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Old 05-24-2015, 08:31 AM
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Cutting off Softail rear brake tab

The brake tab on the swingarm is really beefy; 1/4 inch thick.

I just wanted to weld on a small brake stay tab because this doesn't look right...

Did HD over engineer this?
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Old 05-24-2015, 02:32 PM
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It does look excessive..why don't you concentrate on maybe covering most of that with some sheet metal plates cut to the profile of the bike..I did that on my chop and hid the axle..welds and a lot of chipped paint scuffs..made a big difference...was easy too..the brake caliper looks good. mine does have a different setup ..don't know what the difficulty level would be..

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Old 05-24-2015, 07:11 PM
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Originally Posted by coolcat2002 View Post
The brake tab on the swingarm is really beefy; 1/4 inch thick.

I just wanted to weld on a small brake stay tab because this doesn't look right...

Did HD over engineer this?
No they didn,t. It,s for a bracket that has a matching slot to go over that tab.
I have a kraftech frame that came with that standard tab, I created a bracket for my grimeca ( like brembo) caliper that slides over that tab.

On another bike I have a similar bracket and caliper to your,s, but I placed bracket differently, my caliper faces to 3 o'clock , and the stay hole of the bracket to 4-5 pm The stay is very short runs parallel and on the top of the existing tab. I simply drilled and taped a hole on it for the stay.
You can flip your bracket I think similarly and your caliper will move right within the triangle of the Swingarm, at 3 o'clock. Might look cleaner( and easier to bleed) check that out.

I hate to just remove any parts of the existing frame( I believe Pm might have exactly softail style bracket for the caliper that would slide over the tab...)
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