Best Chair for a Sportster?

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by ag_streak, May 27, 2012.

  1. daydream

    daydream Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2011
    Oddometer:
    25
    Location:
    Ormond Beach, Florida
    That is a very "clean design"! I love it. Did you make it yourself or buy it? If you bought it, who did you buy it from?

    Very Nice :clap

    Tom
    #21
  2. hhkiwi

    hhkiwi Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2012
    Oddometer:
    115
    Location:
    Germany
    Thanks, I ended up making the subframe myself. I couldn't afford the close to $700 for the DMC one and with no pictures of a subframe for a rubber mount Sportster I started from scratch.

    I am happy with the result. The frame is solid and looks tidy. All that's left now is to attach my Velorex!
    #22
  3. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2006
    Oddometer:
    4,251
    Location:
    Heart of the Chattahoochie
    ^ ^ ^ Holy crap! That's beautiful work! You have some serious skills there! I'm very impressed! :freaky

    Thanks for posting that, and please keep us posted of your Velorex mounting project's progress. If you create a dedicated thread, please cross-post the link here! Thanks!
    #23
  4. hhkiwi

    hhkiwi Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2012
    Oddometer:
    115
    Location:
    Germany
    Finally got it all together. First ride went well.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    #24
  5. cleatusj

    cleatusj Dirt floor engineer

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2010
    Oddometer:
    1,528
    Location:
    Granbury, TX
    Looks great.
    #25
  6. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2006
    Oddometer:
    7,064
    Location:
    The Bluegrass
    [​IMG]

    Here's one .
    I sold this to a friend who planned to hook it on a Beemer. Plans changed and it's back up for sale. Buggy top and mounts included.
    $1400 in central Kentucky. P.M. me for more details.
    #26
  7. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2006
    Oddometer:
    4,251
    Location:
    Heart of the Chattahoochie
    Damn, hhkiwi, you do really nice work! That looks great! Thanks for posting that! :freaky
    #27
  8. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2006
    Oddometer:
    4,251
    Location:
    Heart of the Chattahoochie
    Wow! PM sent!! :freaky
    #28
  9. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2006
    Oddometer:
    4,251
    Location:
    Heart of the Chattahoochie
    I just ordered my subframe from Jay at DMC... :freaky

    I was going to try his rolling chassis to start with and experiment with cargo and building my own tub, but I think I want to just find a tub...
    #29
  10. ricmachado

    ricmachado Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2010
    Oddometer:
    312
    Location:
    Canyon, TX
    Looks really good!! :clap

    Hope my setup looks that way when done...:evil
    #30
  11. Pago Cruiser

    Pago Cruiser Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2008
    Oddometer:
    307
    A little late to the thread - been on vacation a month. 5000 miles in 3 weeks with wifey and canine on a GL1200/motorvation.

    hhkiwi - your work looks great. I've almost completed my XR Sportie build after about a year. Struggled with the rear lower mount for some time. The XR frame has those same crossover members; but on the XR they are really light gauge. Maybe 16-18? I know that I distorted them when fitting my skid pan and using them as a mounting point. Hopefully they are thicker gauge on the earlier Sporties, or you may find your handiwork moving around unexpectedly. Following are links to some pics of my solution. Unfortunately (for me) on the XR HD eliminated the frame bosses for the mid-peg locations. I basically had some milled and then welded a pair of them onto the right side of the frame itself. Then spanned the bosses with a 3/8" think piece of steel that also incorporated the mid peg mounts.

    Here are the bosses mocked up prior to welding:
    http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy42/pagocruiser/XR1200 Hack Build/IMG_0804.jpg

    Here is the bracket - the hack mount is lower left, and other appendages are for footpegs and rear mc. The top left also ties back to the frame for a 3-point mount.
    http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy42/pagocruiser/XR1200 Hack Build/IMG_0820.jpg

    This is the final that shows all the hack mounts:
    http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy42/pagocruiser/XR1200 Hack Build/IMG_1252.jpg

    And finally the hack frame connected:
    http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy42/pagocruiser/XR1200 Hack Build/IMG_0620.jpg

