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    2.5.2016

    More delays as the holidays got out of the way, and normal work at the shop kept us all busy! However, assembly is coming along pretty quick, with hardware being fit, metal being massaged gently with files, or grinder, as need may be, and we compile some notes on additional parts needed, problems solved, or fabrication to be completed.



    At first glance you will likely notice that the motor is in the frame! Looking pretty good in my opinion.. I am very excited to ride this bike, the 93" S&S Pan motor paired with the Baker Drivetrain 6-into-4 transmission, upgraded Progressive suspension and PM brakes should lend itself to a fast and agile bike.



    You might also notice the stylin' gas tanks. These are a sample set of Lowbrow's WX Split Gas Tanks, which will be out and for sale by March 2016. A play on the MoCo WR factory race gas tanks, which held gas in one half, oil in the other. These WX Split Gas Tanks are bolt-on fitment (NO welding or modifying your frame!) for 1936 - 1984 Harley-Davidson Big Twin frames. We have been working on getting these made for almost three years, so I am quite excited about finally being done!





    Another view of the WX Split Tanks, and a good view of the stainless steel, investment-cast Biltwell Thunder Risers & 1" Chumps handlebars.



    We aim to run some cast aluminum, finned rocker covers by Custom Cycle Engineering, but we will have to mill some material off of the bottom flange, as the S&S Pan motor is a bit taller than the stock cone Shovel motor that would have been in this frame, and there are clearance issues.

    We swapped out the S&S teardrop air cleaner cover for a cast aluminum Lowbrow Finned Air Cleaner Cover, which uses the stock S&S air filter element and backing plate, it is a two minute change-over that helps set this bike apart from a sea of others.



    B-side.. Rivera Primo makes a heavy-duty inner primary that will be indestructible and work well with the electric start we will be using (the Pan-American will be kick and electric start). Another high-quality component that helps make this bike the long-haul, bulletproof moto we set out to build.

    Other bits and pieces are coming together, just trying to get all the main components fit and on the bike. Fender will be fit next, then it is time to make a seat pan for a custom seat, sort out tail light, head light, fabricate some mounts and brake stay for the rear caliper, and a bunch of other odds and ends.. Onward and upward!
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    very nice progress !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyler View Post
    2.5.2016
    You might also notice the stylin' gas tanks. These are a sample set of Lowbrow's WX Split Gas Tanks, which will be out and for sale by March 2016.
    Those tanks look great! I'll definitely be ordering them when they're available. How much fuel do they hold?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motorradfahrer View Post
    Those tanks look great! I'll definitely be ordering them when they're available. How much fuel do they hold?
    Did an accurate displacement check yesterday, the WX Split Gas Tanks hold 2.25 gallons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyler View Post
    Did an accurate displacement check yesterday, the WX Split Gas Tanks hold 2.25 gallons.
    Any info on the expected price? Around the same as your other ~2.5 gal offerings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyler View Post
    Did an accurate displacement check yesterday, the WX Split Gas Tanks hold 2.25 gallons.
    Is that 2.25 gallons of fuel on one side, & 2.25 Gallons of Oil on the other side? Making It 4.5 Gallons total?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericthebeard View Post
    Any info on the expected price? Around the same as your other ~2.5 gal offerings?
    Eric, they will sell for $399.95 per set including mounts and hardware, ready to bolt on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Revelator View Post
    Is that 2.25 gallons of fuel on one side, & 2.25 Gallons of Oil on the other side? Making It 4.5 Gallons total?
    Revelator, these are just gas tanks, no oil unless you customized them by eliminating the cross overs and welding in oil line fittings. They are 2.25 gallons total, both sides combined.

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    So, I finally have some photos to share showing how the WX Split Gas Tanks mount. A slick rear T-mount is the key to letting these bolt onto a stock Big Twin frame, no welding or modification necessary.



    Here you can see the front upper and lower tabs that line up to stock points on the frame, the T-mount that bolts to your frame's backbone, and the rear tab on the WX tank. You can also see the upper fitting that is for the vent line crossover.



    Once you put the second tank in place, you line up the rear tabs and these bolt to the rear T-mount using a single allen head bolt.



    Here are the fittings that take a piece of 1/4" ID fuel line for the fuel crossover.



    The 22mm petcock clears the stock top motor mount perfectly.



    All tightened up and ready to rock.
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    Spring draws near, so we periodically pull the bike out and get some work done on it, being that I plan on riding it from Ohio to Born Free in California in June, and it still needs to be finished, blown apart for paint and polish, reassembled and test-ridden before taking a meandering jaunt cross-country!



    We ended up swapping bars for some Zombie Performance handlebars, in 1" raw steel. I was looking for a 1-piece bar like early Harley-Davidson Big Twin motorcycle handlebars, but narrower and not set up for an internal throttle. This bend fit the bill, I like how the clamping area is narrow, that the bars swoop right out of the top clamp.

