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Sportster Bobber Project

Postby Jacked800 » Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:12 pm

This was the old lady's 2002 883 sportster before I started chopping it up. I tried selling it last year and couldn't get the $3000 I was looking for. So over the winter, when I didn't have a custom job, I was playing with this trying to make something a little cooler that might possibly sell. Chopped the rear section making it a hard tail, lost the mid controls for forward controls, built the oil tank, battery box, added the springer front end, bought a mustang gas tank that I modified with a hidden mounting system, built a headlight, handle bars, electrical box and still got a ways to go. Oh, and those exhaust pipes were a stainless steel swimming pool ladder last week. Thanks for looking
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Re: Sportster Bobber Project

Postby Braehill » Wed Apr 08, 2015 10:12 pm

Jacked,
Does your wife know what you did to her bike? :) Nice job.

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Re: Sportster Bobber Project

Postby motox » Thu Apr 09, 2015 1:50 pm

did you fab that tank?
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Re: Sportster Bobber Project

Postby Jacked800 » Thu Apr 09, 2015 10:30 pm

No, I didn't fab the tank although it's not beyond my ability. Just didn't feel like putting that much more time into it. I bought this one off ebay $80. Cut the cheap mounting tabs off it and fabbed up a hidden mounting system that I use on most of my tanks. Lucky enough to make it land on the existing NPT bungs rather than having to move and patch those holes. Those bungs were in the wrong spot and would have left a gallon of gas in the tank. It's now one single bung on the end of the tank and should run it dry. Thanks Jack
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Re: Sportster Bobber Project

Postby Jacked800 » Thu Apr 09, 2015 10:54 pm

This one I fabbed everything from scratch including the frame. The fenders were blanks but still was a ton of fab on the rear one with the struts, frenched in plate and tail light wiring tabs. Handle bars and kickstand too. Cost me as much to chrome them than as it would have to buy them, if there was such a thing to fit the application.
I like working on the bikes but it don't pay the bills. I live in a small farming community on the end of this earth, and who knows what I will weld next ?
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Re: Sportster Bobber Project

Postby exnailpounder » Thu Apr 09, 2015 11:18 pm

The custom bike trade ia about gone. There were several custom shops around me years back and they are all gone. There is a custom bagger shop not far from me but they are struggling. Heck I hear OC Choppers filed bankruptcy. Youre right, building bikes won't pay the bills...at least not anymore :roll:
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Re: Sportster Bobber Project

Postby Jacked800 » Thu Apr 09, 2015 11:46 pm

I do a lot of commercial kitchen equipment for a customer who buys it at auction. Stainless hoods, sinks tables needing repairs and modifications. Pizza oven right now. Then farm equipment, and who knows what's coming in that door. I did a 24' X 6" aluminum liquid manure pipe that was broke in half, then the guy comes in with a mast for a wind mill, then I fabbing up a set of headers for a Honda civic that he wants to pop through the hood for his derby car. Then I'm up in a silo laying on my back in 5 degree weather welding this grain auger back together. That's one day in my life and think it's funny. Just don't know what's coming in, but I will take it long as it keeps me going.
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Re: Sportster Bobber Project

Postby motox » Fri Apr 10, 2015 5:43 am

nice mounting set up.
yellow bike is nicely done.
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Re: Sportster Bobber Project

Postby exnailpounder » Fri Apr 10, 2015 8:17 am

Jacked800 wrote:I do a lot of commercial kitchen equipment for a customer who buys it at auction. Stainless hoods, sinks tables needing repairs and modifications. Pizza oven right now. Then farm equipment, and who knows what's coming in that door. I did a 24' X 6" aluminum liquid manure pipe that was broke in half, then the guy comes in with a mast for a wind mill, then I fabbing up a set of headers for a Honda civic that he wants to pop through the hood for his derby car. Then I'm up in a silo laying on my back in 5 degree weather welding this grain auger back together. That's one day in my life and think it's funny. Just don't know what's coming in, but I will take it long as it keeps me going.

You sound like me. I weld all the stuff no one else wants to touch. Been doing a lot of stainless beer kegs for homebrewing...once they found a TIG weldor, they came out of the woodwork :D I like doing the odd stuff...lets me get to think. I used to build fast lube centers and did all the catwalks and shelving etc..and it was production MIG and I hated it. TIG is where its at! NIce work on the bikes...I really like those hidded tank brackets. I might have to steal that idea one day :lol:
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Re: Sportster Bobber Project

Postby Jacked800 » Fri Apr 10, 2015 8:57 pm

Thanks for the kind words and I can really relate to the stuff that no one wants to do. I get a lot of crap I don't think can be welded and somehow it's been staying together. Old cast iron tractor parts. Or dirty beat up oil soaked cast aluminum. Rusted out truck frames. Nothing beats the smell of cow manure when you warm it up with some fresh welds. Life is good when I get new materials to work with.
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