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Post #1 by HOTT » Tue Nov 30, 2010 12:28 pm

Herrrre's Ol' Sparky
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The Build Starts Here;

I came across this '83 gem about 6 months ago. My thought was to do it for Sunny's HOT STOVE LEAGUE 2010-2011 2ND ANNUAL and see if I could meet a deadline (my customers would probably tell you no! LOL). It sat in the Cave right where I could see it everyday. So the ideas piled up. The green flag dropped on the Nov. 16th. Here is a quick catch up.
It starts like this;
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tear down will stop at the motor and forks for now.....
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Box O' Stuff. not much will be reused here. I'm hearing the cash registers now. :(
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OK here we go !
Stock rake is somewhere around 26deg. I think we want to be in the 30's. Don't you ?
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I used a motorcycle jack with a block of plywood to hold solid and true. By keeping the motor in I can use the weight of the lump to execute the stretch.
1st cut. (this will be the area where the drop of the steer tube will be decided I'll remove 1'' from here later)
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2nd &3rd cut. This I did by starting with a cut off wheel on the weld and finishing with recip. (you can see crossbar has also been severed) Are we having fun yet ?
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We're just about ready to drop the front end but first a 3/4 cut to the upper stays (this will allow front to drop with the weight of the forks)
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after double checking all the cuts for alignment i.e. a sprung or twisted frame I removed 1'' from vertical brace ( cut#1)
By RAISING the jack the head is lowered.
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Now, double check alignment and TACK WELD (very important) the vertical brace (#1)
Final Cut. Using a cut off wheel make a V cut only 3/4 thru. just in front of the vertical brace. (I wound up with approx. 3/16'' at top of V)
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Now the jack can be lowered to original ground clearance hieght and....
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with the welds tacked in place you're now free to roll it around the driveway. She now sets at 32-33deg. with about 4'' of trail and the wheelbase has been extended by 3''. Why??? Because we Can.
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I will double check alignment in the shop with my trusty Home Depot laser before final welds are made, but by doing it this way the steer head stays straight. I'll save final welding and connect radiator crossbar when the frame is bare. Right now it's on to the rear suspenders. crossy.gif
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Re: '83 codename HOTT SL

Post #2 by ericheath » Tue Nov 30, 2010 12:41 pm

Looks good. Keep taking photos and teach us how.
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Re: '83 codename HOTT SL

Post #3 by CYBORG » Tue Nov 30, 2010 12:49 pm

good way to do it. should track reral good on the highway
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Re: '83 codename HOTT SL

Post #4 by robin1731 » Tue Nov 30, 2010 1:32 pm

Thats a good way to do it. Similar to the way we do some drag bikes. It will steer a little heavy at slow speeds but like Doug said it should track real good on the highway. The only bad is now it takes a lot more room to turn it around. ;)
You get used to that though real quick. Keep us updated.
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Re: '83 codename HOTT SL

Post #5 by rogue1000 » Tue Nov 30, 2010 2:07 pm

Nice way to do it..keep the pics coming!
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Re: '83 codename HOTT SL

Post #6 by CYBORG » Tue Nov 30, 2010 2:55 pm

having altered the upper frame, have you thought aboout the faux tank/shelter mounting?
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Re: '83 codename HOTT SL

Post #7 by HOTT » Tue Nov 30, 2010 3:09 pm

Similar to the way we do some drag bikes.

Yep, we used to call it 'kickin' the front end out'. give me 40 acres and I can turn it around lolol
have you thought about the faux tank/shelter mounting?

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Post #8 by sunnbobb » Tue Nov 30, 2010 3:18 pm

Sweet. I'd put a solo seat on it and ride just like that. LOL
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Re: '83 codename HOTT SL

Post #9 by HOTT » Tue Nov 30, 2010 3:35 pm

I'd put a solo seat on it and ride just like that.

You and I have the same degree of patience. lolol Work in progress. We'll have to see where it goes.
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Re: '83 codename HOTT SL

Post #10 by ericheath » Tue Nov 30, 2010 4:13 pm

Looking forward to hearing how this rides. It looks like it is going to be a sweet looking Wing.
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Re: '83 codename HOTT SL

Post #11 by frenchfriedwing » Tue Nov 30, 2010 5:58 pm

YUMMY!! I like where this is going. action1
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Re: '83 codename HOTT SL

Post #12 by joedrum » Tue Nov 30, 2010 6:25 pm

this is good hott.....
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Re: '83 codename HOTT SL

Post #13 by JRK5892 » Tue Nov 30, 2010 7:27 pm

that is wicked looking!
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Re: '83 codename HOTT SL

Post #14 by Brant » Tue Nov 30, 2010 7:30 pm

Sweet. Thanks for the how to demo pics.
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Re: '83 codename HOTT SL

Post #15 by ericheath » Fri Dec 03, 2010 12:05 pm

That is so cool, I keep drooling at it. It would be the same for a 1000 wouldn't it? If I get my welding skills up to snuff, I will have to try this.
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