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    Sorry if I'm posting in the wrong section, but does anyone know how much of the cast iron I can safely grind off a Softail frame, I want to shave off where the stock speedo mount was, but not sure how much I can hack off before i have a problem. Here's a pic of the party of the frame I'm talking about.
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    1) it ain't cast iron, it's cast steel, thankfully.

    2) if you look at the area where the top tube of the frame is socketed into that weldment, you can see the wall thickness in the areas where the speedo mount ain't. If you maintain that wall thickness all the way around, you will be OK. The frame is plenty robust.

    3) you can also remove the reveal line that would be at the front of the tanks (the curved raised rib).

    Jim

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    "it ain't cast iron, it's cast steel, thankfully."

    My phone got me, it was supposed to just say cast area, but either way thanks for the info, and just to verify its safe to grind smooth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monster8842 View Post
    and just to verify its safe to grind smooth.
    Yes it's ok to grind it flat..............

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    About this much:


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    I have seen some right royally buggered frames where someone has hacked the castin's about & I don't like it one bit,
    BUT this pic Zeeman, is the nicest I have seen it done & it looks great...
    If you did it, you Sir are not only skilled, but you have an eye for detail...
    VERY nicely done....
    It has almost converted me on de-lugging frame necks......

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    Yes I like the Picture Zeeman posted, very practical. I've seen a similar picture, perhaps on here.

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    Not my pic, although I've done similar to a few frames.. Keeps just enough of the casting to keep that Harley flavour.
    I think the pic is from Noise cycles blog maybe? A few years back now.

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    Here's a work in progress one I was working on last year, windowed as well. A lot of filing and grinding work, plus a little welding (eg to cap speedo cable hole)






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