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Gotta Have A Springer

Gotta Have A Springer

Article and Photos By: Daniel Donley Originally Published In The February 2017 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine Paul has had visions of owning a hard tail bobber for quite some time. We have worked on Paul’s bike for the last couple tech articles, got it up and running in “Knockin’ The Dust Off”, and did […]

How It’s Made: Frame Tech

How It’s Made: Frame Tech

The Twisted Tea Chopper At Led Sled Customs Article By: Chris Callen Photos By: Chris Callen And Matt Reel Originally Published In The January 2017 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine So last month we covered twisting steel square stock and explained that it was for the purpose of building the Twisted Tea give-a-way chopper. This […]

Feeling’ A Little Loose?

Feeling’ A Little Loose?

Article And Photos By: Daniel Donley Originally Published In The January 2017 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine Last month we knocked the dust-off a 1968 shovelhead and got it up and running after a long stint of setting in storage. She ended up being a good runner but you’re typically going to run into a […]

Black Hills Shocks

Black Hills Shocks

Roadside Marty Keeps His Big Wheels Article and Photos By: Jeff Najar Originally Published In The January 2017 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine Roadside Marty keeps the biker freak flag flying high with all his antics and enjoyment of the biker lifestyle. He an all around biker and is known as a foul mouth EMCEE, […]

Knocking’ The Dust Off

Knocking’ The Dust Off

What To Do Before You Dive Into A Project Article And Photos By: Daniel Donley Originally Published In The December 2016 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine It’s nice to have a project for the long cold winters we have here in the Midwest. My projects are typically bike builds for customers or friends. But what […]

Chromoly Vs Dom Tubing

Chromoly Vs Dom Tubing

Article and Photos By: Will Ramsey Originally Published In The December 2016 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine There has always been disagreements surrounding the use of 4130 (Chromoly) tubing for chopper frames. Many of these discussions focus on the welding procedures which seem to be misunderstood. I have found that many of the arguments lack […]

Pandemonium’s Sturgis Giveaway Tank

Pandemonium’s Sturgis Giveaway Tank

Article And Photos By: Daniel Donley Originally Published In The November 2016 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine Got Sportster tank? It’s hard to beat the lines and traditional styling of a vintage sportster gas tank. They are small and compact in size and very easy to mount to your custom application. There are a few […]

Adjusting The Valve Train On a 1813 Perry Mack

Adjusting The Valve Train On a 1813 Perry Mack

Billy Lane Brings The Past To The Present Article and Photos By: Will Ramsey Originally Published In The November 2016 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine Writing for Cycle Source Magazine over the years has certainly had its perks. As tech editor I have a unique opportunity to help publicize pertinent and accurate tips and techniques […]

Tell Us Like It Is, And Use Big Words!

Tell Us Like It Is, And Use Big Words!

S&S Engine Science- Part 2 Article And Photos By: S&S Cycles Originally Published In The November 2016 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine In our last article, we talked to S&S Principal Engineer Roy Meyer, about structural and physical considerations in building big engines. In this article he delves more deeply into what it takes to […]

Gettin’ It Lowered

Gettin’ It Lowered

Article And Photos By: Chris Callen Originally Published In The November 2016 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine   While we were doing the Grease & Gears Garage Stage work in Sturgis, we had made arrangements to bring along Mark’s 2003 Sportster for a front end swap with one of Dana of Siouxicide Choppers Springers. At the […]

S&S Engine Science- It’s Not As Easy AS It Looks!

S&S Engine Science- It’s Not As Easy AS It Looks!

