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hey guys i just wanted to post this project over here because it's been several years since i posted anything on here. i also have it over on the horse backstreet choppers and chopcult forums. i bought this bike at a bike salvage yard last year for $700 and it has about $700 in backfees. still $1400 is pretty good. i brought it home and got a better look at this thing. someone had already fitted a cv carb on it so that was a plus. i cleaned the carb and connected a battery to the chopped up wiring harness, fired right up. the front cylinder will be needing some addressing as the pressure is low in that one (don't remember how much though). my plans for this bike was to make it into a boardtracker along with another bike i made for a customer, kinda like a big/little sister deal. i got really busy in the shop so this one had to take a back seat for a while. i finally dragged it back out a couple weeks ago. it will basically be just like the xs400 in the pics below but yet have it's own unique features you know? here are some pics of what the bike was and where i am going with it.

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man that is looking cool. I love the board tracker look when done right....
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thanks man! i'm so excited about this bike. this is my second ironhead and i still miss my first one which was a '75. i have had a few shovels but my heart is still with these ironheads. i love em
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i like what your doing, that old girl needed some TLC badly
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that's a very interesting frame; did you make it?
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thanks man! i'm so excited about this bike. this is my second ironhead and i still miss my first one which was a '75. i have had a few shovels but my heart is still with these ironheads. i love em
I just got a '75 semi-basket case that I'm bring back to life.. Love these old Irons. Is that finished bike yours too? It looks like it has a KZ 400/440 engine? that bike looks sweet....
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I just got a '75 semi-basket case that I'm bring back to life.. Love these old Irons. Is that finished bike yours too? It looks like it has a KZ 400/440 engine? that bike looks sweet....

thanks fellas, i build bikes for a living. the finished bike is a 1981 yamaha xs400 which i made for a customer. i started both the yamaha and the ironhead projects at the same time but like i stated, i got alot busy in the shop and the ironhead had to take the back seat! i make everything in house
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hey guys i just had a quick question. i will be rebuilding the top end due to the fact that one of the cylinders has low compression (don't remember how much but pretty sure it was more than 20psi. difference) i also checked to make sure it was the rings and not the valves by putting in a little oil in the cylinder, cranked it over and the psi went up pretty good. anyhow. i am not sure what size the pistons are at because i haven't cracked the heads open yet. hopefully standard so i can go up 10 or 20 over. my question would be what other repairs should i consider on this engine besides a valve job and a new clutch. i think i will be keeping this one for me and i definately want it to last for a while. i am also on a budget so don't say blueprint the thing....won't happen on this budget. any input is definately appreciated. thanks in advance, Lou
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it might be a good time to have some port/polish work done on your heads since you're going to have them off anyway for the top end freshen up. then take better advantage of new flow with some hotter cams. unless of course that maxes out the budget !
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hey fellas just wanted to throw up a couple pics of the bike. i got to work on it today for a few hours. last week i took the springer in to my friends shop and had it shortened. i kinda just half assed mocked it up on the bike to see what it looked like. i will be making some new rockers for it then i will be painting the springer to match the frame. i'll prolly have the springs and rockers chromed. next i made a set of bars for the bike, nothing fancy just plain with one simple bend in the tubing. i then started cutting up the fatbobs for this project. i will be running them separate one on each side of the backbone. here are today's pics check em out...............







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