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Old 09-05-2013, 08:47 PM   #796
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Is there any way you can construct them so they mount off the frame not the front sprocket cover. Its inherently weak thru there as I know from personal experience
I haven't found a way to do it yet off the frame that I like. I've seen a few different methods like a bar bolted to the rear engine mounts and welding bars to the frame, but with the low exhaust, they get compete for the same space.

If I ever make my own frame though (yes, I'm considering it), that is what I would try to do.
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Old 09-05-2013, 08:51 PM   #797
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What is the weird welded spot in the middle of your gas tank? Your bike is fantastic by the way, but I would break into tears if I dropped it taking it where I take my Husky TE610. Unbelievable skills dude.
Thanks! The weld is for a tube thru the tank for mounting it to the frame backbone. A lot of the old tracker tanks do this. The tank is mainly supported by the frame backbone on rubber pads and then held on by the center bolt and two brackets on the front of the tank. Both bolt and brackets are rubber mounted too.

I know one day it will go down and that will be a sad day, but its a dual sport and meant to be ridden. I do have the crash bar to help protect it though.
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Old 09-06-2013, 02:15 PM   #798
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JTH, have a nice tank bra made that is soft fleece or similar inside and heavy vinyl/leather/ballistic nylon or similar outside. Protect from scratches and polishes the tank while riding......won't stop real dents, but scuffs it will. Just for more serious dirt endeavors of course, you would not want to cover that art very often. That is like a tarp over the Mina Lisa or David {Dah-veed}.
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Old 09-08-2013, 02:55 PM   #799
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JTH, have a nice tank bra made that is soft fleece or similar inside and heavy vinyl/leather/ballistic nylon or similar outside. Protect from scratches and polishes the tank while riding......won't stop real dents, but scuffs it will. Just for more serious dirt endeavors of course, you would not want to cover that art very often. That is like a tarp over the Mina Lisa or David {Dah-veed}.
I like it! Maybe also integrate a small tank bag and the panniers into the tank bra. I may take a crack at it and see how it comes out. So far Ive only found the panniers that work well with the tank and no luck on a small tank bag.
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Old 09-11-2013, 01:19 PM   #800
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I got your back buddy

Us custom builders gotta stick with each other...even me the hack and you the pro.
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:12 AM   #801
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Sorry if I missed it, but any idea when you might start selling "conversion kits"?

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Old 10-02-2013, 08:38 AM   #802
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Pivot Pegz

The mounting brackets are done for the Pivot Pegz. Here they are with the pegz installed. Should have pics of them on the bike soon.


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Old 10-02-2013, 08:47 AM   #803
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Sorry if I missed it, but any idea when you might start selling "conversion kits"?

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We plan to announce our prices and timing later this month. Everything on the business side is just about in place now.

The parts will be build-to-order initially and we will need a minimum number of orders before we can pull the trigger on fabrication to get the lower prices.
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Old 10-16-2013, 07:24 PM   #804
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Got some pics
I am really liking this idea! Any details on how you got it to fit? Also what kind of windscreen is that?
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Old 10-16-2013, 07:30 PM   #805
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Jimmy, will the components be available individually or only buying all of them in a "kit" form? Looks fantastic btw
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Old 10-16-2013, 08:01 PM   #806
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Jimmy, will the components be available individually or only buying all of them in a "kit" form? Looks fantastic btw
Thanks! We plan to have "individual" kits, 20 total at this point. Swingarm kit, foot controls kit, triple clamps kit, etc... So, you could buy all 20 or just the ones you would want.

For the parts we don't plan to sell (like the wheels, tires, chain, sprockets, handlebars, front fender, etc..), we'll have our build notes available specing those components.
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Old 10-17-2013, 12:41 PM   #807
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What a beautiful bike. It's a show-quality bike you can actually fling about and really use. Very-very cool.
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:40 PM   #808
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Skid Plate question

Jimmy,

How thick is your skid plate and what type of aluminum are you using? I am in process of ordering aluminum stuff for fuel tank, front sprocket cover, H-D speedo, and skid plate.

I figured that Skid Plate is something I should do before I put engine back onto the frame. I was thinking of making a thread under the frame so I can screw bolt on to secure the skid plate. If you have better suggest, let me know.

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Old 10-23-2013, 06:26 PM   #809
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Today, I have cut off the bottom piece of cam cover just to trim off the dead weight. Of course, for me each pound count so I just wanted to rid of whatever unnecessary weight there is. And I found out that you could cut down Cam Cover like this below.





My father help me with filing and sanding it today. I decided not to cut off some of the cover to the left where you can see the oil hose clamped on the bolt. I figured I better protect that piece. And that hole at bottom (top in pic) is for ignition module so I left it alone too. I was advised to leave the dowel (that hole at corner away from yellow piece) alone because it helps with aligning the cam especially off-roading even though it could be cut off too so that is 2 reasons for not messing with it any further. I'll sandblast and powder coat it on Friday.

Anyway, I am planning a design for sprocket cover because Joker's Machine doesn't offer anything for Pre-04 sportster. They have it for 04 and up, and it weights about 1lbs 2oz. I haven't weight the factory one but I could tell it is pretty heavy so I am planning to have one made to replace the stock one to take extra weight off. Have you thought about it?? One thing that came to my mind when designing one is that I would want to access to the sprocket with my tool without removing it so I would make one with big hole in the middle while still providing a good protection. Any thought??
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:27 PM   #810
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Jimmy,

How thick is your skid plate and what type of aluminum are you using? I am in process of ordering aluminum stuff for fuel tank, front sprocket cover, H-D speedo, and skid plate.

I figured that Skid Plate is something I should do before I put engine back onto the frame. I was thinking of making a thread under the frame so I can screw bolt on to secure the skid plate. If you have better suggest, let me know.

Thanks!
I used 0.156 thick 5052-H32 Aluminum, then hard anodized it. For mounting, I used the hole in the front frame bracket and for underneath, I made a bracket the fits between the frame tubes with a flange on top that sits on the frame tubes. The bracket is threaded. Then screw the skid plate to the bracket clamping the frame tubes. It work pretty good and no welding of tabs to the frame.

I think I posted some pics of the skid plate somewhere on this thread.

I also added a Delrin spacer plate between the bracket and skid plate that supports the skid plate for when you lift the bike with a floor jack. If this spacer is not there, then the skid plate would probably bend from the weight of the bike.

Hope this helps.
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