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Review – Weld-On Hardtail Rear Frame Section for 1982 – 2003 Harley-Davidson Sportsters

September 24, 2019


Hey.
It’s Tyler with Lowbrow Customs. Today I’m going to give you
an overview on this 1982 to 2003 Weld-On Harley Davidson Sportster
hardtail frame. [music] [music] [music] [music] [music] [music] Our hardtails are made right here
in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Going over some of the features
of these to let you know
why these are such a high quality, well designed, engineered and built
hardtail. The tubing used, say the backbone
and the lower rails, this is
an inch and five-eighths diameter. This is
a one and a quarter inch diameter that matches up
with your stock frame. When you install this
and you cut your stock frame, put it in, weld it, paint it,
it’s a seamless transition. You’re not going to have
any weird steps in the tubing or anything like that. We’ve got the slugs in here,
ready to go, rosette-welded
tubing on the front, and that actually allows you
to run your wiring internally. If you have a headlight wire, you’ve got wire
from your handlebar controls, whatever, you can drill a hole, run you’re wiring through
the backbone of your frame, and then bring it
right out of the back here where typically you’re going to have
your oil tank, battery box, that type of thing. It lets you hide all your wiring
instead of having to zip tie to the outside of your frame rail
or whatnot. The lower slugs,
these are machined specifically so they’re a perfect fit
to the idea of the lower tubing. These are solid steel. They’re also rosette-welded,
ready to install on your bike. We’re really proud
of all the engineering and everything that went into
the rear motor mount setup on this hardtail. This is engineered
for maximum strength. We’ve got
the rear motor mount plates here. It also makes it very easy
when you paint your frame. You can mask that off really easily,
or if it’s painted, you can very easily
just kind of sand the paint off. That way when
you install your motor over time, if there’s paint there will wear away and then it can create
a little bit of looseness in your mounting hardware,
vibration, you don’t want that. It just makes the job really easy
for you guys. You can see all of the gusseting,
welding. Everything’s TIG welded,
beautifully gusseted. This frame will handle
anything you can throw at it, both in riding style,
horsepower of your engine. It’s going to handle
literally anything, no problem. Moving towards the rear of the frame, we’ve got axle plates
with welded doublers. You can see beautiful TIG welding
all the way around. This gives you the same outside
dimensions as a stock swing arm. This lets you use your stock rear
axle which is really important because custom axles can get expensive
or you have to have someone make one. This works with the stock axle. In our opinion it looks great, Also works with your stock rear wheel
of course. It lets you use
some of the components you already have
from your stock bike, keeping things cost effective
and a little more straightforward. Also, this will protect your paint
on your finished painted frame. When you’re adjusting your chain
and your axle sliding back, It’s not going to gouge all
the paint off of your axle plates. It’s going to keep it localized
to this raised doubler. The way we did the axle adjusters
on this frame, it’s modeled after
Harley Davidson Iron Head Sportster. We supply you a set of axle adjusters
with the frame And there’s the ID, The bore on them
is for the three quarter inch axle. What’s nice is the axle just stay
hidden here behind your axle plates with a threaded stud
coming through the rear and then you adjust your nuts
right here at the back. That lets you adjust your tire
for your rear chain tension and make sure
it’s all square with ease. It’s just really easy to use
a ratchet or a wrench on the back and get that all dialed in. Another nice feature
of the axle plates here is we included a mounting point for what would typically be used
for fender struts, though you can use it
for an exhaust hanger if you’ve got
some longer exhaust pipes or anything else for that matter. Another kind
of universal mounting feature are the holes here
at the base of the seat post. This is a great place to make a mount
for the low end of your rear fender, or a battery box or anything else
you might want them out. A lot of time and thought went
into the dimensions for this frame. What we ended up with, what we thought was
the optimal combination for looks for the line of the backbone, the stance of the bike and everything is a three-inch stretch over stock so if you measure a stock bike
axle to axle and then you install this hardtail, it’s going to be three inches longer
than a stock bike and it sits one inch lower
in the rear. That’s your frame. Lower frame rail to the ground is one inch less clearance
than a stock bike. We feel that
that’s like the perfect combination. It looks great,
it handles wonderfully. You’re not going to be dragging
your frame or your foot peg, typically on the ground
and really hard curves you can ride
the heck out of this thing and just have a blast doing it
and not worry about anything. Included with your frame is
a quarter inch steel brake stay tab. We don’t put this on your frame
for you because depending
if you’re running a stock caliper, what year range it is caliper bracket
et cetera might change the location. This would typically be welded
here in your little frame rail to be determined again by what style
of rear brake you are running. Flipping this over, you can also see
the quality of the construction, the tab and roof construction, everything’s fully TIG welded,
even on the underside here. It’s going to take anything
you can throw at it. This frame is not going anywhere, extremely styled, hand TIG welded,
jig built here in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. They’re a perfect flawless fit and installing one of these is honestly probably
the easiest thing you’re going to do on the entire Sportster project
you’ve got going. We’ve got these in stock
ready to ship today. If you are interested, grab one and be sure to let us know
what you think in the comments below. Subscribe to our YouTube channel and get the latest
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