not matter if you do cover it with a tool bag.

Ps this is not meant to sound like trying to teach you to suck eggs; your obviously a talented man! Just observations that's all.
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