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Old 24th June 2010
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Hey guys I have noticed a few guys on here putting on springers on their 04+. Had some questions about this. I realize there is some front end modifications that need to be done, but any of the experts wanna chime in here that have done this. Looks like you need to cut off the fork lock and do some other mods as well. What else is needed? new brake set up, new axel? any info would help.

Was thinking of ordering 1 and figuring it out but just wanted to get some sort of idea what im getting into

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+1 on this question....im going for a springer next winter on my 2010 "48"
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Paughco sells one that fits, from their online cat. it says its "bolt on". Keep in mind Paughco is big $, and you would need an axel and brake too, more cash.

I remember seeing threads about people that have used DNA/EBAY springers as well, and that is where some mods had to be made.

My 2 cents...I am a "get what you pay for" shopper, I have a springer softail as well, and looking at what is going on in the springer...I would tend to trust the moco or a company like paughco that has been building springers for a longg time. Never ran a DNA, but if you are going to be dropping the money, I would check them out in person if you can. Just look through the back of The Horse or any bike mag, there are a lot of small outfits building springers...is the quality control the same?
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I hear ya Dlish, but as you said $1,000.00 + for the Paughco one aint gonna happen for me. I was more of less throwing it out there for pro's or cons. The DNA on e-bay goes for about $400 so who knows what u get for that, although I have heard lots of good things about DNA as well, as good as Paughco No, but from what I hear its a great product for the price. We will see...
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I have seen some over here in the UK made by owners (Ok so they are engineers like myself) that are as good as most I've seen from recognised suppliers. The benefits you have from a custom build is that you can spec the quality of parts used. Some manufacturers use bushes, while others use bearings. The suppliers that use bushes would probably say that bearings are overkill for the travel involved, but personally I would say they give plenty of feel, and the good ones last. I have a set of plans for myself, but haven't got round to doing anything with them yet. I will be going at least one step up on all the suggested specs when I start. They will be built to outlast the rest of the Sportie. At the end of the day it comes down to your confidence in the supplier/ maker.
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How bout this:

http://www.bitterendchoppers.com/SpringerParts2.html

IamVince used that for his build. I'm sure you could call them and ask if they could make it fit for a rubbermount.
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Im not running a springer but if you dip onto chopcult and start reading up, dna's are trash compared to a higher dollar company. Lots of complaints of being very noisey and sloppy once they get some miles on them. Just looking out for a brother
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Im not running a springer but if you dip onto chopcult and start reading up, dna's are trash compared to a higher dollar company. Lots of complaints of being very noisey and sloppy once they get some miles on them. Just looking out for a brother
Thanks man, exactly why I figured I would post the question. I def need to do a lot of research before I drop the $$$$
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+1 on this question....im going for a springer next winter on my 2010 "48"
let me know if you want to sell your front end when you do...I'll buy it!
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There have been a few guys on the Forum that have fitted, DNA Style Springers on to 04 and up, The Neck on 04 and up is recessed back into the Frame more than Pre 04 Bikes. What happens is you dont get any turning circle as the lower Tree fits the Frame.

To fix this some of them have Notched the Frame.
In my view this is very Dangerous .

I fitted on one to a Iron for a friend , what I did was Mill out the Lower Tree on the Springer to safely give all the Clearance that was needed, I also fitted a Spacer under the Lower Bearing just to help lift the Frame for a little more Turn.

You also need to move the Gas Tank back about 1"


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