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    Default Build 3: V-Star Bobber

    Yep, another bike in the works... found this gem sitting on someone's property. $100 later, it's mine. 2000 V-Star classic 650 with a bad clutch.



    Made some phone calls and found a buddy of mine currently in Afghanistan that wants a badass bobber... done, off we go.

    Here's where it's going:
    -Harley neck conversion
    -DNA -2 Springer
    -Build 16x3.5" front harley wheel
    -180 F+R tires (wide whites of course)
    -Jockey shift, pan seat, and other bobber badassery

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    Day 1:

    Stripped it down and took stock of what's what.... while my friend talked on the phone


    It all starts with a rear fender chop. The big swoopy thing was too much.


    After:


    Then it was decided that the tank was too wide and needed to be dished. I masked off the area that will be cut to dish the tank. After a plywood stencil is made, the swap will take place. (meanwhile, my friend talked on his phone)



    Dish layout:


    Also built some new foot boards for the forward controls out of linked inert .50 cal rounds.


    ...and because gauges are lame... he will at least know how warm it is.

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    Diggin it so far love the frenched "speedo"

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    Love this build, going to be keeping my eye on this one.

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    Parts are starting to roll in now... decided to step things up in the badass department... 5.5" wide front rim... heading off to get powder coated red.


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    Some people put on tractor seats…fuk that, you're putting on a tractor front wheel :-0

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    Thanks for the kind words thus far...

    Today I built (most of) the exhaust... my friend said he wanted everything on this bike to be "fat, low, and ridiculous" so I'm sticking with that.

    Started with this:


    After many hours of welding and other crap, we ended up with this:




    That's a 3" exit with a 3" heat shield covering the individual pipes. It's all going to be painted black and the exhaust is probably going to get chopped by the rear fender. I'll probably keep it long like this until the bike is almost finished though.

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    Here's a profile shot showing where I will probably chop it (black lines)... heat shield isn't exactly lined up because it was just sitting on there....


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    Brown santa brought me a springer... the bearings need to hurry the eff up and get here...


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    "Fat low & ridiculous" Can't argue with that. A chopper w/o any apologies….Cool.
    Last edited by davidabl; 08-06-2014 at 2:03 AM.

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    Looking forward to seeing the tank dished. And $100?!?!?!? Where the fuck do you guys find shit like this.

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    What kind of springer is that?

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    That's the wide DNA springer made for a harley... -2" length

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    More parts have arrived... used sportster hub and a front brake to fit in the springer, sweeeeeeeet.

    just waiting on the damn spokes, tires, and handlebars now....


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    Mocked up the DNA springer on the V-Star today... then swore a lot. This is going to be a lot of damn work.

    Look at the steering stops. Got some work to do, fuck.


    Cool, the upper tree won't fit over the new bearings. Fuck.


    That's factory Yamaha steering stop nestled right between the springs. Fuck.


    Pic of the bike and my shop monkey.


    For scale, this is the ride height the bike will be at... compared to a normal Harley. I'm digging it.


    Time to hack and chop at this front end to make it work....

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    How do you remedy that, wider triple clamps/axle or hack the frame? Seems the former would be easier?

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    Now that I looked at the springer forks again it looks like the frame may be easier.

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    Yeah the dual backbone kills the turning radius on the springers. I just had the same issue. Had to take off a lot on the fork stops. Fun stuff.

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    That's what I'm gonna start with, grind down the stops and see what that gets me. Hopefully I don't have to start chopping at the frame.

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    Would a "wide glide" type springer have given you the room you need? Or something that used a fat front tire maybe?

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