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Old 22nd February 2019
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Where did you guys hide them on your chops? Have a decent amount of stuff to hide on my 97. Gonna ditch the signals but pretty much keep everything else. I'm running a rigid mount cobra seat from TC bros, and was thinking about making a tray under it to mount everything in 1 spot, but will probably have to make it slotted to access the seat mounting hardware.

My one other idea was going to be to build a battery/electronics/tool box out of an old ammo can between the seat post and the rear tire. Not sure how it would fit/look. I will be putting more thought into that this weekend. May be too big.

What did everyone else do?
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Most "chops" I've seen have a 6"-8" diameter cyl. tank under the seat divided so one side is oil and the other side is electrics. The battery is usually mounted low in the frame, behind the rear motor mount. One of the nicer looking oil/electrics I've seen is an angular shaped that to some gives it the Japanese/'79 Sporty look. This pic is in H-D Sportster Hop-up & Customizing Guide-"Wolfgang Pub." Tod Zallaps-writer I got this book from Barnes & Noble.
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I should have mentioned I am running an old school mooneyes oil tank so the dividing the tank isn't going to be an option for me.
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Two things that might help - Use a nosecone igntion to eliminate the external ignition module - I wouldn't normally recommend this, since the external module runs cooler and often is more reliable, but in your case you are trying to hide as much as possible...

You might look at a mini-fuse block to replace the stock circuit breakers - but be sure you are using appropriately sized fuses to prevent overcurrent melting the wires (a fire hazard)...

Good Luck - Post some pics...

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thinking about making a tray under it to mount everything in 1 spot,
This is what I did. Start at about post 36 in the build thread. Which I need to update...

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Thanks for the info. I think i'm going to get one of those small lithium batteries, divide the slightly larger battery box in half and put all electronics in the battery box. Thoughts?
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hi im doing a sportster softail mod and rewiring using motogadget m unit check out my youtube https://youtu.be/RF2JiS5xDHo, check the recent one will show you how you can get rid of most of the bits and pieces like fuse box, flasher unit relays etc and slim the whole wiring to just one box, all is controlled by the box and digitaly controlled, easy to wire up and ill do a episode on the wiring as i go
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hi im doing a sportster softail mod and rewiring using motogadget m unit check out my youtube https://youtu.be/RF2JiS5xDHo, check the recent one will show you how you can get rid of most of the bits and pieces like fuse box, flasher unit relays etc and slim the whole wiring to just one box, all is controlled by the box and digitaly controlled, easy to wire up and ill do a episode on the wiring as i go


Man I feel bad about complaining about my 1 car garage not having enough space to work!!!!! You put me to shame on that one! Have you posted any videos about the wiring? I found part 1 and 2.
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hi im doing a sportster softail mod and rewiring using motogadget m unit check out my youtube https://youtu.be/RF2JiS5xDHo, check the recent one will show you how you can get rid of most of the bits and pieces like fuse box, flasher unit relays etc and slim the whole wiring to just one box, all is controlled by the box and digitaly controlled, easy to wire up and ill do a episode on the wiring as i go
Are you using the Motogadget switches? I used the M-Unit but decided to keep the Harley Switches for the time being. Mostly due to $$$...
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check out 'mrhotrod460' on youtube im up to part 6 now https://youtu.be/FAR-NwbWztQ
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