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DMZ's 97' HD Sportster Build

Discussion in 'Other Builds' started by dmz1241, Jan 27, 2012.

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What color to paint bike!?

Poll closed Mar 29, 2012.
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  1. Jan 27, 2012 at 1:40 PM
    #1
    dmz1241

    dmz1241 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2010
    Member:
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    Messages:
    207
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Dan
    SE, Connecticut
    Vehicle:
    01 Gold DC TRD
    Bilstein 5100's all around, Eibach coils, 2" shackles, Flowmaster 60 Series
    This was my bike, I just recently sold it....

    Got my 97 XLH Sportster 1200 in October 2010, originally it was an 883 but was converted to the 1200. Since I got it I have not done any real modifications on it till now. As of now the build isnt to exciting. I am still in the process of breaking down the bike and ordering parts, but here is what I have to start with.

    Here is how it was the day I got it. I only things I did to it after this picture was taken was black out some chrome and remove the rear seat.
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    The previous owner put a Fat Bob tank on it and I am more of a fan of the stock "peanut" style tank that comes stock on sportsters so i am now in the process of getting a new tank. Since the old tank has the ignition on the tank I am going to put a new ignition on the bike.
    Old Tank
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    Starting to break down the bike here. Have the tank and rear fender off which i am cutting down to be more of a "bobber" style.
    IMG-20120126-00259_442213193f6e19690e4f5ed0d9f647bf1b77c797.jpg

    In this picture I removed the back part of the frame since i wouldnt need it to hold up the rear fender anymore, and plus its a better look in my opinion.
    IMG-20120127-00264_e357c79791153b576d4ec4e0a21eb6c578f977ec.jpg
    Here is the rear fender that i have been working on. Still have some work to do on it but its on its way.
    fender1_8f8a62fc35175f3afb4e6a160a67c6429b2749a4.jpg

    I still have to clean up the edges some more and do some sanding, but i also want to round off the corners more so its not so obvious that it was chopped.
    Fender2_d3d0ef3c0166b4c2ffc3e9d6ef678023b2441fd3.jpg
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    Here are the new 10" shocks that I bought from Licks Cycles. The above two pictures give you an idea of how much lower it is.
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    Here it is again with the new shocks but i tossed the seat on and just laid the fender on there to get an idea of how it will look.
    shortshocks2_154b43e9cac619fcea280e499f8eee83d121f06f.jpg

    New location for my ignition.
    ignition_8d0168cb18fbf1ddb78ff4382482976f119f4386.jpg

    New tank (2/9/12) Havent mounted it yet. Need some new hardware and I also want to try to hide the wires better since this tank is a lot smaller it dont cover them up as well.
    newtank2_b52c59160cd782c629cf233dcf6c50e52f2af60e.jpg
    newtank1_e1f2dda0417be72606e0f87f9c91588146a2ba27.jpg
    newtank3_babed035d6243654e8e79215916c2020bc7c173b.jpg

    Not to much more progress but I have fabbed up some brackets to mount the tank, and then modified the other for a better fit.
    brackets_f73b7f1e91d3039ff46e5cd76b603a76975647e9.jpg

    Here is me on the bike, but this is pretty much exactly what the height of the tank is going to look like when it is mounted.
    me_3a69379d3a59b3913517625f9d7ac4af8cbf2910.jpg

    Here is a new seat that I made from my old one. Its not done yet but this will basically be it.
    seat3_927217f2815475d072e661dba8ffb84f55b56f1e.jpg

    Now that I have my tank and its ready to be mounted I am just waiting for a vacuum hose to come in the mail. Once I have that I am going to put the bike back together and ride it as is for now since its to cold out to paint it. I hope by this weekend I will have it ready to go for a ride!

    Check back soon because hopefully it will look completely different soon.
     
  2. Apr 5, 2012 at 8:09 PM
    #2
    dmz1241

    dmz1241 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2010
    Member:
    #43665
    Messages:
    207
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Dan
    SE, Connecticut
    Vehicle:
    01 Gold DC TRD
    Bilstein 5100's all around, Eibach coils, 2" shackles, Flowmaster 60 Series
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