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    I might be wrong, but do think it's gotta be closer than dat in order for it to be breathing fire ... ?!?!

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    !! . ** GET SUM ** . !!
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    Hey Jesse! I just started working on the Bike. The divorce had me all fucked up for a while

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    Yeah I was fucked up for a while. Moving out and selling the house. I had to sell off a bunch of shit. Then I just stuffed everything I still owned into my shop. I just have a small path thru it for months. Quit my fucking job at the jeep dealership before I killed one of those mother Fuckers or myself. I got hooked up with some Facebook jeep groups and I'm starting to do shit like lift kits and gear swaps in my shop. Im starting to get myself pointed in the right direction. So I finally started working on the bike. I would have liked to put the engine in and get a few miles on it with the bike as is. But I don't have the money for the primary drive and pipes that no longer fit the engine. Plus everything is in just as bad shape as the engine was. I found some cracks and rust coming thru the body fill where the neck had been raked. So I'm going to strip the frame down and sand blast it so I can see what kind of work has been done. But first I'm inspecting the frame and neck for straight and checking the steering geometry. I'm waiting on some rear axle spacers to help me mock the bike up.

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    So the pictures above are so I can see what you think of my plan. Ive been reading up on steering geometry. I had noticed that the front wanted to flop over to full travel when I would start to turn it. I measured my trailing distance at 9.5" which as I understand is maybe too much. I was watching an interview wit the old springer builder Sugar Bear. He said one thing most people do wrong is your axle should be above the rocker pivot so the geometry will be better for the rocker to move up against the springs. He also said another reason for his rocker shapes was to move the axle forward and reduce the trailing distance so the front end would not flop over when turning it. So the first pic 2 pics show the bikes stance and the springer rocker arm. I got to looking at the rocker arm and figured if I flipped it over I could get the axle above the pivot. This lowered the neck 2" which changes the rake angle and reduces the trailing distance to 6" which is what I read as the upper limit for good handling. It changes the stance of the bike a little by bringing the front of the frame down 2". I know that jacked up look is authentic. I could achieve simillar steering geometry and keep the neck up where it is by purchasing 4" extended rocker arms for $200. That is a lot of money right now. Anybody got any thoughts on my plan or good advice???

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    A Little Progress

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    Look around for a better looking seat hinge ....



    What you got ... Well to be blunt, it's lacking ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragstews View Post
    Look around for a better looking seat hinge ....



    What you got ... Well to be blunt, it's lacking ..
    True- i've used those biltwell hinges twice , they rock!

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    BUT JESSE! I used the finest rusty shock absorber I could find in the trash to make that hinge....

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    I could make the hinge smaller and lower by moving where I attach the stap to the pivot. This is my first try. I dont know what I'm doing.

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    I could also make the hinge narrower. Would any of this make it better?

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    Hey, the only person ya got to please is yourself ...



    Could get real fancy with it ...



    Seat Hinge Kit Polished Stainless Steel

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    I want to make it not buy it. But I want it to look good to. I dont have the experience to know what's right. I'm going to try again and see what you think. Thanks Man.

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    I used the Bitwell style on my pan. I ground that front piece till it fit the backbone and then welded and molded it in.

    This time going more basic.

    Sounds like you are on the right track with the Jeep work. Keep building that up first!

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    Thanks Man!

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    Here is my 2nd try at the seat hinge. You know what they say, 3rd times a charm...
    I removed a piece of sheet metal that was spot welded over the seat post and 2 open areas of the frame. Then I extended my seat pan a couple inches to cover that area.

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