1988 HD Sporster "Hardtail"

by Russ Berry
(Spanish Fork, Utah)

1988 Sporster (Before)

1988 Sporster (Before)

1988 Sporster (Before)
1988 Sportster (After)
1988 Sportster Hardtail

I purchased this 1988 Sporster with 6,000 miles on it last year. It had the original tires. I started tearing it down last October for a winter project. Cut the back off and welded on a hardtail section. Made the seat pan and covered it with $20 of leather. Made the oil tank from a diesel exhaust pipe. Made the license plate holder and added a 32 Ford tail light as well as a sparto tail light. Cut the back fender way down and took the front fender off. Added ape hanger bars and made the sissy bar. Had all the metal chromed in Salt Lake City. Added a factory tach. Painted the tins in my back yard and had a friend pin strip it. Lots of clear on it after the stripping. New tires and it runs like a top. All done in my garage over the winter. I painted it in between snow storms last spring. My first venture at such a large task but I had lots of help from good friends.

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Sep 13, 2010
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Been-There-Done-That
by: Flathead RAB

I had a similar project...1972 Sporster...cut off the swing arm and welded on the hardtail...The only problem was creating a straight backbone. Put on a springer frontend with a 21" tire, 16" in the rear and painted it pationate purple...had the bike sold for $6400.00 before I was finished. The whole project cost less than $2,000 to complete...Enjoy the ride. It gets a little squirly about 70 mph...just hold on

Rich

Sep 11, 2010
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Sportster
by: Jammer

Great job, looks good.

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