|12-02-2012, 12:39 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Italy, Lombardia, Milano
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Volusia Bobber Mod step by step.
I am quite new to the forum, but I wish to share the work I've made on my bike with you.
Reading guides and comments on this forum helped me a lot, so it' time for me to give my contribution.
So...this was my bike after my first modification, to give it a "bigger look"...
...and this is my bike now, in the Bobber style I love.
Ok, let's talk about what I've done to realize the Bobber Modification.
What you really need:
3) A VERY LARGE SET of working tools, including the famous "Dremel mini drill" or something similar. (Dremel)
Looking deeper, you have to find:
1) Black Op Bobbers Rear Fender model "Stinger". (BlackOpBobbers - Home)
2) Black Op Bobbers Seat Mount for solo seats.
3) Highway Hawk "Short Pipes". (Highway Hawk International homepage)
4) LaRosa black leather solo seat. (https://www.larosadesign.us/index.php?cPath=23)
5) Highway Hawk Engine Guard.
6) Gray Indian Chromed Grips. (grayindian)
7) DePretto carbon made mirror model "Aluextreme long". (De Pretto Moto s.r.l. - Sezione race)
8) Highway Hawk "Techglide" visor.
9) Highway Hawk Spotlight Bracket.
10) DePretto license holder with lights.
11) Highway Hawk "Rear Tire" license holder.
12) DePretto turn signals lights.
13) Dragbar black, 90 centimeters wide. Custom made by me.
Let's start with the explanation's image gallery.
First of all, remove the original fenders from your bike and cut the front fender with your mini drill in the shape you desire. I made this one:
To remove the rear fender, you have to remove the original seats, the fender trims and cut the rear lights' cables. All cables will be reconnected to the new DePretto lights. Your bike will be "naked". :)
Now the images on how to mount the Black Op Fender.
The kit comes with the fender, a metal bar to assure it to the swingarm, an aluminium clamp and two metal bars to hold the fender up, plus necessary screws. Take a look:
First, remove the battery plastic box so you can reach the swingarm. Place the metal bar here and assure it is well tightened.
The fender has two holes to assure it to this metal bar, place it here and proceed with the side bars. The right bar is fixed with the aluminum clamp to the right rear axle.
Here you can see that the same procedure is needed to mount the Highway Hawk "Rear Tire" license holder, but be careful, I will explain something important later, regarding the axle.
The left bar is fixed to the fake swingarm axle bolt that you have to remove first. This is simple.
Ok, this is the result. I think that this fender is very well done and beautiful. The team at Black Op Bobber is very kind, the online support is good. Expeditions are fast and prices are good too for the unique piece they offer. Thanks to Gary! ;)
Let's talk about the Rear Tire license holder.
The problem is that the bar, in the part you have to fix to the axle, is 5 millimeters wide, so to mount it to the swingarm you need an axle of 2.5 centimeters instead of the original 3 centimeters bar. How can you replace it? I've bought some "O rings" and put them on to reach the right width.
Good. Mounting the solo seat is simple, just look at the images.
To mount the front Highway Hawk Spotlight bracket you have to remove the front light first and all the original front turn signals with their support, then put the bracket on and mount the original central light again. Here is an image with the DePretto turn signals mounted on.
You can see also that I've removed part of the chromed fork covers. To do it you must remove the clamp first, but pay attention that replacing it into the right position is not so simple as you think. Fork covers to remove:
This is a photo of the DePretto Aluextreme mirror and Gray Indian Grips...
...and a photo of the dragbar.
Repaint the pieces you want of the color you desire, black for me.
I must admit that the sound of the Highway Hawk Short Cut Pipes is very good and satysfing. Maybe I will post a video on Youtube one day.
This is all for now.
I hope this short guide will be helpful for someone in the future. Remember that this mod is not exactly as I want it to be, so more modification will come. Thanks to the community and sorry for english errors, I am from Italy.
To be continued...
Last edited by Caabal; 12-03-2012 at 02:34 AM.
|12-02-2012, 05:14 PM||#3 (permalink)|
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Well done C and welcome to the HDF from Pa, I like what you invision in a true bobber style, love the drag bars and solo seat. Congrats again, best,D
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