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Build: Softail Bobber

    • 1161 posts
    July 13, 2015 4:40 PM PDT
    Wow, That looks great!
    • 36 posts
    July 14, 2015 12:41 AM PDT
    Seakers wrote...
    Wow, That looks great!

    Thank-you... down to the details now, finishing the wiring, etc...

    • 36 posts
    July 16, 2015 4:46 AM PDT
     Close to first ride... chain installed:
     
     

    Use correct tool when installing riveted master link:
     
     
    D.I.D. 530VX Gold/Black X-Ring chain.
    • 36 posts
    July 19, 2015 4:11 AM PDT
     GMA 4-piston rear brake operational... bleeder valve was defective, temporarily replaced with plug.  D.O.T. 5 silicone brake fluid used, Galfer D520R stainless rear brake line.
     
    • 36 posts
    July 28, 2015 8:50 AM PDT
     Softail Bobber isn't finished... couldn't wait for first ride.


    • 1161 posts
    August 1, 2015 6:53 AM PDT
    Very cool!
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    August 2, 2015 12:20 AM PDT
    Nice
    • 36 posts
    August 2, 2015 12:25 AM PDT
    Re: Seakers, RexTheRoadDog
    Thanks for checking out my scoot... and commenting.
    • 36 posts
    August 5, 2015 10:27 AM PDT
     Scoot is back on the lift... preliminary break-in complete, oil/filter change, cleaned tappet oil screen.  Now to shorten excess wire length, work towards completing build, decide what needs to be changed.
     
    • 36 posts
    August 14, 2015 8:44 AM PDT
     Installed standard length (24-1/4") FXST fork tubes and rubber gaiters.  Needed to increase corner clearance... dragging Jiffy Stand in left hand corners.  Liked the low, short-bike look, but longer forks provide more clearance in corners.
     
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    August 14, 2015 9:46 PM PDT
    LOOKIN GOOD
  • August 15, 2015 3:46 AM PDT
    Great looking bike. Best thing about building it yourself, besides the good times collecting parts, planning, changing things as the ideas come to mind mid-build, admiring your handing work as you go, meeting people you wouldn't otherwise would have met, knowing the bike inside and out when done, etc........Ok, there is no one best thing, it's all good. My latest softail bobber build is my aviator pic. Anyway, great job and enjoy. Hope we cross paths on the road someday.
    • 36 posts
    August 22, 2015 5:12 AM PDT
     Finally decided on a front fender... vulcanworks.net #4531:
     
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    August 23, 2015 1:36 AM PDT
    That's the way you it, money for nothin' and chicks for free....
    • 36 posts
    August 26, 2015 4:15 AM PDT
     Rattle-can Satin Black over rattle-can self-etching primer... utility paint for a utility build.
     
    • 36 posts
    September 4, 2015 11:50 AM PDT
     Forward controls gone... making the change to footboards.  Headlight wiring complete, a little clean-up left on remaining wires.  FXST length fork tubes installed, rubber gaiters installed, front fender installed, almost time for more road test.
     
    • 36 posts
    September 9, 2015 5:26 AM PDT
     Softail Bobber is back on the road again... time for more tests. Progress so far: more ground clearance = Jiffy Stand doesn't drag, wiring clean-up = no magic smoke escaped, footboards = comfort for my 14's.





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    September 10, 2015 3:47 AM PDT
    Sweet!
    • 36 posts
    September 10, 2015 4:40 AM PDT
    Yesterday's evening ride turned into a rain/mud ride. Washed the lime-rock mud off this morning, then took a 50 mile ride to dry the bike. The changes worked out great, footboards are better than I knew they would be... shift lever and brake pedal positions are perfect for my 14's.
    • 36 posts
    September 21, 2015 8:51 AM PDT
     End of Summer... still T-shirt weather in North Florida, I just don't sweat while riding.

     

     

    • 36 posts
    September 26, 2015 10:53 AM PDT
     If you are interested in my Softail Bobber build, but don't want to wade through all the posts... this video is for you:
     
    • 36 posts
    October 23, 2015 12:31 PM PDT
     Brembo calipers milled and mounted... salvaged brake lines, to be replaced at a later date.
     



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    October 23, 2015 11:35 PM PDT
    Sweet!
    • 1161 posts
    October 30, 2015 9:51 PM PDT
    Wow that sure is coming along nicely! I know what you mean by T-shirt weather I'm in Southern Georgia. lol
    • 36 posts
    November 15, 2015 5:07 AM PST
     Saturday ride (14 November 2015) to Gibson Park @ Suwannee River... great North Florida riding weather. (68f / 20c)