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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 […]

Gettin’ It Covered

Gettin’ It Covered

With Led Sled’s Pan Style Rocker Boxes for XL’s Article And Photos By: Matt Reel Originally Published In The September 2016 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine While many of us have known this little motorcycle secret for a while more and more people seem to be figuring it out lately, “the Harley Davidson Sportster platform […]

Hardtailing With Voodoo Vintage

Hardtailing With Voodoo Vintage

Article & Photos By: Daniel Donley – www.pandemoniumcustomchoppers.com Originally Published In The September 2016 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine I had a local guy stop by the shop, wanting to know if I could put a hardtail on his old Ironhead Sportster. He had an old bolt on hardtail that he didn’t like the lines of. […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fabricating Offset Fender Struts

Fabricating Offset Fender Struts

Originally Published In The August 2012 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine My long term project is a BSA rigid bobber. This article describes fabricating rear fender struts. Home shop tools needed are: angle grinder, drill press, drill press vise, vise, drill bits, trusty Lincoln welder, safety glasses, welding helmet and gloves. The struts for my […]

15th Anniversary Subscription Sweeps Bike Build: Part 4

15th Anniversary Subscription Sweeps Bike Build: Part 4

Article By: Keith “Bandit” Ball – www.bikernet.com Originally Published In The August 2012 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine You’ve been watching this sweepstakes bike come together for four episodes. A terrific chopper industry team was established to build you a one-off, worldclass custom motorcycle. What could be better? Just fill out a coupon or subscribe to Cycle […]

Frame Repair: Unwrecking A Chopper Frame

Frame Repair: Unwrecking A Chopper Frame

Article By: Pat Patterson www.ledsledcustoms.com Photos By: Chris Callen Originally Published In The January 2016 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine This project started life as a Twisted Chopper Buell frame that unfortunately was in head on collision. What we hope to show you in this brief offering is the process of sizing up the damage […]

Installing The Accel Stealth Supercoil

Installing The Accel Stealth Supercoil

Article & Photos By: Jeff Najar Originally Published In The January 2016 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine   ACCEL Ignition is known for performance and their fl y-yellow branding provides a visual acknowledgement that you are running upgraded performance parts on your motorcycle. Recently they decided to go in a new direction, a stealth direction. […]

On The Road Again

On The Road Again

Shovelhead Exhaust Flange Fix On The Fly Article & Photos By: Daniel Donley – www.pandemoniumcustomchoppers.com Originally Published In The January 2016 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine Got a call from a good friend of mine, Chris Thompson, who has been out traveling the country all summer living life free. He asked if he could stop by […]

Hand Fabbed Tank – Part 4

Hand Fabbed Tank – Part 4

Article By: Will Ramsey – Faith Forgotten Choppers – www.faithforgotten.com – 614.940.9145 Originally Published In The July 2012 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine This is the final installment of a 4 part series about building a chopper gas tank. The first two parts illustrated the fabrication of the tank shell while the third focused on the forming and […]

Throttle Junkie Tech- Sportster Hardtail

Throttle Junkie Tech- Sportster Hardtail

Article By: Paul Wideman – www.bareknucklechoppers.com Originally Published In The July 2012 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine It’s no secret that many new motorcycle products are different just for the sake of being different. Over engineering, mated with an active imagination, can sometimes give birth to a less than desirable character. Oftentimes, lack of creativity […]

How To Install A Bandlands Illuminator

How To Install A Bandlands Illuminator

Article By: Daniel Donley At Pandemonium Custom Choppers – www.pandemoniumc2.com Originally Published In The July 2012 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine The lighting on most motorcycles these days seems to be very lack luster. With safety always being a concern when we ride, we want to be seen not just heard. Badlands Motorcycle Products has a […]

Hand Fabbed Tank: Part 2

Hand Fabbed Tank: Part 2

Article And Photos By: Will Ramsey – Faith Forgotten Choppers Originally Published In The May 2012 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine Part 1 of this tech series dealt with the design and basic metal shaping of a chopper gas tank. Part II will focus on welding, planishing, and metal finishing the shell of the tank. […]

Chain Drive Conversion

Chain Drive Conversion

Article and Photos By: Jeremy Johnson Originally Published In The May 2012 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine This is a lengthy process so I’m going to leave out torque specs. You should always have a manual to consult about any process that we cover. This Zippers’ chain drive conversion is a great way to clean […]

Setting Up A Hauler

Setting Up A Hauler

Article By: Chris Callen Photos By: Chris and Postale Originally Published In The May 2012 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine Although it isn’t often that you’ll see a Cycle Source staffer bike in a trailer, mostly if it’s broken down as a matter of fact, it isn’t too often we get to talk about the […]

Clean And Rejet Your Carbs

Clean And Rejet Your Carbs

Article By: Daniel Donley At Pandemonium Custom Choppers – www.pandemoniumc2.com Originally Published In The June 2012 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine Just purchased a barn find? Or you just need to clean and rejet your carbs? Mikuni CV carbs have been used for many years on many different models of bikes. They are simple and very […]

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