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Kick-Standing With Led Sled Customs

Kick-Standing With Led Sled Customs

  Originally Published In The January 2015 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine. For this month’s tech feature we are going to use Led Sleds’ Kickstand. Most people don’t even think about servicing their kickstand but if you don’t you might have to replace it one  day. So here is a tech article on how to replace your […]

Leatherworks and Battery Tender

Leatherworks and Battery Tender

Two of the most reliable names in motorcycling team up to keep you on the road. The Leatherworks have customized their entire line of solo bags to accept Deltran’s “Battery Tender” 5V charging unit. A fuse-protected direct connection to your battery lets you get a quick boost at a campsite, or a fast and full […]

METZELER Celebrates 20 Years Of Custom V-Twin Tires

METZELER Celebrates 20 Years Of Custom V-Twin Tires

METZELER celebrates 20 years of Custom V-Twin tire manufacturing with the new ME 888 MARATHON™ ULTRA 120/55R26 65H TL Triple 8 Custom Bagger tire Rome, Georgia (USA), March 2, 2015 –METZELER, the world reconized leader in the Custom V-Twin tire market is launching a new 26 inch front tire size to its ME 888 MARATHON™ […]

S & S Rebuilds Stock Engines

S & S Rebuilds Stock Engines

You may have heard that Harley-Davidson® no longer offers the factory remanufacturing program for 1984-later big twins, but not to worry! S&S has been offering a similar service for years. We still do, and the S&S program offers a lot of extras the factory didn’t. S&S Rebuild Program Features: You get the same engine back […]

DRAG SPECIALTIES SEATS® NEW EZ MOUNT FRONT SOLO SEATS FOR SOFTAIL

DRAG SPECIALTIES SEATS® NEW EZ MOUNT FRONT SOLO SEATS FOR SOFTAIL

Add comfort and style to your Softail with a new EZ mount front solo seat from Drag Specialties Seats®. Installing your new seat is easy and hassle-free; after initial installation, no tools are needed to remove or re-install the seat. Molded polyurethane foam interior for maximum comfort, the seat’s exterior is made from solar-reflective leather […]

Fuel Tank Bodywork Visual Impact Shop Tech

Fuel Tank Bodywork Visual Impact Shop Tech

      n our first “how to” we talked about        the     importance    of sealing a gas tank internally, and we showed you steps to achieve a good seal job.  The next step in the process to a killer paint is the bodywork. This subject seems to be glossed over or  not  even  covered  in […]

Battery Maintenance Tips

Battery Maintenance Tips

Harley-Davidson Advice on Avoiding Battery Abuse A motorcycle battery never gets a day off. The service experts at Harley-Davidson® point out that even when a motorcycle is parked the battery discharges continuously in small internal loads called “self-discharge.” Self-discharge speeds up drastically as the temperature rises – for example in a hot garage in the […]

Tech Tips from Roadside Marty how to get it spic & span….

Tech Tips from Roadside Marty how to get it spic & span….

Here we have a 21" spool Invader mag that was under water during Hurricane Katrina.. I didn’t hesitate to pick this ultra rare piece up even if it did look like it came from the bottom of Lake Pontchartrain… even though it was rough I needed it for my 47 Knuckle chopper that you will […]

The High Life Project Part 6

The High Life Project Part 6

Last month we got the bike all mocked up, then tore down for finish welding, and then got everything sandblasted and prepped for the powder coater. So off we go to spend a day at the powder coater . Prior to powder coating, Mylar tape is used to protect the areas on the parts that […]

The High Life Project Part 5

The High Life Project Part 5

’m pretty stoked this month! We got the ACME Choppers’ Springer! Let me tell ya, this thing is sweet: great craftsmanship, nice lookin’ welds and it even has needle roller bearings in the rockers! So, ya know this things gonna be a smooth operator! First, we are gonna get the mock- up finished so we […]

Metal Rescue Product Test Real Life

Metal Rescue Product Test Real Life

Metal Rescue is a clear, water-based solution that is nontoxic, non-hazardous, has no acids, no sol- vents, and does not have a smell. Their motto is: “Safe on everything but rust.” This rust removing solution makes some big claims. I hate to admit it but I was very skeptical about Metal Rescue, so I decided […]

