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Old 10-27-2009, 06:19 PM   #21
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braces look a lot better painted black.
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Old 10-27-2009, 06:48 PM   #22
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Looks like he painted the braces black already. Looks great
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Old 10-27-2009, 10:06 PM   #23
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it's not dangerous for the bikes intended riding style. even emergency manuervers are done without an issue. but, handling when pushing the bike is effected. when your riding at the limits (which granted aren't very high on most cruisers) you'll feel the forks flexing. again, not really dangerous, but it does effect confidence as well as turn in.

why can't they just use/make forks with adequate strength?
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Old 10-28-2009, 08:48 AM   #24
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cut off the rear fender just behind the seat.

is there a different airbox or filter that you could use? like a big KN pod type filter or something?
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Old 10-28-2009, 12:26 PM   #25
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why can't they just use/make forks with adequate strength?
If I recall, it's not really a strength issue, it's a torque or 'bending moment' (in engineering terms) where one tine wants to go one way, and the other tine the other way. this is due to the gyro effect (or something like that). The brace reduces this effect since the fork is long and releases stress of of the axle when turning.
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If I recall, it's not really a strength issue, it's a torque or 'bending moment' (in engineering terms) where one tine wants to go one way, and the other tine the other way. this is due to the gyro effect (or something like that). The brace reduces this effect since the fork is long and releases stress of of the axle when turning.
Pedro is right. Remember Harley's are not intended for high performance handling so the forks are not as large or as stiff as sportbike forks. The addition of a fork brace can make a world of difference in front feel.

Nice work. You've done a nice job making it your own. I do think something more substantial for a fork brace would look a little better but I understand the satisfaction that comes from making it yourself.
Just a couple of suggestions to think over, consider getting rid of the turn signals and shortening the rear fender. I know that's a big commitment but it would give it a butch bulldog look. IMHO
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cut off the rear fender just behind the seat.

is there a different airbox or filter that you could use? like a big KN pod type filter or something?
Yeah they do make a different air filter for it, just saving money up for it!!! Theres two I like the Arlen Ness Big Sucker and the Screaming Eagle Heavy Breather (This is the one I'm Digging, gotta PC it FlatBlack Tho)
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Old 10-28-2009, 07:34 PM   #28
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I just got the Phantom Pad for my old lady to sit on (For short Rides).....if you dont know what it is, its Very little and held on by Suction Cups so you dont have to drill holes in the fender lol But its very strong, I just hope she dont POP off hahaha I'll post some pics if I can
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Old 10-28-2009, 07:42 PM   #29
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Those worthless thing you call braces have to go.
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They do look much better in black though. I like the rest of it by the way.
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We've already discussed this lol I know they are not professionally built and certified to strengthin the Forks up to optimal strength and blah blah. I did cause it gave the tiny bit of fender strength back and to fill the Fender holes on the forks.............and cause i like the way they look. Next subject, this "brace" thing is been raped like Azylum on the track lol I LOVE MY ALMOST USELESS BRACES YAYYYYYYYY and by the way congrats on hittin 180+ HP.......and the fact your goin to need diapers when you get older due to that kinda power lololol CONGRATS
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Old 10-28-2009, 07:58 PM   #32
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I already need them from time to time.
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Harley sells a Fat Bob without a front fender or brace!
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+1 on cutting the fender and getting drag bars. Drag Bars first then chopping the fender. Bike is looking good. I agree with getting rid of the fender braces. It would look better without em. But if they help with performance and stability then you are not a "normal" Harley rider. You dont do it just for looks hahaha I kid I kid
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Old 10-29-2009, 12:32 AM   #37
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ok really though man most os these ppl are just trying to help and you did post on here for opinions or ya wouldnt have posted at all. So you cant get hurt when ppl say something you dont agree with. If this bike is your "baby" and you are truly worried about it but a real brace and ditch the one you got. Do it right the first time and never worry about it again. Also as stated before remove those side markers and get rid of any thing chrome.
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Old 10-31-2009, 09:00 AM   #38
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Well my two cents: Remove the fender braces and the fork rubber things. Also, clean up those wires, atleast put them in some of that 5 cent autozone wire cover or something. Also paint your oil tank with some flat black.
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Old 11-03-2009, 08:57 AM   #39
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just my opinion but i think i would prefer the tank in the stock position to cover all the wiring and electrical tape it was hiding but its still a good looking bike and i look foward to see what you do with it. you should paint the oil bag to match the rest of the matte black on the bike it looks too shiny in the pics.
agreed and get rid of that thing on the front end, it does squat for sturdiness and looks hoky. Get a real stabilizer if thats the look your going for.
Clean it up and start hiding wiring, relocate the front signals to the tree top if you want to keep them. relocate the switches on the handgrips to where the coil bracket is.
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Harley sells a Fat Bob without a front fender or brace!
no they don't. the fatbob has a front fender. ALL factory harleys have a front fender. they're required by law. the fat bob is also a completely different bike that has NO similarities with the nightster.
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