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Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by I Am Murphy, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. kalonji

    kalonji nihilism or nothing

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    I'm really looking forward to seeing how that bedliner paint turns out.

    Totally understand how much effort it is to post the pics and type the narration in addition to having a life worth sharing. It's be almost a year and I'm not even 1/2 way finished with my ride report.

    Keep it up though. I know there are many of us enjoying your build Harley or not; )
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  2. I Am Murphy

    I Am Murphy Vagabond Sportster

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    ...got her together, still have a snaglist to cover before she's safe to ride, but an exciting step none the less. :freaky
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  3. I Am Murphy

    I Am Murphy Vagabond Sportster

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    It came out well, but I spilt a drop of fuel on the tank before the paint had cured, and left a dorky lookin' stain.
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  4. kalonji

    kalonji nihilism or nothing

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    Very nice on the bed liner paint looks good. Sucks when you put all that effort in to something only to have a blemish left from something as simple as spilling a little gas. Such is my life too.

    When do we get to see some videos of you tearing down a dirt road at excessive speeds?:ear
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  5. DirtReeper

    DirtReeper Been here awhile

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    B/O Drive FTW I'm going to be doing very much similar to my KLaiRe. oh yeah HOOAH!! I'm Arty btw :freaky
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  6. subybaja

    subybaja Long timer

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    Wow, I really like your build! It's got a grungy pipewrench feel, the complete opposite of the other HD build (with the CAD swingarm).

    A couple questions:

    Have you heard of this stufff? Seems like it would have saved some time...
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    Why did you coat the inside of the tank? If you'd already successfully leak-tested it, isn't pouring some gook in there just a possible failure point?

    Great idea on the DB9 connectors! I'm wiring some lights into my panniers, and have been looking for something like that. I'll have to stop by RadioShack. How are they working out? Have you given any thought to waterproofing? At a minimum, squirting them full of silicone dielectric grease should help...
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  7. I Am Murphy

    I Am Murphy Vagabond Sportster

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    Nice to meet you Arty, I'd love to see how you go about doing your B/O Drive...mine has been put on hold because I just missed riding it!
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  8. I Am Murphy

    I Am Murphy Vagabond Sportster

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    Yeah that was disappointing, but I came up with a cover that will hide it until I feel refreshed enough to pull the tank off and repaint it - I made it out of my old riding boots, I'll try and post the leatherworking process photos tonight...it came out pretty sweet. While I may not be tearing down any dirt roads until I finish the rear end, I do have a trip planned through some nice areas - maiden voyage departs on Friday, the 13th of July...
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  9. I Am Murphy

    I Am Murphy Vagabond Sportster

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    ...Yeah I like that stuff, an Army buddy used it for his auto body restoration paint stripping needs, and swore by it. I almost went for it, but in the end I decided I wouldn't mind spending a little extra time alone in the garage.
    - I opted for the tank sealer because when I cut the tank open, the factory liner was bubbled up and peeling. I sandblasted all the loose stuff out while it was accessible, and I basically just wanted to be sure she wouldn't rust from the inside out.
    - The DB-9's are carrying the current just fine, mounting was a pain though. I like the waterproofing idea, I think I'll have to follow you down that road!
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  10. I Am Murphy

    I Am Murphy Vagabond Sportster

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    ...Oh and of course, suffice it to say that while I WAS able to use the boot's own original straps to secure the bib, it did require that they be cut off and sewn back on. There was a little guess work in the dimensioning, but I was able to get a pretty good idea from the dry fit.
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  11. TobyG

    TobyG be happy :)

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    Very nice build!


    I love your battery cover by the way, so stylish, yet so simple. :clap


    I actually always like seeing THE definitely-never-going-to-see-any-dirt-roads-bike being modified in direction of a dirt bike:freaky
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  12. I Am Murphy

    I Am Murphy Vagabond Sportster

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    Thanks! The idea came into my mind at the worst time possible, and it became a much bigger job than I had anticipated, but yeah it looks pretty rugged. I'll be interested to see how well it holds up in actual dirty conditions.
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  13. boatpuller

    boatpuller Been here awhile

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    Must have missed it, but did go back and look again: What is the hose on top and side of your fuel tank for? It looks great, but you have not done anything on this build just for looks, so it must have a function. What is it?
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  14. I Am Murphy

    I Am Murphy Vagabond Sportster

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    The hose on the left side of the tank is just my fuel gauge, but instead of plugging directly into the tank through an elbow, I used a tee. This is intended to be an inlet for an electronic fuel pump which will feed from an auxiliary tank on the back.
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  15. I Am Murphy