Get the Lo-down on Tires From Harley

Get the Lo-down on Tires From Harley

THE HARLEY-DAVIDSON LOW DOWN ON LOW PRESSURE AND TIRED TIRES Essential Tire Maintenance Tips from Motor Company Experts A patch of tire rubber no larger than a credit card is what connects a motorcycle to the road, and maintaining those tires is critical to motorcycle performance and to the safety of your ride. The motorcycle […]

Fuel Tank Sealing–Tech with Visual Impact

Fuel Tank Sealing–Tech with Visual Impact

  ustom painting isn’t just about what you see on the surface. What lies under the paint is just as important. The finished product depends on excellent attention to detail and prep work. Half ass prep work will make for a poor foundation to put all the shiny stuff on. You have probably heard the […]

Tech Tips From Roadside Marty

Tech Tips From Roadside Marty

Here is another tech tip for hydraulic brakes since that is what I am working on at the moment.  You will need to “Free” the adjusters before you assemble the brakes, this is especially true if the plate has been out of service for a while…. A Common 3/8 socket extension works perfectly without rounding […]

Roadside Tech Tips

Roadside Tech Tips

Back to the Hydraulic brakes for those of you who pickup a hydraulic brake setup but your missing the anchor stud nut. Fear not! You can fix that little issue with a rear shock stud nut! They are the same locking nut! Hope this helps. Tech Tips from Roadside  Marty!

Tech Tip from Roadside Marty…. Got Crusty Chrome?

Tech Tip from Roadside Marty…. Got Crusty Chrome?

So you got some Crusty Chrome? Well its time to clean it up and it doesn’t mean that you won’t have to put in a little elbow grease afterwards but it is still cheaper than buying new chrome. So go to the kitchen and look under the sink and find that Brillo pad and take […]

Tech Tip from Roadside Marty!

Tech Tip from Roadside Marty!

Just a little tip for you guys. Here is how to tell a hydraulic drum from a mechanical drum The Hydraulic Drum is NOT as “dished”as the mechanical one. Brought to you by Roadside Marty Stay Tuned for more Quick Tips!

The High Life Project Part 4

The High Life Project Part 4

  Life sometimes isn’t easy, so when you can find time to hang out in the shop with your friends and make cool motorcycles — that’s the “High Life!”   So after getting the rear fender mounted and radiused last month, Duke and I stood back and took a look. We both decided that the […]

Trimming the Fat Tech

Trimming the Fat Tech

  A few weeks ago, I received a phone call from a builder in New York who wanted me to shorten a gas tank for him. He had chosen a tank with a shape that he liked, but it needed to be 5” shorter to properly fit his frame. I graciously accepted the job and […]

Get a little curly!

Get a little curly!

This is just a quick short little tech tip! Curlin’ Wire Using Cloth Wire on your bike? Want to give it a different look than just wires hanging out there. Well try this! With a large diameter screw driver , twist the cloth wire around the screw driver TIGHTLY to give it that curl effect. […]

Just a little spark info…

Just a little spark info…

There is a lot more to a spark plug then just the name of the manufacturer! What exactly is a plug made of and why? The terms "resistor, copper core, Iridium and more have been bandied about for years..but how many of us really know what they do? Simply put, these innovations may enhance the […]

The Mechanic in you may enjoy this..

The Mechanic in you may enjoy this..

The mechanic in you may enjoy this. Penetrating Oils Machinist’s Workshop Mag™ recently published some information on various penetrating oils that I found very interesting. Some of you might appreciate this. The magazine reports they tested penetrates for break out torque on rusted nuts. They are below, as forwarded by an ex-student and professional machinist. […]

DEI Exhaust Wrap Install

DEI Exhaust Wrap Install

Ever wonder just how easy it is to wrap your own exhaust pipes? Well Rally TV  and Cycle Source Source Garage shows you how it;s simple to do with a 2 man team.  

Shop Safety….never say never

Shop Safety….never say never

Ok, so I am going to touch on a subject that I know all to well in the workplace gets shoved down our throats and most of the time you never really listen and when people start talking about it you hear the sound of the “Charlie Brown Teacher” blah blah blah….. I am not […]

Get Educated… BAKER style!

Get Educated… BAKER style!

