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Re: Big Red, the "Parts Bike"

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Nice to have you back into a supervisory role again. This way you can spend more time on design issues. Nice progress for sure and getting good carbs back on is terrific progress.
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Good for him! He needs his own!
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Re: Big Red, the "Parts Bike"

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Rednaxs60 wrote: Sun Jan 08, 2023 11:17 am Good for him! He needs his own!
Have it waiting in the wings so to speak. A couple more years and a little more training.
Ben's Benly.
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Re: Big Red, the "Parts Bike"

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Good fit, but that bike does need some love so glad to see it is in your lineup.
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Needs some love is an understatement. But the motors free and fires, and has a good title, so above average for most of my projects. Lol
It will be a good bike to learn the value if reclaiming on. Not real valuable so no worrys on making "mistakes"
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From what I gathered about putting my 305 Dream together?

Expensive as all get out if you want it period correct (although the Benly is a bit better for this).

Absolutely bulletproof if you're just looking to run it.
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Re: Big Red, the "Parts Bike"

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tory wrote: Mon Jan 09, 2023 10:10 pm Needs some love is an understatement. But it is free and fires, and has a good title, so above average for most of my projects. Lol
It will be a good bike to learn the value if reclaiming on. Not real valuable so no worrys on making "mistakes"
Great project for the young fellow to learn a lot of tips and tricks to restore parts/pieces such a water and aluminum foil to clean up the chrome. If he starts now, with a young fellows attention span, should be ready for the road when he is. :-D
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Re: Big Red, the "Parts Bike"

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Exhaust day today!

Original exhaust was toast but I had good manifolds.
Found a pair of HD Fat Boy take offs that where 1 3/4.
I used 6" of 1 3/4 pipe, but did need to have the manifold side of the pipe bumped slightly.
Tacked in place, then removed and completed welding.
I painted the pipes with header paint.
I do still need to make brackets to the rear support, but I'm pleased with the look.
No idea how it will sound, but hoping not very loud as they are OE mufflers.
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Re: Big Red, the "Parts Bike"

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Harley OEM mufflers are generally quiet
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Re: Big Red, the "Parts Bike"

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They definitely have a bit more rasp than stock mufflers. Maybe a touch louder, but that's less about how loud the Harley mufflers are and how incredibly quiet the stock ('75-'77) horseshoe is.

My very first 1000 had them. They actually sound quite nice, in my opinion.
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1980 KZ1300- Bike's Haunted
1976 GL1000 (Yellow)- It Runs (Poorly) and Doesn't Leak (Mostly)
1974 Velosolex 3800- Better Than Walking
1972 CB750- Broke the Chain And Ate the Motor
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Re: Big Red, the "Parts Bike"

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They made the 78s louder because people complained about the quiet
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The question is not how much time do you have, it is what you do with the time that you have Gandalf
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"it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert" ancient saying
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76 Ltd "cookies bike" ALMOST DONE
79 project, finished, FOR SALE
'86 1200 (Beth's)(FOR SALE) with motorvation sidecar (sidecar sold) , July 2017 BOTM
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Re: Big Red, the "Parts Bike"

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Had them on my 78 for a while. Swiched them out for a set off a Ducati. Still have the sportster ones on a shelf in the shop
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Re: Big Red, the "Parts Bike"

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CYBORG wrote: Sat Jan 21, 2023 10:15 pm Had them on my 78 for a while. Swiched them out for a set off a Ducati. Still have the sportster ones on a shelf in the shop
Your Ducati mufflers are sweet.
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Thanks. They are really pretty quiet. Does not sound like a Ducati at all. And I have the turn signals in the tips, which always turn a few heads. I have Harley pipes on my 1200, which are a bit louder.....but mellow.
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Re: Big Red, the "Parts Bike"

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Good looking exhaust set up Tory.

I hung a set of stock HD Dyna mufflers on my 79 using a length of exhaust pipe from AutoZone to make the Dyna mate up with the stock head pipes. The Dyna's have a mounting channel welded to them from the factory so lining them up with the hanger on the frame was a straight on proposition. Just had to make a small spacer to get them perfect.

The sound is really nice. A low growl, just right. I think you'll like it.

There's just something about using HD mufflers on a NGW that looks "right".
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