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any model A wishbones will work w/a little modding . the best way is dont hack your legs just put wishbone legs over originals..so they can be shortened one day if you want to go back..P-CHOP
 

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It's the rear Ford radius rods your looking for. The earlier ones are shorter and taper more quickly. The later ones are longer and the taper is more gradual. Which ones you use depends on how long a springer your making. 6" to 8" over, use the shorter ones. 10" plus, use the later, longer ones. All you have to heat up and straighten out the small end that originally bolted to the torque-tube, than cut to length.
Please don't cut up or modify an original set of forks/legs. They keep going up in price and are getting harder to find in nice shape. If you want to make a springer this way, I have both leg-less upper sections and the radius rods. I have done quite a few springers this way and would be happy to help you, if you need it.
 

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Could call Bill's Custom Cycles and see if he has any of the weld-in left in stock...Must build a jig and be a GOOD welder to install...

www.billscustomcycles.com
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The Ford Rods work real well if done right. The bad part about them is doing a 10" or under..Unless you do a butt weld 3/4 up the leg and pin then warp 16 ga. and weld from the Ford rod to lower tree.

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Could call Bill's Custom Cycles and see if he has any of the "Weld-in" left in stock...Must build a jig and be a GOOD welder to install...

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This fork was done with Weld-ins...

Dragstews,
Did you do the forks? Looks like the legs and the reinforcement are both extended, but the legs are extended a lot more. Right?
Larry T
 

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Dragstews,
Did you do the forks? Looks like the legs and the reinforcement are both extended, but the legs are extended a lot more. Right?
Larry T
Been a long time since I done one....I made up press plates to make the slugs from 1.5" seemless .125 wall hydro tubing in any lenghs... Think I still have them somewhere put back....As far as both legs are the same extention..If you was going with big time rake ( 40 degree or more) would add to front leg a little to set the rocker out just a bit more..

Yes the reinforcements was made longer to fill up some of the gap of the added area when a long extention is being made up.

I did one for my 52 Pan...Went 6" over with it ..Ran it for a few years like that... Kinda got a wild hair one winter and cut it up and made a narrowed out of it...Wish I could find some pics. of it to post. Liked to got me killed a few times not runing a front brake..Sold it and put on the Ceriani (Dual Discs)

And no po-go....


This is the first one that I did..Think I was 17 at the time...
Dad shit a brick when I chopped up my CL305 Honda.!!



Yep thats me....This fork was done with the Ford Rods...Was 18" over...

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Yea, I think 22 (just measured again-28" over) over was as far as you could go with stock radius rods. That's what these were.
I really like the way Buchanan's 6" or 8" forks looked with the sleeves/reinforcements/wraps (whatever they're called) extended the full length of the stretch.
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Ya mean like this? LOL Yeap, I've got the mate to it too.
And yea, I got the extensions from "Zimalady". Someone said they were Buchanan slugs, but they are different.
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didnt someone on here do a teck on making there own?
 

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Kinda like to know more about the Fork that was on Jimmy Hinricks bike in the poster of the 60's....

It was done really nice.
Here ya go. Rich says it was really a HA scooter.

http://www.jockeyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=44991&highlight=hendrix

Looks like a real nice job of using Ford radius rods. The only thing I don't like about that style of extending forks is that the rear legs look a little bulky and you loose the detail of the reinforcement.

I've got a 12 over "radius rod" springer that I rescued from being put on a stock 750 Honda back in the 80's. I'll post some pictures later, got to get some work done now.
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The only thing I don't like about that style of extending forks is that the rear legs look a little bulky and you loose the detail of the reinforcement.

Larry T
I agree the Ford Rod don't have the OEM look that Harley had on them.
With some metal magic they can look somewhat like HD..But not as well as the weld-ins....For the best looks, that is the real way of doing a springer fork.

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