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    Thats what I was figuring on doing when I get a seat. I'm in the process of collecting scraps and parts for my build. I wont get anything done until I have the seat and fender both ready to throw on. For now I'm stripping everything off the front and tinkering with the wiring and battery box so I can clean up my bars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaChicken View Post
    Thats what I was figuring on doing when I get a seat. I'm in the process of collecting scraps and parts for my build. I wont get anything done until I have the seat and fender both ready to throw on. For now I'm stripping everything off the front and tinkering with the wiring and battery box so I can clean up my bars.

    I just did something similar. I bought some z bars from no school customs and moved my starter button and kill switch to the outside of the tool box for now and installed an internal throttle assembly and went to single cable. I can't really do anything else i Want until i Hardtail my frame

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    Got rid of all the bar switches...starter button moved to speedo console, but will get moved when that goes away..running a single cable ol style "pop" throttle...only wires to the bars are for the brake switch...reclocked the banjo fitting to make the brake line run behind the bar if you look at it head on..just waiting for my seat to get back, no more bare seat pan..should be done tomorrow...

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    As to seat mounts, what i did sounds a little screwy, but looks ok, and lets the seat swing up if you need to get at the wiring. I took 2 seat hinges and welded them together in the 69 position. one is upside down, bolted down with the tank bolt, the other's right side up bolts to the seat.
    Seat is a 1975 Lepera, off an '65 Ironhead somebody parted-out on Ebay.


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    Looks good.

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    Thanks. It's kind of ghetto fab (the perch at the back is a Simpson stair tread bracket) but it's almost as comfy as the factory sofa and it's somewhat adjustable, by sliding the hinges and flipping the back bracket. Best of all it really changes the profile of the bike--that open area behind the seat makes the bike much more like a vintage rigid.

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    Those 2 chrome plates on the bottom of the seat were the mounts for my factory front turnsignals.
    Needed 'em to adapt from the narrower sportster rails to the wider vulcan frame. Might bolt on a
    set of bullet running lites--like the ones some of the old H.D.'s had under the seat.

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    Although not exactly the chop-cult style (or mine for that matter) Here's my buddy Matt's bike. He's Built a race truck and does fab work on the side... and decided to test his skills on a bike. So he tried to go a little crazy... Either way, with the jackshaft, wide tire, and LOW seat height it looks pretty cool while rolling and gets looks everywhere. And to his credit has been pretty builletproof. He plans a complete re-do this winter with tank and frame changes. This complete build took about 3 months.





    the open ended pipe you see was a mate for a detachable passenger seat.

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    Like you said, not my thing..but u can appreciate the fab work...

    Got my seat done and back on the bike...
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    I certainly see what you mean about the clean lines you get when the rails line up with the top bar
    on your swingarm.. To get some idea of what stance my Vulcan might have with that drop, I'd like
    to know what size front wheel you've got, plus the length of the forks? I've got 16's both front & back,
    and I assume you've got a 16 in back?

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    Yeah 16" rear...21" front...think our forks are the same length...

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    I think the forks on both bikes are the same lengths but the classic models are wider to fit the tire better.

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    32" top of top tree to tip of slider. you have a little more rake 34degrre, vs 31 1/2degree, trail avbout the same.

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    I got 33.25" top of trees to bottom of lowers, same as my brothers stock set up suspension......pretty sure the width is the same, 11.5" outside to outside...know alotta kats that have swapped the 21" for a 16"...the difference between the 2 is made up with wheel spacers...

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    I thought about looking for a 16" but that will be one of the last things I do after I get my bike done. I like the way it handles with the 21" but once you bob and lower the bike the 16" looks better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaChicken View Post
    I thought about looking for a 16" but that will be one of the last things I do after I get my bike done. I like the way it handles with the 21" but once you bob and lower the bike the 16" looks better.
    The big tire on the front has always seemed to me to be a big part of the difference between a
    bob and a chop. One style inspired by flattrack racers of the 40's the other inspired by the drag
    bikes of the 50's. That's also why the classic chop is raked out and/or has extended forks.

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    Thinkin of changin over to some 3-4" straight risers and broomstick bars...Whatcha fellas think?

    I'll admit, I'm watching Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man, got inspired by Mickey Rourke's bike...always dug that look...

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    took a look at the trailers on Youtube.. the one in italian is hilarous. like the style with narrower drag bars more
    than with broomsticks.

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    Got bored n looked into it, they're 6" risers w/ 29" wide drags that have 15 degrees of pull back...not diggin the 6" rise to much for my bike, looks good on that one with the frame raked and longer legs...

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    After some thought and reading some forums on the bobber/ chopper debate, whats old school, what's not...blah, blah, sniff whine...I'm going "Nu Skewl", but misfit, what's that mean...it means I can't spell new or school...anyways, think the 800 is gonna look like something that rose outta the debris of a post apocalyptic waste land...no exact plan yet, just an idea, bit thats the point....stay tuned kids...

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    My vulcan build as of now. I'm shaving the forks and just set the tank on

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