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Photo by Daniel Venditto - Bike: LC Fabrications - Event: Fuel Cleveland 

Born-Free 10 coverage pt.3 - Sunday Awards

 The 2018 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob ready to be given away
 The all original 1945 shinning in the sun
 The awards 
 Giving away a few Born-Free decks made by Joker's Skate Shop
 Chip and Mikey on stage to hand out a few of the awards for the SDC show
 The Bell Helmets Choice award
 Bobby Scott took 3rd place in the SDC show with a perfect Dyna built at TrackerDie
 Josh Allison with his 'Born Free' award
 The crowd waiting in anticipation 
 Dennis Jackson all the way from Delaware took home the 'Best Rider' award
 Patrick Tilbury with 'Best Competition'
 Onlookers waiting to see who will win 'Best in Show'
 Mikey from SDC took home 'Best Modern'
 Makoto, Emmi, and Shige with the award they presented to Mike and Grant for 10 Years of Excellence with the Born-Free show
 Part of the Best in Show prize is a trip to Japan to be in the Mooneyes Hot Rod Custom Show
 Go Takamine got the 'Best Indian' award!
 Ryan Cox super stoked on his 'Best Flathead' award. Well deserved
 Chris Graves with his incredible Shovelhead... took home 'Best Shovelhead'
 Hawke Lawshe' got 'Best Knucklehead' and also the 'Mooneyes Pick' award
 Mike Davis
 Josh Sheehan proud of his 'Founders Pick' award
 Shige holding up the Moon disc he presented to Mike and Grant
 Mike, Shige, and Grant getting ready to present 'Best in Show'
 The Harpoon and Jeff Leighton came on stage to present the Vard MFG fork that was a prize for the winner of 'Best in Show'
 and Born-Free 10's 'Best in Show' award goes too...
 Justin Walls!! with his absolutely incredible EL Mirage ready bad-a bike that will be going to Japan
 Getting ready to giveaway this 2018 Harley-Davidson
 The crowd waits as the name on a ticket is called...
 Congrats to Devin Seymour for winning this brand new 2018 Fat Bob
 His first seat on his new whip
 We called up a random guest from the crowd to pull the ticket for the Knucklehead giveaway
 After sorting through a handful of tickets we verified that Brook won the 1945 Harley-Davidson
 He was not able to hide his excitement! 
 Congratulations Brook
That was Sunday's award photos, stay tuned for pt. 4 for more pictures of bikes, and what went on at Born-Free 10

Born-Free 10 coverage pt.2 - Invited Builders

Congrats Dave Barker for 'Best Panhead'

 Matt Olsen with 'Best Bobber'

 Mark Atkins

 Max Schaaf

 Doug & Kelley Haifley

 Chase Stopnik

 Vincent Summers

 Duane Ballard got 'Best Japanese'

 Kyle Edgar took home 3rd Place Builder's Choice

 Jeff Leighton

 Patrick Tilbury

 Justin Walls seized the coveted 'Best in Show' 

 Toshiyuki Osawa

 Josh Allison with the 'Born-Free Award'

 Ryan Mullion with 'Best Paint'

 'Best Shovelhead' went to Chris Graves and his amazing bike!


Dayten Likness took home 'Best Chopper'

 Hawke' Lawshe took home 'Best Knucklehead' and also 1st place Builder's Choice

 Ryan Grossman aka: Vintage Dreams

 Ben Boog

 Mick Evangelista

 Scratch Woodley 

Josh Sheehan taking out very own 'Founders Pick' award

 Ivan Snodgrass

Shawn Long took home 'Best Pre Unit' 

Born-Free 10 coverage pt. 1

The 1968 Shovelhead giveaway bike built by the Prism boys.

Anthony Robinson and his Triumph that took home 'Best British'; he was also a Show Class People's Champ Six contestant

Markland and his rad knucklehead

Dean-o lining them up in the morning

The DicE Magazine booth in full-force


Lots of people out for the SDC FXR & Open show.

