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Iron Horse Saloon – Sturgis To Host Grease & Gears Garage

Iron Horse Saloon – Sturgis  To Host Grease & Gears Garage

Industry leading builders and craftsmen to hold live demonstrations throughout the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2016. For Immediate Release Sturgis, SD July 14, 2016 – Ever wonder what it takes to make a great tig weld, build a frame for a custom motorcycle, or bend your own set of custom handlebars? This year at the Sturgis […]

Part 5 Of The High Life Project

Part 5 Of The High Life Project

Published In The November 2013 Issue Of Cycle Source Article & Photos By: Daniel Donley I’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 […]

Brake Bleeding

Brake Bleeding

Published In The December 2013 Issue Article & Photos By: Will Ramsey www.faithforgottenchoppers.com First off, I would like to apologize for my lack of tech articles over the last couple issues. I was super focused on completing the build for the Artistry in Iron show in Las Vegas last month and was unable to find time […]

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 […]

Metal Prep And Finishing

Metal Prep And Finishing

Published In The March 2013 Issue Of Cycle Source Article By: Daniel Donley At Pandemonium Custom Choppers – www.pandemoniumc2.com Working on your winter project? Maybe a new build? Or just cleaning the ol’ gal up? This month I’m gonna give you some paint and powder coat preparation tips, as well as some tips on steel and […]

Lincoln Electric Welding – Pipe Job

Lincoln Electric Welding – Pipe Job

Published In The April 2014 Issue Of Cycle Source Article By: Vincent Stemp  Photos By: Sean Fraser Performance is important to all of us, in one way or another. Whether it means stripping fenders and swingarms to improve your power-to-weight ratio or just swapping mufflers to shape your torque curve, we all have our own […]

Lincoln Electric Welding – Testing The Lincoln Power MIG216

Lincoln Electric Welding – Testing The Lincoln Power MIG216

Published in The April 2014 Issue Of Cycle Source Article By: Vincent Stemp   Photos By: Sean Fraser Last time, me and the rest of the guys at the shop took some time to get familiar with our Lincoln Electric Power MIG 216 welder. Despite the learning curve, we got pretty comfortable with it and were […]

Installing A Fuel Sight Gauge Kit & Relocating Your Petcock

Installing A Fuel Sight Gauge Kit & Relocating Your Petcock

Published In The March 2014 Issue Of Cycle Source Article By: Daniel Donley At Pandemonium Custom Choppers www.pandemoniumc2.com For this month’s tech article, I am gonna show you how to install a fuel sight gauge kit and relocate your petcock. These modifications not only look killer, but are also very practical. With the installation of the […]

Fuel Tank Sealing With Visual Impact

Fuel Tank Sealing With Visual Impact

Published In The January 2014 Issue Of Cycle Source Article & Photos By: Visual Impact Custom 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 […]

Fuel Tank Bodywork With Visual Impact

Fuel Tank Bodywork With Visual Impact

Published In The February 2014 Issue Of Cycle Source Article &Photos By: Visual Impact In 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 […]

Tech Cycle Install – The Rotary Top Gains Cool Points

Tech Cycle Install – The Rotary Top Gains Cool Points

Published In The August Issue Of Cycle Source Article by Will Ramsey Faith Forgotten Choppers www.faithforgotten.com    www.techcycle.com The rotary top 4 speed transmission has always been the ugly duckling when compared to its older brother, the ratchet top. But this unattractive little guy has some admirable qualities and is quickly starting to make a comeback […]

Slow Down And Think About It – Pandemonium Custom Shop Tech

Slow Down And Think About It  – Pandemonium Custom Shop Tech

Published In The August 2015 Issue Of Cycle Source Article & Photos By: Daniel Donnley www.pamdemoniumcustomchoppers.com TheHigh Life Project came back into the shop over the winter to have the electric foot installed and we are at the end of May and here In Defiance Ohio we have only had 2 weeks to our riding […]

Getting’ Tanked Up – Custom Tank Fabrication

Getting’ Tanked Up – Custom Tank Fabrication

Published In The July 2015 Issue Of Cycle Source Article By: Chris Callen Photos By: Heather Callen In this episode from Flat Broke Chops & Rods, we are fast on the fabrication of our entry to the Sportster Challenge for this year’s Big Mountain Run. One of the items that has to be completed sooner rather […]

