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Can anyone tell me if the headlight mounted by her foot would work on an 82 Ironhead, or is that one just for looks due to vibration? Bonus points for using the stock light! Hot Bike magazine's coverage of bare metal bike by Led sled
Not sure about other states, but Virginia law states at least 15" from the ground. Having the headlight that low would be a nightmare in the rain at night.
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Welcome aboard. When it comes to forwards, I bought a set off this sight from a "donor", the only mod's necessary were the linkages and finding the correct splined shaft for he shift lever. You can modify anything to fit so have some fun making the bike fit your needs.
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Welcome aboard. When it comes to forwards, I bought a set off this sight from a "donor", the only mod's necessary were the linkages and finding the correct splined shaft for he shift lever. You can modify anything to fit so have some fun making the bike fit your needs.
I've actually got the forward controls in hand. I'm thinking of mounting the shift side on it due to my bum knee...-we'll see if i get used to the present configuration or grow weary of it.

After some review-pretty sure all the tin was repainted- i'm calling it a plum metalflake. Seems like a wasted opportunity to throw in some purple pearl...

I know the frame mounted light may not be everyone's cup of tea, but i think some wide, low, fairly straight bars, 2 inch tank lift and tuck job on the wires would have the front looking very clean.

Thanks- Kaptain Rick
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That 'Hot Bike' cover..how come her braids weren't flappin' in the wind and No bugs in her teeth. The headlight looks like something bought at tractor supply, but it looks cool. You ought to be able to see all the little critters at night.....Kaptain, the '82 anniversary bike was in several magazines back in 82 and I think I still have the Cycle World mag, with it in there. Burgundy and silver...colors of the 80's. As far as forward controls go, they were so expensive back then that most of us opted for CustomChrome (before they started using K's--KustomKhrome) highwaypegs and I learned to shift and brake using my heels. Judging by all the beautiful pictures of Ironheads on this Forum, you are going to have your work cut out for you trying to decide on what defines You. Have fun.
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Hello, This last weekend i picked up an 82 XLH that i was told was a 25th anniversary model. Not sure about that due to the paint job- kind of a plum metalflake without the silver side panels and different badging that i love.

The PO removed forward controls, dash panel, and installed the small speedo and the wrapped pipes. He kept saying the tank might be fairly valuable- don't know about that- it's bigger than a peanut and i'm told the Anniversary models were bigger. I dunno if it is factory color, or a respray over an Anniversary or Non-Anniversary.

I like the bobber idea for these- would love to set the back down a bit, install lower, wider, flatter handlebars, trim the blinkers and even move the headlight to the left hand side down tube of frame- not sure if a solid mount iron head is a good fit for that- seen it on a magazine bike-but that could be for legality more than riding at night.

how does one shop for handle bars? there's a million. should i ride to nearest bike shop and play around with them holding them in basic position?

Also- PO gave me the old dual seat, and the backrest, front fender and the forward controls- i have a bum left knee- and i think the pipes conflict with forward controls- does anyone run forward controls on just the shifter side?
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Welcome from the crescent city, nice find, actually a very nice find!
The PO did you a favor by removing the forwards(IMNHO).
Those wrapped drag pipes are good on the dragstrip.... are you planning on drag racing it?
There are numerous things that I would change, but it's your bike and it's all about "customizing it" now to what you like.

I'd say that just a set of Pcams, some head work to flow in and out, the thin head gasket(making sure the fire ring doesn't bottom out)for a wee bit more compression, a 2 >1 exhaust or a crossover header with some cut off's (hole sawed the guts to 1-1/4"), a nice dialed in CV carb from an EVO, with a high flow K&N air filter, would do the trick for me,,,,,,, but heey, is your bike, ENJOY!!!
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Welcome from the crescent city, nice find, actually a very nice find!
The PO did you a favor by removing the forwards(IMNHO).
Those wrapped drag pipes are good on the dragstrip.... are you planning on drag racing it?
There are numerous things that I would change, but it's your bike and it's all about "customizing it" now to what you like.

I'd say that just a set of Pcams, some head work to flow in and out, the thin head gasket(making sure the fire ring doesn't bottom out)for a wee bit more compression, a 2 >1 exhaust or a crossover header with some cut off's (hole sawed the guts to 1-1/4"), a nice dialed in CV carb from an EVO, with a high flow K&N air filter, would do the trick for me,,,,,,, but heey, is your bike, ENJOY!!!
Thanks! It's already got a better carb on it. Considering the other stuff done to it, I'm wondering if it already has mild cams but not sure. I'm not going to race it (much) but I love the pipes and the sound. To me it's a toy to unwind to and from work and maybe go to dinner. Basically a bar hopper but I don't go to bars. Working 2 jobs for past several years, plus finding time for family doesn't leave much time for long trips. I just want to get out and rip it a bit and be in a good mood when I get home to see my girls.
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