View Full Version : Tcainers 2004 Sportster

03-31-2013, 3:46 PM
Started out as an 883, but the previous owner had it upgraded to a 1200. This is my first bike(Yeah, I know) and I'm looking forward to learning on it. Rode it down the street and back yesterday, and it was fan****ingtastic.

I have a few things planned for it in the near future. I love the look of the 48, and the old 1940's Harleys, so something along those lines. Spring solo saddle, equal front and rear tire size, etc.


03-31-2013, 6:27 PM
unless your gonna hardtail it, i would avoid a springer seat. They look like shit on a white chicken. Unless you like it, then rock on

06-10-2015, 2:40 PM
Forgot about this thread. Been too busy being lazy/riding around to change much, added a biltwell 2-up seat not longer after I got it, but that's it. Debating taking off my tins this winter and removing the paint and rocking the raw metal look, but I'm not sure. I definitely need to get rid of the chrome primary cover. The bikes been laid up all week with a lame petcock, I should have it back on the road this weekend. I'm having the local garage fab a sissy bar and license plate bracket for me soon, that's the first big change coming.

06-12-2015, 7:06 PM
Ride the fuck out of it for a while. He who makes a project ride out of his only motorcycle will lose a lot of riding during the learning curve. It's like dismembering your first lay. She'll get stinky before you can Frankenstein her back together.

Study hard because knowledge is cheaper than parts, and consider waiting until winter (for the price drops) to snag a project bike so you can ride one and learn on the other.

06-29-2015, 3:15 PM
Nothing too fancy, found an old IDF bag from the Army Bavy Surplus store over the store. Best damn thing I've ever done. SO handy throwing in stuff from the store, an extra jacket, what-have-you.

09-11-2015, 7:46 AM
I recently bought this CV carb air cleaner from Lowbrow(http://www.lowbrowcustoms.com/slinky-air-cleaner-for-cv-carb-harley-davidson.html), but I'm an idiot hipster and have no idea what the hell I'm doing. Everything I can see says I have a CV carb, but I'm running into two issues.
One, the mounting holes don't seem to line up. Did I mess up somewhere and get the wrong part? Do I not have a CV?
Two, there's two vented(?) holes from the engine with some plastic tubes directing back into the carb. The hell are these, and what am I supposed to do with them after taking off the old beat up air cleaner?

Will post pictures this evening since I have no idea what I'm talking about and might as well just show you guys.

09-11-2015, 7:55 AM
there should be a carb bracket and breather bolts, breather bolts go in those vented holes and hold the carb bracket which kinda squishes the carb into the intake boot.
like these http://www.lowbrowcustoms.com/radius-evo-breather-bolts-chrome-plated.html
which holds on this. http://www.lowbrowcustoms.com/evo-sportster-cv-carb-support-bracket-1991-2006-sportsters.html

and then you put the air cleaner on which only goes on 1 way.. keep spinning it around until they line up.
my mooneyes air filter had to be modified to allow the mounting hardware and that one air intake to be unrestricted.

09-11-2015, 9:11 AM
Thanks Loddy. Maybe I was just looking at it too late at night. I'll check it again after work and order the bracket and breather bolts. Thanks for the help.

09-11-2015, 12:48 PM
Unrelated, rode up to Pinecrest Reservoir in Salt Lake the other day. Quick little ride, great view, packed up a beer up for the top. Best idea I ever had.


09-14-2015, 9:32 AM
you get it figured out?
the mounting holes that is..

09-14-2015, 10:54 PM
I'm too lazy to rotate it for you right now but here.

09-22-2015, 5:15 PM
I'll ask here instead of starting a new thread. It's time to get rid of the chrome bagger-esque Drag Specialties forward controls. I'd rather stay with forward controls but not completely against mids, I just want a set of skinny & tight controls. Plain Jane and functional. Any one of something that might work? Or am I better off finding a shop to fab something up that'll hug the bike a little closer?

09-22-2015, 7:43 PM
Finally got the new air cleaner on, thanks for the help Loddy.

09-23-2015, 7:19 AM
looking good..
so that tire does fit in the stock rails. I have the same one..
I went from forwards to mids. I didn't care for the forwards.. now I just use them for highway pegs.

09-23-2015, 10:44 AM
I like the forwards, I'm 6'1 so it doesn't feel like I'm reaching at all. I just want that skinny, slim-profile look, and the Drags are super-wide.

09-23-2015, 11:10 AM
You'd be a little cramped on the freeway with mids but they're nice for around town. I'm six-one and that's all my chop has, end up riding the stocker more for comfort.

09-23-2015, 12:40 PM
I am not twisting my fucking neck to look at a stock sportster.


09-23-2015, 12:44 PM
You already did, didn't you.