Tool Time With Pandemonium Custom Choppers

Tool Time With Pandemonium Custom Choppers

Published In The July 2015 Issue Of Cycle Source Article & Photos By: Daniel Donnley www.pamdemoniumcustomchoppers.com Our shop and our tools are a very important asset in what we do. We create build and customize motorcycles as our job and/or hobby. At times we get wrapped up so much in creating or customizing this new sweet […]

Kick Standing With Led Sled

Kick Standing With Led Sled

Published In The January 2015 Issue Of Cycle Source Article By: Daniel Donley At Pandemonium Custom Choppers www.pandemoniumc2.com 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 […]

Fabricating Handlebars With Faith Forgotten Chopper

Fabricating Handlebars With Faith Forgotten Chopper

Published In The January 2015 Issue Of Cycle Source Article And Photos By: Will Ramsey – Faith Forgotten Choppers www.faithforgotten.com I’ve received quite a few questions over the last year about the handlebars that I built for Tight & Shallow. So many questions in fact that I have done a couple of small production runs […]

39MM Springer Kit From Siouxicide Choppers

39MM Springer Kit From Siouxicide Choppers

Published In The December 2014 Issue Of Cycle Source Article & Photos By: Siouxicide Choppers I ran into the cats from Siouxicide Choppers a while back and they were telling me about their 39mm springer kit that is a simple bolt on springer for all new model Sportster and Dyna model motorcycles. Quite simply it […]

Mixing & Matching – Retro Fitting A CV Carb On A Shovel Head – Part Two

Mixing & Matching – Retro Fitting A CV Carb On A Shovel Head – Part Two

Published In The December 2014 Issue Of Cycle Source Article & Photos By: Will Ramsey – Faith Forgotten Choppers – faithforgotten.com This is the second installment of a two part tech article on retro fitting a CV carb to a shovelhead motor. In the first article we fabricated a new intake manifold by welding a machined adapter to […]

Mixing & Matching – Retro Fitting A CV Carb On A Shovel Head – Part One

Mixing & Matching – Retro Fitting A CV Carb On A Shovel Head – Part One

Published In The October 2014 Issue Of Cycle Source Article By: Will Ramsey – Faith Forgotten Choppers – www.faithforgotten.com   I’ve been asked many times about the CV carburetor set up on the last couple bikes I built. So, I’ve decided to write a two part tech series that will illustrate how I mounted the carburetors […]

Basic SU Carb Maintenance

Basic SU Carb Maintenance

Published In The November 2014 Issue Of Cycle Source Article By: Chris Callen So, I know by now that when something goes wrong with my bike to follow a couple general rules: A. Keep it simple, or in other words start with simplest thing to check. B. Go to the last thing you messed with. […]

Squeaky Wheel Gets The Grease

Squeaky Wheel Gets The Grease

Published In The September 2014 Issue Of Cycle Source Article By: Pandemonium Custom Choppers Tapered Wheel Bearings rarely get serviced when necessary or properly. I suggest servicing them with a tire change or every two years, whichever comes first. With tapered wheel bearings there are two bearings, two bearing races and an inner bearing spacer […]

Installing LA ChopRods Internal Throttle

Installing LA ChopRods Internal Throttle

Published In The August 2014 Issue Of Cycle Source Article & Photos By: Will Ramsey www.faithforgotten.com here is no denying the fact that internal throttles are just cool. Clean looking handlebars, hidden throttle cable, what could possibly be the down side? Well, some internal throttles have gotten a bad rap due to performance issues and […]

Sportster Hardtail Install At Led Sled Customs

Sportster Hardtail Install At Led Sled Customs

Published In The August 2014 Issue Of Cycle Source Article & Photos By: Will Ramsey www.faithforgotten.com While visiting Led Sled Customs to catch a sneak preview of the Biker Live build, Elbow Grease, I noticed a father and son appear in front of the shop holding a stock sportster frame. I followed the frame downstairs […]

Pop A Cap On It

Pop A Cap On It

Published In The July 2014 Issue Of Cycle Source Article Daniel Donley At Pandemonium Custom Choppers www.pandemoniumc2.com Got a local hub cab store? Well, that’s where I picked up these old 16” Beauty Rings. Back in the day they were used on your car or truck to snazz up your wheels. For this month’s tech […]

In The October Issue- On Newsstands Now

In The October Issue- On Newsstands Now

In case you missed it, here’s a little taste of what you’ll find in the latest edition of Cycle Source: One of our writers runs south to the border for the legendary El Diablo Run and writes some killer coverage. Our good friend Daniel passes the torch in this month’s tech as he teaches the next […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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!

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. […]

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.  

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 […]

Swapping Points……

Swapping Points……

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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