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    I am getting ready to start my first build here shortly. I am picking up a 91 evo for cheap and a 71 frame for free. Before the naysayers jump in, I know it is going to be a pain in the ass, but I'm wanting to do an old school make what you have work. I'll share pics along the way.

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    Sounds good; what size evo? What make/model/style of frame? Pics are great.

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    I think it's great, Be sure and post pics as you go along.............

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    I’ve wanted to do this myself, I love earlier ironhead frames, their lines are awesome. Looking forward to seeing this.

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    I am picking everything up tomorrow. It is a 1200 Evo on an Ironhead frame. I know I have to fab new motor mounts and notch the backbone to clear the rear rocker cover. This will be a slow build. A lot of acquiring parts from brothers and at swap meets. First pics will be up tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jabberjaw View Post
    First pics will be up tomorrow.
    Awesome.........

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    About ready to get started. Clean up begins within the hour.

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    Check xlforum for a variety of articles with pics on how to mod the backbone and mounts. It's been done fairly often and there's a useful mix of info here including some Evos in IH frames. http://xlforum.net/forums/showthread.php?t=1676279

    Does your frame have a title? I always ask because title errors are extremely common. Title passes with frame on anything after 1970 and with engine case numbers on prior engines. If not it's pretty painless to find titled frames and buying will slow because of corona destroying the economy so don't overpay for stuff.

    You're gonna need to replace that hardtail which is a complete fucking disaster as some mongtard got the axle plates and everything else thoroughly fucked up (that angle is...impressive....) but attractive hardtails abound for Ironheads. KLR style hardtails look great if you're going for a seriously vintage look.

    The 91 engine is a good choice and those bolt to a cheap Harbor Freight engine stand with little fuss. It's a great way to work on them and you can run the engine if you connect oil and dummy fuel tanks. Inspect starter contacts while the engine is out and replace if they're not perfect since they are cheap but annoying to do since it's a primary cover pull to reach the bolts to remove the starter. I'd perform a compression test to check top end health. Post results.

    Tell us your experience level and welding/fab level so we can save you time with applicable advice and speed your project.
    Last edited by farmall; 04-04-2020 at 6:00 PM.

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    Thanks for the info. Someone obviously couldn't weld. There was more bondo than anything at every weld joint. I agree that it will need a new hardtail section.

    The weld/fab work doesn't bother me, just spending time to acquire parts. I am planning this as a swap meet/brother special bike. I am in for $400 right now, and the goal is to be complete for less than $3000.

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