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Well after having considered going the frame up route, I decided to take an approach I'm more familiar with. I bought an older one that isn't loved anymore and will make it what I want.
I found an 87 FXSTC (Softail custom) with only 20k on the clock. The guy was in bad health so it hasn't been started or ridden in about 3 years. The tires are flat and rotted so they will have to go. What steps should I take before trying to fire this baby up. He was the orginal owner and it looks well cared for except now it's been on a carport for atleast 3 years and basically has some film of rust on just about everything. (Cleaning will start immediately for that, but I want to make sure the mechanical side is up to the task before I head down the street. All suggestions appreciated.
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Mike
 

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Hi there,
basically all fluids and rubber parts need to be changed (fork-oil as well)
Flushing the oil-tank isn`t a bad idea
The battery is probably dead by now
Disassembling the carb and cleaning it is a very good idea
Exchanging all rubber-hoses , flushing the fuel-tank (incl. cock) several times and cleaning the check-valve in the oil-pump is needed as well

This is the stuff I would do before riding it.

ray
 
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