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I took a deposit on the Dyna and made a few hundy, so I'm looking for a killer deal on a sporty. I'm the a-hole low baller trolling Craigslist.
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Well. Got your text. Hate to pop your bubble on your 3000 budget and local findings.

But since you asked. Here is my 2 cents. Not a sportster by the way. But. If I did not have my custom hardtail build already in progress. This would be mine.

https://odessa.craigslist.org/mcy/d/...224099625.html




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Custom Chopper - $4000 (Midland)Custom chopper
96 inch S&S motor
6 speed kicker/electric start transmission >>Rok. Picture looks like my mine.
5 speed electric start transmission >>Rok. extra? Only a phone call will tell.
Belt driven primary
Belt drive final
All parts, pieces, controls to finish the bike. Everything is here.

CLEAN PENNSYLVANIA TITLE IN MY NAME READY TO TRANSFER.

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This one sounds more legit than the too good to be true scams we ran into in the past. It is the best I can come up with locally for what you describe. Lot's of good stuff there.

Anyways. That is my 2 cents so far. If wanting to stay locally with a sportster build with a local donor bike. All I can say. I really really like my Kraft Tech Hard Tail Frame as the base/rolling chassis for my S&S stroker shovel head 6 speed hard tail build . I really really like "Flyrite" sportster hard tail frames also.

Good luck on this one bro. Only bad news. What I posted may already be gone. There is a phone number to check though if interested.

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As always. I am available for pickup and storage. Delivery ? You gotta work with me on this. You know my current situation for the coming month or 2.
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I agree an IH is cool for a 70s style chopper but you likely know how to wrench on your Evo + you already have it. Also Maggie is one cool chop which you already know.
Here is one of my favorite chopped Evos with a relatively stock front end. It's the Atom Bomb built by a shop in VA.

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If you can, find bikes locally that have the hard tail kit you are considering. Pictures don't always tell the whole story. The hardtail kit determines the lines of the entire bike, so take a good amount of time researching what you want. No reason to rush, take time researching.

I agree if you take your time and look for deals you can probably save a lot of money (just don't skimp on the important bits) and sell your old parts to recoup some coin.

Enjoy the project!

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Well, one thing about not having lots of money to throw around is taking my time to do research could be easy! There aren't many Sportys around here, let alone choppers to look at Dan, but I get your point. Need to find out where a chopper show is I guess.

I was going to a chopper show during bike week but it was a down pour that day, all day. Not sure if that one even happened.

You are right Rok- Zach made the same point. He is supposed to dig me up a web sight he found a while back that has bike parts for sale on it.(not craigslist) Said he has seen whole rolling frames on there for less than the new kit would be, so that might be a factor. Only thing with that is I might wind up with somebody else screw up. As Zach pointed out to me earlier, only a fraction of a inch could cause problems with the bike.That is why he didn't want to build the hard tail from scratch like I asked him about. Something about bends, fitment and lazers.


For now, does anybody have any experience with the TC Bros hardtail, or the Led Sled kit? The kit from Led Sled already has some pieces welded in and comes with the fender and axle/chain adjuster. Im not sure that is the cheapest way to go, but may be the most simple.

Right now I will be researching the hard tail sections, and trying to get enough pieces together to get started. First thing to happen will be a swap with Ambers new bike. I am going to take the spoke front wheel off her bike and give her the mag front off Betty. There were some guys at my work place doing powder coat on the side, but their oven is shot. That means for now they can only do little pieces in a small oven they have. I wanted to get that mag powder coated gold to match the pinstripe on her bike. I saw several done this way at the meet and greet in WV and they looked very nice. If no low cost powder coating is available, we may do it with a spray can.

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You'll get some good info here and it's not PC which is very cool.
http://www.chopcult.com/default.php

I'd be very surprised if you could start frame up and finish at $3k. Like everything else in life you get what you pay for and you don't want your choppah to fall apart. A kit that allows you to use as many stock parts as possible will be the least expensive way to build and can be made to look very cool. 4"stretch and stock tire size will be a really good platform.
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Boud-thanks for the link bro. Turns out that is the same one Zach was trying to tell me about. I'll check it out.

Was thinking about the build today at work, and talked it around the shop with some folks that build cars and bikes or have in the past. I got some good leads on some powder coating folks to talk to and some real nice news on the paint. One guy I work with used to be a auto painter/body man for a living. Only doing small stuff at home on the side now.

When I told him I was looking for a reference for a painter and somebody to pinstripe, he offered to help me out a little. Says he will lay down the base after the body work in exchange for me fixing his tractor( oil pump in a 8n Ford) Then he has a guy,Ozzy, who he tells me is a talented free hand pinstripe artist. When that's over he suggests another guy for laying down the clear. They all know each other and work together from time to time. We will see, but at least its a little something.

I thought more about the frame pieces, and the kit from Led Sled today. Im not so sure the Led Sled kit is such a great deal right now. I've read a few reviews on the TC tail piece that makes me think that is encouraging. That and the fact that I want to do a little different with the battery box, and some other things that is not a big deal for nephew to fab up.

Need to get some prices together I guess. Betty is still in one piece for now and I got more time than money.

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Be careful if you go with that painting scenario, that's a lot of hands for your parts to go through before they get back to you finished, I'd hate to see your project get sidelined because your tins are sitting in paint jail.

Not saying it would go wrong, cuz I don't know these guys, but I've seen it happen. The guy we buy our paint from at the shop bought a 65 Cadillac 3 years ago, very solid car, just needed an old repair on the left 1/4 reworked, strip car, minimal bodywork and repaint. He took the car to one of the other shops he sells to, provided all materials and 3 years later still doesn't have the car back. Now this guy is in this shop every week, has stacks of $100 bills (like 10k) waiting for the shop owner when the car is finished, and still can't get it done.
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Well, I'm happy for you and Miz, patience is a virtue that the male gender is somewhat lacking in but we can take a stab at it once in awhile. Don't make quick decisions, L always like to "sleep on them" and if it feels right come morning then I'm good to go, just sayin.....
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Thanks for the advice and encouragement guys! For sure, nothing is set in stone yet. I know that paint deal sounds sketchy, but you will have to take my word on the guys integrity. I have been knowing him and his family for many years and they don't come any more straight up. That said, I agree that is a weird scenario and I have another dude to talk to about the paint work. I like options.

I did talk with the guys suggested to me about the powder coating after work yesterday. $150 for the frame, and $50 for the mags. Sounds fair to me, what do you guys think?

The guy who owns it does most of the work and only has one other employee. They were busy doing some parts for a custom truck build and had some scooter frames all cleaned up waiting for powder. He had pictures of his work including some late model BT bikes that he did, and all looked nice.

Pricing parts today while it's raining.

Question: Do I need a jig to weld the rear section on?

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