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I was just read a thread where someone made a comment about cutting a 67's Sportster frame.....

I am just about ready to take the saw to a 70 XLCH.....(numbers match the engine, if it makes a difference) and it is a really nice frame...it is not all hacked up.

Now I am have second thoughts.....are they getting rare or scarce?

What are some opinions (not that your opinion matters!!)??

Should make for a good read...
 

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While it's nice to maintain history and not chop up something that is correct and in good condition, what about the rest of the bike? If it was a totally stock, oem machine, then I'd say leave it alone. Otherwise, chop the hell out of that frame, beauty is that you will have still have your titled frame in the end. If you use an aftermarket frame, and there are plenty of choices, then you'd have to do a special construction.
 

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chop it up, the more people who hack up original ironhead frames, the more valuable mine potentially become.
on the other hand, I am cutting up my 74 as it has already been cut on, but my 75 is pretty much untouched, and will remain that way
 

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Not really our place to tell you what to do. But we all do have our opinions. I am far from being a true restorer, but the good frames, and everything else, is hard to find sometimes. Sportster frames are not high dollar anywhere, so you could find any later frame and put your motor in it. Or chop it up. You sure would not be the first. One problem you will encounter changing frames, is getting the title to the new frame, unless the PO has it. Plus you would not be matching numbers, which is not super bad, but for any future restorer, it would be. You own it, you make the decisions. Plus, I agree with "ironhead bobber". The more frames that get cut, the more mine are worth.
 

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The only OEM swingarm frames in the whole H-D history wich I wouldn't cut up (anymore...) are the '58-'64 Panhead frames..

For all the rest..where's that hacksaw ??!
 

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Title stays with the frame, Chop it!!!!
exactly what i am thinking..I was just trading emails with Hammer in Hand about one of their weld-on's last week,...they are right up the road 40 miles...

in Michigan if you use a aftermarket frame, to get it titled...i think the title from the original bike gets turned in (not for sure)...............you have to provide proof of where the parts you used came from, receipts, titles etc...so it would be a worthless frame anyhow.

I can almost feel the saw vibrating in my hands!!!....
 

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exactly what i am thinking..I was just trading emails with Hammer in Hand about one of their weld-on's last week,...they are right up the road 40 miles...

in Michigan if you use a aftermarket frame, to get it titled...i think the title from the original bike gets turned in (not for sure)...............you have to provide proof of where the parts you used came from, receipts, titles etc...so it would be a worthless frame anyhow.

I can almost feel the saw vibrating in my hands!!!....
False. You dont turn in the title, it stays with the post 69 frame.
 
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