    Sportie frames are certainly a challenge to hack - but the result is worth it with gobs of low-end torgue...:wink:
    #31
  12. brstar

    brstar Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2007
    Oddometer:
    776
    Location:
    Perth Western Australia
    Well done it should be a great hack for you. :clap
    Thanks for sharing.
    Cheers, Bruce
    #32
  13. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2006
    Oddometer:
    4,251
    Location:
    Heart of the Chattahoochie
    ^ ^ ^ Pago, that is really cool! Thanks for sharing that! Mad skills! :freaky
    #33
  14. Pago Cruiser

    Pago Cruiser Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2008
    Oddometer:
    307
    ag_streak,

    Personally, I think anyone who wants to hack a Sportster and ride it a lot has to be a bit mad... Counting the XR, I have three hacks running. The others are GL1200 and KLR. The XR seems to always need something, while the GL and the KLR just... run and run and run.

    While the XR took the most work to build, I really enjoy riding it more than the other rigs. Cracking the throttle at almost anything above idle and feeling the hack get all twitchy with accelloration is addicting. And sliding around dirt road corners with the car tire is almost funner than sex...

    Yours is rubber mounted, yes? Would appreciate it if you could keep me/us posted regarding how that works out. I had some wired driveline noises, and replaced swingarm bearings (with stock) and replaced the rear rubber mounts with polypropylene solid units. Unfortunately, I was in a hurry prepping for a trip and did both at the same time. So I don't know which item solved it. But the vibration due to the solid rear mounts is a deal breaker. With the rear solid, the front mount moves so much the engine is a blur; and the wife can't keep her feet on the pegs! I'm switching back to a new set of stock rubbers this weekend. Would love to hear how yours works out. I would also strongly suggest to keep a watchful eye on the hack mounting bolts... Seems I have to cinch mine up every 1000 miles or so.

    Regards,

    Mitch
    #34
  15. hhkiwi

    hhkiwi Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2012
    Oddometer:
    115
    Location:
    Germany
    Hi Mitch,

    I've also been away for five weeks. Love your XR rig - that's another level up from mine. Great work!

    In terms of the cross members under the frame I found that 1-1/4" square tube makes for a slight press fit into the cross members' U-shape and stiffens them. I tested the rig thoroughly at various speeds and with different loads, and when I took the hack off the other day (I put it up for sale but that's another story) there were no signs of deformation or damage of the cross members. The reason for my approach was that I did not want to weld on my frame.

    What are the tires you have on your XR - I like them.

    J.
    #35
  16. argentcorvid

    argentcorvid Some Guy

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2010
    Oddometer:
    535
    Location:
    Marshmellow-town, Iowa
    HMMMMMMM. Velorex 562, you say? :evil

    I wish I hadn't seen this thread.
    #36
  17. ricmachado

    ricmachado Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2010
    Oddometer:
    312
    Location:
    Canyon, TX
    It really sucks that you have to sell it.

    I'm almost done with mine, the body was spray painted black, I got a subframe build similar to your for 200 bucks and used the upper rear from the KLR to make the upper front and got the rear upper from Jay DMC.

    I'm also changing the sidecar suspension and one of the bolts that was stripped.

    I really hope to have it ready to run by next week.
    #37
  18. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2006
    Oddometer:
    4,251
    Location:
    Heart of the Chattahoochie
    So, how does Jay at DMC ship a sidecar frame across the continent? :freaky

    Like this: :clap

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    No, not on a skateboard! That's my moving dolly! The box weighed 70 pounds.

    The quality of everything is amazing! :freaky
    #38
  19. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2006
    Oddometer:
    4,251
    Location:
    Heart of the Chattahoochie
    Then it's a simple matter of putting the pieces together loosely before aligning. This only took an hour or so. I already had the subframe on the Sportster. It's not even close to adjusted or aligned yet. Everything is still just hand-tight.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    #39
  20. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2006
    Oddometer:
    4,251
    Location:
    Heart of the Chattahoochie
    Anybody see anything screwy in the pictures above? :deal I'd appreciate any feedback...

    For example, are the flat (male) clevis' on the upper struts supposed to bolt face-to-face like that?? TIA...
    #40