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Default Rubber mount weld on hardtail options

Hello all. I have been looking at old threads most of the day today searching for information and ideas about how to go about hardtailing my 2006 1200low. From what i have gathered Led Sled is probably the best thats still around. Places like David Bird and Kansas Kustoms seem to no longer be active from the little research i did. I realize its not the easiest task hardtailing a rubber mount but this bike has a lot of sentimental attachment and i want to do what i can to this specific machine. Anyways I am looking for any and all advice about what to expect and also any other options that might be out there for rubber mount frame. Please post pics of any rubber mount choppers also you might have.
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Just solid mount your 2006 with those teflon mount from DK.
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Just solid mount your 2006 with those teflon mount from DK.
You misunderstood the question. He is looking for a hardtail, not stiffer mounts.
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To block the engine movement in a hard tail, the rubber will not be good.

Mount the engine on Teflon block then weld the hard tail.
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ok thank you. I read that converting to solid mount when going to hardtail will reduce movement and chain wobble.
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It will, but it also increases the vibration to your hands. I run a Drag Specialties rear engine mount and a stock front mount on my Roadster to get the vibes under control.

Back before the rubber mount engines there were rubber gromets in the top triple tree for mounting the risers too so with solid mounted risers you feel every vibe. I have carpal tunnel and it really sucks.

But back to the solid replacement for the rubber mount. It does help some, but the swing arm is not mounted to the rubber engine mount. It slides through the center of the mounts and is secure to the frame. The issue people talk about with the strange feel in corners with a rubber mount seems to stem from running the belt tight like the factory spec tells you to do. I run my belts with 5/8" of free play rather than 5/8" of deflection measured using 10# pressure like the factory says. Once I did that the strange feel in the rear went away and both bikes corner like they are on rails. In your case there will be no swing arm movement at all, so the rubber mount will be even less of an issue rather than more. The Drag specialties mounts are stiffer rubber rather than nylon so they are a step in between factory and nylon.
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TCBros just announced they would have a weld on option for 04-13 frames starting tomorrow! IMO they are the best looking one. They have pics on their instagram. Just throwing this out there for future people that search or anyone also interested.
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