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Wire Plus Wiring System

Wire Plus Wiring System

Published In The December 2013 Issue Of Cycle Source Article By: Gary Maurer & Jules   Photos By: Jordan Campbell & Wrench Well, here we go. When Kustoms Inc. was asked to be the lead builder, with Ron Harris from Chop Doc’s Choppers, we didn’t even stutter. It was hell yeah! Just think, we get to […]

Cookies Are Gone – Customizing Your Ride In A Few Easy Steps

Cookies Are Gone – Customizing Your Ride In A Few Easy Steps

Published In The August 2014 Issue Of Cycle Source Article By: Daniel Donley At Pandemonium Custom Choppers www.pandemoniumc2.com Photos By: Duke Miller Do you have a stock Harley- Davidson that is just like all the rest? You know what I’m talking about, when you are at an event and the parking lot is full of bikes […]

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 […]

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 […]

Motorcycle Seat Upgrade

Motorcycle Seat Upgrade

Article And Photos By: Sara Liberte Look, it’s inevitable as time goes on that certain parts on your car, motorcycle, dirt bike or whatever vehicle you cherish most will eventually deteriorate. It’s a part of life; things wear out. Take your own body for example. There are certain things you just can’t do like you […]

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 […]

Installing The Rider’s Rest Motorcycle Hammock

Installing The Rider’s Rest Motorcycle Hammock

We went to the Cycle Source garage one day last month to install a Rider’s Rest Hammock on Chris Callen’s 2003 Ultra Classic that he rode in the Hoka Hey last year. I invented the hammock specifically for riding in the Hoka Hey. I wanted a place to sleep up off the ground away from […]

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 […]

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 […]

Beer Runner on A Budget

Beer Runner on A Budget

Article by: Wayne at Wicked Willy’s Choppers Wicked Willy’s Beer Runner on a Budget – Part 4 In part 4 of this segment, we got the frame and rear end back in our shop. I will set the pre-load on my shocks and set my ride height of the frame so I can start machining […]

Installing a Fuel Sight Gauge

Installing a Fuel Sight Gauge

Article By: Tyler Malinky 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 low on gas. We show the installation on a new Sporty […]

Beer Runner On A Budget

Beer Runner On A Budget

Wicked Willy’s Beer Runner on a Budget – Part 3 Article by: Wayne at Wicked Willy’s Choppers In this section, we will cover a couple of things including the final work of the rear end for the trike. Here we will talk about a few things missed by all the do-it-yourselfers out there. We will […]

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 […]

How to Clean Up your Wiring

How to Clean Up your Wiring

Do it Yourself Tech Tips The 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. To me, nothing ruins a flashy period custom or a […]

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