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    Default Sovelhead rebuild

    A little over 4 years ago my grandpaw passed away due to liver cancer,and the one thing he left to me is a 1978 FLH but its a basket case and its literally tore completely down.Its been in milk crates for almost 17 years (he tore it down to do a ground up rebuild about the time i was born) and i have no idea where to start.I took inventory to see what i had and found out alot of shits missing (trans case,tanks,fenders,shocks,and alot of other misc parts).I finally got somewhat of a steady income so im ready to get started on it this winter,and im really leaning to a Frisco/Bobber style bike,anybody have any suggestions or tips?

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    First youre gonna need to decide on the frame you wanna go with .The internet will be your best freind on this one bro. Alot of great builders here who can help ya out tons . Get a manual for the shovel and start to wrenching her together . Good luck and happy wrenching !

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    Sorry forgot to mention i do have the stock swingarm frame,anyway thanks man

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    Start off by looking through these threads to help you decide where you're heading with this build:

    http://www.chopcult.com/forum/showthread.php?t=8220

    http://shovelhead.us/forum/showthread.php?t=47846

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    I really like the bare bones look,no bs and just practical

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    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TUVpJByWa0...2Bswingarm.jpg this is more or less what im going for,minus the goofy rabbit ear bars

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    That pappa clutch has a bolt on hardtail for that.I havent used one but they look good and you dont have to cut yer frame.

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    Best investment, is a parts manual for that year sled.

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    First things first ill be sure to get a manual,and the bolt-on hard tail does look good but before i spend 500$ for one ill try some solid struts to see if i can handle a rigid,my sportster's still a softie and its a little rough to me (maybe because im used to dirt bikes).Anybody know of some good engine builders in or around AL?

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    To me, hardtail bikes all look the same. I like the swingarm bobber look myself. Got that "crazy contraption" thing going on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shovelzilla View Post
    First things first ill be sure to get a manual,and the bolt-on hard tail does look good but before i spend 500$ for one ill try some solid struts to see if i can handle a rigid,my sportster's still a softie and its a little rough to me (maybe because im used to dirt bikes).Anybody know of some good engine builders in or around AL?
    I've had a Papa Clutch bolt on since April and after 4000 miles i love it , putting struts on will make your bike ride like shit . Call Larry over at Garage Co. for your engine .

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    True that zooligan,couldnt have said it better.Ive heard alot about Garage co. but never knew they were only a hour and a half ride from home! thanks yall ill be sure to add pics over time

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