    I Am Murphy Vagabond Sportster

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    I got around to the wiring recently. I needed to go in and really perfect the lighting circuit after the maiden voyage, and there were a few other bugs I was anxious to work out.
    I've been going through another hasty period, not feeling so up to the task of documentation. So things just show up from one picture to the next, like the switches on the dash. When I rang out the system and searched for shorts, I found half wiring mistake and half faulty equipment; but that had been done in a rush just to get back on the road. Now that the itch to ride had been scratched, it was much easier to convince myself to get in there and do it right.
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    The switch I had been using was shorted out. This was one of the systems I had to bypass in the field on my ride through the Blue Ridge, and I didn't want to have to do it again. I got five industrial rocker switches, and ened up just putting four on the dash. Each one was wired up with 14 AWG, wires labelled and run back to the seat compartment. I assigned two switches, one for all lighting and one for all aftermarket dash components. The other two are labelled and run, and will be assigned to the aux fuel pump and to a power inverter.
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    To protect the wires from engine heat and to protect the MurphMobile from looking cruddy, I ran the wires through an old piece of conduit.
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    Easily accessible through Grainger, I used standard screw plate terminal blocks to create a more comprehensive wiring system. Between the block and the labels, I'll be able to go back at any time and easily understand what I did.
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    ..not to mention how good it looks to have all the wires run in a sensible arrangement...
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    In order to repair the wiring issues, I drew the entire lighting circuit schematic in CAD. Once I could really visualize what I was working with it was easy, to not only get it working consistently but to incorporate the kill switch I had been so anxious to put to use. Again, I didn't take any process photos, but I just bent a piece of scrap aluminum and made a quick helmet mount for the night vision. I know it's pretty much just a novelty, but if I ever need it I can say with confidence that the whole system works real nice. :freaky
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  16. I Am Murphy

    I Am Murphy Vagabond Sportster

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    Kerker makes a 2 into1 exhaust assembly that looked ideal for fording, but at almost $800, it wasn't likely to happen anytime soon. I started talking to Earl Luhn at T-Bone & Earl's Cycle Shop in Taneytown, MD about the cost of fabricating something with a similar function, but a gnarlier look, and after two consultations and a couple days of thumbnail biting, I went in and picked it up. I was torn between a large Suzuki muffler and the 2009 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R, and as you can see, the Kawasaki won. It was a comination of labor costs and simplicity of maintenance that made the decision for me in the end.
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    All the piping is made from my original drag pipes except this hard bend joining the 2nd head into the 1st. Because the drag pipes were oversized OD, the only thing he had laying around that was a match was the header pipe from a Suzuki Savage.
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    Earl came up with this idea which I really liked, he turned the saddle bag support into an exhaust bracket. Next I'll be making an ID plate similar to the one I put on the tank, particularly since I'll need to know what muffler I'm running in order to change the seal where it mounts to the pipe.

    With the new exhaust in place, I'm finally able to use the rear controls on the brake side. This has been a long time coming, and it feels great to have my controls located with some symmetry.

    Up next I'll be looking into turning some ammo cans into panniers, and slightly modifying an old foot peg to mount where my forward control once was.
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  17. I Am Murphy

    I Am Murphy Vagabond Sportster

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    I took the old broken Willie G Skull gas cap, mounted threed 1/4-20 nuts in the back and filled it with epoxy, it mounted up to make a nice front ornament. I also cut up an old pair of welding boots and removed the leather wrapped steel top plates, slammed together a couple of aluminum brackets, and mounted them through the control lever pins. It was a pretty easy job, and it felt really great to finally have a purpose for that old leather...I hate to waste good leather!
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  18. I Am Murphy

    I Am Murphy Vagabond Sportster

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    Okay so I realize this isn't exactly a part of the bike, but I consider it to be an accessory to the bike. Too small of an idea to become its own thread, too much a part of the overall product to be left out entirely, I was handed down a pair of leather riding pants from a friend at work. The leather alone offers enough quality wind breaking to extend my cold weather rides a good bit, but soaks up like a sponge in the rain. Also as they are right now, I have to take my boots off to get in and out of these pants. I should probably just leave well enough alone, but I hate taking my boots off at work, and I don't like the idea of having different pants for rainy vs cold days. I'm a one size fits all kinda guy, and I want one pair of bad weather pants that I can keep strapped to the bike for any occasion.
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    They're nice pants, from Wilson's Leather. I want to maintain as much of the original style as possible, while molding the function into something a little more vagabond ready.
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    I'm cutting up the length of the legs so I can sew in a long section of zipper. I'm going to do this on the back side of the pants; I think the front would be easier to get in and out of, but would probably be hard to water proof.
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    I set out to find 3 layer Gore-Tex fabric by the sheet--and with fine success--but ended up going with a material called Antron. Gore-Tex was going to run about $25 per linear yard, the Antron was on clearance. Rockywoods.com has all kinds of great fabrics for outdoor applications, fasteners and hardware and sealing compounds, but I couldn't find any zippers longer than 7", so it looks like it's gonna be JoAnn Fabrics, or repurposing some Goodwill jackets.
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  19. I Am Murphy

    I Am Murphy Vagabond Sportster

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    Also to extend my cold weather rides, I added some length to my gloves and stop the flow of cold air running up through my sleeves. A quick cut to my old Matterhorns, two evenings of heavy stitching, and the Super Gloves are complete. Perhaps at some point I'll try waterproofing the seam, but they're pretty sturdy as is.
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  20. JimmyTheHog

    JimmyTheHog Low Speed Adventurer

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    Hey Murphy - nice fab work on the exhaust. Looks like youve got it covered now, but if youre interested, I have a Vance & Hines SS2R exhaust (looks like the Kerker) that I had on my 03 sportster. I'd let it go cheap if you want it. Just needs a muffler hanger bracket or you can have my billet hanger that needs a tig weld and it should work.
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