Project Hand Banana

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by madrider5150, Nov 7, 2016.

  1. madrider5150

    madrider5150 Riding somewhere

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    After my last tire change I didnt properly torque my sprocket bolts and ruined my drive sprocket :doh. So Im converting to chain, I bought this tensioner from lbv, it wont work without a bracket to lower it a couple of inches. For a hundred dollars youd think I wouldnt have to be making brackets and crap. Then my drill battery died. After 3 trips back and forth to home depot I got a new lithium ion drill battery, charger and back up drill (for the same price as the battery I originally bought). Anyway some new spacers and I think it might be workable...

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  2. madrider5150

    madrider5150 Riding somewhere

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    Needs some test miles but its solid. Next up need a new exhaust hanger welded up, the tensioner interferes with the stock exhaust bracket. IMG_20170515_204814072.jpg IMG_20170515_204807149.jpg
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    madrider5150 Riding somewhere

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    First pic is of the LED headlight off amazon, works fairly well for the money but doesnt fit well due to the long plug. I wanted more wind protection so I bought a Dart flyscreen but it wont fit due to the 1200S having dual clocks(a tach), said it right on the box but no where on the website did it say it. It cost more than the screen to ship it back to England, keep that in mind before buying one of these. As I temporary solution I got a puig screen, it works okay, looks not too awful, is a total pita to set up. Got some cheap drag 3.5 inch pullback risers so needed to put my tracker bars on, my other bars were too tall, the ergo adjustment is good sitting more upright. Lastly I bought some vibe reduction bar ends, will see how well they work. Taking this set up on a week long trip coming up. Also I chipped the paint on my tank so I put a sticker on it to cover it up, then it just started spiraling, I know it looks like hell, but Im going to keep bombing it until I either get it powder coated/painted or bigger tank.
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  4. Yella DR

    Yella DR Let's go! Supporter

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    As most builds are always evolving and repaired- I'll throw my suggestions out there - perhaps you can add bendable shifter and brake tips. I cringe when ever I see that rear brake reservoir way out there waiting to greet something on a little tip over, stump or rock...
    There's many cheap good take off bits to chose from and easy to incorporate vertically with same bore size with remote reservoirs. A longer hose maybe ??
    What is the final free length of the shocks and increase over the S length?
    Cheers
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  5. madrider5150

    madrider5150 Riding somewhere

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    I actually bought a brake lever with a bendable tip but didn't think it wouldn't look good and it hit not on the tip, on the edge of the lever. So in that that occurrence the foldable tip wouldn't have helped. Might go back to it at some point but I got a drz for the very rough stuff. The brake reservoir is all metal so not too concerned about it, probably less than I should be. The shocks are 15" over the stock 13.5." I want to upgrade to better shocks at some point but won't go taller than 15.5.
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  6. Whiskey Tango

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    There's so much you can do with Sportsters.

    Thank you for sharing your's.
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  7. slacker1965

    slacker1965 .....no matter where you go......

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    nice upgrades! I really like it with spoke wheels & the bigger forks.
    if you don't like the looks of your crash bars, go noodle around in some of the BMW GS areas, it might give you some ideas....
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  8. madrider5150

    madrider5150 Riding somewhere

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    Hand banana has since my last post took me on a multi state tour, took a multi state move on a truck and then decided to blow up on me.
    A piece busted off the valve pocket on the front piston. During my trip to Colorado my front chimney spark plug loosened up slowly before eventually coming out and losing compression. Could that somehow have caused the metal to weaken in the front piston where it broke? I'm just trying to theorize why it happened. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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  9. GR0NK

    GR0NK Got some screws loose!

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  10. rodteague

    rodteague Enjoying the ride

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    Some close ups of your luggage mounts would be nice. Really liking what you have done with your Sporty:thumb
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  11. madrider5150

    madrider5150 Riding somewhere

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    Thanks Rod, these are from rusty butcher, I don't believe they are made anymore. They bolt to the shock mount and fender struts. The cases themselves are plastic and very poor quality but lock and are replaceable for a hundred bucks. If I do some tough or long bdr I will fit some ortlieb or Nelson rigg bags in those frames.
    I also just installed a 1 inch taller stand and need to add my lift block to it.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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  12. villageidiot

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    @madrider5150

    What gearing are you running with the taller wheel/combo

    I just got my sprockets in, 23/48 which I read is a bit longer of a gear than a stock 883.

    I forgot to factor in my 130/80-18 tire vs stock and how much the difference is.

    I think I’ll roll with it.
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  13. madrider5150

    madrider5150 Riding somewhere

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    I'm at 24/51 currently. It's a bit tall, have to slip the clutch more than I like around town but cruises nicely at higher speed. I am thinking I'll run 24/55 next, if I remember right that's what carducci is running.
    23/48 sounds like a good starting point, did you get a conversion kit or buy individually?

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    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    I ordered sprockets from PBI directly and a 530 chain separately, and a clip type masterlink also at the same time.

    Pieced together a kit
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  15. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    Your gearing ratio comes out to 2.125

    My gearing ratio comes out to 2.086

    So my gearing is taller (longer legged) than yours based on sprocket.

    What size tire are you running?

    With a 130-80-18 (that I will be running) it’s definitely bigger than stock which makes the effective gearing taller still.

    Might should change gear ratio to get more into the stock 883 range and let the wheel/tire be the “overdrive”

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    the 130-80-18 tire is 4% bigger on the circumference than the 130-90-16 tire. It’s 30 less revolutions per mile. Might not make too big a difference in gearing.

    If I went to a 51t rear it would make the sprocket ratio 2.217, then with the taller tire somewhere effectively close to stock 883 gearing. But I felt the gearing was a touch short.

    I guess I’ll give this a flyer and see how it goes.
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  16. madrider5150

    madrider5150 Riding somewhere

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    @villageidiot Rear tire is 140/17 maybe slightly smaller diameter or similar to your 130/18.. Closer to stock might not be a bad idea, mine feels tall and I have 1250cc. BTW I have an email out to hugomoto about shock purchase if you are still interested
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  17. madrider5150

    madrider5150 Riding somewhere

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    Got some new shocks ordered and started prepping the rear fender for paint. Lots of grime built up after almost 20 years.
    Waiting to see if any black Friday deals pop up for other parts.[​IMG][​IMG]

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    madrider5150 Riding somewhere

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    Had some time to start painting the tank after Thanksgiving feasting. The rear fender is pretty much done, I painted it last weekend, although I might put a few more coats on later just cuz.
    I have also been keeping an eye on black Friday sales for parts I have been wanting but unfortunately none so far.. IMG_20181122_204137496.jpeg IMG_20181122_204100042.jpeg IMG_20181122_204120755.jpeg IMG_20181122_204047593.jpeg
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    No more yellow?!
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    madrider5150 Riding somewhere

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    Yeah Harley factory paint is done well but my tank and fender were in pretty rough shape. Tank was real scratched from my tank bag and I also had covered some deep paint chips with stickers. The underside of the tank had red primer after welding to repair a leak so it was really over due
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