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Old 30th June 2011
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I know a lot of people disagree with rigids, but I'll start off by saying, I'm only 21, so I can plead young and stupid. Now on to the question.

I have an 81 that I put a new front end on, its a wide-glide about 4 inches over stock, and I'm looking to get a rigid with some rake and stretch to deal with this. I built my brother a 77, which came with an already rigid frame that had around 2 inches of stretch and about 10 degree of rake, and he's running my stock narrow-glide, and needs stock rake and stretch to bring it in.

I'm hoping to figure out a way to hardtail my stock 81 frame and swap with his bike, but I'm not sure how to work out running the drum brake on his 77. I'm not sure if there is a way to weld on an older style drum hardtail kit on to my later model disc frame, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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get in contact with Kansas Kustoms or Ledsleds they can hook you up. I ride a rigid and Im an old fart.
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I made my own. I'm an old fart too. (pretty old not tooo old)

I put a disk on the back to help with stopping, hide it under my bags. Easy upgrade.

you can see pics in this thread:

http://xlforum.net/vbportal/forums/s....php?t=1144545
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I don't have a lot of cash to throw around, but I'm not afraid of a little fabrication. And I would try and run a disc on the 77 but he's using factory mag wheels.
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An 81 has the triangulated frame and is not going to have that "look" if hardtailed.
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some companies make weld on hard tails specifically for the 79-81 frame. you have to pretty much cut the entire back half of the frame off to do one.
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IF you are a decent welder/fabricator i don't see it being to hard to adapt a drum brake hardtail to fit an 81 frame.
but then again i've been know to do all kinda crazy s#!t, like shoving a 95 engine into a highly modified 80 frame with a rigid mounted swing arm, no struts or anything at the rear of the swingarm for support. .
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