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Old 03-11-2018, 10:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all, been a while. Well my green 89 FXR is pretty well done at this point. Son #1 Shane has his 93 FXR that he bought from a friend of mine. It's an already done custom. There was next to nothing to do to it. Now my son #2 Luke is riding and he bought a bike from another friend of mine. This bike is also all done but Luke wanted something a little different. Jessie James frame with a 96" stroker with a 240 rear rigid frame. The bike is pictured below as we got it. He didn't like the fat Bob tanks and wasn't too keen on the paint. As he is a new rider I wasn't too keen on it being a rigid. So we devised a plan and we are currently working on it. This is a nice bike to toy with and I was itching for some building projects. Fist thing was to address the seat. This won't be a huge project like my last one as this bike is mostly done but a new fabbed tank is coming next and some paint. Hope you all enjoy the build
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Old 03-12-2018, 10:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Ok Luke is a new rider and I have my concerns living on Long Island in NY about that hard tail. I had a drag bike many years ago with solid struts in place of the shocks and after a few hair raising handstands on the handlebars and more than a few spine jarring impacts on the ol ass I gotta say I'm not looking forward to seeing him have those experiences. Nor do I want to see him pissing blood at the end of a half day ride as the roads suck up here. Thankfully he took the advice and he's going with a springer seat. He found this one at a local shop and liked it. I love it has an old school look that enhance the finished look of the bike. We lost the old seat and welded spring perches on the frame and got the seat positioned where he liked it. It's set back a little bit but no issues with hitting the fender. Three inch springs seemed to fit best. New Builtwell hinge assembly welded up front and he's all set. He wants to build his own tank so this was the first step to get done so we know what room we have for a tank.
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It looks like you've got a good start on making it more comfortable. Who made the engine? Thanks for sharing your project.
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Old 03-12-2018, 09:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It's a Harley Evo with S&S guts. Yah sitting on it it feels much better. Thanks for checking it out
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Old 03-12-2018, 10:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Now that seat situation is good its now time to make a cool tank. He's just not into those fat Bob's at all. I had Luke look at all different kinds and style tanks online and pick ten tanks and save them to a folder so I could get a grasp on the look he was after. He wanted a tank that slumped over the motor like a pro street style but he also wanted an edgy look and old school mixed in......yah. That'll make it easy combining completely opposite styles..not. so first step is to build a deep tunnel. I advised him to leave just enough room to get his hand on the top of the motor. So we used 16 gauge sheet steel for the whole tank. It's a little harder to work but make a good stout tank. To make the tunnel we simply bent a piece over a two inch pipe to make the shape. Made a poster board template of the size and shape traced and cut. Hammered the back end with a plastic dead blow hammer
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:03 AM   #6 (permalink)
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We now cut some poster board folded in half and cut out the design for the tank bottom. We don't have any fancy equipment so we rough cut with torch, fine cut with grinder with a cutoff wheel, then sandpaper flap wheel to fine finish the edges, then tap the metal around a pipe to curve it with a plastic dead blow hammer...that's it, old school simple.
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Old 03-13-2018, 01:11 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Same process for the top, making sure things are lined up top and bottom. Checked on bench sitting flat with a square on both sides. For our design we wanted the top to be a bit forward of the bottom so the points on sides were staggered and no directly on top of each other to accent the design. The pieces of 1/2 square bar are just tacked it temporarily to keep things aligned while sheeting the tank.
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Now for the sides. These take more time and work to fit as he wanted belied in sides wich takes patience with the hammering and fitting. We made templates off the side and made them 1/2" oversized. After they got tacked it we cut them back and flap wheeled them to a nice open "V" for welding. Then the front pannels we traced and tacked in. All seams full penetration welds and it was a tank. Then we blended all the seams ( be very careful not to dig just blend! Can't make that mistake of cutting through the welds) and shaped with the flap wheel on the grinder. Pretty cool looking tank. Still more work to do though for mounts and fittings
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Old 03-13-2018, 08:36 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Glad you're enjoying the thread. The posting is only a day or so behind our current state of progress. There is definitely more to come. My first thread was about building my own personal custom bike a few years back "Death and rebirth of an 89 FXR" here is that bike pictured below in it's current configuration. One pic has the wind screen off so you can see the dash. An S&S V124" powerplant dyno'd at 140hp. It is a wild ride. That was an involved and long thread from start to finish of this bike. Lots of metalwork
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Like to play with sheet metal nice work.
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Hey, welcome to the thread. Glad to see some people are responding. Yah I do like to build stuff. I own a mobile welding company "Arc Angel Welding" and do mostly heavy structural welding, heavy equipment, and special projects and situations for some large GC firms. I've had some pretty crazy stuff thrown at me and have never been defeated in the field. I love my work it suits my style. Sheet metal is not normally what I do. I also love motorcycles and before welding I was a mechanic. So I have allot of experience that comes in handy for doing this type of stuff. My son's and I opened a shop and we do some custom bike work for a few customers but mostly our own bikes but the bike work is getting more and more. So when we aren't in the field we are at the shop and just enjoying teaching my sons. It's even more fun now. My oldest son 20 my other 18. They are learning how to create and we are doing it with archaic and simple tools. Home built customs have always been my favorite. By far the coolest, most varied styles but sadly it's disappearing and is all but gone in lue of store bought customs and CVO's witch in reality isn't that different than any other. Then you have the high dollar customs and who but the rich could afford to spend 40k plus on a bike? Everybody is being lead to believe that you need all this fancy equipment a TV show and unobtainable skills to build something cool and different. I'm here trying to show others it's about as complicated as Legos. It's not hard it takes motivation and if you can't weld learn to tack with a cheapo wire feed from Home Depot and bring it to a welder. If you can use sissors to cut poster board and operate a small grinder you got this. I'm trying to explain as best I can how easy this really is. If I see even one more cool home built at a bike rally or show it'll be worth it. Hoping I can motivate some of that. So do enjoy.

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Hey, welcome to the thread. Glad to see some people are responding. Yah I do like to build stuff. I own a mobile welding company "Arc Angel Welding" and do mostly heavy structural welding, heavy equipment, and special projects and situations for some large GC firms. I've had some pretty crazy stuff thrown at me and have never been defeated in the field. I love my work it suits my style. Sheet metal is not normally what I do. I also love motorcycles and before welding I was a mechanic. So I have allot of experience that comes in handy for doing this type of stuff. My son's and I opened a shop that we do some custom bike work for a few customers but mostly our own bikes but the bike work is getting more and more. So when we aren't in the field we are at the shop just enjoying teaching my sons. It's even more fun now. My oldest son 20 my other 18. They are learning how to create and we are doing it with archaic and simple tools. Home built customs have always been my favorite. By far the coolest, most varied styles but sadly it's disappearing and is all but gone in lue of store bought customs and CVO's witch in reality isn't that different than any other. Then you have the high dollar customs and who but the rich could afford to spend 40k plus on a bike? Everybody is being lead to believe that you need all this fancy equipment a TV show and unobtainable skills to build something cool and different. I'm here trying to show others it's about as complicated as Legos. It's not hard it takes motivation and if you can't weld learn to tack with a cheapo wire feed from Home Depot and bring it to a welder. If you can use sissors to cut poster board and operate a small grinder you got this. I'm trying to explain as best I can how easy this really is. If I see even one more cool home built at a bike rally or show it'll be worth it. Hoping I can motivate some of that. So do enjoy.
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Diggen the project, the seat sets off the look to come in my opinion.

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