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    This is a super motivating thread! I'm undertaking a similar project with similar skills so it's great to see it is achievable. I prefer it with the low pipes but I'm sure you'll make it work. Look forward to the next update!

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    Good thread and real motivation to get out into the workshop this morning.

    Nick

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    Awesome!

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    thanks!







    http://instagram.com/p/xvF8Aby9uf/?modal=true (video)

    got the other pipe built up, I made it go up at a different angle so I didn't cover the upper fishtail in exhaust soot but my friends agree it just looks off so I'm going to straighten it out and make it parallel, but I'm happy with the progress. just have to build all the supports now and start grinding down all the welds.

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    Dude you are fuckin killing it, nice work, bike looks great. I like the chalkboard paint idea.

    I'm in the middle of my first build so it's always inspiring to see someone else succeed their first time doing something. Hopefully I'll have a similar success story soon. Keep it up!

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    thanks man

    tonights progress, straightened out that pipe, and took my old 12" apes and slimmed them up, pulled them back, and made them riserless. Just tacked so far, but I like the feel. I'm also slowly getting happier with my welds









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    Is that the dual voltage longevity? How do you like it? Bike is looking rad.

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    it's the longevity 200sx, not sure if this is what you mean but it can run off of 110 or 220. I have it hooked up to only 110 at the moment but installing a new plug is on my to do list.

    I don't have much to compare it to, it's the only tig welder I've ever used, and before that I used my friends lincoln mig. but I also have nothing to complain about, seems like it's got plenty of adjustability, and it's doing what I need it to do. plus the price was nice (relatively speaking)

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    Yea that's what I meant. (110/220) I'm trying to decide of what to get for my first tig setup as well. I'm sick of cleaning spatter from my harbor freight flux core. haha. Thanks for the info.

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    badass build man. Hopefully one day my welding skills will progress like yours lol.

    How do you like that Weld on hard tail? I've wanted to hardtail my ironhead but my fab skills are minimal and the last thing I want is a crooked rear section. I've just been leery of a bolt on tail though. Any stretching of the bolts or anything?

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    looking good.where are you in jersey? im in jersey Westville.if you need some shit text me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nomoney View Post
    badass build man. Hopefully one day my welding skills will progress like yours lol.

    How do you like that Weld on hard tail? I've wanted to hardtail my ironhead but my fab skills are minimal and the last thing I want is a crooked rear section. I've just been leery of a bolt on tail though. Any stretching of the bolts or anything?
    thanks, I feel like with how the david bird is setup its pretty hard to get it crooked. I've never tested it on a jig to see if its straight but it feels good to me. I think they were grade 8 bolts and I've never checked to see if they stretched but I more pictured them as a backup to my crappy weld job at the time. If I were to do it again I would go straight for the weld on, they look a lot better I think. maybe someday I'll hack apart the top triangle section of my bolt on and make it cleaner.

    Quote Originally Posted by smaldick View Post
    looking good.where are you in jersey? im in jersey Westville.if you need some shit text me...
    I'm in blairstown, so pretty far north west. thanks for the offer, shaping up pretty good at this point but who knows

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    Cool cool cool. I envy you!

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    snagged this king and queen off chopperswapper, always wanted one, zip tied on for mockup. it now shows the top triangle from the david bird tail (between seat and tank) so I'm thinking of cutting all that off and extending the tail tubes to my backbone tube.

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    Cool build man. What stretch and drop did you go with on the hardtail? Also, I noticed you didn't use that round oil tank you originally had mocked up, and went back to the original. How come?

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    loved watching this evolve.

    thanks for posting.

    leon

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    Awsome story, even better sled, hard to believe you started this without ever working on bikes at all.

    Hope your putting a ring on that finger, gotta keeper there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turnandburrrn View Post
    Cool build man. What stretch and drop did you go with on the hardtail? Also, I noticed you didn't use that round oil tank you originally had mocked up, and went back to the original. How come?
    thanks, 4” stretch 2” drop. stayed with the original because at the time I felt routing oil lines was over my head, I had no idea how it worked. now I see it’s simple. I plan on trying to make my own horseshoe tank at some point

    Quote Originally Posted by billybiltit View Post
    loved watching this evolve.

    thanks for posting.

    leon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mocnyang View Post
    Awsome story, even better sled, hard to believe you started this without ever working on bikes at all.

    Hope your putting a ring on that finger, gotta keeper there.
    thanks, just have to stop spending money on my bike before that can happen. wait until you see her bike, it’s going to be awesome.

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    my front brake project. I found through some searching a company that makes a 40mm OD 3/4” ID bearing, so I could keep my 3/4” axle with the hamburger drum. All I had to do was bore out the backing plate to 3/4, and make a new spacer for the inside (which I got help with).


    my buddy Cal at Retrofit helped make some spacers to fit my drum onto my 35mm legs. he had these need bronze pieces laying around and I have a few brass things so we decided to use em.






    I was so excited about his lathe I decided to buy one. a 9x36” south bend from the 20’s. old but works. first project I did on it was turning down my fork legs. previously I just used grinders and files but this method is way way cleaner. I also ended up shaving off the oil screw hole and filling that in.


    Cal also made me this brake stay, which turned out pretty rad


    did a few practice beads on a flat piece of metal, its my first time welding aluminum. all went well. tried to tack on the brake stay. all went horrible. little different trying to weld vertically, the filler kept running off like water. eventually got it tacked, and it wasn’t much easier to do on my beach. I eventually said fuck it and just globbed on an excessive amount of filler and figured I’d clean it up with a file and sand paper afterwards, which I did.

    so now I have front brakes for the first time in over a year


    also, here’s my girlfriends project-

    ’96 1200c with a 47 industries hard tail, shovel triple trees with ironhead 4 over forks, going to make her stock caliper work on the front so the bike still stops well. 21” evo wheel looks good inside those forks.
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    great work cleaning up that brake stay weld - looks killer. just bought a lathe myself... 1960 delta/rockwell - they're so fun. keep up the good work dude

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