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mreed
04-21-2011, 1:42 AM
I'm a cheap bastard. I try to support small business as much as I can but sometimes what I want seems to be way more expensive than what I want to spend...and even then, most parts take work to get them to fit the way I want. So, I pick up "throw-away" or take-off parts.

My drop seat rocks several cheap bastard parts.

My tank started out as a funky purple Softail Deuce unit that was dropped and replaced at my local dealership. (the one on the left) I picked it up for free.

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/scratch/DSCF0428.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/scratch/DSCF0429.jpg

Measured 6" in the center

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/scratch/DSCF0430.jpg

You can see where the damage was on the left side

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/scratch/DSCF0431.jpg

Cut out the center and tacked the outside halves together

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/scratch/DSCF0432.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/scratch/DSCF0436.jpg

Front fender I picked up from some FLH. Got it from Ebay for 20 bucks. These are on there alot. When an FLH is lowered too much the fender will smack the lower tree and it's a pretty easy fix.

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/Detroit%20Bros%20Drop%20Seat/DSCF0658.jpg

Hammered out the dent on top & scuffed it up a little to expose the transition from the fender to the skirted sides. Trick I learned from my skateboarding days & regripping my decks.

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/Detroit%20Bros%20Drop%20Seat/DSCF0659.jpg

Highlighted a cut line with a Sharpie

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/Detroit%20Bros%20Drop%20Seat/DSCF0660.jpg

Cut the skirts off

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/Detroit%20Bros%20Drop%20Seat/DSCF0662.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/Detroit%20Bros%20Drop%20Seat/DSCF0663.jpg

What's left is pretty cool but a little too wide for what I want so I marked 1.5" down the center and cut that section out

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/Detroit%20Bros%20Drop%20Seat/DSCF0664.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/Detroit%20Bros%20Drop%20Seat/DSCF0666.jpg

Tacked together without the center

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/Detroit%20Bros%20Drop%20Seat/DSCF0667.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/Detroit%20Bros%20Drop%20Seat/DSCF0669.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/Detroit%20Bros%20Drop%20Seat/DSCF0671.jpg

My bars are some old used apes that Mike from American Rides sold me for 5 bucks I think.

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/Detroit%20Bros%20Drop%20Seat/DSCF0541.jpg

Marked off the sections I wanted to use

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/Detroit%20Bros%20Drop%20Seat/DSCF0542.jpg

Cut the three sections out and welded them together flat

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/Detroit%20Bros%20Drop%20Seat/DSCF0543.jpg

Welded in some sleeves for riser-less mounting

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/Detroit%20Bros%20Drop%20Seat/DSCF0545.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/Detroit%20Bros%20Drop%20Seat/DSCF0547.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/Detroit%20Bros%20Drop%20Seat/DSCF0550.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/Detroit%20Bros%20Drop%20Seat/DSCF0598.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/Detroit%20Bros%20Drop%20Seat/DSCF0673.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l194/reactivecustoms/Detroit%20Bros%20Drop%20Seat/DSCF0674.jpg

There's more but you get the idea...I'm tired of typing.

Put down the catalogue, dig out some old parts & cut em up!

Thanks!

purerockfury
04-21-2011, 5:17 AM
nice looking bike! cheap or not i think recycled/reworked parts are always a lot cooler than something off the shelf...

ARBY
04-21-2011, 5:37 AM
Lots of dedicated work going on there. What model bike did your wheels come from?

GlassBikerNC
04-21-2011, 5:49 AM
Lovin it!

playtheblues1
04-21-2011, 6:24 AM
That's what it's all about, makin' your own. Great work! Once in a while I see a part that I can buy cheaper than I can make. I make it anyhow! :-)

BB in SC

Arlo
04-21-2011, 6:37 AM
damn fine work! isin't this what its all about??? thread name say's it all..

vnygra
04-21-2011, 6:42 AM
sweet garage man.

HumblePie68
04-21-2011, 6:52 AM
Nice work,,don't know bout that goofy ass frame though

Sects
04-21-2011, 7:02 AM
Exactly what I did on my XS. Our frames are even similar. Weird.
Nice work.

Isgro
04-21-2011, 7:07 AM
Great work.

turbonate
04-21-2011, 7:34 AM
sweet garage man.
X2

and very nice work, what do you do for a living?

Ember
04-21-2011, 7:37 AM
Did you dechrome the handlebars? If so, what technique was used?
Everything looks great!

Spade115
04-21-2011, 7:48 AM
Looks real cool as it sits and real cool way to reuse several of the old pars.

starwolf
04-21-2011, 8:10 AM
Nice work, I wish I had a fully equipped shop , I just got a dank old garage w/ assorted hand tools ,and junk. Keep on turnin out shit the way you want it, not the way someone else (factory) says you should have it.




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Starwolf

SoNorthCustoms
04-21-2011, 9:44 AM
Nice job on the fab work man. And that shop looks like a pretty sweet setup too.

mreed
04-21-2011, 6:10 PM
Lots of dedicated work going on there. What model bike did your wheels come from?

Thanks. The wheels are off of a 2006 Electra Glide.

SeaChicken
04-21-2011, 6:14 PM
Cool bike, I feel you about the cost of parts too man.

mreed
04-21-2011, 6:14 PM
Nice work,,don't know bout that goofy ass frame though

Yeah...I'm not a big fan of the frame either. Only thing that could make it worse is if it was a damn trike. I'm kidding. I want to build a trike axle for something else but don't know where to begin. Did you build yours?

mreed
04-21-2011, 6:16 PM
Exactly what I did on my XS. Our frames are even similar. Weird.
Nice work.

Right on, do you have pics?

mreed
04-21-2011, 6:17 PM
X2

and very nice work, what do you do for a living?

Thanks, I design & build custom frames & suspension for the automotive market.

mreed
04-21-2011, 6:20 PM
Did you dechrome the handlebars? If so, what technique was used?
Everything looks great!

I modify alot of chrome parts and get asked this alot...I don't even know how to dechrome anything. I've been welding, bending. painting & powdercoating chrome parts for years without fail (atleast no failures because of them being chrome). There's a little more prep work but I work it just the same.

mreed
04-21-2011, 6:23 PM
Nice work, I wish I had a fully equipped shop , I just got a dank old garage w/ assorted hand tools ,and junk. Keep on turnin out shit the way you want it, not the way someone else (factory) says you should have it.




F.T.F
Starwolf

My garage isn't fully equipped by any means. There are a ton of tools & machines I would like to have. Just takes time to build everything up. And thanks!

inxs
04-21-2011, 9:43 PM
Shop, a yard or hell a kitchen! Just chop! Nice work on the tank. I gotta give that shit a try.

starwolf
04-22-2011, 5:52 AM
My garage isn't fully equipped by any means. There are a ton of tools & machines I would like to have. Just takes time to build everything up. And thanks!

I kinda meant compared to what i've got , yer fully equipped . I really just meant that it looked like you had a really nice shop set up. I understand it takes time to build up tools , it also takes money, and space.I got 1 power tool , and its a must have if yer gunna cut shit up ,and do yer own thing ,. the angle grinder. I can still get things done,sometimes its not what you have , but who you know ,thinking about having my lower fork tubes shaved by my 20 yr vet machineist buddy ,on his lunch breaks.
I know I could take them to a shop & pay someone $75-100,(the $75-100 is the issue) he'll do it for nothing.(he already made me one of my interior threaded rocker box bolts). the main thing is to do it (or have it done) how you want it, and having fun puttin it together, & using it.

Stick
04-22-2011, 7:44 PM
Holy Crap great job!