Will do. The examples i have seen from the guy I'm taking them too is pretty good. Two stage, chrome then clear. If nothing else, they will be a ton easier to keep clean than the raw cast they are now. These things are a nightmare to clean ponce they really get dirty.
I have to say that I've been counting the days (months or years more like it) until I can get rid of my mags, but I must say they fit in great with your bike...I may just rethink mine...can't wait to see them after PC.
Out of curiosity, any issues with running the velocity stack vs. air cleaner? I've seen a lot of people run them, but I've always wondered how detrimental it is to the engine longevity...
I never had a stock bike... I think that is the biggest reason why I get down with the mags so much... Also, never had an actual air cleaner on the bike. 3000 or so miles with the v-stack and it still runs like a champ.
Had a little racket going on since I lowered the thing... didn't take a genius to figure out where it was coming from...
Gonna sort this out today. Also figured out what to do with the bars, prolly get that done too.
Your bike kicks ass. I stare at mine for at least 30 minutes a day trying to come up with a way to do a drop seat... Think I have a plan, sort of like the one in your thread where they cut right above the shock mounts and angled the cast piece down... that or just lower the rail and make it look stock, but lower. Also kinda worried that it;ll move the seat a little to far forward.... Still got some things to work out before I cut it.
While thinking about how to sort out the chain, I started messing around with bars.
Made these a couple days ago(really, just welded the risers on), got them on today. I like the apes, but this just feels right to me.
Ended up with this for the chain situation.
Really doesn't put an tension on the chain, just keeps it from hitting the frame. Prolly gonna end up notching the frame and boxing it in, but that won't be till I tear the back of the bike apart again. This will get me by for a little while.
Nice looking bars...I can see how the new ones would 'feel right' (I'm running drag bars with stock short risers and love the feel). Very nice with the chain roller ala skateboard wheel as well...looking forward to seeing how you box it in.
Oh, and thanks for the idea of cutting the stock springs! I took a cut-off wheel to mine tonight...hacked off about 3 inches, and it doesn't quite look as low as yours. As a comparison, when I installed a Burly Slammer Kit on the '07 FXDC I used to have I had to pick it up off the lift and have someone else roll it out from underneath...with cutting the 3 inches off the stock Sporty springs I was able to roll the lift right on out. I'm planning on seeing how it rides sometime tomorrow as long as the sky doesn't open up full bore...I don't care about getting a little wet, but the idiots behind the wheel around here can't drive in the rain.
The way I got mine where it is at, is to put the lift under the front and with the springs out, set the thing where you want it to ride. Then drop the springs in and cut them to where they are just about in inch sticking out of the tubes, then put it back together. Bike will sit a little higher when you aren't on it, but just right when you are. If you are a bigger guy, leave a little more spring out the top. I weigh 180, bike is around 460 and leaving an inch out worked perfect for me. Worst case, you pull it apart and add the spacers to get some preload back. I've put quite a few miles on it and aren't sweating it at all. Once I clean the spare lowers up that I have, I'll prolly put the spacers in then, just cause it's apart, but not before.
Couple phone pics from today:
Pretty stoked on it where it sits. Just need to clean it up, finish details, paint and powder... but really, most of the parts swapping is done. She rolls out real nice like... I do think it's gonna get a new seat too. Something that sits flat on the rails but has the shape carved into the foam...
But the stance, is pretty much right where I want it.