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Aug '10: What the bike looked like before...pretty ugly.

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After getting all the junk off, really the next thing I did was decide how I wanted the stance, so I lowered the forks to 2" under, and just shaved the sliders by grinder and sandpaper while I was at it..
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I wasen't going to hardtail this project, so next was to shorten the rear shocks down 2". I dont have a spring compressor, so I just cut a peice of exhaust tubing that would press downwards on the top of the cover, and added two flanges to the sides (one shown here). I ran threaded rods through them, and made a way to fasten them to a pin going through the eyelet at the bottom of the shock.
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Next I cut the piston rod between the cup and the upper mount.
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With the cup and upper mount free, I cut the rod down the 2".
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After a lot of fussing, and making sure the mount was in the right spot, I welded it back to the rod.
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After welded, I slid the cup back up and left a little valley between it and the mount so it had a a good penetration weld.
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Re-assembled and lying along side the other shock so you can see the difference.
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Nov '10: Bike sitting at new stance even though shocks arent on. At this point I was going for a more original, almost hill climb bike type look in a way with the steep buckhorn bars, small tank, etc.

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After cuttin the fender struts off the frame, I ended up making a set of frame horns (kind of like on the front of a Model A frame) instead of just capping a round pipe.

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After I made the handlebars..

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and the rear fender I just started making out of an early ford spare tire cover..

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I kinda wanted that old cut down flh fender look, so I added some side skirts, but had to form a crown on the outer edge of them so the total width of the finished fender would clear the tire.

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Hinge for the seat I made up, and the seat pan I just rolled out of some 16 gauge in an english wheel.

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When I got to the pipes I thought it'd be kinda neat to make my own set of megaphones only as an oval shape so they wouldnt look TOO wide or bulky. The flat sides kind of match the side walls on the rear fender as well :)

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GOOD JOB !!! That'll turn some heads.What's she sound like ?
Thanks a lot! It sounded pretty good, but it didnt run very good since the front cylinder pipe was so much longer than the rear one. The bike didn't pull very good especially going up hills, and I didn't want to extend the rear pipe very much so I actually ended up making a little cut out in the front pipe just before it kicks up. Ended up making a huge difference lol.
 

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The seat springs I actually just made out of the excessive coils left over from when i cut the rear shocks down. Still a little rough looking in this picture...

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Since I planned to run a remote master cylinder under the tank, I just started making a side mount for the coil.

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Has a nice shape to it i think, happy with how it came out!

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Custom mount my dad and I began making to fix the m.c. to the backbone under the fuel tank.

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And you can see it JUST fits in there :)

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That tank covers the m/c nicely.What's it off of ? Looking forward to some close ups of the remote as i'm considering one myself.

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Wow never seen shocks done like that. How about some good profile shots of the bike?
 

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Nice work, really like the way you finished the ends of the frame.
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The seat springs I actually just made out of the excessive coils left over from when i cut the rear shocks down. Still a little rough looking in this picture...

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Since I planned to run a remote master cylinder under the tank, I just started making a side mount for the coil.

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Has a nice shape to it i think, happy with how it came out!

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Custom mount my dad and I began making to fix the m.c. to the backbone under the fuel tank.

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And you can see it JUST fits in there :)

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awesome way to mount your key and start button, super clean
 

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Thanks for the comments! 1ronhead, it's just an '82-'87 rear XL master cylinder 5/8" bore mated to the stock 5/8" front caliper.
 

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Wooden form I made up, since I wanted to make my own tailight, kinda similar to a sparto.

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This light was actually all made up out of a 12" X 18" sheet of 22 guage sheet metal from Home Depot and the only tools I really used were a few ball peen hammers, a slapper I made, and an english wheel.

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