JTH's HD 883 Dual Sport'ster conversion

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by JimmyTheHog, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. JimmyTheHog

    JimmyTheHog Low Speed Adventurer

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    Hmmmm ??? - Intersting idea :thumb
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  2. STANIMAL

    STANIMAL SUPPORT THE SECOND

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    This forum always surprises me with something new . A very unusual build .
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  3. JimmyTheHog

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    The swingarm billet has arrived and the cutting's in progress !!! :freaky

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  4. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    come on give me a pic with the chips flying:D
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  5. JimmyTheHog

    JimmyTheHog Low Speed Adventurer

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    The chips are all gone. Just a swingarm remains. Should have it in hand this weekend for the test fit. Then off for finishing....
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  6. JimmyTheHog

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    Forgot the picture ....

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  7. JimmyTheHog

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    bottom view

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  8. DesertSurfer

    DesertSurfer Tail sprayin

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    Holy S**t, JTH...

    That's one bad assed schwing arm. Totally solid work (of art)!!! If that's an indication of what the bike ends up looking like it's going to be a f**kin beauty.
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  9. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    looks awesome, how much does it weigh?
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  10. JimmyTheHog

    JimmyTheHog Low Speed Adventurer

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    I dont have the official weight yet, but the CAD estimate is ~13 lbs. I believe the stock arm is around 10 lbs, so a bit heavier - but pretty stout. I'll have the official weight this weekend.
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  11. Grizzlybear

    Grizzlybear Been here awhile

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    Hi Jimmy, Have been following your project so far without comment but with great interest as an ex Sportster owner... so my question is, why did you opt for the 883 over the 1200 given that the weight is virtually identical but of course HP and torque is significantly greater with the bigger motor. Dave
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  12. cardoctor1

    cardoctor1 Been here awhile

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    wow arm looks great . what was the cost to have it made
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  13. JimmyTheHog

    JimmyTheHog Low Speed Adventurer

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    I felt that the stock 883 would have enough torque/power for the kind of dual sport off roading i like to do. But, being that I have never ridden a Harley off road, it will be a learning experience. If it turns out I want more, then I'll tear into the motor for more umphf.
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  14. JimmyTheHog

    JimmyTheHog Low Speed Adventurer

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    Thanks for the compliment. The cost is still TBD.
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  15. JimmyTheHog

    JimmyTheHog Low Speed Adventurer

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    I got the call early this morning that the swingarm was ready to be picked up for a test fit before finishing, so within a few hours, it was picked up and installed....

    So far, so good. No interferences. Fit is perfect.....

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  16. JimmyTheHog

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    Rear wheel fits fine - plenty of clearance to the arms.

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  17. JimmyTheHog

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    Chain installed and alignement is good. With so much travel, the chain tensioner is really required. It took all 120 links too (23/51 sprockets +4" extended swingarm). When swingarm is at full travel, the chain tension is just right.

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  18. Grizzlybear

    Grizzlybear Been here awhile

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    A real nice piece and one that will become the major focus when the job is finished. Have you thought about junking the heavy OEM disc and caliper for something off a jap enduro bike such as the much lighter DRZ400E item. Just a thought but I guess you will have already pondered the pro and cons of this route.

    With a nice long swingarm, controlled rear wheel slides on the dirt should be childs play! I can see a 1200 conversion kit coming soon! I think that you will find the 883 a bit flacid in the power dept.
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  19. johnwesley

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    That is really looking great man.

    did you end up with a offset front sprocket ?
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  20. JimmyTheHog

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    Now the wait for the shocks - theyre scheduled to ship week of April 11 :ddog.

    Still plenty more work to do though. Rear fender, lights, rack and the exhaust are next. And yes, that seat must go - Corbin will do an nice job Im sure...

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