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Default Recommended rigid frame brand?

My plan is to build a rigid frame chopper using my 1999 Evo sportster motor.

Probably with
35 deg rake, 2” stretch and 1” rise …… well ….. maybe …. 🤔

I’ll probably end up buying a frame through Dennis Kirk, Sportyparts or JP Cycles.

Of the different brands/manufacturers I would love to find out which frames have been proven to be the most reliable.

Some brands that come to mind:
Paughco, Kraft Tech, Drag, GMA, V- Twin

Thanks for any help from those of you that have build choppers.

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Paughco and Kraft Tech are well thought of. Led Sled is another that comes to mind as being used by a lot of reputable builders.
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Paughco and Kraft Tech are well thought of. Led Sled is another that comes to mind as being used by a lot of reputable builders.
Thanks for your reply. Much appreciated.
Could you tell me which frame manufacturer you ended up using for your chopper build?

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Never done a complete frame but I’ve used hardtails from Led Sled and Voodoo Vintage. The folks at Led Sled were great to work with. I don’t believe Voodoo makes complete frames.
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Never done a complete frame but I’ve used hardtails from Led Sled and Voodoo Vintage. The folks at Led Sled were great to work with. I don’t believe Voodoo makes complete frames.
Good feedback. Thanks. I checked out LedSled on the Internet. I will definitely give them a call.

Meanwhile I got kind of interested in the “Swedish” style frames sold by Paughco.
To me they look similar to the 60’s frames used by Cliff Vaughs and Ben Hardy for the Captain America and Billy bikes for Easy Rider.

Anyway thanks again for your feedback.
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I know a lot of folks who have used Paughco and have been happy. Might want to check out chopcult which is entirely chopper focused (hard to tell by the name, right?).
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I've bought n sold frames at swap meets, big $$ savings
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Swap meets most definitely can save you some $. Beware of bent frames and titling issues though.
On a side note as well, I just recently contacted Paughco with the VIN from a frame that was known to never had been registered, but I had no MSO. I provided them with some pics and a notarized statement (provided by them), plus a small fee. I was then sent a valid MSO in my name for registration purposes. Total time was about 30 days.
I wouldn’t suggest telling the seller of a frame with no paperwork about this service, just use the “no paperwork “ dillema in your favor when haggling on the price.
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