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The work to get it fixed is comparable to the price of a hardtail
It shouldn't be comparable or remotely close, but go for the hardtail if you prefer. How much were you quoted for a repair?? Feel free to post prices for feedback. It can save you from getting overcharged.

A removable shock stud from another model Sportster could easily be cut to size with a zip disc then welded in place without disturbing much of anything. I'd place my welder ground clamp as close as practical to the weld area and have at it.

Factory number for the replaceable Sportster stud (used on later models because welded studs suck for reasons you just found!) is 47384-91
Aftermarket studs are plentiful. Your frame isn't designed for it but it's long enough to cut the frame end of the stud down so your new stud matches the length of the old one (or if you forget to measure it before removal, the good one on the other side!).

I'd make index marks at far enough outside the weld area to indicate old stud center before cutting off the bad stud. Look at a picture of a rifle scope reticle and you'll get the idea. It's not extremely precise work.

Cutting down a stud to fit, prepping the weld area (fancy name for hitting it with a sanding disc or similar until you have bare metal for about 3/4" inch around your weld joint), then welding it should take your welder about an hour. There's nothing else to disturb or remove.
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I can't believe you want to chop this beautiful machine up into a worthless unridable piece of junk.
Sorry. I saw the word chopper in the thread title. To me that is what chopper means. You can of course do what you wish but IMHO anything that qualifies for an antique motorcycle plate needs meticulous restoration not destruction. Do you have the front fender?
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Sorry. I saw the word chopper in the thread title. To me that is what chopper means. You can of course do what you wish but IMHO anything that qualifies for an antique motorcycle plate needs meticulous restoration not destruction. Do you have the front fender?
I plan on making it a 70s style chopper, but I guess I'm in luck, it doesn't qualify for antique plates here in Ontario. ;p I have the fender, it was one of the first things I took off. I have a while pile of parts I've stripped from it.

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It shouldn't be comparable or remotely close, but go for the hardtail if you prefer. How much were you quoted for a repair?? Feel free to post prices for feedback. It can save you from getting overcharged.

A removable shock stud from another model Sportster could easily be cut to size with a zip disc then welded in place without disturbing much of anything. I'd place my welder ground clamp as close as practical to the weld area and have at it.

Factory number for the replaceable Sportster stud (used on later models because welded studs suck for reasons you just found!) is 47384-91
Aftermarket studs are plentiful. Your frame isn't designed for it but it's long enough to cut the frame end of the stud down so your new stud matches the length of the old one (or if you forget to measure it before removal, the good one on the other side!).

I'd make index marks at far enough outside the weld area to indicate old stud center before cutting off the bad stud. Look at a picture of a rifle scope reticle and you'll get the idea. It's not extremely precise work.

Cutting down a stud to fit, prepping the weld area (fancy name for hitting it with a sanding disc or similar until you have bare metal for about 3/4" inch around your weld joint), then welding it should take your welder about an hour. There's nothing else to disturb or remove.
I appreciate all the information, my plan was to put a hardtail on it anyway, so this is more or less becoming my excuse to do it sooner than later. Because mine is welded into the frame I was quoted $400 because the shop wanted to fabricate the part you've linked essentially. I'm sure if I bought that the price would drop significantly. A friend and I are actually opening a motorcycle cafe in the spring so I'm in limbo currently just waiting to get distributor status with a few companies before I buy any parts. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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