Article and Photos By: S&S Cycles Originally Published In The October 2016 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine We’ve all heard the saying “There’s no replacement for displacement.” and there is some truth to it. It’s about the most elementary way to make more power. After all, if sucking air and gas into an engine and […]

S&S Engine Science

S&S Engine Science

Article And Photos By: S&S Cycle Originally Published In The October 2016 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine We’ve all heard the saying “There’s no replacement for displacement.” and there is some truth to it. It’s about the most elementary way to make more power. After all, if sucking air and gas into an engine and […]

DIY Tech Tips- Mounting A Horseshoe Oil Tank

DIY Tech Tips- Mounting A Horseshoe Oil Tank

Article By: Tyler Malinky Originally Published In The August 2011 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine A stock style horseshoe oil tank is a timeless classic and looks good on stock bikes as well as choppers. When running a custom rear fender you have to fabricate rear oil tank mounts, as with a stock setup the […]

Seventies Lace Paint Job

Seventies Lace Paint Job

Article And Photos By: Matt Reel Originally Published In The August 2016 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine One of the first things noticed on a motorcycle, even from a distance, is the paint (and, yes, sometimes the lack of). Recently when building my newest bike I had to make the decision that can sometimes leave […]

Fuel Tank Liner

Fuel Tank Liner

By: Steve “Brewdude” Garn – www.brewracingframes.com Originally Published In The August 2016 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine Over the years I have seen many gas tanks. The inside of these tanks have varied from being in great condition, or in need of much work. The worst of these are the tanks that someone has applied a […]

Where’d Ya Get Them Tires

Where’d Ya Get Them Tires

Article & Photos By: Daniel Donley – www.pandemoniumcustomchoppers.com Originally Published In The August 2016 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine I was hanging out at the local hot rod shop with the guys having a couple of beers checkin’ out the sweet cars when I noticed on one particular car that the tires had no lettering on […]

Do It Yourself Tech Tips: Installing A Fuel Sight Gauge

Do It Yourself Tech Tips: Installing A Fuel Sight Gauge

Article By: Tyler Malinky Originally Published In The March 2011 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine This article shows how easy it is to install a fuel sight gauge into the side of your gas tank. A sight gauge can be handy, especially if you have a small gas tank, for seeing when you are running […]

Installing Speed Dealer Customs Lowering Kit

Installing Speed Dealer Customs Lowering Kit

Article & Photos By: Will Ramsey www.faithforgottenchoppers.com Originally Published In The July 2016 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine Lowering a stock motorcycle is one of the quickest ways to improve the overall look of the bike. Often times a lowered bike will feel more responsive on the road, but there is always a consequence anytime […]

Working Man’s Build – Part 2

Working Man’s Build – Part 2

Customizing Jared Blake’s Sporty with Pandemonium Custom Choppers Article and Photos By: Daniel Donley – www.pandemoniumcustomchoppers.com Originally Published In The July 2016 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine Just to recap on last months beginning of this article, I recently was approached by Jared Blake, He is hard working country music singer, out there pounding the […]

Leather Working Tech

Leather Working Tech

Article By: Taber Nash – www.nashmotorcycle.com Originally Published In The June 2011 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine 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 […]

Stepping It Up: Part 4

Stepping It Up: Part 4

Article and Photos By: Joe Trozzo Originally Published In The June 2011 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine 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. […]

ACME Choppers Springer Swap

ACME Choppers Springer Swap

Article By: Chris Callen Photos By: Gene Stull, Jeff Cochran, Jason At Gas 33 Originally Published In The May 2011 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine   Sohow 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. […]

Throttle Junkie Tech

Throttle Junkie Tech

Article By: Paul Wideman Originally Published In The May 2011 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine 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 […]

Beer Runner On A Budget – Part 6

Beer Runner On A Budget – Part 6

Article By: Wayne At Wicked Willy’s Choppers Originally Published In The May 2011 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine 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 […]

Installing HD Controls On Non Dimpled Bars

Installing HD Controls On Non Dimpled Bars

Article By: Tyler Malinky Originally Published In The May 2011 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine There are a lot of ways to do it, but this is the simplest way we know, with the simplest of hand tools. We jacked around a lot and still did it in ninety minutes. What are dimples and why? […]

Installing An S&S Hydraulic Valve Train Conversion Kit

Installing An S&S Hydraulic Valve Train Conversion Kit

Article & Photos By: Will Ramsey – www.faithforgottenchoppers.com Originally Published In The June 2016 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine This month we are visiting Jess Cleary at K&S Customz in Louisville Kentucky. Jess is responsible for building every motor that has powered a Faith Forgotten Chopper. I have followed him from shop to shop for 7 […]

