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    Default Take what you have, make what you want

    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.





    Measured 6" in the center



    You can see where the damage was on the left side



    Cut out the center and tacked the outside halves together





    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.



    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.



    Highlighted a cut line with a Sharpie



    Cut the skirts off





    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





    Tacked together without the center







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



    Marked off the sections I wanted to use



    Cut the three sections out and welded them together flat



    Welded in some sleeves for riser-less mounting













    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!
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    nice looking bike! cheap or not i think recycled/reworked parts are always a lot cooler than something off the shelf...

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    Lots of dedicated work going on there. What model bike did your wheels come from?

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    Lovin it!

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    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

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    damn fine work! isin't this what its all about??? thread name say's it all..

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    sweet garage man.

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    Nice work,,don't know bout that goofy ass frame though

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    Exactly what I did on my XS. Our frames are even similar. Weird.
    Nice work.

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    Great work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vnygra View Post
    sweet garage man.
    X2

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

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    Did you dechrome the handlebars? If so, what technique was used?
    Everything looks great!

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    Looks real cool as it sits and real cool way to reuse several of the old pars.

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    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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    Nice job on the fab work man. And that shop looks like a pretty sweet setup too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARBY View Post
    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.

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    Cool bike, I feel you about the cost of parts too man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HumblePie68 View Post
    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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sects View Post
    Exactly what I did on my XS. Our frames are even similar. Weird.
    Nice work.
    Right on, do you have pics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbonate View Post
    X2

    and very nice work, what do you do for a living?
    Thanks, I design & build custom frames & suspension for the automotive market.

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