View Full Version : Best Hardtail Kit on the Market?

04-08-2014, 6:44 AM
I am having fun, but getting a headache by looking at hardtail kits for my 2000 Sporty. There are a lot of good kits on the market, along with good info, but what I would like to know is what is the best weld-on hardtail kit offered on the market? To keep a straight look along the backbone, what is the best stretch combo? What kit has the least issues? What is the easiest? The best looking? The best quality?
I am leaning towards the Road 6 Customs, but there are other kits that look good. What I would like to go for is a 200 tire w/ chain drive, 4in stretch w/ 2in drop, spoke wheel (haven't decided 16 or 18in yet).
So please give me your opinions. To make this easy, yes, I have had hardtails in the past, but this is my first Sportster.

04-08-2014, 7:58 AM
I looked forever, and for a kit, I think the Haifley bros look best. Mine will be here tomorrow thank God! The lines are perfect, horseshoe oilbag, and looks super easy to install. I will report back when I have it running.

04-08-2014, 10:59 AM
Road 6 customs will be my next hardtail.

04-08-2014, 11:21 AM
I went with the Haifley Bro's kit. My buddy over at American Cycle Service has installed a few different hardtails (not going to put down anyone's product) and this rear section was by far the easiest. Great quality and they were great to deal with.

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g274/aleduc99/sportyblack_zps02e5e509.jpg (http://s58.photobucket.com/user/aleduc99/media/sportyblack_zps02e5e509.jpg.html)

04-08-2014, 8:44 PM
How many of these threads does there have to be? 47 Industries to me is the best looking tail for a solid mount sporty. I went with it and couldnt be happier. Mike stands by his product and is always there to help you out with any problem.

04-08-2014, 9:36 PM
i went with haifley bro because of the king and queen. Seriously could not have been easier to build.

04-09-2014, 1:56 PM
My sporty had a David Bird, but I think the Haifley kit is by far the nicest looking of them all.

04-09-2014, 5:52 PM
Not sure about their availability of wider widths but I like the stretch/drop of the Hammer In Hand weld on. Pennies are being stashed away to pick one up.

04-09-2014, 5:56 PM
I think the one you make yourself is the best. But if you have to buy one I wouldnt hesitate to get the one from Mike at 47 Industries. I havent seen a single one that looked better than this one. Fit, fitment, and welds are all super solid.
This is my friend Johnathans.
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a246/tobiism/1524748_10151919641087831_1422976520_n_zps2e324be5 .jpg (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/tobiism/media/1524748_10151919641087831_1422976520_n_zps2e324be5 .jpg.html)
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04-09-2014, 7:34 PM
I used a Twisted Choppers hard tail on my 03. I liked the lines of it and the two bends in the down tube. It stretches the frame 3.75". Fit perfect, easy install.




04-10-2014, 9:49 AM
How many of these threads does there have to be? 47 Industries to me is the best looking tail for a solid mount sporty. I went with it and couldnt be happier. Mike stands by his product and is always there to help you out with any problem.

Thats the answer right here,
The 47 Industries hardtail is by the far the best looking and best fitting one out there. Mike stands by his stuff 100% and will personally get on the phone with you if you need explanation about anything at just about any hour of the day. That speaks volumes about the kind of work he does.

Dont rush on a decision do your homework as everyones opinion is going to give you a different answer. Ive built bikes off of the 47 Industries one and the fit and finish on it is perfect as well as the way it makes the bikes look.
I have never seen a bad looking bike built around one of Mikes hardtailed frames yet.
I cant say that for most of those other brands.

Just something to think about though I would reconsider the 200 size rear tire
That is really not going to look right especially on a small bike like a sportster a 130 size fits the look perfect 200 is way too big in my opinion

04-10-2014, 5:40 PM
I've called Mike at 9pm and left a message before while working on my bike with a quick question and he called me back THAT NIGHT. I doubt any of those other guys would do that. That or hes just always at the shop pumping out serious stuff!

04-10-2014, 8:30 PM
That's pretty much the norm for Mike. He works his ass off and makes one hell of a product. I got a chance to work with him this winter on a fresh build and if I had to do it all over again, I would not hesitate. His frame was trouble free to work with, lined up perfectly, and is rock solid at speed. I would also argue that his frame is one of the best looking available. In case you need proof, here is the bike I just got done building this winter using a 47 Industries frame.

http://i1056.photobucket.com/albums/t368/dannavarrete/DNP_0034_edited-1_zpse63fbd28.jpg (http://s1056.photobucket.com/user/dannavarrete/media/DNP_0034_edited-1_zpse63fbd28.jpg.html)

04-21-2014, 8:35 PM
Mike's frames just look the best.

04-22-2014, 9:16 PM
I was looking at the led sled customs 4" drop seat hardtail I see no one has mentioned the led sled stuff wondering if its good or bad?

04-23-2014, 10:54 AM
what's with all the swoopy rear downtubes? bhp I've heard of people having fit issues with led sled hardtails. Haifley's looks pretty damn good.


04-25-2014, 7:20 PM
I can't speak with much experience with EVO stuff, but I am very happy with the Hammer In Hand straight back weld I got for my 72 Ironhead. The axle plates aren't as bulky looking as I was hearing they looked.