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Old 03-26-2011, 08:11 AM   #91
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Hi Jimmy, Have been following your project so far without comment but with great interest as an ex Sportster owner... so my question is, why did you opt for the 883 over the 1200 given that the weight is virtually identical but of course HP and torque is significantly greater with the bigger motor. Dave
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Old 03-26-2011, 04:25 PM   #92
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wow arm looks great . what was the cost to have it made
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Old 03-26-2011, 08:47 PM   #93
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Hi Jimmy, Have been following your project so far without comment but with great interest as an ex Sportster owner... so my question is, why did you opt for the 883 over the 1200 given that the weight is virtually identical but of course HP and torque is significantly greater with the bigger motor. Dave
I felt that the stock 883 would have enough torque/power for the kind of dual sport off roading i like to do. But, being that I have never ridden a Harley off road, it will be a learning experience. If it turns out I want more, then I'll tear into the motor for more umphf.
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Old 03-26-2011, 08:52 PM   #94
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wow arm looks great . what was the cost to have it made
Thanks for the compliment. The cost is still TBD.
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Old 03-26-2011, 08:58 PM   #95
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Swingarm test fit

I got the call early this morning that the swingarm was ready to be picked up for a test fit before finishing, so within a few hours, it was picked up and installed....

So far, so good. No interferences. Fit is perfect.....
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Old 03-26-2011, 09:00 PM   #96
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Rear wheel fits fine - plenty of clearance to the arms.
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Old 03-26-2011, 09:07 PM   #97
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Chain installed and alignement is good. With so much travel, the chain tensioner is really required. It took all 120 links too (23/51 sprockets +4" extended swingarm). When swingarm is at full travel, the chain tension is just right.
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Old 03-26-2011, 09:12 PM   #98
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Rear wheel fits fine - plenty of clearance to the arms.
A real nice piece and one that will become the major focus when the job is finished. Have you thought about junking the heavy OEM disc and caliper for something off a jap enduro bike such as the much lighter DRZ400E item. Just a thought but I guess you will have already pondered the pro and cons of this route.

With a nice long swingarm, controlled rear wheel slides on the dirt should be childs play! I can see a 1200 conversion kit coming soon! I think that you will find the 883 a bit flacid in the power dept.
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Old 03-26-2011, 09:13 PM   #99
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That is really looking great man.

did you end up with a offset front sprocket ?
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Old 03-26-2011, 09:16 PM   #100
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Now the wait for the shocks - theyre scheduled to ship week of April 11 .

Still plenty more work to do though. Rear fender, lights, rack and the exhaust are next. And yes, that seat must go - Corbin will do an nice job Im sure...
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A real nice piece and one that will become the major focus when the job is finished. Have you thought about junking the heavy OEM disc and caliper for something off a jap enduro bike such as the much lighter DRZ400E item. Just a thought but I guess you will have already pondered the pro and cons of this route.

With a nice long swingarm, controlled rear wheel slides on the dirt should be childs play! I can see a 1200 conversion kit coming soon! I think that you will find the 883 a bit flacid in the power dept.
Yes on the discs ! - They are opposite as they should be. The rear is thick, heavy, and too large a diameter, and the front is thin & smaller dia. Im going to ride it for a while to see how they work, but I do want to reduce the size of the rear and put a smaller lighter caliper on there.
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Old 03-26-2011, 09:25 PM   #102
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That is really looking great man.

did you end up with a offset front sprocket ?
Thanks John - Yes, I did go with an offset. I believe its ~0.25" offset. The chain clearance to the motor is fine. Without the offset, the 530 chain was too close and appeared that there would be interference. I ended up going with PBI sprockets in a kit from Zippers.
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Old 03-26-2011, 09:28 PM   #103
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thats what I found too that the zero offset rubs the cases. so mine is off-set some not sure what spacers I may need for the rear to line up properly

guess I'll figure that out in a few weeks as everything get put on and check alignment
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thats what I found too that the zero offset rubs the cases. so mine is off-set some not sure what spacers I may need for the rear to line up properly

guess I'll figure that out in a few weeks as everything get put on and check alignment
The rear sprocket I have from PBI has a dish offset - no spacers required. The front sprocket is offset with an increased length spacer (which was smaller dia by the way) that replaces the stock spacer. Due to the smaller dia spacer, the dynamic seal also gets replaced with a smaller diameter seal. The guys at Zippers walked me thru the changes and were very knowledgable / helpfull.
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Old 03-26-2011, 09:48 PM   #105
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Beautiful work! Maybe I should have kept my 03 Hugger.
A K&N filter, rejet, and a 2:1 exhaust from RB racing and the 883 will poke along pretty well.
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