Giveaway ticket seller extraordinaire, Elizabeth  

This thing was working all day!

Ryan, killing it

Chris and his killer Shovel

Another one of the Show Class People's Champ Six finalists. Shamus Mathers

Shamus Mathers

From the morning until an hour before the gates closed there was bikes cruising in from all over... this guy rode here from Australia, no joke. 

Killer Pan!

All types and styles of custom bikes were rolling onto the grass!


Neat, simple, traditional... just right

The grass area becomes it's own show

Another Panhead comin' through 

It's fun to sit by the grass pass gates and see all the different bikes go by

A rider with some style to it

The dugdiggler himself

Easy-Beans cruising in strong

Killer style!

Bikes lined up as far as the eye could see!

This guy was cruising into the SDC show!

Sportsters, baggers, choppers, all the names...

Nailed it!

This pair was too rad!

The more the merrier!

One of the line-ups over in the SDC area

SDC brought out a huge display of insane builds

The live music was going all day


More live music over at the DicE Magazine stage!

Gettin' it

Suicide Machine Co showing off some Hooligan race bikes

Babes slangin' paletas

Babes drinkin' beer

Looks like there's a Sportster hiding under all that impressive bodywork 

His first custom motorcycle show

The live music was non-stop!

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Playing with the giveaway bike

Who doesn't love old race bikes?

This thing is roasted (literally) but still riding out to the show. Unarguably a chopper 

"Coming through!"

Joe Kerivan's dope Panhead

Dave Polgreen rode his clean FXR out to the show

The worst tattoo competition popped off. We're thinking the 1 year of 805 Beer prize was more than enough incentive to make the competition tough!

Chris helping judge the worst tattoo 


The crowd eager to find out who won builders choice and who is taking home the 1968 Shovelhead

One last look before that winning ticket is pulled!

Mikey from SDC giving some recognition to the bikes in the FXR & Open show

Getting ready to announce Builder's Choice

3rd Place, Kyle from Leadfist Cycles with his incredible Triumph

2nd Place went to Dayten Likness with his super bad-a '66 Shovelhead

1st Place and the trip to  Mooneyes Hot Rod Custom Show in Japan is Hawke Lawshe' of Vintage Technologies, congrats!

A random special guest from the crowd was chosen to come pick the giveaway ticket for the 1968 Shovelhead

Jake and Zach from Prism came up to talk a little bit about the bike they built for the giveaway

Congratulations to Paul Kuvelis for taking home the incredible '68!

1946WL Engine

Above:  I refer to this SHOP DOPE update when fitting lower end rollers on big twins and 45s.
This motor was supplied with the wrong cages.  I had the correct steel cages as per the information supplied, so I'll update accordingly.  I have a good stash of NOS Sonnax rollers, and the perfect +.0002 set for his pinion race.  All good, but tedious work.
Above: I try different flywheel thrust washers to achieve correct endplay.  This is done by bolting the cases together multiple times, and re-checking the end play.  More tedious work !
Above:  I have a place on this heavy steel bench to bolt(and clamp) flathead cylinders for cutting valve seals and lapping.  These reproduction cylinder kits always need honed, and seat work done to be right.  No exceptions here.  More tedious work...... 

Sprocket Shaft Seal Update

On a WL (45") Model: I use the standard seal kit available from Colony Machine.  This kit will eliminate the "reverse oil screw-type" insert.  The new-style double lip seal is the same seal for a 4-speed main drive gear.  You can replace the seal if needed (usually get it worked out) without taking the cases apart. 

On a WR (45") Model: I use the big twin seal kit available from Colony Machine(since a WR sprocket shaft is larger).  I press the seal into the left-side sprocket shaft spacer after it's modified to fit this seal . . . (since a WR does not have a left-side sprocket shaft race. (they run a ball bearing). 



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