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post #21 of 36 Old 07-21-2015, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
 
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bike looks real nice. the pictures are great.
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Damn my friend... that is crazy for a part that weighs nothing! I'll look up what it would cost me to ship you one tomorrow, and if its significantly cheaper I'll let you know the details.

I've seen guys make their own out of the stock cable as well, so that might be an option, seeing as you seem to have an understanding of simple fabricating and mechanics
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Damn my friend... that is crazy for a part that weighs nothing! I'll look up what it would cost me to ship you one tomorrow, and if its significantly cheaper I'll let you know the details.

I've seen guys make their own out of the stock cable as well, so that might be an option, seeing as you seem to have an understanding of simple fabricating and mechanics
That's very kind of you, thanks. TBH, the one you posted a link to before works out at about 21 (half the price) and although the postage is more than the item itself, it's a much better deal.

However, I like your suggestion of the DIY cable bodge
Hadn't thought of that, so I'll go hunting for how-tos.
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Okay, so now I have some free time and am back in contact with my mechanic friend, things can move forward a little.

Today we worked on how to make some rear supports for the cheapo seat I bought - I'm going to run it without springs initially seeing as I already have rear suspension; then think about going 'hardtail' and using them once I have passed the biannual inspection in October.

This bloke's garage is a treasure trove of bits - he has a couple of interesting looking front fenders lying around which might look good as a replacement rear (as I've seen some people have done) and we have another friend who almost exclusively works on choppers etc who can fab a sissy bar easily - but that's for the future.

I'm going back tomorrow to help J finish what we started today, then I should have a nice low profile seat.
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Looking good my friend.
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Be aware that if your hardtail involves struts, that puts a lot of pressure on the very thin walled swingarm. If ridden long enough, the swingarm will crack and break.

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hell yeah. I love to see other members putting in elbow grease, and making your own!

I agree with flight though... If you want to go hardtail there are some safe ways to go about it... mounting solid struts in place of the rear shocks is not.

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@SWAMPRABBIT @flitecontrol @86d - thanks for the replies chaps, sadly, that's not me in the photo; I'm the numpty who just makes the tea (I'm bringing some biscuits today).

Going hard tail is likely to cost more than I'm willing to pay to make the mods required, so the idea will possibly remain just that.
But two sets of springs is silly. What to do? What to do?

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[QUOTEGoing hard tail is likely to cost more than I'm willing to pay to make the mods required, so the idea will possibly remain just that.
But two sets of springs is silly. What to do? What to do?[/QUOTE]

If going hard tail is too expensive, the mods necessary to switch to a single spring system may be astronomical. Save your money and learn to live with what you have.

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[QUOTEGoing hard tail is likely to cost more than I'm willing to pay to make the mods required, so the idea will possibly remain just that.
But two sets of springs is silly. What to do? What to do?
If going hard tail is too expensive, the mods necessary to switch to a single spring system may be astronomical. Save your money and learn to live with what you have.[/QUOTE]
Perhaps I misunderstand you/ the correct terminology - to my knowledge (which is very little when it comes to cruiser style bikes) a hardtail is a bike which lacks rear suspension which is made up by springs in the seat - no?

Either way, the seat is on now after a marathon session in the workshop - thanks a lot to J the mechanic who worked out the puzzle. The problems was the distance between the bolts in the seat (which were fixed) - it was too wide for them to be attached to the frame, so the solution was a bar to which yet other bolts were welded. These latter bolts sit in and are tightened to small diameters of pipe which have been welded onto the chassis. I haven't got photos of everything, but will do so in time as I come to whip the seat off and paint the weld (probably at the weekend).

The springs looks **** with the seat fastened as it is, so no hardtail or whatever ATM.

Luckily we had some help from the garage kittens Bubble & Squeak

Riding it home was interesting, a bit 'tingly' if you know what I mean
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