Villageidiot destroys a perfectly nice sportster.

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by villageidiot, Oct 26, 2018.

  1. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    picked myself up a nice unmolested 2003 xlh883 sportster for a bit of a project bike. its a nice bike, 20k miles, one owner, box stock except the slip ons.

    initial plan was to create a badass hooligan street tracker, rude, loud, and fun, but i didnt wanna be stuck running strictly flat track tires, so i opted for a different sized set of wheels, and we will see where this goes.

    its gunna be a real time, slow build. hopefully done within a couple months.

    its 10-26-18 today and heres where we are.

    parts ordered/have received:
    -18x3" akront style rear rim
    -19x2.5" akront style front rim
    -biltwell tracker high bars, black
    -Chainsikle low sets in brushed aluminum
    -Mitas E-07 tires in 130/80-18 rear and 100/90-19 front
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  2. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    Got the new project bike up on the table and started lookin things over. Got ambitious and took off the exhaust heat shields, then realized I don’t have much for tools at home. I’ll go to the shop tomorrow and grab a bucket full of tools from my box and then I’ll be able to do a little more damage. Need to get the wheels off the bike and broken down so I can start the wheel part of the build
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  3. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    high shouldered "akront" wheels, these are a throwback to years gone by, i have always loved the style, and the big ol dirt catcher ring around the outside, so when i heard they were reasonable and a decent repop, i went for it.

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    biltwell tracker bars, i chose the "high" version, needed a little more arm room, found a rippin deal on these at $55 stoked. haven't mounted em yet, but theyre 2+inches wider and a solid inch taller.

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  4. WYO George

    WYO George It's not you, it's me.

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    I'm in for the duration.
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  5. nvklr

    nvklr Been here awhile

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    In for the entertainment!
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  6. c1skout

    c1skout Long timer

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    Sounds like a (partial) plan. Carry on!

    I like your choice of parts, it'd be tough to go wrong with that stuff.
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  7. JagLite

    JagLite Long timer Supporter

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    Excellent! :clap
    Another build thread to follow. :beer

    That's a mighty fine build table you have there. :thumb
    Obviously you will do a good job on your build because you did great building your "work bench". :jkam

    Where did you find repop Akront flanged rims? :ear
    I searched the world online looking for them for my Rickman, for the same reason as you, because I love the look and they remind me of good days long ago but I didn't find any affordable rims. :dunno
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  8. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    Ebay,

    Akront in the search bar, guy in Santa Cruz has em, very reasonable, fast shipping.

    They’re China made, but I have a buddy who’s used em on some shovelheads and choppers and they’re holding up well. No qualms from me. I might even stick akront stickers on em
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  9. rodteague

    rodteague Enjoying the ride

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    looking forward to this..... in. LOL at yer title!:lol3
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  10. JagLite

    JagLite Long timer Supporter

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    Found him, thanks!
    He does have excellent prices...
    Not that I need new rims now.
    But who knows about tomorrow, eh?
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  11. ONE2NINE

    ONE2NINE Been here awhile

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    In for this one. Looks like a nice project.
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  12. fast1075

    fast1075 Not a Lemming Supporter

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    I always liked the looks of a sportster. Rode a few, didn't much care for them. I have owned a couple of Buells. The XB motor was the ultimate sportster variant.
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  13. Wildebeest90210

    Wildebeest90210 Long timer

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    Shares in popcorn in the UK rise :lurk
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  14. villageidiot

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    Up this morning normal work time, 6am, swept the patio full of leaves from the winds when we were outta town last week. Went to the shop to get a buncha tools, i lied, i said id get a bucket, but instead got a cardboard box full of em.

    to my buddy Carl's to borrow his scissor jack. then back home to get started.

    got the pipes off, which means taking the mid controls off on the left side, as the slip on is bolted under there, so the sprocket cover had to come off as well (shown loosely bolted in the pic)

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    Screaming eagle slip ons and stock head pipes, these will go up for sale, as well as the mid controls, and the rear passenger pegs.

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    then it all got kinda precarious and blurry for a bit.

    my "goal" for the day was to get the pipes off, both wheels off but its wicked precarious having a bike on the lift with no wheels for any sort of stability. so i took the rear wheel off, then it rested on a log, a 2x4, and a hunk of metal until i could get the other jack under it, then the front wheel came off, along with the fender as i couldn't get the wheel out past it.

    then i used both jack options, and have it pretty stable, and a few straps for good measure, as long as my hand me down HF jack doesn't break, i think I'm all good.
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    wheels off, rotors and pulley stripped off. its saturday so the bike shops in the area are down til monday (or tuesday) so ill have to wait til monday to get the tires dismounted. then i can strip the rims and spokes off and clean up the hubs.

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    wreckage from today.

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  15. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    im a big dude, so sportster stock don't fit me very well. i LOVE the engine, hydraulic lifters, no valve adjustments, unitized, gearbox can be removed without splitting the cases, slim, compact, etc.

    this build is mostly so i can make it fit me. but one thing leads to another and another etc etc.

    i don't care for the mid control position, and i HATE forwards, so I'm going to run chainsikles low sets, but that requires a pipe change.

    swapping from a 16" rear to an 18" rear.

    taller bars

    alloy rims

    and more.
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  16. WYO George

    WYO George It's not you, it's me.

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    Is that an iron head in the front of your garage?
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  17. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    yes, yes it is.

    its my buddy bobs. I'm holding on to it for him as he doesn't have a good spot to keep it. its a bitsa that bob built from parts in the early 80's. its pretty cool.
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    fast1075 Not a Lemming Supporter

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    Sounds like a good plan to me. As for bikes fitting, I am on the other end of the scale. I do like the 18" rear wheel idea. Best of luck!
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  19. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue

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    Put a 21" on the front and bring it to Noobs next year! Lol :lol3
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  20. c1skout

    c1skout Long timer

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    My 34" inseam doesn't play well with a stock Sporty either. I built a seat lift and run the mid pegs. It's all day comfy now!

    Where are your spokes coming from?
    Those wheels will look great! I should have done mine the same way. I'd like an 18" rear.
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