Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Turns on the cheap!

I had a set of left over LED amber turns from another project so cogitated how to use them on the cheap with the bobber project.

I was inspired by another bike, the Doc's Chops BOLT:

where the turns were pulled in and hidden under the head lamp.  I figured I could do something like that using the existing turn bracket.  For review:

The existing turns are already under the head lamp, but stick out like a coat rack.  So I pulled them off and cut back the tubular bracket down to size.

I fattened up the screw mounts on the LED turns with some 3/4" OD rubber tubing which just slides into the tube of the old turn mount.  I slotted the ends and used pipe clamps to make the turns snug.

A little paint on the rusty chrome:

And put everything back together:

The stainless pipe clamps give it a steam-punk feel!

Here I was able to catch the LED blinking on:

Now the damn lamp bucket looks HUGE.  Can't cheap out the headlight.  Will require purchase of a 5" Bates style lamp.  That will have to wait.  I woke up to one of my giant Like Oak trees down across my horse fence.  I'm going to have to pay a crew to finish the clean up and removal. :(

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Less is more

I saved myself about $100 in powder coating fees and improved the looks of my bobber project by pulling the fork covers off.  This has inspired me to work on the front end more aggressively.  (Moderated by extreme lack of funds to move any quicker.)  Next will be to remove the front turns and replace them with something a little less tacky.  And then that huge bucket headlight will be replaced by a smaller one.

What do you think so far?



I left the front fender off as well.  Still undecided about what to do with it.