    I hauled the bike over to our friends at The Gasbox to knock out a few of the fabrication tasks. The WX Gas Tanks are already off to our friend Joe to get prepped and painted, just trying to keep ahead of the schedule even if by a little bit! Being that this bike's purpose is to be utilitarian, fast and nimble, in addition to looking great, we thought it was important to add a front fender for those rainy slogs encountered often enough in the Midwest USA.





    We procured a Fatboy style front fender from Drag Specialties, which was modified to fit this earlier wide glide front end. A steel bracket was cut for each side and welded, raising the fender up about an additional 1/2 inch from the tire tread, and spacers were made to center it properly. Now we have a great rain-stopper that looks good compared to the giant stock front fender, and it can also be easily unbolted if slamming around town and you want to strip the bike down a bit.



    The EMD headlight is now held in place with a simple, yet classy and durable, stainless steel bracket. The EMD Vitamin A headlight is a cast aluminum headlight bucket (made in France) that takes the stock H-D bezel ring and bulb. It is made to swap out the stock headlight bucket on your Sportster or Dyna, however, it also works well for custom projects like this one!

    More to come, soon. Next up: seat pan, foot controls, grab bar (short sissy bar), bag mounts.
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    Can't wait to see this bike completed.

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    Spring and summer are so busy for us both with work as well as events, rides, parties, motorcycle shows (such as Fuel Cleveland) and the like. SO while a lot of work has gotten done on the Pan-American, I have not gotten this build post updated in a while. I will get you up to speed in two installments, this being the first. The Pan-American is actually on the road and getting broken in right now! And, in fact, I leave on it cross-country starting this coming Friday, June 17th, 2016 on a 2900+ mile journey from NE Ohio to Born Free in Orange, California. Of course we aren't taking the most direct route, but one that will provide some of the most scenic riding our great country has to offer (stay tuned for photos and video from the trip, you can follow along on our Instagram account @lowbrowcustoms.com as well as our Lowbrow Customs facebook page.



    That is a quick cell phone photo of the bike raw but more-or-less complete, just before it was torn down for paint. My apologies that we didn't get any better photos at that point, however, time is and was of the essence and we had to get it done post haste! The saddlebags are vintage Buco bags that I bought on eBay. They were in really good shape, likely sat on a shelf for the last 50+ years. Gasbox modified some stock bag brackets for us and made them work perfectly with these Buco bags.

    The exhaust is a Paughco exhaust stock header pipe, however, it had to be cut into pieces and reworked as this bike is a mutt, with an S&S Cycle 93" P-motor (Panhead, .25" taller than stock) which is a generator style, though in a swingarm alternator Shovelhead frame. A repop muffler was cut up a bit to relieve the flow a bit for this large motor. The whole exhaust system was then black ceramic coated. One other thing that was affected by this mixup of parts was the CCE Cast Pan Covers. They are quite thick and stout, and with the added height of the S&S alternator-generator motor they wouldn't clear the frame or gas tanks. The simple solution was to remove the thick gaskets they came with and run case sealant between the heads and covers! This proved to work well as both are cast aluminum with milled gasket surfaces, and they mated up perfectly.



    Right after the cell phone photo was taken I tore the bike complete down, making one pile for black powder coat, one pile for black paint, and one pile for black ceramic coating. This all went off to Ace Powder Coating (Phone 330-896-6365, 3663 Massillon Rd, Uniontown, OH 44685), which did an amazing job as far as quality goes, in addition to the fast timeline, turning everything around for me twice as fast as usual!



    As soon as the frame and other components came back from powder coat I jumped at the chance to get some of the assembly out of the way. As this is the final assembly (and I don't want to have it apart more than once!) care was taken to assemble carefully and with the highest quality Colony Machine fasteners. In general, red loctite was used anytime steel fasteners met steel, and blue loctite when it was steel going into aluminum. As the motor is mainly cast and cadminum (Cad) plated fasteners, I kept with that scheme, with all fasteners for the drivetrain being cad plated wherever possible. I also went with hex head bolts and standard lock and flat washers throughout. On the chassis, which is primarily black, I used chrome hex head bolts, lock and flat washers, which look great against the black and match some of the other chrome on the bike (shocks, kicker cover, kicker arm, starter motor, fork tubes etc). Getting the proper length and style hardware for everything was kind of a pain, but in the end it is worth it as the entire bike came together well and has a cohesive style.



    I will get the final photos up showing the rest of the assembly and the finished Pan-American HOPEFULLY in the next couple of days. However, my plan is to be riding the dang bike breaking it in, so we will see what wins over, getting on the internet or riding my new bike! Cheers!
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    Please post pics of the finished bike. Nice work!

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    How many people had to die...

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    Anybody got ideas for this style of tank with
    Oil on one side, gas on the other???
    Have an ironhead and would like to get rid of the oil tank!!!!
    Thanks
    Johnny

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    Check out Visionary Cycle Products. They sell a quality repop of WR race tanks, right side oil and left side gas.

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