EDUCATION… BAKER DRIVETRAIN STYLE!   If you live in the Cleveland Ohio area then you don’t want to miss this opportunity to learn from the best! Put it in your calendar now! Join Baker Drivetrain at the Power Sports Institute main campus in Cleveland Ohio in Saturday April 21, 2012 for a full day Drivetrain […]

It’s the simple things that matter

It’s the simple things that matter

The simplest things matter and sometimes we tend to forget just the simplest things to do. So its that time of year again to get the bike out. Some things to check before you head out on that long overdue ride from the winter blues. Be sure to test your battery if you have not […]

Making your own Custom Battery Cables

Making your own Custom Battery Cables

In the April Issue of Cycle Source Magazine Daniel from Pandemonium Custom Choppers did a article on how to make your own custom battery cables. Making your own high quality battery cables is simple to do. I like to use car audio power cable in either 4 or 8 gauge size. Car audio wire has […]

Getting Ready For Daytona With Pingel Products For The Long Haul.

Getting Ready For Daytona With Pingel Products For The Long Haul.

So it’s not that often we do trailer our bikes from town to town but it sure is nice to have the right tool for the job. The good folks from Pingel made sure we had just that and inside an hour we were ready to go!

New Bag For The Old Girl!

New Bag For The Old Girl!

  Ya’ know, I had almost forgot that my good buddy Robert at Garage Leathers hooked me up with this wicked little chopper bag a few years ago. At the time he said he had got some tooling done on it, a bass guitar, and wanted me to keep it for a special project. Well, […]

Swapping Points……

Swapping Points……

Lemme swaps out electronic ignition for points at Bare Knuckle Choppers.

Beer Runner On A Budget-Part 10

Beer Runner On A Budget-Part 10

Article By: Wayne At Wicked Willy’s Choppers www.wickedwillychoppers.com In part ten of the beer runner, we will build an oil tank for the trike. It is a very simple tank that will mount inside the swingarm, but it will be built just like any other tank we build for a dry sump motor. It will […]

Mounting A Custom Fuel Tank

Mounting A Custom Fuel Tank

Article By: Tyler Malinky When it comes to mounting a custom gas tank on your bike, there are many ways to skin a cat. With quite a few tanks coming with welded on but undrilled tabs, one of the easiest ways is to weld a couple of threaded bungs into the back bone of your […]

Hand Spinning Fenders

Hand Spinning Fenders

Article By: Paul Wideman Photos By: Nichole Grodski The first time I looked into metal spinning, I was in complete awe. I was a young gearhead and had always heard the old timers talk about “spun” fuel cells on the front of their dragsters. Not long after, I saw the Mooneyes’ oil tanks in a […]

Legend Air Install

Legend Air Install

Article and Photos by: Chris Callen With our boy Keith getting his ’95 Roadking up and running this spring, we’ve got a good look at the fact that he, like a lot of people these days, is in the position of bringing an Evo based bike back from the deterioration of a hard first, sometimes […]

Venting a Gas or Oil Tank Cap

Venting a Gas or Oil Tank Cap

Article By: Tyler Malinky If you’re building a custom oil tank, you can forgo the vent fitting and vent the cap to keep a super clean design. Also, if you need to vent a cap for a gas tank, this method also works great. What you need are a 1/8” NPT tap (which needs a […]

Beer Runner on a Budget–Part 8

Beer Runner on a Budget–Part 8

Article By: Wayne at Wicked Willy’s Choppers Here in part 8, we will finish our foot clutch that we started last month. We will make an end for our cable and also make up a set of kickass handlebars that flow with our tank and have enough pullback for this long trike. Then I will […]

Baker Seven Speed Install–Part 2

Baker Seven Speed Install–Part 2

Last month we left you with some info about the Baker DD7 transmission. We talked a little about gear ratio, and what to expect when you get the DD7 kit from Baker. The disassembly and reassembly went pretty good, everything went as planned and like Baker said, we did not have to grind or shim […]

Beer Runner On a Budget–Part 7

Beer Runner On a Budget–Part 7

Article By: Wayne at Wicked Willy’s Choppers Here in part seven of our trike build, we are going to start our foot controls. I will be building a custom foot clutch using our own forward controls. This will take two parts because I will show you how to measure and make your own cable out […]

