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Old 01-29-2009, 07:52 AM   #31
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"I wouldn't mind picking up an Ironhead and chopping it. That'd make a nice low buck project. "

Would be cool, but how would you retro fit ABS on that thing??
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Old 01-29-2009, 07:55 AM   #32
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I wouldn't mind picking up an Ironhead and chopping it. That'd make a nice low buck project.

+1 on the Caddy, I'd love to have an Escalade
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:18 AM   #33
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"I wouldn't mind picking up an Ironhead and chopping it. That'd make a nice low buck project. "

Would be cool, but how would you retro fit ABS on that thing??
No problem, '78 and earlier had drum brakes on the rear, no way in west hell you're going to lock them up...
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:36 AM   #34
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don't even tell me you are going to ride a bike with no front brake! Say it ain't so sarnali!
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'course not, you can get those spool hubs with little tiny Schwinn brakes in them.
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:11 AM   #36
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You have renewed my faith in mankind. Those Schwinn brakes are life savers!
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:44 AM   #37
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'course not, you can get those spool hubs with little tiny Schwinn brakes in them.
Maybe you could rig a hand shift with suicide clutch too, dog!
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Old 01-29-2009, 11:19 AM   #38
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Maybe you could rig a hand shift with suicide clutch too, dog!
Silly rabbit, a right hand shift model is the way to go. I can just weld an extension on the shifter so it sticks up by the tank then spray it with rattle can Mexi-chrome and Viola,` instant po-boy custom hand clutch/hand shift...
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Old 01-29-2009, 12:53 PM   #39
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Yep on all points! The older 883's are at least 50 lbs lighter to start than the new ones. Get the spoke wheel version and set it up with some alloy rims and maybe wave rotors. Getting 100/100 from the motor is not real hard or expensive, but that is where the bulk of the cash will go. Get rid of the steel fenders and heavy seat. Rearsets, flat bars, and a longer set of rear shocks complete the package, and one killer street Sportster is made for less than you can buy a new one if you pick your donor bike right, and can do most of the work yourself.
How old are you talking...? like 5-10 years?
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Before the rubber mounted ones in 04, so the 03 and earlier are the ones.
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