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Author Topic: A collection of mostly unrelated Sportster parts  (Read 1066 times)

Offline Rider52

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A collection of mostly unrelated Sportster parts
« on: Feb 24, 2017, 23:14:35 »
A little over a year ago I traded a bunch of Honda parts for a bunch of parts that was supposed to be a  1973 Sportster XLH. What I got was a 1973 XLH frame and the lower end of a 1977 XLH motor with busted cases. Some of the parts included in this deal found their way to other projects, but I still had a large pile of stuff taking up space in the garage. I thought I would have at least a rolling chassis by now...good thoughts are the paving stones to hell. It's all still piled up in the way and I'm tired of walking around it. This is how it looked when I picked it up
« Last Edit: Feb 25, 2017, 14:38:33 by Rider52 »
Projects
74 Yamaha TX650
Sweep the Floor Project
3 Assorted Honda CL 72 scramblers in a million pieces
3 Harleys in constant state of sorrow and a Buell
1978 Yamaha Chappy 80 burning up the highway
Cut my motor in half Sportster to Shortster

Offline Rider52

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Re: A collection of mostly unrelated Sportster parts
« Reply #1 on: Feb 24, 2017, 23:20:03 »
Where is this going?  Well likely no where, but a while back I saw these guys http://www.shortsters.com/ and the germ of another idea was planted in my pea head. So, I ordered one of their rear motor mount kits and it has sat on my desk for several months. http://www.shortsters.com/new-products-.html
 
Projects
74 Yamaha TX650
Sweep the Floor Project
3 Assorted Honda CL 72 scramblers in a million pieces
3 Harleys in constant state of sorrow and a Buell
1978 Yamaha Chappy 80 burning up the highway
Cut my motor in half Sportster to Shortster

Offline Rider52

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Re: A collection of mostly unrelated Sportster parts
« Reply #2 on: Feb 25, 2017, 17:22:31 »
Holy crap I cut my motor in half!!!! Well, it's not a chopper unless you are chopping something off! No turning back now!  Almost ironic that a Milwaukee sawzall would be cutting up a Milwaukee vibrator.
At this point, I probably need to read the instructions!
Projects
74 Yamaha TX650
Sweep the Floor Project
3 Assorted Honda CL 72 scramblers in a million pieces
3 Harleys in constant state of sorrow and a Buell
1978 Yamaha Chappy 80 burning up the highway
Cut my motor in half Sportster to Shortster

Online VonYinzer

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Re: A collection of mostly unrelated Sportster parts
« Reply #3 on: Feb 25, 2017, 17:24:08 »
Huh... I'm in.
Like a river that don't know where it's flowin'
I took a wrong turn and just kept goin'

Offline HURCO550

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Re: A collection of mostly unrelated Sportster parts
« Reply #4 on: Feb 25, 2017, 17:37:46 »
Yeah, me too
Keep er' Between The Ditches!!!

1976 BMW R90/6 farkilitious: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=74349.msg882477#msg882477
1975 RD350 Road Racer: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70652.msg833688#msg833688
1973 Ironhead Hardtail: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=68135.msg788081#msg788081
1976 GT250 Rebuild: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=64973.new#new
Full Custom Pit Bike: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=66954.new#new
1971 Yamaha 90cc twin HS1: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70498.0
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Offline guernz

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Re: A collection of mostly unrelated Sportster parts
« Reply #5 on: Feb 25, 2017, 22:25:30 »
Hell yes, keep the progress and pics coming.
1977 xlcr
1974 commando
1979 sr 500
a few dirt trackers
a few dirtbikes
all vintage

Offline Rider52

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Re: A collection of mostly unrelated Sportster parts
« Reply #6 on: Mar 03, 2017, 23:00:44 »
If you have been holding your breath waiting for an update....BREATHE! I've been busy with other things so no big update on this pile of metal. I do have a cam cover and cams on the way, things that were missing from the original do it yourself kit. I guess that makes me committed to finishing this bike or maybe I just need to be committed.  I spent part of one day cleaning up the jagged and ragged cuts on the motor crankcase.  I'll try to do better on pictures and keep this interesting.
Projects
74 Yamaha TX650
Sweep the Floor Project
3 Assorted Honda CL 72 scramblers in a million pieces
3 Harleys in constant state of sorrow and a Buell
1978 Yamaha Chappy 80 burning up the highway
Cut my motor in half Sportster to Shortster

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Re: A collection of mostly unrelated Sportster parts
« Reply #7 on: Mar 30, 2017, 14:39:08 »
A bit of an update and a couple of pictures. I've been in a Certified Mental Health Facility (CMHF) for the past couple of weeks. Polite Southern folks say "He's been away", usually followed by "Bless his little heart"! Actually, I messed up my back doing some "honey do" yard chores and have been down for the count. While I was down the much needed cam cover and cams came in the mail. This is the stuff that makes the QCB forum guys get weak in the knees and cry in public. Four...count them, four cams all bundled in one engine package. Take that you DOHC guys with your modern engineering and complicated valve adjustments. Sportsters have four cams and use nice little alignment marks to get things in order. A monkey could keep a Sportster running. Also, while giving my back a rest, I changed my thoughts about using the Shortster rigid frame conversion.  When I feel like lifting anything bigger than a cheeseburger, I'll post some more pictures.
Projects
74 Yamaha TX650
Sweep the Floor Project
3 Assorted Honda CL 72 scramblers in a million pieces
3 Harleys in constant state of sorrow and a Buell
1978 Yamaha Chappy 80 burning up the highway
Cut my motor in half Sportster to Shortster

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Re: A collection of mostly unrelated Sportster parts
« Reply #8 on: Mar 30, 2017, 15:01:37 »
Well then.  Hope your back gets better.  Interesting bike project.
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Re: A collection of mostly unrelated Sportster parts
« Reply #9 on: Mar 31, 2017, 07:01:48 »
Love the different and unusual projects.
A couple of years ago, The Horse Back Street Choppers had a feature bike with chopped Sporty motor and a Baker six speed in it - probably overkill in the strength department but the gearing allowed for great highway cruising.
I also remember someone doing this and using a British pre-unit gearbox a long, long time ago, but don't remember much else about the build.  Hope the guy put the 5 speed conversion in it, though.
Looks like a fun project.
Pat