Bar Swappin’ – Sportster Handle Bar And Grip Swapping

Bar Swappin’ – Sportster Handle Bar And Grip Swapping

Article & Photos By: Lowbrow Customs – www.lowbrowcustoms.com Originally Published In The June 2016 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine Swapping out the handlebars and grips on your motorcycle makes a big change visually as well as in handling. This step-by-step article will walk you through the process and ensure that you are completely comfortable in […]

DIY Tech Tips: British Chopper Wiring

DIY Tech Tips: British Chopper Wiring

Article By: Tyler Malinky Originally Published In The February 2011 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine As a follow-up to our last DIY Tech Tip on cleaning up your bike’s wiring, here are several wiring diagrams that will apply to your Triumph, BSA or other British chopper or custom bike project. This is the nitty-gritty; no […]

Installing Iron Head Hydro Clutch

Installing Iron Head Hydro Clutch

Originally Published In The May 2016 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine Going through the final stages of building “Board To Death” I realized that the engineering for the foot clutch that utitlized the clutch cable may not the best idea. I hate when I have to admit I’m wrong but that’s exactly what experimental bike […]

Moving Forward: Installing Forward Controls with TC Bros

Moving Forward: Installing Forward Controls with TC Bros

Article & Photos By: Daniel Donnley – www.pandemoniumcustomchoppers.com Originally Published In The May 2016 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine Last month I showed you how to internally wire a set of handlebars on a 1997 sportster. With the bike already being in the shop the customer decided his sporty was in need of a facelift. First […]

Beer Runner On A Budget Part Two

Beer Runner On A Budget Part Two

Article By: Wayne – Wicked Willy’s Choppers Originally Published In The January 2011 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine Here in part 2 of our build, we are going to try and finish up our rear end for our trike. We have to put the rear end together, cut off the axle tubes and measure for […]

Make Your Own Seat Pan

Make Your Own Seat Pan

With Garage Co. Customs Originally Published In The January 2012 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine 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 Tech Tips: How To Clean Up Your Wiring

DIY Tech Tips: How To Clean Up Your Wiring

Article By: Wes White Originally Published In The January 2011 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine Following tips on wiring your bike are from Wes White of Four Aces Cycle Supply (www. fouracescycle.com) in Pacoima, California. This is a great look at how to give your bike a really nice wiring job with cloth covered wire. […]

Throttle Junkie Tech: Spinning Triumph Fork Covers

Throttle Junkie Tech: Spinning Triumph Fork Covers

Article And Photos By: Paul Wideman – www.bareknucklechoppers.com Originally Published In The December 2012 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine This month, I am bringing you the first of a two-part article detailing how Lucas and The Factory Metal Works’ crew recreate vintage Triumph fork covers. We at Bare Knuckle help facilitate these fork covers being made […]

Invader Mags: How It’s Made

Invader Mags: How It’s Made

Originally Published In The April 2016 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine This month we got a chance to catch up with Pat Patterson who has been building some of the most amazing bikes on the planet lately. Most of all I’ve been diggin the wheels and I wondered what it would take to actually build […]

Installing Rivera Primo Slime Line Bet Drive

Installing Rivera Primo Slime Line Bet Drive

Xavier Gets Back In Build Mode Article And Photos By: Xavier Muriel Originally Published In The April 2016 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine Greetings fellow sled heads. This month I’m going to try something a little different. As most of you know I write a column about my adventures on tour as well as visiting […]

Hardtailing An A65 BSA

Hardtailing An A65 BSA

Article By: Lucas Joyner – www.thefactorymetalworks.com Originally Published In The November 2012 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine When we decided to do a tech article on hardtailing a frame, I figured it would be an easy task then realized differently. We are trying to show home builders how to make a simple jig at home, […]

Project X-Wedge: Short Time To Bonneville

Project X-Wedge: Short Time To Bonneville

Originally Published In The November 2012 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine It was like Christmas for me as the truck showed up in front of the shop. As soon as the door went up on the rear of that delivery truck, it was all there in boxes from S&S Cycles. The X-Wedge engine had arrived. […]

Woah There??

Woah There??

