Friday, October 26, 2012
The pipe in this picture is from a 2010 Streetglide. If fits nice under the kicker, but has a catalytic converter in it. I cut the end of the pipe off to try and get the cat out. I expected the insides to be kind of ceramic and easy to break out, not the case at all. I didn't completely ruin this one, but I have abandoned using it for now.
I have had the major pieces for this bike for several years now. Last month marked the 9 year anniversary of when I bought the frame. Thats a pretty pathetic build time. I have wanted to build as many parts for the bike as possible. As it turns out I'm just not as good at making parts as I want to be. I ordered some parts today to give this project a little jump start, also changes the plan a little bit.
I have a set of 1 3/4" shotgun drag pipes in the garage right now. I also have on the way a round chrome oil tank, and a set of 3.5 gallon flatside split tanks. Buying these parts instead of making them myself makes me feel a little bit like a sell out. However I have justified it to myself that I can always make my own oil tank and put it in. I just need to complete this project and get it on the road. I can always add, or change it later.
The bigger tanks may cause problems with the low handlebars. I haven't completely decided yet but if they don't fit I am probably going to swap on a set of Khromewerks 12 inch narrow bottom ape hangers. They have been on my list of possible bars for quite a while. I'll have the tanks mounted up by next Monday night and I'll make up my mind then.