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Old 3rd June 2010
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hey everyone--after many months of searching i have finally purchased a donor bike for my hardtail project... 06' 883 low - 1900 miles -
clean bike / runs great -- and the price was right...
i got it last monday 5-24-2010 ..
--- here it is ---





--- what i know---
i will be going w/ bill @ kansas kustom for the weld-on hardtail section..
using the stock front end--probably lower it..
using the stock peanut tank and stock front fender..
converting to chain drive..
chrome will be at a minimum--nothing against it-i just like the polished look on there now..
have an idea about handlebar,grips,pegs,tires/wheels,
plate mount/taillight,headlamp,turn signals,exhaust etc.,but at this point not really important..
have an idea for a color,and a friend who will spray the tins when i am ready..
the frame,triple trees,lower legs,and all brackets will be powdercoated--and not black !
i will also be trimming a lot of the wiring harness and hiding whats left in the frame where possible..
-- the unknown --
i have never done anything quite this drastic --however i am completely confident of my ability to do it...
i am hoping that the hardtail builders on the forum will chime in and give me some advice in regards to what lies ahead--what to do/or not to do (from their experience)..
i know i need a rear fender,oil tank,seat,battery box,and mounts/bungs welded on for them as well as the fuel tank rear mount,rear caliper mount, etc.
what type of welding is best for these ? where do i get bungs ?
also wheel spacers---where do i get them ?
which chain kit ?

--- so far ---
jumping ahead one week(from when i got it)--i got to work on the bike this past tuesday 6-1-2010--and heres what it looks like after 4-5 hours work..



ok i stopped at this point--kids just got off the bus---those who do not know,i am a single/custodial parent so time for working on the bike is not to often--so this will not happen over night...i usually get free time on mondays/tuesdays so that is when i will post updates.
the next thing i will do is remove the part of the frame not needed and then clean/prep frame for the new rear section..
oh and sorry for the date on the pictures--i always forget to set the date on the camera when i put in freshly charged batteries..this time i did not forget-just mixed up the month and date
also i will be selling the harley saddle bags,and the crash bar for starters--
not sure what else yet as my daily bike is also an 06'--kind of nice to have spare parts laying around..
i am sure there is stuff i am forgetting--its late
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First, congrats. I'm finishing up my hardtail project for my '04. I also went with Bill @ KK, good guy.

Second, might I suggest posting somehting on the Chopper forum, they are a huge resource and some don't look here in the rubbermount section.

A few tips:

If your going to go with a sprung seat, make a plate for the top of the hardtail section allowing you to mount the seat further back. If you mount the seat hinge on the backbone its too far from the fender IMHO.

Choose your oil tank wisely. If it hangs too low it will hit the chain.

Figure where and how you are going to mount yoru chain tensionor before you mount your battery box.

Shift your battery box away from the chain.

Those are some of the problems I ran into. If you have and questions ask, rubbermoutn hardtails can be quirky.
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Totally signing onto this one! And as NO COAST said, you might either start another thread in the Chopper section or PM a mod to move this thread there. You'll surely get more traffic for your questions over there.

And good luck! Looking forward to the progress.
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Thats all you got done? You said you worked on it for 4-5 hours... What did you do for the other 3.5 hours when the bike was apart?! :P Let me know if you need anything welded Hahah!
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Geez, are those bags wide enough. LOL I look forward to seeing this project progress.
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thanks for the tips guys--this is exactly what i was looking for-input from those who are or have been there---i have asked for the thread to be moved--looking for input from as many as possible--there are lots of nice bikes built here..
lots of questions on my mind ---thanks
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Ask away in the wind. I just got my rubbermount road worthy, I also went with a KK tail from Bill. No coast pretty much nailed the first things to keep in mind. Good luck with the build.
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thats what my bike started out as. the front end is low enough. i wouldn't go any lower thats my 2 cents. the stock harley lowered front uspension is great.
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If you were closer I would loan you my motor stand
wait a sec...wouldn't work on yours...oops
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holey cow that thing is in Pieces ! another good one to watch
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