Baker Seven Speed Install-Part 1

Baker Seven Speed Install-Part 1

  When I first heard of the Baker DD7, I was like most of the others out there and said, ‘Why would someone add another gear? Wasn’t 6 enough?’ Well, I’m not like the others so I had to find out why. I got to speak with Bert Baker about this and was told it […]

Relocating Gas Tank Filler Neck

Relocating Gas Tank Filler Neck

Article By: Tyler Malinky Relocating or replacing the filler neck in your gas tank not only gives you a custom look, but can help get the most capacity out of your gas tank. Todd wanted to use this Narrow Alien gas tank, which is 2.1 gallons, on a chopper he is building. The tank sits […]

Modifying a Stock Exhaust for a Custom Look

Modifying a Stock Exhaust for a Custom Look

You can use a stock or aftermarket exhaust as a starting point for a custom exhaust, instead of piecing one together totally from scratch. What follows is a late-night account of how I did just that to customize the exhaust on my ‘59 Panhead chopper. I started with a set of Paughco side- by-side header […]

Stepping It Up–Part 4

Stepping It Up–Part 4

Article and Photos By: Joe Trozzo As you may recall, a few months ago I did some tech articles on the Super Tuner and the Thunder Max Auto Tuner. It’s now roughly 9000 miles later and here is my summary of the two products. I would like to remind you that this is just my […]

Making a Nash Fuel Sling

Making a Nash Fuel Sling

Article By: Taber Nash www.nashmotorcycle.com Photo By: Jeff Cochran www.speedkingphoto.com We all know that no matter what happens, you are bound to break down and run out of gas sometime when you’re riding, especially on long trips. Years ago on a ride from Washington State to North Carolina for the East Coast Smokeout, Austin and […]

Trimming In Your Mill

Trimming In Your Mill

Article and Photos By: Paul Wideman www.bareknucklechoppers.com In past articles you have seen us use our Bridgeport mill a ton of times. The Bridgeport and other similar knee mills can be a very valuable asset to any home or professional shop. But this isn’t your grandpappy’s drill press. A mill needs constant attention, maintenance, and […]

Ironhead and Shovelhead Tune & Service DVDs with Frank Kaisler

Ironhead and Shovelhead Tune & Service DVDs with Frank Kaisler

      In this installment of instructional videos for garage builders brought to you by Lowbrow Customs and Four Aces Cycle, chopper guru Frank Kaisler takes you through the care and service of Harley-Davidson’s popular but sometimes troublesome Ironhead Sportster engine and the venerable Shovelhead engine. Applying four decades of motorcycle experience, Frank shares the tips […]

Springer Swap

Springer Swap

ACME Choppers Springer Swap Live at Daytona Article By: Chris Callen Photos By: Gene Stull, Jeff Cochran, Jason At Gas 33 So how do you improve upon perfection? Well, when you start with a bitchin’ sled like Roadside Marty’s “Purple Haze” from our February ’11 cover, it’s a pretty tall order. I mean as the […]

Beer Runner On A Budget

Beer Runner On A Budget

  Article By: Wayne at Wicked Willy’s Choppers In this section, we are going to build a gas tank from scratch. I will be using 18 gauge sheet metal and our tank will be a little radical because instead of sitting on the top of the frame, it will actually fit between the frame. You […]

Heavy Metal Chromoly vs DOM

Heavy Metal Chromoly vs DOM

Chromoly vs DOM Article By: Paul Wideman www.bareknucklechoppers.com I’ve wanted to write this article for some time now. I’ve heard the debate waged that 4130 chromoly is the be-all end-all when it comes to fabrication in the racing and powersports industries. I’ve also heard the exact opposite; moly is a waste of money and is […]

Installing A Hardtail At Home

Installing A Hardtail At Home

So we wanted to throw out a cool tech article for the home shop mechanic this month since this is where so much of the scene is coming from today. We decided that there would be no better place to go for a “how to” on hardtailing a Sporty than to the cats at Led […]

Make Your Own Seat Pan

Make Your Own Seat Pan

So you want to make a seat pan for your new chop, but don’t have the equipment to make one out of steel… then FIBERGLASS is for you. A fiberglass seat pan is not only a good choice for the DIY guy because of material, but it also gives you a mo’ better fit in […]

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