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I've just fitted some Crime Scene Choppers brass head bolt covers:







They're in the J&P Cycles catalogue (although it says availability is: 'Coming Soon'), but if you want to get some, get them direct from Joe McGlynn at CSC: they're much cheaper.

They're held in place with set screws (grub screws). Supposedly you can put these to the outer sides, and do them up with an allen key between the fins. This may work on BTs, but on my Sportster there was a fin at exactly the same level, making this impossible.

Instead I took the plugs out, and put them on with the set screws towards the plugs: you can just make one out in the pics, on the rear cover on the rear head.

I've also got a brass Golan petcock:



I haven't fitted it yet, as I have a number of changes to make to the tank, which I'll do all at the same time.
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Well it only took you a couple of weeks (months ?!) to bolt them on !

is this petock plug&play ? (kinda like it...)
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Looks good. Your brass accents are gaining ground. Share where your vision is going. For example, which covers might you have plated with brass? I assume you will keep a combination of chrome and brass with it mostly being chrome and using the brass as the accents.
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Well it only took you a couple of weeks (months ?!) to bolt them on !
A couple of months, actually.

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is this petock plug&play ? (kinda like it...)
Pretty much. The outlet is 5/16" instead of ¼", so I'm going to use 5/16" hose (copper braided with brass hose clamps). It's not a vacuum petcock, so you can chuck away the vacuum line between the petcock and carb, you just have to put a little cap on the vacuum outlet on the carb.
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Looks good. Your brass accents are gaining ground. Share where your vision is going. For example, which covers might you have plated with brass? I assume you will keep a combination of chrome and brass with it mostly being chrome and using the brass as the accents.
I'm going for a retro look, and I think having a few bits in such materials as brass and copper will add to that (though not necessarilly the Celtic designs; I just like Celtic knotwork). I'm thinking of some old bikes I've seen in vintage vehicle rallies. Based on those, I've got an idea in my head of the look I want to achieve, but I don't have a carefully worked out plan or anything; it just depends what I come across.

I'm not thinking of plating any covers at all. I'm thinking more of the odd detail part here and there. As you said: accents. I don't want to overdo it. I've got one or two other ideas. I've got the chrome tail light cover. The earliest Sportsters had a tail light housing much like that, but painted to match the fender. I'm thinking of doing the same.

One thing I'd really like is cotton braided spark plug wires. You can get them, but only in copper core wires. Now if I could only find some spiral wound wires with cotton braiding.
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I suppose that with this petcock you'll have to turn it off every time you don’t ride, or is it safe ?

(I’m also doing an old-school with old(ich) accents in copper/brass such as the sissy bar and dog-bone risers, I’m just waiting on my led’s to begin an modify my Scoot…)
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I suppose that with this petcock you'll have to turn it off every time you don’t ride, or is it safe ?
Yes you do, just like an older bike. You turn it off whenever you stop the engine.

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I’m also doing an old-school with old(ich) accents in copper/brass such as the sissy bar and dog-bone risers, I’m just waiting on my led’s to begin an modify my Scoot…
I saw those brass risers, and thought they looked really good, but I rather like the speedo / tach set up I have:

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Yes you do, just like an older bike. You turn it off whenever you stop the engine.
Well it goes with the look...


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I saw those brass risers, and thought they looked really good, but I rather like the speedo / tach set up I have:

Nice, but I'm going for a naked simplified look, so invisible speedo and tach...
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