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Anyone have any recommendations on where to get a good performing, good looking, yet affordable springer front end? I've seen the ones on Ebay for like $600, but have a feeling that they're not the best quality. I don't want to pay $1500 for one either. Got any ideas?
 

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i hunt swaps and hoarders.. and to be sure.. i only buy ones that are or were stock harley. parts for'em can still be had and they arent a million dollars but aint cheap either...
on another note...
i've heard this both ways..
can a late model top tree fit a old style offset?
6 inch flanders are a bitch to find.

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hogtownhd said:
Anyone have any recommendations on where to get a good performing, good looking, yet affordable springer front end? I've seen the ones on Ebay for like $600, but have a feeling that they're not the best quality. I don't want to pay $1500 for one either. Got any ideas?
I like the repop original style Vtwin or 45 Depot ones. They are reasonable and great quality.

Email me if you want a price on one. I can also get you Paughcos or DNAs.
 

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hogtownhd said:
Anyone have any recommendations on where to get a good performing, good looking, yet affordable springer front end? I've seen the ones on Ebay for like $600, but have a feeling that they're not the best quality. I don't want to pay $1500 for one either. Got any ideas?
These guys have repoped the original 45 springer, it would depend on the style you are looking for.
45" Parts Depot
 

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These guys have repoped the original 45 springer, it would depend on the style you are looking for.
45" Parts Depot
That's not too bad. I like those. Now, here's a dummy question...what's the difference between in-line and offset?
 

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On big twin springers offset refers to the post being in line with the fork legs. (through 1947) .In 1948,when the panhead was introduced the post was offset behind the fork legs so pre 48 top clamps have the three holes in line.48 and on they're offset.Those are two ways to tell what you're buying.I hope that answers your question. -Strat.
 

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On big twin springers offset refers to the post being in line with the fork legs. (through 1947) .In 1948,when the panhead was introduced the post was offset behind the fork legs so pre 48 top clamps have the three holes in line.48 and on they're offset.Those are two ways to tell what you're buying.I hope that answers your question. -Strat.
cool...thanks. Any benefit to the later model, off-set springers?
 

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Another question...can you run a disc brake on one of those repop springers?
Yes, but you have to move the rockers to the outside (bigtwin style) and can't run a 45 fender. 45 Parts Depot offers a conversion for this - email them about it, they're super cool. Also, check around on www.flatheadpower.com/BB I asked the same question over there and a guy gave me an alternative option. Let me dig around in my email, maybe I can forward it to you. He used a bunch of Japanese bike parts and a 19" wheel. The 45 Parts Depot stuff is designed to use a original-style Bigtwin wheel.
 

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Good stuff!
I am reworking my first OG springer...and Jason Jessee was over tonight, asking me all these questions, I just sputtered I bought it, and don't know shit...and ended-up giving me the lowdown on it.
Nuts how many details there are, and how once you can see the tell-tale signs, it's cool to be able to spot what's what on people's bikes.
New to some of this info...and I really appreciate when someone takes the time to share details...just makes everything so much more cool and interesting.
Thanks for all the info, y'all.
 

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I just got me a set of the big twin inline springers from the 45 parts depot and I gotta say the quality is very good. Mine are going in a hardtailed evo sportster frame and they fit good, the only problem is the sporty neck is quite long so it looks like I am gonna have to shave some metal off the top steering damper nut so the top tree can be tightened down. I also got a disc brake kit from W and W which is also well made and not to expensive.
 

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Danny F. said:
a picture is worth a 1000 words?
ebay:
Item number: 4601433250 has ears
Item number: 4602500572 does not

on old style springers top trees make you need dog bones.
(flanders style are the ones with rubber bushings.)
you can get flander risers for late model springers seems like most any height.
they bolt like most any other riser. as in Item number: 4603182737.

my big problem has been locating a set of 6 inch flander dogbones for less that a million $. i havent called "kickstart cycles" yet. but if there are ones to be had i might find them there. i know he has tons stuff and if ya need a good place for info his catalog is a bible of all old parts...i can get his# if anyone wants...

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I run one of these on my pre-unit. It's actually a DNA model, but they're all the same I'm sure. They just build around the stock springs, rockers, clamp, etc. My honest opinion is it's "Okay". It rides nice, has okay looks, I got what I paid for. I'm actually thinking of making or having some front legs made for it because I don't like the squarness of them. The only other thing I have to say about it is that it's pretty heavy. Maybe heavier than it needs to be. But, there again, you get what you pay for. I would have liked to use a 45 repop springer, but it was 2-inches too short. If you want a light-weight springer, there is Freddy's Frames. Chromoly construction, great quality, but comes with a price tag of like $1800.

If you can fit a shorter springer on your bike, go with the HD repop. That's my suggestion.
whizzerick said:
Any feedback on this Mid-Usa fork? It's cheap! (+/- 650$)

 

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el_butche said:
a picture is worth a 1000 words?
ebay:
Item number: 4601433250 has ears
Item number: 4602500572 does not

on old style springers top trees make you need dog bones.
(flanders style are the ones with rubber bushings.)
you can get flander risers for late model springers seems like most any height.
they bolt like most any other riser. as in Item number: 4603182737.

my big problem has been locating a set of 6 inch flander dogbones for less that a million $. i havent called "kickstart cycles" yet. but if there are ones to be had i might find them there. i know he has tons stuff and if ya need a good place for info his catalog is a bible of all old parts...i can get his# if anyone wants...

butche
Oh ok, I thought you were talking about the early inline & early offset top clamps to fit the original old springers..Now I see you mean the Softail late model springers,ok...

(You also said: " on old style springers top trees makes you use dogbones", you don't have to, they make top trees without ears, Paughco for example,for inline old springers or offset old springers..)
 

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The repop springers carried by 45depot and Vtwin are the same, or are made by different companies? If they are different, anyone got any preference for either one?
 
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