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Author Topic: 1975 XLCH Sportster Hardtail Chopper Turn Around The Junk Draw Special  (Read 3373 times)

Offline Erskine

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Offline VonYinzer

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Well, I've been distracted by the ugly duckling because it's too cold in the shop to start the frame fixed.

This is coming along though so it should be a money maker


Seat, Rebuilt Bendix, etc.


Unacceptable. Back to the chopper immediately.
Like a river that don't know where it's flowin'
I took a wrong turn and just kept goin'

Offline NoHonestlyitsme

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Count me in.

Welcome!

Unacceptable. Back to the chopper immediately.

Fine. I miss it anyway.
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Offline NoHonestlyitsme

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So I made it through the Holiday and bought a few parts for both bikes. The Chopper was going to have TC bros legs welded into it, but I just wasn't happy with the potential end result. So I ordered a 4" Stretch, 2" drop David Bird straight leg back half so I can actually trust the frame. I also got the diamond P Pad to throw more shapes once the frame is figured out.



The 72 XLH is on it's way too

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Offline NoHonestlyitsme

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So In preparation for the David Bird section, I stripped the rear off the Chopper to start cutting off the hack job that was on there. I have it almost cut off, but my last cutoff wheel gave up on me last night so I'm done until I get some more today. I also convinced my dad that the 16" Hog wheel would work better on the rigid and the 18" can match with the "resto" on the '72 so I can get rid of the low pro Duro tire finally.



Here you can really see how they cut the upper shock mount section out and then cut the dropouts off and welded the oversized section in to the back bone. It was solid, but I wasn't about to stand behind it


Now it's a waiting game for the new Harttail to come so I can get things rolling on the fender/seat/sissy parts of this bitch



Also got some Paulson bubbles for some of my shelf helmets

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Offline NoHonestlyitsme

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Still waiting for my Hardtail. It has definitely put the brakes on this project for a lot of reasons
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Offline NoHonestlyitsme

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So after 4 weeks waiting on the Hardtail with 4-6 left to wait, someone on my local Craigslist posted the exact one I ordered, for $100 less BNIB. So now we're back on track. I measured my stock '72 for my measurements and the old back half, and found it to be +4, -1.5. The David Bird kit is +4, -2 but it seems to sit pretty low. I'm going to run a taller tire so that will help.

Lots of fab to come once I finally dial in the direction. I will probably get a new rear fender, but we'll see.


So I knew there would be horror under the gusset on the hardtail and I was not surprised to see that the coping on the dropout was about 1/2" away from the back bone.



I have a bit more finishing to do from the old welds, but most of it is done and hidden under the David Bird set up.

The Solo and Pillion Pad will probably replace the Baron seat.




Also swapped the tweaked Buckhorns off for some Stock low pull backs.

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Offline canyoncarver

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Neat.
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YZF750/1000R The Fly
KZ 750 Twin
ZRX 1100
The Shovelhead springer chopper
A bunch of KZ's...some Suzukis', and a disassembled CB550
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Offline NoHonestlyitsme

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Got my Bars squared away last night. I think they are Roadking bars or something like that. The black set that came on it was the same, but wrinkle painted. I've been thinking of doing this for a while so last night I just went for it. I narrowed the black set first to make sure I liked the bends, and it was perfect. Also decided to go back to the hooded, brush alum Lucas taillight and plate mount.

Terrible picture again, but this is where I'm at. Finally liking the proportions. From end is next on the list of things to sort out.

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Offline JustinLonghorn

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Rad.
I'm going to eat your brains and gain your knowledge.

Into The Sunset, CB750 build

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