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Old 01-28-2012, 07:04 PM
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a pic or two

these are what i scored i also found the rocker covers, I have only seen ones set cut like these (the rocker boxes) They are standard bore an in very good shape the heads are the same way the rocker boxes are new an were sitting for a long time ,the chrome on them is flaking some but they were just sitting all these years
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Old 01-29-2012, 11:15 AM
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If anyone building a digger needs a pair of original, new & unused Arlen Ness fender struts, I have a pair that have never been mounted.The chrome is still perfect condition. I do not have the fiberglass digger fender they were meant to be used with though. (I threw it away years ago because I never liked fiberglass!!) That was dumb.
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Old 03-11-2012, 12:23 PM
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here you go digger kind of!

well got the heads an cylinders on an it runs!
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Old 03-11-2012, 11:06 PM
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keep pictures and sell it,pay some bills and build a new one
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a good selection of Diggers from the day can be found on 8 pages here ...............

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Thanks! Great link, love the thread.

It's interesting, what makes a digger a digger? It's like that Supreme Court Justice said about pornography, I'm not sure I can describe it but I know it when I see it.

You can kind of say the same thing about a chopper or a bobber too. At what point, lacking what trait does a bike stop being a chopper and just be a customized Harley or something?

First: Diggers are LONG and LOW. The LOW part is really important.

Off hand I wouldn't call most of Denver's bikes Diggers because they are tall. If your frame is stretched 4" up it's not a digger, it might be a long bike with lots of rake and super long springer, but it's not a digger.

The LONG part is important too. A frame stretched in the front seems like a requirement, almost. And then you add a big rake number. 45* at least, 50* or more is better. Stretch it out with a springer or girder, narrow. Spokes or invaders, spool hub, pull back bars (gotta have 'em cause of the frame stretch).

Narrow 19" front wheels and 18" rears.

Hardtail is best, super clean frames, but struts and even shocks are common too.

The Ironhead Sportster motor does seem like the engine most clearly associated with the Digger concept in my mind, and big jap inline 4s are not out of place on them, unlike on most other chopper types where they look weird.

Thnly padded flat seats, diamond and prism tanks, eye-poppling colors,

Drag bike vibe.

Superchargers!

Molded in tanks & form fitting bodywork.

Like I said, I know one when I see one... but it could lack many of the things mentioned above and still be a digger, or have many and not be.

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well got the heads an cylinders on an it runs!
Really nice paint job, color choice and cool looking bike. I wouldn't call it a digger cause it's a tall bike and doesn't look long.. but it's got long forks. Cool bike, I'm digging Sportsters lately. (Possibly it's the hassle of dealing with the engine/primary/tranny setup on my chop that I've been dealing with.)
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here is something from bikernet, ironhead type of digger
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Thanks! Great link, love the thread.

It's interesting, what makes a digger a digger? It's like that Supreme Court Justice said about pornography, I'm not sure I can describe it but I know it when I see it.

You can kind of say the same thing about a chopper or a bobber too. At what point, lacking what trait does a bike stop being a chopper and just be a customized Harley or something?

First: Diggers are LONG and LOW. The LOW part is really important.

Off hand I wouldn't call most of Denver's bikes Diggers because they are tall. If your frame is stretched 4" up it's not a digger, it might be a long bike with lots of rake and super long springer, but it's not a digger.

The LONG part is important too. A frame stretched in the front seems like a requirement, almost. And then you add a big rake number. 45* at least, 50* or more is better. Stretch it out with a springer or girder, narrow. Spokes or invaders, spool hub, pull back bars (gotta have 'em cause of the frame stretch).

Narrow 19" front wheels and 18" rears.

Hardtail is best, super clean frames, but struts and even shocks are common too.

The Ironhead Sportster motor does seem like the engine most clearly associated with the Digger concept in my mind, and big jap inline 4s are not out of place on them, unlike on most other chopper types where they look weird.

Thnly padded flat seats, diamond and prism tanks, eye-poppling colors,

Drag bike vibe.

Superchargers!

Molded in tanks & form fitting bodywork.

Like I said, I know one when I see one... but it could lack many of the things mentioned above and still be a digger, or have many and not be.

Mysterious.
Pretty good description, flipping through magazines I got similar impression, but never tried to express it in such details. But I would definitely recognize if I saw one.
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I have always been a fan of Diggers.. I will try to resurect this old thread with a picture of my latest project..



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cant wait to see what you post. I am thinking of doing a digger with the 2nd bsa motor I have.
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I'll see what I can "Dig" up. We are currently building a retro digger. 73XLH,extended front frame ,Ness piece, One off stretched diamond tank,
short shocks ,motore has polished cases gun engraved chromed hexed and lower definned cylinders, matching heads split rockers also gun engraved and a new old stock 80" magnuson magnacharger with left side tower drive and belt coming off primary employee monitoring. Project I started back in 78' put aside ,have now dugout the digger to finish. Will do step by step pics on our site streetstuffcycle.com
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