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Old 08-31-2010, 04:18 AM
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Stealth HD softail build

New to all this custom bike building, but have been building cars for 8 years or so. Having sold my last project I decided its time to move onto what I have always wanted to do and thats a custom bike build.

Basic idea is a pretty understated bike, mostly matt/satin black with the odd chrome highlight.

35 deg rake with 4" overs
DNA 41mm Wide glide, twin disc front end
240 rear, 130 front tyres on 18" rims
Solid mount softail frame
Ultima 6 speed LSD with 1.75" offset
Ultima 3.25" open primary
127ci Ultima black gem engine
Drag style bars
Combined pulley/brake on rear running 1 1/8" narrow belt

Going to be doing a lot of the fabrication and machining myself (as I have the facilities to do so), other than the frame which I will be leaving to the experts! Went to see a couple of local frame builders last week and I am trying to decide who to use at the moment.

This is a very poor sketch of the overall look I am aiming at:



No doubt things will change and evolve as the project progresses and I will try and keep this thread up to date with developments....

Sourcing custom HD parts in the UK seems expensive but I have managed to pull together most of the major parts through US sources. Last major component is wheels.

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Old 08-31-2010, 04:36 AM
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your build has a lot of similarities to mine

Nice frame .........

check it and work backwards ......if ya need any help use the PMessage doodad

the offset was a pain but a guy on here can get the parts .....enjoy ...
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Thanks for that - very interesting build
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if that's a poor sketch I'd like to see a good one
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Got a big chunk of the parts on order now.

The engine and trans should be delivered next week (currently on freight from the US)
The primary is also in transit from the US along with the associated spacers etc.

Speaking to the frame builder and planning on putting a deposit down on friday this week with a 6-8 week lead time, but I can live with that as my previous project is taking up 90% of my garage space anyway.

DNA billet front end is also on order with a 6-8 week lead time and I am waiting to hear back about wheels from them so I can decide what to do with regards whether to go with spokes or billet.
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Hey Flak

Also check out shauns build he has some great wiring photos to hide the wiring his softail is a doozy well worth a peruse ......
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Also check out shauns build he has some great wiring photos to hide the wiring his softail is a doozy well worth a peruse ......
Cool - do you have a link?
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Yup

Shawn1340's Softail Project

Well worth going all the way through ........100s of pictures

also he is a top dude if you have any questions

enjoy

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Ordered the frame today - went for a 1.5" tube frame to fatten it up a bit.

Also ordered a set of 4" over forks, just need to get a design done for the yokes now so I can get them machined up.

I am also hoping some of the parts I ordered from the US will start arriving next week - can't wait!
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Shawn1340's Softail Project

Well worth going all the way through ........100s of pictures

also he is a top dude if you have any questions

enjoy

Tesco are doing a deal on 2 cases of San Miguel

may take you at least a 12 pack to get through them all
Thanks for the props!

I went went with a chain on the rear for clearance reasons but I have a 250 rear wheel. The bike is kinda heavy on the left side too but you get used to it after a while. (LSD and all)

Hollar if you have questions!
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Old 09-04-2010, 02:39 PM
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Thanks Shawn

I had a look through your build thread and I am very impressed! You are obviously a very talented and patient man!

I guess a lot of the weight is the belt primary? They look like a rather chunky unit. I may machine up a different style outer bearing support for mine just for soemthing a little different...

I am still on the hunt for some reasonably priced wheels. I think it might have to be powder coated spoked ones for now until I can afford some alloys.
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My primary is a standard chain setup as well, thus the extra weight. That 1.75 offset really sticks it out there. LOL

I almost went with spoke wheels myself. I like the look of the 100 spoke ones Gypsy used on one of his bikes.
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Look what arrived for me yesterday - 25kg (!!) of belt primary. The first major bit of the build





Everything is plain billet aluminium at the moment, but I am planning on painting quite a lot of it satin black.

Done a little bit of pre-assembly - but can't do much more at the moment until I have more parts and have painted the main parts.

Motor plate - probably the heaviest bit of the kit - a good solid chunk of billet. Just fitted up the support posts for the outer bearing plate. This will all be painted satin black as the next step.



Front pulley with 45mm offset insert fitted



Hoping the engine and transmission will arrive this week too, along with the new forks, and a few other major bits. Still not decided on wheels and I think they will have to wait until the end of the month and pay day!
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Whilst having fun on the dyno with my car, my engine and gearbox arrived. My garage is now unworkable as its so crammed with stuff (3 bikes, the car, loads of bike parts, welders, racks, bench etc etc)

But anyway, UPS delivered the engine and box. I was expecting them to be on a pallet, but they arrived in a normal van and the bloke had no lifting/moving equipment to lift the 70kg box....bizarre. A pallet truck solved the problem, but its just lucky we have one!

One big @rse box....


For a bi @rse engine!


....all 127ci of it




Looks to be nicely made and finished. The black nickel plating is nice and thick so should be durable.

The smaller box contained the 6 speed gearbox.





Which again appears to be well made and finished.

Will be good to make a proper start on the project when I have the space to get all set up properly.
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