Install A Rear Disc Break And Space It To The Rotor Article By: Daniel Donley At Pandemonium Custom Choppers – www.pandemoniumc2.com Originally Published In The November 2012 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine Last month, I showed you how to correctly space your rear wheel in the chassis of a bike with a drum brake. This month […]

Easy Installs: Fork Shrouds

Easy Installs: Fork Shrouds

Originally Published In The March 2016 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine This month, follow along as Todd Muller, Head Tech at Lowbrow Customs, installs a pair of 39mm Fork Shrouds on an ‘06 Harley- Davidson Sportster. Fork Shrouds are a quick and easy install, but like any work you do on a motorcycle, it must […]

Building The Tapered Leg Springer

Building The Tapered Leg Springer

Article & Photos By: Will Ramsey Originally Published In The March 2016 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine In the Cycle Source Year In Review, the readers voted Faith Forgotten Chopper’s tapered leg springer Best New Product of the year. I’d like to repay the honor by giving everyone an inside view of what goes into […]

The Smoking Gun

The Smoking Gun

How To Properly Solder And Electrical Connection Article & Photos By: Daniel Donley – www.pandemoniumcustomchoppers.com Originally Published In The March 2016 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine So when it comes to motorcycle wiring I have pretty much seen it all! From crimped ends, half a dozen butt connectors in ONE wire, household wire nuts, to your […]

Upgrading To The Scorpion

Upgrading To The Scorpion

Article and Photos By: Chris Callen Originally Published In The September 2012 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine It’s no secret that I love my ’49, and riding a hardtail jockey shift everywhere from the city of Brooklyn to the hills of Tennessee has been a blast. I would change almost nothing about this bike, but […]

Throttle Junkie Tech – Garage Built Sporty Tank

Throttle Junkie Tech – Garage Built Sporty Tank

Article By: Paul Wideman at Bare Knuckle Choppers – www.bareknucklechoppers.com Originally Published In The September 2012 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine Between the guys at Twisted, Big Will from Faith Forgotten, and myself, there have been plenty of gas tank articles over the last few years in Cycle Source. Looking back on this, I realized that […]

S&S Oversized Breather Gear

S&S Oversized Breather Gear

Article & Photos By: Will Ramsey Originally Published In The February 2016 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine Older vintage motors are full of exciting surprises once disassembly starts. Often times they leave you wondering how the hell they were even running before you got to them. A very common problem found in older motors is […]

So Ya Wanna Frisco?

So Ya Wanna Frisco?

Article By: Daniel Donley – Pandemonium Custom Choppers – www.pandemoniumc2.com Originally Published In The September 2012 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine Working on a custom build? Just want to freshen up the look of your current bike? Well this month I am going to show you how to mount a Frisco styled gas tank. I’ll also […]

Rubber Mounting

Rubber Mounting

Sporty Hardtailing At Nash Motorcycles Article By Taber Nash – www.nashmotorcycle.com Originally Published In The February 2012 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine Harley came out with the Rubber Mount Sportster in 2004 and it posed a problem for would be choppers in that keeping the rubber mounting was a good idea, but no one had a […]

Thread In Time: Thread Repair Kit

Thread In Time: Thread Repair Kit

Article & Photos By: Daniel Donnley – www.pandemoniumcustomchoppers.com Originally Published In The February 2016 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine Last month I did the tech about on the fly thread repair on a shovelhead exhaust port that was damaged because I didn’t have any type of thread repair kit, so I made my own. This […]

Lowering Your Standards: Fork Lowering At Pandemonium

Lowering Your Standards: Fork Lowering At Pandemonium

Article By: Daniel Donley – Pandemonium Custom Choppers – www.pandemoniumc2.com Originally Published In The August 2012 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine Hydraulic type front suspensions have been used on many bikes for a lot of years. This month I am going to show you how to lower the front forks on a Yamaha XS650. The basics […]

Installing Jims Lift Caddy At The Source Garage

Installing Jims Lift Caddy At The Source Garage

Article By: Chris Callen Pictures By: Postino Originally Published In The August 2012 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine So, in the Source Garage there is not another tool we feel is as important as our Handy Lift table. The advantages of having one are so great we actually have two, one with an extension for […]

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