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    Default Swingarm Shovel from Sweden.

    Hi all, I'm a 37 year old Swedish dude trying starting my first Harley build.
    I'ts about time to start my own build thread so i might actually finish this one before summer.

    Anyway, i bought this ugly ass 73 Shovel about 2 months ago and imediatly started to pull it to pieces. been trying out some different parts like rims, forks, gastanks and fenders and finally i think i'm on the right track.
    Very inspired by the Japanese custom scene i'm going for a short, slimmed down swingarm type of bike with mid controls.

    So this is how it looks today, i guess you all know what kind of parts you see in the pictures but if not, just ask.

    /// Magnus from Sweden





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    lots of potential there. heck, i see a bunch of cool bike stuff come from sweden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuklhd View Post
    lots of potential there. heck, i see a bunch of cool bike stuff come from sweden.
    Thanks! There are lots of great bikes being built again, mostly 70's style choppers but also some great swingarm bikes.
    The idea with my project is to keep the frame untouched and still be able to make it look good, i've already swapped the original square swingarm for a round one and that made a huge difference.
    When i bought the bike had a wide dyna fork with rake trees, didn't like it. The narrow fork mounted now i've learned is a 35 mm original shovel 77-83? (correct me if i'm wrong) for dual discs.
    Had some problems finding the right type of calipers in Sweden but finally scored a nice pair in California trough Ebay. Expecting them to arrive after Xmas.

    Been loking for some nice leather seats ( solo + pillion pad ) I like Haifley bros tucknroll seats but havent seen any pictures of them mounted to a swingarm frame, Please post if you do.

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    I think the bike looks good as it is.
    Lycka till Mange

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thirteen View Post
    I think the bike looks good as it is.
    Lycka till Mange
    (Tackar!) Thanks, I think im roughly done with the mockup. Didnt look like this when i bought it, ill upload a picture of what i started with later.
    I might change the wheels to laced ones, already bought a 21" front. I love the mooneyes discs in the rear and they doesnt work well with mags.

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    This is what i started with 2 months ago btw....


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    Just ordered myself a Haifley bros leather seat an pillion pad from Lowbrow customs, included a blacked out
    ford rearlight. Almost got all the parts i need to finish.

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    Nice. What oil tank are you going to use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vonhelmet View Post
    Nice. What oil tank are you going to use?
    I will either go for a modified original centermounted oiltank or a round stainless selfmade, havent really decided yet. I will probably try a stock tank first.

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    I like the direction your going. Good looking swingarm bikes can be a challenge. Ive got a 79 superglide going with a round swingarm and drum brake. I took this pic during mock up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shovelinit View Post
    I like the direction your going. Good looking swingarm bikes can be a challenge. Ive got a 79 superglide going with a round swingarm and drum brake. I took this pic during mock up.
    Thanx! I agree with the challenge, what kind of transmission does your bike have? cowpie or ratchet? Looks good btw!
    I changed the sprocket on my cowpie today, previous owner had mounted it backwards (recess out) and i also found a chim behind the sprocket, it didn't seem like it belong there so i removed it, i'm thinking someone tried to make space for a bigger tyre, in this case the chain didn't align and had worn down both sprockets and still the chain were rubbing agains the rear tyre.
    After correcting these issues all transmission parts seems to come together without problems!

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    Still waiting for parts iv'e ordered to arrive so things are moving slow, Anyway i managed to almost complete my rear fender during this weekend. needs some straightening and reinforcement but the shape is there.


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    Since i dont like the horseshoe type of oiltank i thought i should try something simple but different, i bought an original square tank from a friend and it will be placed in the frame center insted of the original offset (with battery tray) the old mounts will be cut of and new ones welded on. I really like the built in oil filter since i dont want to mount an external one.
    I also made a new ignition cover to match my previously made brake pedal.

    Sorry for typos and my fucking camera being out of focus!





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    Some progress during this weekend, the oiltank has been trimmed from it's mounting plates so i could place it lower in the frame. I hope i can get it properly mounted in the next couple of days.
    I also made some mid mounted footpegs from a solid stainless bar, I used a angle grinder to cut a cross pattern and then filed out some rough teeth. Doesnt look perfect but i like how it came out.
    Now i need to find out how to move my shifter closer to my foot.






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    Awesome build! Koolt med svingarms bygge! Sugen på nått liknande efter min stelhäckare blir klar

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    Quote Originally Posted by lowpala View Post
    Awesome build! Koolt med svingarms bygge! Sugen på nått liknande efter min stelhäckare blir klar
    Tackar! I love hartail frames but i thought i give the swingarm a go first, after i saw the Japanese picture thread i was convinced.

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    I really like those mids. Seen them done that way once or twice, but I think that sold me on them.

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    Looks killer! Cool with a bad ass swingarm bike, like it!!
    Lycka till!!!

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    What kinda millin mosheen is that?

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    Very nice, love the mids. Keep us posted.

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