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Frame is an ultima product and welds are all tig welded.This gives a good base to build off, but enough room to tweak proportions to put your own style on it.

I used a 4" over front end, to compensate I balanced the rear with a 17" wheel as weirdly this gave a higher overall diameter compared to other available choices in that width tyre due to aspect ratio. The taller than normal rear wheel lifts the rear up to level its stance (close enough).


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Hi, what's the rules on indicators and stop lights?

There are those clever led strips that do just about everything (lights, split turn signals left/right and rear brake light). I'd love to bend one around the inner lip of my rear fender, or perhaps under the seat?

Is this a reality...or will a certification engineer just laugh at me and tell me to pis off? 

Your thoughts/experiences please? Thanks

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Best day ever!

Went to Rotorua swap meet today with a good mate. Coffees, chups (yes I know it's spelt chips), more coffee, secondhand tools...bogans, munters, she-mullets and hardcore westies...what's not to like?

Then I find it, like a diamond in a goat's arse...the missing flanges I've been looking for since ages ago!


They even came with a  manifold for a girl's harley (aka Sportster). Grubby as fuck and looking unloved, but a quick going over with the sandblaster had them looking new again. Pictured fitted to the 1340 manifold...success!

Best day ever!!!

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On 6/13/2017 at 10:23, Kimjon said:

Hi, what's the rules on indicators and stop lights?

There are those clever led strips that do just about everything (lights, split turn signals left/right and rear brake light). I'd love to bend one around the inner lip of my rear fender, or perhaps under the seat?

Is this a reality...or will a certification engineer just laugh at me and tell me to pis off? 

Your thoughts/experiences please? Thanks


They'd have to be stamped as compliant for NZ as there is a certain standard for them to meet (can't remember the wording though sorry). I got a clear cats eye style one for mine when I built it, but I used later model Harley indicators & that worked well & looked good for what I was doing.

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Huge step forwards on this today. I moved it from the house to the workshop...this may not sound like a lot, but is a big deal as now it's on my to do list.




It's not going to be done anytime soon...but I'll chip away at it. I haven't been near it in one or two years...so this is exciting for me. I must say I fucking love this thing and the shape I've made it.

Jumped on ebay and splashed out on a new rear drive belt. Each time I do this I think that's one step closer...

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A lazy 6 hours spent on it today. This is the version 1.3 attempt at getting this right. Yup 3 attempts to get it perfect. Doesn't look much...but often the best ideas don't.


Anyway harleys have an oil filter in the front that's hard to empty without dumping oil all over the place and spilling it on you motor/frame etc. So I purchased a remote oil filter to relocate it to a better place.


I also picked up a really nice Perf-form oil filter kit that uses disposable cartridges...and looks fucking cool too!


Here it is mounted in place. It is just mocked up for test fit. I'll send it away for chrome later.

As you can appreciate, there's no bonnet on a motorbike, so everything has to be perfect as it's all out there on display. There's a lot going on in this location, drive belt, oil tank, downtube, rear fender, primary drive belt etc... this oil filter has to clear all these things as well as look good. Hence why I made this bracket three times before getting it right.





Fucken stoked with it!

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Found some old photos from about 4 years ago, when I started to make this thing.










I totally loved this look..however I made it way to low. It was heartbreaking when I finally admitted that I'd fucked up my measurements and would have to redo it again to raise it up...balls!!!

But after walking around in circles constantly saying "fuck...fuckity fuck, fuck,  fuck!!!"...then I got over myself and excepted the situation for what it was and moved onto producing a solution.


A bit of nip and tuck, then bare metal goodness...mmmmm...tasty.


Etched and primed.



Looking sexy!


Same bike now 4 inches higher after a fuckload of changes made. I also had a custom wheel made for me which put my hub into a 17"rim. 17" had taller tyres than all other options in that width due to aspect ratios. When I did the maths on 16" & 18"...the 17" won.


So there's a brief history lesson on how I got to this point now. Ups and downs...shit loads of time, effort and money...but I think it's been worth it.

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I'm using secondhand Vance and Hines exhausts off a soft tail. 


I'm no exhaust expert...but I don't think this cable tie is a long term solution?


I need to remake these brackets, as my frame is longer than a soft tail (hence the cable tie for now). But luckily they're still making steel, so this should be achievable. 


The headers fit the big block motor just fine. I may need to cut the bottom pipe to eliminate it contacting the road - when I really lean it over into a corner. Hopefully I'm able to "tweak" the pipes up a bit without looking to stupid? That may buy me the ground clearance without having to cut them?

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Then on to the starter motor.

These big block motors take a fair bit of torque to turn them over. So I'm not going to fuck around...going straght for the big gun here!



It's perfectly normal if this photo gives you an erection! As it's one fucking sexy chunk of billet aluminium.


Test fit for clearance. It's a tight fit...but appears to fit without fouling on anything. So gotta be happy with that.

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Righto, I've thrashed my ebay account and brought a few more bits and bobs...now gotta wait the obligatory 6 weeks for shipping.

To keep some form of momentum I pulled my clock off the wall and slapped in on as my airfilter cover.


This of course what I initially purchased it for, however I didn't like it...so I made it into a clock. To be fair I still don't like it...but it's good enough for now.

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